Let Nature Challenge You
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy.
From the trailhead next to the parking lot, a stabilized walkway encircles a beautiful two-acre lake. This trail gently descends about 25 feet from to the foot of the lake and then returns up a gentle slope on the opposite side to the trailhead. Interpretive signs and over 100 labeled plants enhance the loop.
In addition, over three miles of rustic hiking trails wind quietly through a series of distinct ecological habitats. Along the trails, benches invite you either to pause and enjoy the view or to get in a good stretch during a vigorous walk.
The Arboretum is developed and managed by the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc., a non-profit entity that leases the land from the City. Except for special events, there is no admission fee. $3 non-member visitor donation requested to help pay operations.
Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. Entry gates are locked promptly at closing so plan your visit so that you exit the Arboretum prior to closing.
ADA – For accommodation please contact the City of Jacksonville’s ADA Coordinator at 630-4940 or email; email@example.com. Please allow three business days for appropriate processing.
News – November 2015
Big Thanks to the Jacksonville Seminole Club Volunteerism Committee!
Each month The Jacksonville Seminole Club Volunteerism Committee spends a weekend morning working at a different local non-profit. Recently the Arboretum was the lucky site. Eight Florida State University alumni spent the morning wading through mud and crawling through briers while they flagged the wetland line in the southern third of the property. Once verified, the line will become part of a future permit application for improvements such as boardwalks, bridges, and overlooks along Jones Creek and in our bottomland forests.
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens would love to design a project for your alumni association. It can be anything from garden maintenance to trail improvement to habitat conservation. Volunteer projects are a great way to both gather your alumni and give back to the community. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arbor-EAT-um Wine and Food Fest
Fantastic wines and incredible menu items from Biscottis, Bold City Brewery, Bono’s & Pastiche Catering, Certified Seafood & Steaks Co., Coffee Perks, Designed Events Catering, Earth Fare, Green Room Brewery, Guanabana Ice Pops, Havana Jax & Cuba Libre, Indochine, Mudville Grille, Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro, Publix, River City Brewing Co., Salt Life Food Shack, Tacolu, The Grotto and Zeta Brewing Co. ensured everyone left full and happy.
Side Track and Old Dawgs New Trixx both supplied wonderful entertainment. The monies raised will help support the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens throughout the next year.
Thank you to all of you who volunteered at the event and came out to enjoy yourselves!
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Why not inform someone you are thankful for of a rosemary plant not used in cuisine.
For $30 he or she will receive a personalized Florida Rosemary certificate and Fun Facts sheets, with a photograph of the endangered plant – perfect “thank you” gifts for the hosts and hostesses of a Thanksgiving soiree.
All proceeds from the one year adoption will help support the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens.
For more information and a list of species available for adoption, download Adapt-a-Species Application (.pdf).
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