Special Programs and Events

Celebrate National Public Gardens at The Jacksonville Arboretum

Public gardens

Saturday May 9th will be a fun-filled day at the Jacksonville Arboretum. Prior to volunteer work day activities, Chuck Hubbuch will give a short lecture on the importance of public gardens.

Chuck Hubbuch earned his bachelors degree in horticulture from the University of Kentucky. From 1984 to 2002, Chuck became Director of Plant Collections – overseeing a horticultural department – at the world-renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Miami, Florida. During this time, Chuck was Fairchild’s all-time leading plant collector, traveling to 25 countries outside the US to expand Fairchild’s collection. From 1990 to 2004, Chuck worked closely with sixteen gardens in eight countries, including projects with the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, Institute of Museum and Library Services and Caribbean Botanic Garden Conservation. Since 2005, Chuck has directed the design and management of landscaping, gardens and natural areas at the University of North Florida’s over 1,200 acre campus. During his impressive career, Chuck has organized four conferences, published over 55 articles, and offered over 100 presentations in ten countries. His leadership at UNF and on the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens board continues his record of horticultural expertise in the southeastern United States.

After the talk, take an informative nature walk (9:30 AM-10:30 AM) with a local biologist and put in a few volunteer work hours out among the trees (9 AM-Noon). If you do not have one already, get a discounted family or friend membership at the membership tent (10 AM-2 PM). Be sure to bring your camera, because the activities will wrap up with a photography hike (2 PM-3 PM) that you will not want to miss!

Monthly Programs and Activities

Volunteer Workday

Saturday, May 9
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.

Nature Walk

Saturday, May 9
9:30 – 10:30 AM
with naturalist/biologist
Walks are free.

Photo Hike

Saturday, May 9
2 – 3 PM

RESCHEDULED! Nature at Night

Saturday, May 30
6 – 9 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.

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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