Special Programs and Events

SAVE THE DATE - Nature at Night

Member/Volunteer Only Event
February 28, 2015
6 PM – 9 PM

Step Out in Nature

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

step out in nature

We are halfway through the competition and half way through our goal of reaching a million steps. We have had great turnout of people for the monthly scheduled nature and fitness walks and the nature programs: Tracking in the Woods and the Meet Merlin Owl Encounter. We have new and exciting things in store for this spring semester; we are changing the scheduled fitness bootcamp on the 1st and 3rd Saturday to include a Fun Family Outdoor Activity! During the Outdoor activity, kids will be learning, playing, and caretaking nature, in nature. We believe that kids thrive and are healthier when they spend time outdoors and that’s what Step Out in Nature is all about.

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: Every 1st and 3rd Saturday 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: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 8 AM (Fitness Walk, brisk hike, all ages are welcome)
  • Nature Walk with a Naturalist/Biologist: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30 AM (The second Saturday walk will feature family friendly activities and the 4th is aimed for adults and/or older children).

Spring Schedule

January 17th – Predators & Prey Day!
Learn about predator/prey relationships during a hike. Learn how to identify which creatures we spot/hear along the way, are they predators, prey, or both?

Activity: Play “Predator/Prey Tag”, and go for a hike

January 24th – A Walk in the Woods and Nature Walk with a Naturalist/Biologist

February 7th – The Pirates are Coming!
Let’s learn about outdoor skills by learning navigational skills and find cool things hidden in the woods.

Activity: Play “treasure hunt” while hiking around the Arboretums trails

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

February 21st – Potatoes, Potatoes, Potatoes!
Let’s learn about invasive plants and how they affect our ecosystems, we will find local examples including the invasive air potato.

Activity: Play “Hot Potato” and do potato sack races and go for a hike to collect air potatoes and have potato sack races.

February 28th – A Walk in the Woods and Nature Walk with a Naturalist/Biologist

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: TBD

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

March/February (Date TBD) – Finale!

Bridal Fantasy Show

Sawgrass Marriott Resort
Sunday, January 11
1 – 5 PM
VIP Brides 11:30 AM

Come by the Arboretum’s display and learn about site rentals for your wedding at the Arboretum.

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, January 10
9 AM – 12 PM

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, January 10 and 24
8 AM
Brisk 3-mile hike

Nature Walk
Saturday, January 10 and 24
9:30 AM
with naturalist/biologist
Walks are free.

Photo Hike
Saturday, January 10
2 – 3 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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