Jupiter Life Magazine

2014 5K Green Run/Walk at River Bend Park

The Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy is an experiential science program at Jupiter High School.  It provides hands-on opportunities for students to study every major ecosystem in South Florida and work on environmental service projects throughout the year.  Outside funding helps pay for unique, field experiences that go beyond the curriculum

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Pawpaw Preserve Workday - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Volunteers from Jupiter High School Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy helped the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management remove 110 pounds of trash and 32 pounds of recyclables from this 3-acre preserve located in Palm Beach Gardens. Total volunteer hours = 20

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A recent Jupiter High School graduate, Bryan Pepper, has given new meaning to his "SENIOR" project

JUPITER — In addition to the general high school curriculum, students in the Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy (JERFSA) at Jupiter High School learn about wildlife, ecology, conservation, ecosystems, and green building solutions through a variety of classes ranging from APES (AP Environmental Science) to Zoology.  READ MORE

Juno Dunes Natural Area Workday - Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Juno Dunes Natural Area Workday

Volunteers, including students from Jupiter High School Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy helped the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management remove 190 pounds of trash from this 569-acre natural area! Total volunteer hours = 32.5

JERFSA Student at Riverbend

Enviroservice at Riverbend Park in Jupiter

A group of ten JERFSA students planted the entire garden at the Farmstead at Riverbend Park during an Environmental Resouce Management word day enviroservice!

Canon Environthon Competition

JERFSA Places 12th in Nationwide North American Envirothon Competition

The team members were Becky Meiser, Veronica Gall, Elizabeth Isner, Shayne DeRuysscher (Mr. Weinrich) and Stephanie McCrate!

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Palm Beach County - Environmental Resource Management Thank You to JERFSA - Pawpaw Preserve Clean Up

I wanted to say thank you to the JERFSA students for helping the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management remove 100 pounds of trash and lots of love vine during the September 7 volunteer event at Pawpaw Preserve. I attached a PDF file filled with pictures from the project. Please share this file with the students who participated in the event. Let me know if you want me to send you a particular photo – I can email you the JPEG image. Thanks for helping the Department keep Palm Beach County clean and green.

Ann Mathews, PBC Department of Environmental Resources Management

Neal White Environmental Champion!

Neal White Named 2012 Environmental Champion! -Environmental Champion Award Presented at NatureScaping 2012

The Environmental Champion of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park’s NatureScaping 2012 event has been selected and he is Neal White, Director of the Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy. Neal has given his time and energy tirelessly and unselfishly, inspiring hundreds of students along the way. READ MORE

Envirothon State Champion Team 2012

Jupiter High School Wins the State Envirothon Again in 2012!

JERFSA will represent the State of Florida for the second time in a row at the National Envirothon in Pennsylvania this summer. The team members are (from left to Right) Becky Meiser, Veronica Gall, Elizabeth Isner, Shayne DeRuysscher (Mr. Weinrich) and Stephanie McCrate.

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Jupiter Tequesta Garden Club Hosts Fundraiser Highlighted by Guest Speaker John Klingel, “The Frugal Florist.

The Jupiter Tequesta Garden Club hosted a fundraising event on Sunday, March 18, 2012 highlighted by guest speaker John Klingel, “The Frugal Florist.” The event was to benefit Jupiter High School’s “Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Study Academy.”  JERFSA is a four-year Magnet school program that is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue an academic curriculum with emphasis on environmental studies.

FRENCHMAN'S FOREST / PROSPERITY OAKS WORK DAY WITH ERM

Frenchman's Forest / Prosperity Oaks Work Day with ERM

I wanted to say thank you to the JERFSA students for helping the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM)remove 1,180 pounds of trash during the February 15 volunteer event at Frenchman’s Forest / Prosperity Oaks Natural Areas.   READ MORE

Ann Mathews, Palm Beach Cpounty, Department of Environmental Resources Management

photo by: April Smith/Canon Envirothon

JHS Wins 9th Place and $5,500 in Scholarships at the 2011 Canon Envirothon Competition

After advancing through local, regional, and state competitions, five students from Jupiter High School’s Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy (JERFSA) were selected to represent the state of Florida at the 2011 Canon Envirothon competition. The team of motivated sophomores and juniors traveled to New Brunswick, Canada to compete against 54 teams representing 45 U.S. states, eight Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory.

JERFSA Delaware Scrub Natural Area Work Day

PBC Department of Environmental Resources Management remove 420 pounds of trash at Delaware Scrub Natural Area

I wanted to say thank you to the JERFSA students for helping the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management remove 420 pounds of trash during the November 4 volunteer event at Delaware Scrub Natural Area......

Thanks for helping the Department keep Palm Beach County clean and green. I’ll see you in December!

Ann Mathews, Palm Beach County, Department of Environmental Resources Management

Nurturing Environment Comes Naturally

WAY TO GO MR. WEINRICH!

Phil Weinrich caught the "bug" at Pine Jog Environmental Center way back in 1967. As a young college student he helped guide school groups on field trips through the woods and he initiated Pine Jog's first Summer Day Camps. A graduate of Forest Hill High School and the University of Florida, Mr. Weinrich has been the Ecology and AP Environmental Science teacher at Jupiter High School's Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy (JERFSA) since its inception in 1993. He recently received the Pine Jog Environmental Education Green Gala Award for Environmental Educator of the Year.  READ MORE

Jupiter High School's Envirothon winners to represent JERFSA in July 2011 Canada Competition Posted on TCPalm.com May 3, 2011

Photo by Rosanna McCrate: Pictured (left to right) is coach Phil Weinrich and winners Shayna DeRuysscher, Stephanie McCrate, Elizabeth Isner, Becky Meiser and Veronica Gall.

Demonstrating their mastery of soils, wildlife, forestry, aquatics, and current environmental science issues, the Jupiter Environmental and Field Studies Academy (JERFSA) team, "Shrub Patrol," defeated all 23 of Florida's district champion teams—earning them first place in the state competition.

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Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy Students Commit to Clean Up at Adopt-A-Spot Day at JHS

It takes an exceptional kind of teenager that is willing to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning and go to their high school to pick up trash. But that is exactly what 23 students did this past Saturday. Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy (JERFSA) is filled with exceptional students.

Phil Weinrich, Receives 2011 Pine Jog Environmental Education Green Gala Award for "Environmental Educator of the Year"


Mr. Weinrich has earned many environmental education awards over the years and has been the driving force in the many awards earned by JERFSA.  As "Envirothon" Advisor he has won more "Envirothon" competitions than any teacher in the state of Florida. His "Envirothon" students have won the State competition three times placing as high as 6th at a National level.  It is through Mr. Weinrich's efforts with the "Green Initiative' that Jupiter High School was the winner of the inaugural 2009 Green School of Excellence Award and recognized again in 2010.

Neal White, Program Coordinator at JERFSA Accepts 2011 Pine Jog Environmental Education Award for "Environmental Education Program of the Year"

WEST PALM BEACH, FL MARCH 26, 2011 - Neal White, Program Director for the Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy (JERFSA) was honored to accept the Environmental Education Program of the Year award at the 2011 Pine Jog Environmental Education Center's Green Gala. Mr. White has dedicated his career to the development of this very successful environmental education Program of Choice, based at Jupiter Community High School.