Our Common Thread The vital St. Johns River

It’s the heartbeat of our city -- the lifeblood of our region. And our future is intertwined with its health and vitality. That’s why Jacksonville University and JAXPORT are uniting in a shared purpose. We’re bringing together research, education, and global commerce in a mission to educate and engage the community.

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The PartnershipEducation leads to passion.

We believe that the St. Johns River is worth protecting. We also believe the best way to protect the river is to teach our neighbors about all the ways their lives are connected to it. Our hope is that, the more they learn, the more they'll fall in love with the St. Johns, and the more they'll want to preserve it for generations to come.

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Jacksonville University & JAXPORT: Connected

It's the heartbeat of our city, the lifeblood of our region, the centerpiece that connects us: the majestic St. John's.

Alive and alluring, wild and winding, this active epicenter powers a vibrant ecosystem and a thriving economy, linking us to one another and to a promising future.

Within these dark churning waters, an invitation to a greater calling awaits to explore, discover, and engage; to respect, value, and protect through this magnetic current, this vital artery, this breathtaking beauty.

We are all connected.

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We are excited to have coloring pages, word scrambles, fact sheets, and fully developed lesson plans ready for you to use in your classroom or at home. Please help yourself!

Research & Education Expertise that serves the greater good

For decades, scientists and students at Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute have studied the river and its diverse ecosystems. Connected is an open invitation to explore, discover, and engage with the beautiful St. Johns River, and it’s a call to respect, value, and protect this vital natural resource. 

Did you know?

Every year, the river carries 10 million tons of cargo through JAXPORT, pumping more than $31 billion into the regional economy and sustaining more than 130,000 jobs. It’s also home to thousands of species that depend on the river for survival. Learn more about how important the river is to our region with our free educational resources.

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Jacksonville University

Named one of the Best Regional Universities in the South for more than 15 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, Jacksonville University is a premier private institution in northeast Florida. Founded in 1934, the University offers more than 100 majors, minors, and programs, including in-demand degrees in Nursing, Business, Biology and Marine Science, and Engineering, as well as those in the more contemporary and specialized fields of Aviation, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Film, and Sports Business.

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JAXPORT is Florida’s largest container port and one of the nation’s busiest vehicle-handling ports. An international trade seaport located at the crossroads of the nation’s rail and highway network, JAXPORT offers global connections to 140 ports in more than 70 countries. As one of the nation’s 17 Strategic Seaports, JAXPORT also plays an important national security role, standing on-call 24/7 to move military cargo for national defense, foreign humanitarian aid and disaster relief. It is the only port in Florida with this designation.

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