Special Programs and Events
Full Moon Owl Prowl
For Members & Volunteers Only
Saturday, March 15
6 – 9 PM
Enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship around the campfire as we watch a near-full moon rise over Lake Ray. This is a special night to thank our members and volunteers for their support of the Arboretum. There will be a weiner roast plus chicken wings and side dishes donated by Soul Food Bistro and s’mores for dessert, music by Jonathon Lynn, games for the kids and guided trail walks through the woods where you may hear or see an owl or two.
We will also introduce our new benefit-based membership program and volunteer opportunities. T-shirts, caps and honey will be available at the check-in/membership table. It promises to be an evening to remember, so make plans now and RSVP to email@example.com. Please put “Owl Prowl” in subject line and let us know the number of adults & children in your party (members and/or volunteers). Attendance will be limited to 100, so sign up early.
If event is canceled due to bad weather, we will re-schedule at a later date. Please bring folding chairs.
Thanks to our volunteer event planning committee and the following sponsors for their support:
Team Black – Jim Mace www.teamblack.us
The Soul Food Bistro – Celestia Mobley www.thesoulfoodbistro.com
Fiji Natural Artesian Water www.fijiwater.com
Southern Wine & Spirits – Willis Jones www.southernwine.com
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.
This Month In Discovering Nature Nearby
This month’s program is near the end of March and next month’s is just a week later, so a description of each is included below. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Carole Adams, past-president and current board member of Duval Audubon Society and an avid birder, will present Birding 101 on March 29, 2014 from 9 a.m.-noon. Her first recorded bird was a Northern Cardinal when she was 10 years old, which was the beginning of a life-long endeavor to find and identify birds.
Join Ms. Adams to learn about birding, including tips about how to find birds and how to identify the birds that you see. Please bring binoculars if you have them; she will have some to share if you don’t.
Our fourth program on Edible & Medicinal Plants on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10-11:30 a.m. will be presented by Beverly Fleming and Lesley Royce.
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.
Both programs are 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:
March 29 9 am – Noon
Edible & Medicinal Plants
April 5 10 am – 11:30 am
May 3 9 am – Noon
Geocaching with a Smart Phone
June 21 9 am – 10:30 am
Save the Date!
Friday, April 25 2-3 pm
Details in the April newsletter.
Ongoing Events and Activities
Monthly Programs and Activities
Saturday, March 8
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.
A Walk in the Woods
Saturday, March 8 & 22
8 am Fitness Walk
Brisk 3 mile hike
Saturday, March 22
9:30 am Nature Walk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and put “volunteer” in the subject line.
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!