Special Programs and Events

Painting outdoors plein air

Event Returns

April 16-18, 2015
Logo.Brush with Nature

The Arboretum is once again hosting A Brush with Nature. This hugely popular fundraiser and plein air painting event will feature 36 renowned landscape artists painting in the Arboretum’s beautiful settings. Visitors can watch and interact with the artists, view created works in the “wet tent” and even purchase a painting during the three-day on-site event or at the Artists’ Reception & Show at bestbet Jacksonville on Saturday evening. Other event activities include artists’ demonstrations, nature tours, live music, food trucks and children’s art activities. For more information, visit our event website at www.abrushwithnature.org.

Organizing this amazing event requires months of planning, scores of volunteers and generous funding. Many thanks to all who are providing support.

Event Sponsors
St. Vincent’s Foundation
bestbet Jacksonville
PRI Productions
The Hartley Press
The Boeing Company
John Pope at Retirement Strategies, Inc.
Office Environments & Services
Susan Hartman & Ron May at Raymond James
The Home Depot

Here are some other ways that you can support this event.

Become an Art Patron

Pre-purchase Patron Awards in $200 increments and receive free and early admission to the Artists’ Reception & Show on Saturday evening at bestbet Jacksonville. All $200 goes toward the purchase of a painting, at the event or reception, with proceeds benefiting the artist and the Arboretum.

Purchase a Painting

With 36 artists painting for three days, there will be a wealth of subject matter, media, size, and price range to choose from. It’s a win, win,win! The buyers gets original art work; the artist’s hard work is acknowledged; and the Arboretum receives 50% of the purchase price.

Volunteer at the Event

A three-day event requires many volunteers, so if you would like to help, please sign-up on our event website at www.abrushwithnature.org/volunteers.asp. We will then send out an invitation to sign up for specific available tasks and times.

Step Out in Nature

Congratulations to everyone who has Stepped Up for Step Out in Nature!

step out in nature
Step Out In Nature is in its final month at the Arboretum. So, please don’t forget to log-in your steps at www.stepoutinnature.org! There have been fantastic turnouts since initiating the spring schedule and our new partnership with Expedition First Coast. We have surpassed our goal of one million steps; but more importantly, families are enjoying outdoor activities together, while walking the Arboretum’s beautiful trails. The topics taught during the “Fun Family Outdoor Activities” have included learning about predator/prey relationships, native flora and fauna, orienteering, and invasive species. All of the activities have emphasized the learning process and in some cases the parents learned just as much as their kids.

Congratulations to all of the families who have Stepped UP for Step Out In Nature.

The competition will continue in the spring until March 16th. Aside from the programming, we encourage everyone to continue walking the trails and recording the trails walked on-line at http://www.stepoutinnature.org/ to compete for great prizes.

As part of the program, the Arboretum is offering the following activities until March 16th:

  • Fun Family Outdoor Activity: The 1st Saturday of March at 9:30 AM
    For these days we will have a fun outdoor activity and a short hike for elementary aged kids and their families. The activities are fun nature oriented educational activities.
  • A Walk In The Woods: The 2nd Saturday at 8 AM (Fitness Walk, brisk hike, all ages are welcome)
  • Nature Walk with a Naturalist/Biologist: The 2nd Saturday at 9:30 AM

Spring Schedule

March 7th – Spring Will be Springing!

Go on a wildflower walk and learn about different flowering plants and the insects that thrive in the spring

Activity: Fun Family Outdoor Activity 9:30 AM

March 14th – A Walk in the Woods and Nature Walk with a Naturalist/Biologist

March (Date TBD) – Finale!

For details please visit www.stepoutinnature.org

A Brush With Nature Plein Air Painting Event

April 16-18, 2015

For more information go to: www.abrushwithnature.org

Monthly Programs and Activities

Volunteer Workday

Saturday, March 14
9 AM – Noon

Help us maintain your Arboretum and keep it looking good. Volunteer Workdays are a great way to engage in outdoor activities while giving back to the community. We have some tools and gloves available, but you are welcome to bring your own  clippers and gloves.  Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

A Walk in the Woods
Fitness Walk
Saturday, March 14
8 AM
Brisk 3-mile hike
For details please visit www.stepoutinnature.org

Nature Walk
Saturday, March 14
9:30 AM
with naturalist/biologist
Walks are free.

Photo Hike 
Saturday, March 14
2 PM

General Information About Saturday Workdays

Our regular volunteer workdays are on the second Saturday of each month from 9 AM until noon, except July and August when none are scheduled.

This is a great time of year to come out for our volunteer workdays. With cooler temperatures and virtually no bugs, working in the great outdoors is very refreshing, with the added benefit of fall colors all around. So please come out and help us keep your Arboretum looking great. Your efforts really do make a difference and are greatly appreciated.

The Arboretum has some gloves and tools, but you are welcome to bring your own. Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Volunteer workdays are a great way to meet new people, enjoy some exercise in the great outdoors and know that you are making a difference in support of the Arboretum!

We are now working on a volunteer database. This will help us match individual skills and interests with our specific volunteer needs. In the meantime,if you have a special skill or expertise that you can offer as a volunteer, please let us know. Go to info@jacksonvillearboretum.org and put “volunteer” in the subject line.

Healthy Trails

Studies have shown that walking 10,000 steps a day will lead to sustainable weight control and improved cardiovascular health. It’s easy and fun to count your steps at the Arboretum because we’ve already done it for you. Simply enjoy your walk and take in the natural wonders of the Arboretum. Trails at the Arboretum have been measured for the number of steps an adult or child will take to complete them. You won’t even realize that you are getting exercise!


You can do yoga on your own. If you have a mobile phone with a QR scanner, you can access suggestions for yoga poses located at various cyber stations around the Lake Loop Trail. The poses are demonstrated by Olympic gold-medal-winner Shannon Miller.

General Information About A Walk in the Woods

There are two walks: one fitness and one nature-oriented. Both are fun and informative. Both are free and open to the public.

Fitness Walks twice monthly  on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 8 AM
Nature Walk twice monthly at 9:30 AM and typically are on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

Please come join us!

The Mobile application may soon have events and activities.  Stay tuned!


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