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The Sawmill Slough Preserve is a living laboratory which not only promotes student and faculty research and education, but also, serves as a safe harbor and protects a unique biodiversity within a developing urban island environment. Many students choose UNF not just for the academic environment, but for the surrounding natural environment as well. The natural habitats and wildlife that reside on campus foster education and greatly enhance the experience of UNF students. The recommended expansion areas are fundamental in fulfilling the mission of the Preserve to encourage natural biodiversity, and the values of the University, such as “community engagement” and “responsibility to the natural environment.” The Preserve helps to make students; faculty and staff feel that there truly is “No one like you. No place like this.”

Publication Date:

Spring 2015


UNF; University of North Florida; UNF Environmental Center; Sawmill Slough; nature preserve; Sawmill Slough Conservation Club; Conservation of natural resources -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- Societies, etc; Nature trails -- Florida -- Jacksonville


Environmental Education | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation


The Sawmill Slough Preserve Expansion Proposal was developed by the UNF Environmental Center and the UNF Sustainability Committee, with technical assistance from Robert Richardson. The proposal was submitted to the Campus Master Planning Committee in Spring 2015.

Sawmill Slough Preserve Expansion Proposal 2015