Get Involved: 18th Annual Cleanup for St. Johns River

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Consider it spring cleaning for the St. Johns River!

The St. Johns River is a big part of Jacksonville's identity, but it does have a problem with pollution.  Cups, plastic bottles and tires litter the banks of the river, but on Saturday morning volunteers can help make the river shine.

Last year the St. Johns River Celebration 18th Annual Cleanup brought out around 1,000 volunteers and this year organizers are hoping for more.  The volunteers can walk along the banks and pick up trash or kayak out into the river to pluck trash out of the water.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says last year volunteers pulled around 1,000 lbs of trash out of the river.

"We all experience the river in one way or another almost daily, I drive over it multiple times a day," told Rinaman," so it is extremely important to the health and vitality of our city to have a healthy river."

Local Conference Seeks to Nurture Blooming Community Gardens Trend on the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Today’s tough economy, combined with an increasing focus on eating healthy and organic foods, have made community gardening one of the hottest trends in urban areas across the country.

Second Harvest North Florida and Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens are working together to nurture that trend in Jacksonville. They are collectively sponsoring the inaugural Northeast Florida Community Gardens Conference on Nov. 3.

Fathers Clean with Bleach

Fathers Clean with Bleach

Students returned to school to engage in new learning. Active in learning that will shape their understanding of the world and guide contributions to society. Students attending higher education just as my son have taken the trip long or short distances to make it to their schools with parents in tow. Parents making sure their sons or daughters are prepared for the rigors of education.

Teen and Young Adult Heath Summit

Teen and Young Adult Heath Summit

What is the Truth About “Becky and Teddy”

City observes "International Surf Day" with beach cleanup June 20


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The City of Jacksonville’s Clean It Up, Green It Up office will partner with the First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to observe “International Surf Day” with a cleanup and a paddle out on Wednesday, June 20. 

Three charged with cruelty in gopher tortoise deaths


Orange County, Fla. -- Two adults and a juvenile from Jacksonville and Middleburg are facing prison time and fines after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers arrested them in Orange County for killing a state-designated threatened species and for felony cruelty to animals. 

Community First Credit Union Funds Improvements at Catty Shack Sanctuary

Community First Credit Union Funds Improvements at Catty Shack Sanctuary

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Tiger cubs and local children will reap the benefits of a new grant awarded as part of Community First Credit Union’s Investing In You contest.

The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, a nonprofit agency dedicated to big cat rescue, won a $1,000 grant from Community First Credit Union to fund a new cabin and platforms for its five tiger cubs. Catty Shack Ranch is the second of this year’s six Investing In You winners to receive $1,000 through this summer’s community improvement contest.