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. Up to 10 CREST apprentices are

CREST Water Monitoring Training

trained by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as Water Monitoring Technicians. Apprentices work with the COJ Environmental Quality Division conducting McCoys Creek water sampling and each is paid a grant-funded stipend from GWJax.

Funded in part by the Florida Sea Grant, CREST is a structured program that requires stewards to consistently participate in activities and recruit residents to engage in efforts to clean, restore, advocate for, maintain and protect McCoys Creek. It is open to adults and youth aged 13-18 from the McCoys Creek community.

For more information, contact Community Engagement Specialist 904.633.8117.