Let Nature Challenge You
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 three 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. $3 non-member visitor donation requested to help pay operations.
Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM.
Entry gates are locked promptly at closing so plan your visit so that you exit the Arboretum prior to closing.
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News – January 2017
Although the holidays can be busy, why not enjoy your day off from work by taking your family and friends to the Arboretum. Come see what Matthew left behind in its path. Make note of our progress in the clean up carried out by so many terrific volunteers. Check out the new boardwalk, plantings, and seating areas added in 2016. Then consider a gift of time or dollars to help us complete both the clean up and long term mission. Remember, we are supported solely by your donations.
A New Year & A New Boardwalk
Thanks to a a $5,000 grant from REI, awarded last May, Arboretum visitors can now enjoy more beautiful bottomland forest, while remaining above the muck. After months of designing, surveying, searching for in-kind donations and looking for volunteers, a very handsome boardwalk is there to make the Jones Creek Trail more accessible for our visitors. In February, we will finish the project by leveling and resurfacing the trail between the Lake Loop and the beginning of the boardwalk. We are dreaming of continuing the upgrades across the creek and around the point once we clean up the mess left by Matthew.
In addition to REI, we owe many thanks to Chad Grimm, who once again stepped up to help with design and survey work. Southern Lumber, Varn Wood Preserving, Choo-Choo Hardware, and Home Depot slashed their prices or outright donated materials. Jerry and Adam Holland gave us a great deal on the construction cost. Last but not least, employees of the JEA Arlington Treatment facility provided much needed assistance unloading and staging lumber.
Discovering Nature Nearby Programs for 2017
Come learn more about invasive plants on Saturday January 21st at 9:30 AM from the US Army Corps of Engineers’ plant expert Jessica Spencer. We will start out at the Arboretum’s picnic area for our fourth Discovering Nature Nearby program brought to you by TD Bank, Rayonier Advanced Materials, and the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens. Each third Saturday of the month through May 2017 expert presenters educate the public on a wide variety of topics. All ages and abilities are welcome free of charge, although contributions to our donation box are greatly appreciated. Bring your nature journal, bug spray, and a keen eye.
During the December 12th workday, planting of cacti and agaves was begun in the parking lot. With these latest plantings, we added 125 plant species to the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens’ plant collection in the 2016 calendar year. Due to our lack of irrigation and the current drought, a few of the plantings were lost. Nevertheless, this is a substantial increase in the collection with a strong focus on the theme of People and Plants. There are a large number of plants ready for planting in 2017. Hopefully, much needed rainfall and the continued help of our volunteers will support our efforts in this new year.
Show the world that you are starting this year off right! Use #jacksonvillearboretum and Facebook www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleArboretumGardens to post your 2017 Arboretum photos and help us reach more people like you. We appreciate it!
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