CREST — Community Restoration Environmental Stewardship Training

Bird Walk along McCoys Creek led by Jacksonville Audubon Society

CREST — Community Restoration Environmental Stewardship Training — is an innovative program that was created as a result of GWJax’s community engagement efforts around the restoration of McCoys Creek.

CREST was developed in response to residents’ desire to improve their neighborhoods and increase economic opportunities in their local community.  The program trains residents to be environmental stewards with workshops, creek clean-ups and field trips.

CREST also includes a workforce development initiative. CREST is currently recruiting residents to implement a neighborhood asset survey to catalogue gray infrastructure needs and VAD properties.

CREST Water Monitoring Training

Previously, CREST members were trained by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as Water Monitoring Technicians. Apprentices worked with the COJ Environmental Quality Division conducting McCoys Creek water sampling and were paid a grant-funded stipend from GWJax.

CREST is funded by a grant from Wells Fargo. The inter-generational program is open to adults and youth aged 11-18 from the McCoys Creek community.

For more information, contact Manager of Community Engagement & Equity, 904.633.8117.


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