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.

Geocaching with a Smart Phone, the last program in our series, has been rescheduled from June 21 to Saturday, July 19 from 9:00 – noon.


Geocaching with a Smart Phone

Saturday, July 19
9 – noon

Photography Hike

Tuesday July 8
5:30 – 6:30 PM

We’re now on Instagram and would love to see all the great photos you have taken at the arboretum. Remember to tag “jaxarboretum” in any images taken on site. To help you shoot even better pictures, we are offering a photography hike. Bring your i-Pad, i-Phone, or camera and lots of questions. Meet Donovan and Mary at the trailhead just before the hike.

Save the DateS!

Member/Volunteer Owl Prowl

Saturday, September 6
6-9 PM

An evening under the stars. Entertainment, Games, Prizes, Hot Dog Roast, S’mores, Guided tours and much more.

Wine and Food Fest

Saturday, October 25

Art in Nature

Saturday, November 8

6 year Anniversary Event. Featuring Art Exhibits, Entertainment, Food sources, Demonstrations and workshops, Children’s Art Projects, and newly added featuresOngoing Events and Activities

Monthly Programs and Activities


Volunteer Workday
No workdays are scheduled for July and August.  Our next workday will be Saturday, September 13 so mark you calendars now! Thanks to all who have helped us maintain the property and we hope to see you in the fall!

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, July 12 and 26
8 AM
Brisk 3-mile hike

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

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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