Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

The arboretum is open for walking the trails and please follow the trail markers to keep everyone safe.

 

Events to Look Forward to!

May 15 & 16

A Brush With Nature
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

At this event, visitors enjoy the gardens while many of the region’s finest Plein Air artists set up their easels to capture the essence of the Arboretum’s beautiful settings and paint their favorite scenes from locations throughout the 120-acre site.

This special event includes food trucks, live music, children’s activities and beautiful art. Bring your whole family out for this annual treasured event!

Volunteer! Event volunteer sign up for A Brush With Nature is starting now!

Click here to Volunteer

 June 12

Discovering Nature Nearby presents Tortoise Walk: The Beloved Gopher!
10 a.m.

Come learn from experts what makes this humble reptile a “keystone species” which 350 other species depend upon for survival! Space is limited and tickets are $5; children 5 and under are free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local tortoise rescue.

Visit DNN page for tickets.

Volunteer Workdays and Conservation Corps

Are you interested in volunteering with the Arboretum? Here’s the dirt on how you can help.

Volunteer Workdays at the Arboretum are an opportunity to meet new folks with similar interests and work as part of a group with a focused long-term plan.

2nd Saturday: Garden Volunteer Workday

Garden Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Arboretum. You will find them on Wednesdays and the second Saturday weeding and mulching gardens already planted, maintaining hardscaping and benches in the Lake Loop area, and clearing and planting new gardens under the guidance of Shayan Khatibi, the Arboretum’s horticulturist. To the casual visitor, the gardens are more and more beautiful each month. To the careful botanist, they are a constant source of new and interesting species focused on people’s uses of plants for food, shelter, medicine, clothing or any number of other things. Choose to join the team and you might find yourself repairing and painting picnic tables, crawling under camellias pulling dollar weed, replacing rotted posts or erosion control boards, building planters, raking trip hazards from gravel paths, or installing several flats of donated annuals in the pollinator garden.

Workday Wednesday:

If you can join us during the week, our hardworking volunteers also come out on Wednesday mornings. These workdays are led by our horticulturist, Shayan Khatibi.

For Both Groups:

Meet our group in the picnic area at 8 a.m. We usually work until 11 a.m.

The Conservation Corps

This group maintains the natural area and its woodland trail system usually the third Saturday of the month. Guided by a detailed resource management plan, the team is charged with keeping the ArcGIS community and trail map current; removing invasive species from existing communities; planning, creating, and maintaining small restoration areas; flagging, clearing, and care of trails; and research, design, and installing and keeping up educational and informational signage. Come to a workday and you might find yourself knee deep in mud digging Peruvian primrose willow or rag in hand cleaning plant identification signs, lugging 30-pound sections of tallow tree trunk out of sight of the trail or recording coordinates for the ethnobotanical signage; crashing through the dense undergrowth of the sand ridge flagging a new trail or on your knees pulling weeds that are choking out longleaf pine or persimmon planted the previous fall. Volunteers generally leave filthy and drenched but with a huge smile and a promise to return. Please fill out the form on our website to be added to our RSVP list for this special group. These workdays are a real workout and not for the faint of heart!

For all of our workdays, bring garden gloves if you have them, wear comfortable clothes and shoes (that you don’t mind getting dirty). You may want to pack a snack and plenty of water.

To get on our email lists to RSVP to workdays please fill out the form here.

Nature Walk

Unscheduled at this time

Yoga On Your Own

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.

Yoga Program

Unscheduled at this time

Enjoy relaxing stress free morning in nature 🌿 quieting the mind, engaging the body and restoring the spirit. This class will focus on the NEW YEAR and bring in new positive vibrations into 2020. Setting mindful goals for the future year.   Letting go of the past. Great for the whole family.

This is kid friendly family👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 event. Refreshments 💧and snacks 🍊🍌will be provided. No mat? No problem b/c they have plenty. Just bring yourself and a smile! 😁

RSVP here for this donation based activity:

https://www.harmonymbswellness.org/events/yoga-in-the-gardens-3

Children’s Tour

Unscheduled at this time

Our children’s tour guide will take participants and their guardians on a short hike around the Arboretum. You will see a diversity of ecosystems and participate in a scavenger hunt like program that is entertaining as much as it will engage your mind, body, and spirit with nature! There is no cost for this tour but cash donations in the donation tower are very appreciated and help ensure our programs will continue to be free!

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, contact arboretum4kids@gmail.com.

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!

Photos and Information About Prior Programs and Events

Workdays, Mayor’s Book Club Tree Day, Gopher Tortoise Relocation, etc. can be found on our smugmug page.

Art work from prior painting events can be found here: Brush with Nature.