Let Nature Challenge You

 

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy. From the trailhead next to the parking lot, a stabilized walkway encircles a beautiful two-acre lake. This trail gently descends about 25 feet from to the foot of the lake and then returns up a gentle slope on the opposite side to the trailhead. Interpretive signs and over 100 labeled plants enhance the loop. In addition, over two miles of rustic hiking trails wind quietly through a series of distinct ecological habitats. Along the trails, benches invite you either to pause and enjoy the view or to get in a good stretch during a vigorous walk. The Arboretum is developed and managed by the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc., a non-profit entity that leases the land from the City. Except for special events, there is no admission fee.

News – July 2015

 

Trail Improvement Grant from REI

The Arboretum was just awarded a $5,000 trail improvement grant from Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI).

The funds will be used to upgrade the Jones Creek Trail infrastructure along the first 250 to 300 feet of the trail. To be completed in several segments over the next 6-12 months, the project will encompass trail stabilization, replacement of a bridge and the construction of a stream-side seating area. While the grant will increase access to gorgeous bottomland forest, the stabilization will also help protect the habitats the trail traverses.

The Arboretum’s neighbor, JEA’s East Arlington Water Treatment Facility, will help with the project, as will volunteers enlisted by the Arboretum and REI through their websites, newsletters, social media and on-site notices.

This is a great opportunity to be part of a major improvement project. So keep a lookout for upcoming notices on how and when to volunteer.

Because the Jones Creek Trail is the most frequently used trail at the Arboretum, improvements will be immediately recognized and appreciated by the over 30,000 annual visitors.

Plan Your Special Day at the Arboretum

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 Photo: Florence Belle Photography

The dog days of summer are here, but a beautiful season for weddings at the Arboretum is just around the corner. The months of October, November and December generally offer clear skies, cooler temperatures and some lovely autumn colors. Arboretum winters are fairly mild and the brightly colored seedlings of red maples and sugar maples are striking against the backdrop of clear blue skies. Then spring brings a profusion of colorful blooms to the Arboretum.

Almost any month is perfect for exchanging vows in one of the six beautiful nature settings available for rental.

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Photo: Florence Belle Photography

To learn more about having your special day in this very special place, please visit our site rental page.

Adopt-A-Species

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Adopt-a-Species is an affordable option to help the Arboretum preserve the plant and animal habitats within its boundaries. For a $30 one-year adoption fee, the donor or recipient receives a personalized adoption certificate and a Fun Facts sheet with a photograph of the adopted species; both are suitable for framing. Adopting a gopher tortoise or a live oak tree is a great way to inspire your child, grandchild, or inner child to learn more about the natural world. There will be delight upon finding the adopted species on visits to the Arboretum and a personal connection will be established. For more information and a list of species available for adoption, visit our support page.

A Nature at Night THANK YOU for Members and Volunteers

Nature at Night events are held twice a year, weather permitting, to thank Arboretum members and volunteers for all that they do. Without them, the Arboretum could not even open its gates.

The most recent Nature at Night event took place on the last Saturday in May because March rain warranted rescheduling of the original plans. Despite a very hot and humid afternoon, rain held off and the evening cooled down to a pleasant temperature.

Attendees checked in at the membership table and munched popcorn while strolling down to the Reflection Point Pavilion, a new location for this event. Here fire pits were ready for roasting hot dogs and making s’mores, which went perfectly with donated dishes from the Soul Food Bistro.

While some visitors went on night time tours of the Arboretum, others simply enjoyed relaxing in lawn chairs and catching up with friends. Bats put on a show diving for insects above Lake Ray and a few members even saw a fox on the prowl. The evening was a delight!

Volunteer Gatekeepers Needed

Please email us at: info@jacksonvillearboretum.org

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