Jupiter Environmental Research Field Study Academy (JERFSA)

Jupiter Environmental Research Field Study Academy (JERFSA) provides special training in ecology, earth sciences, marine biology and water resources.The academy equips high school students with the knowledge for environmental leadership and with academic and field skills that will open doors to environmental careers. Since 2004, JERFSA students have assisted in massive exotic plant removals, general tract clean-ups, the reintroduction of native plant species, an ongoing tidal wetlands construction project, tortoise burrow monitoring and planting of more than 10,000 mangrove seedlings. Students from (JERFSA) have contributed more than 12,000 hours of volunteer service since the inception of the program. Many of the programs graduates continue their education and careers in the marine and environmental studies fields. The academy is making a difference in the lives of local high school students and they, in turn, are making a difference in their community.