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 – February 2015
V is for Valentines & Volunteers
Do you love the outdoors? Do you want more people to have the opportunity to enjoy nature right in the heart of Jacksonville? The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is expanding the search for passionate volunteers, just like you, to fill the following roles:
• Volunteer Coordinator- manage the current volunteer database, recruit new volunteers, and staff projects and events with capable volunteers
• Marketing/Outreach Ambassadors-act as a general Goodwill Ambassador to the general public, represent the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens at public events, trade shows, exhibitions, expos, etc., be responsible for staffing information booths, distributing literature, and selling Arboretum fundraising materials
• Property Stewards- preserve the Arboretum’s beauty by working alongside the Site Ops team for both special projects and general maintenance of the property
• Site Rental Coordinator- work with groups interested in site rentals and be a liaison working with site renters, equipment rental companies, and caterers to provide memorable events at the Arboretum
• Programs Assistant- facilitate field trips and help the programs manager promote and coordinate programs for the general pubic
• Communications Specialist- oversee public relations including: press releases, the monthly newsletter, the quarterly e-magazine and e-blasts
If you have the desire and qualifications to assist the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens with these needs, reply to info@firstname.lastname@example.org . Please state the volunteer position you are seeking in the subject heading and send your resume and phone number. Thank you!
Earning Their Bug Badge at the Arboretum
The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens (JAG) aims to please. So when the programs manager received a tour request with an added note that attending Scout Troop 1464 would be working towards their bug badges, she knew just who to arrange as their guide. Merrill Varn recently stepped down as president of JAG, but she continues to volunteer A LOT and she just happens to have a PhD in Entomology. The scouts, as shown above, clearly enjoyed their tour of the Jones Creek Trail and interacting with a millipede, but Merrill may have had the most fun of all.
Music in the Woods During Nature at Night
Terry Whitehead will be providing fireside entertainment for the next Nature at Night event, which is free of charge for members and volunteers. Saturday March 5th from 6 PM to 9 PM we will be roasting hot dogs and s’mores under the stars at the Arboretum. Bring your own lawn chairs, bug spray, and flash lights. Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens supporters Certified Steak & Seafood and Potter’s House “Soul Food Bistro” will provide food. Beverages will be available as well (all non-alcoholic for this family-friendly event).
RSVP HERE by noon on March 5th. Please put “Nature at Night” in the subject line and let us know the number of adults & children in your party. Admission is free for members and volunteers; however, if you bring guests, we ask for a donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child to help defray costs. Attendance will be limited to the first 100 people.
Workday Volunteers Start Jones Creek Trail Improvements
On January 9th, workday volunteers began the process of increasing the accessibility of the Jones Creek Trail. By the end of this REI funded enhancement, part of the trail will be leveled and covered with asphalt millings. In addition, a new bridge will be installed and bench seating will be added. Come help with this project during the next second Saturday work day from 9am to noon on February 13th. See you there!
People and Plants Theme a Hit
The second of the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens’ People and Plants-themed Nature Walks took place on January 9th. All of the Arboretum’s Second Saturday tours are free. The next People and Plants-themed walk will take place on May 14th. It is not to be missed!
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