Special Programs and Events

Discovering Nature Nearby

Through the generosity of the TD Charitable Foundation, the Arboretum received a grant enabling us to introduce a series of programs entitled Discovering Nature Nearby.

These programs, to be offered during the first six months of 2014, will provide fun and positive experiences that teach about the natural world and how to create and maintain a healthy relationship with it.

Our goal is to provide a broader, more holistic view of nature to individuals and families within our community, so that all of us become more comfortable and knowledgeable about the world outside the urban environments in which we live. Within 30 minutes of most First Coast residents, the Arboretum is an easily accessible destination for you, your family and friends to come and enjoy these educational programs.

Please mark your calendars. These programs promise to be both fun and educational.

Our fourth program on Edible & Medicinal Plants will be presented by Beverly Fleming and Lesley Royce on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10-11:30 a.m. Ms. Fleming and Ms. Royce will profile some historically edible and medicinal plants of Northeast Florida. They will also offer hints to participants on how to identify these targeted plants, many of which are commonly found in our area. Reference books will be available to view.

Beverly Fleming is a St. Johns County naturalist, retired from St. Johns County Parks & Recreation. She is also an author, and has written about nature as a columnist in Northeast Florida for the past 30 years. Lesley Royce is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, a naturalist and past president of Duval Audubon Society.

This program is suitable for all ages, including families with children. Those under 18 must be accompanied by and under the supervision of an adult at all times.

Other programs in the series include the following, with detailed information on each to follow in subsequent newsletters:

Native Plants

May 3 9 am – Noon

Geocaching with a Smart Phone

June 21 9 am – 10:30 am

Save the Date!

Pavilion Dedication

Friday, April 25 2-3 pm
Please join the Board of the Jacksonville Arboretum as we cut the ribbon to our new pavilion on Friday, April 25 from 2-3 PM.

This handsome covered shelter offers our visitors a shady spot to rest and take in the view of Lake Ray and will also be used for special events. We look forward to seeing you at this celebration.

Ongoing Events and Activities

Monthly Programs and Activities


Volunteer Workday
Saturday, April 12
9 am – Noon
Please come out to help us get our grounds looking good for the dedication of our new pavilion on April 25. We have some tools & gloves, but you may bring your own. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

A Walk in the Woods
Fitness Walk
Saturday, April 12 & 26
8 a.m.
Brisk 3-mile hike

Nature Walk
Saturday, April 26
9:30 am
with naturalist/biologist
Walks are free.

Pavilion Dedication
Friday, April 25
2-3 p.m.

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 a.m.
Nature Walk once monthly on the 4th Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Please come join us!

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


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