Tucked quietly into the forest of rural northeast Florida is an educational center so removed from tradition, you might forget that you’re actually learning. The current home of the Purple Cottage, Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Nassau Outdoor Education Center is located just 20 miles north of downtown Jacksonville but light-years away from the stress of the urban environment. Under a full canopy of native flora, you’ll have the opportunity to watch your cares fade away while you immerse yourself in your creative activities.

When you arrive, you’ll immediately realize that even though you are only 20 minutes away from one of the largest cities in the United States, you’re a long way from the noise, pressures, pace and stress of the city. We recommend that you fill your lungs with fresh air, fill your ears with the sounds of nature and open your mind to the creative abandonment that awaits you.

The Center includes bunk-house style lodging, a large classroom, a full dining room and kitchen, and a beautiful outdoor screened pavillion, all set in northeast Florida’s hardwood forest. Throughout the woods surrounding the center are a variety of low and high ropes challenges for leadership training participants, interspersed with quiet pathways through the woods perfect for contemplating your dreams.


The retreat center is located off I-95, about nine miles north of Jacksonville International Airport, at the A1A/Yulee/Fernandina Beach (exit 373). Turn east onto A1A and drive .6 miles to the Florida State College at Jacksonville Betty P. Cook Nassau Center sign on the right side of A1A. Turn right onto William Burgess Blvd. Travel 1.5 miles to the second Florida State College at Jacksonville entrance, the Outdoor Education Center.

The Center address is:

Florida State College Outdoor Education Center

76346 William Burgess Boulevard

Yulee, Florida 32097

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