Sawmill Slough Preserve at UNF

Bench view

The Sawmill Slough is a three-hundred acre natural area on the campus of the University of North Florida. The Sawmill Slough Preserve includes the original Sawmill Slough, a wetland habitat. In addition to the wetland, small areas of drier habitat including some longleaf pine-turkey oak woodlands may be found in the Preserve. The preserve trails present photo opportunities both for the native plants and animals associated with this north Florida habitat.



July 17th

Time  9:00 AM

Admission Fees

No admission charge



Eco center, University of North Florida Campus

University of North Florida drive.

Contact -   Dave Wholey
904 322 4004

Parking Info - Parking Lot 100 off of University of North Florida drive.

Parking charge is $5.00 paid at the gear kiosk.

Entrance Info - 

Meet in the parking lot at 9:00 AM



By car, carpool as determined individually


Lunch is at Ruby Tuesday's 4784 Windsor Commons Ct. Jacksonville. Butler Blvd east to Hodges Exit. Shopping plaza on the right, restaurant is behind the Wells Fargo bank at the far right of the parking lot.


Schedule of Events

Orientation and history of the slough presented by UNF staff - confirmation TBD -

We will meet in the parking lot at 9 AM. After the orientation from the UNF staff we can proceed on the marked trails for photo opportunities in various areas of the preserve.

We will gather back in the parking lot at 12:00. Lunch arrangements will be made if there is interest in doing so.


Use any lenses from wide angle for landscapes, to macro for closeups, to long telephoto for wildlife. Tripods may be useful as well as reflectors or diffusers. A polarizer may be useful if it is sunny.

Other Tips

As with other field outings, we will be in wetlands, woodlands and open areas.

Sunscreen, water and especially insect spray is recommended.


To Butler Blvd east (FL 202) exit Kernan Blvd S. Turn left onto Alumni Dr. to the intersection with University of North Florida Dr. Turn left on it. Follow on it, as you approach the next intersection, prior to the intersection turn left into parking lot 100 (Parking Services Building) where we will meet.

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