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 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.
NOTICE! SPIRITS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER.
Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM AND extended summer hours until 7 PM on Monday thru Thursday until DST
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
News – October 2019
“Spirits Under the Sun” is POSTPONED!!!!!
SPIRITS UNDER THE SUN FUNDRAISER POSTPONED AND WILL NOT TAKE PLACE ON OCT. 19!
Because of high winds expected in Jacksonville on Saturday, Oct. 19, we have been forced to postpone the Spirits Under the Sun event.
Right now, we are working with our partners and restaurants to select a new date.
We will notify all ticketholders when a new date is selected within the next few days.
Thanks for your understanding…and your continued support!
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Board of Directors
Construction on the South Loop to Begin October 26
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is one-step closer to being more ADA Accessible. Construction on the South Loop is set to begin October 26. In August, the Arboretum Board of Directors approved a contract with A-1 Coastal Paving to complete the paving project, representing a major capital investment in the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens.
The project will provide permanent ADA accessibility to the pavilion area for mobility-impaired visitors. Our contractor, A-1 Coastal Paving, will work with us to ensure the public can access the other areas of the Arboretum while the project is under way.
Thank you JEA Volunteers
Volunteers from JEA cleaned up the gardens and cleared an area for our new greenhouse. They used an excavator and made light work of the job.
Wildflower Circle Tour
Members of the Garden Club of Jacksonville’s Wildflower Circle visited the Arboretum for a 90- minute tour on September 23.
Monarch Butterfly Program and Release
The Monarch Butterfly program and Butterfly Release on September 21 was a learning experience and fun for all. About 100 people listened to our grassroots butterfly expert, Delores Goslin, give a detailed talk on the monarch’s migration and habitat needs. She had many stages of the monarch on display and demonstrated tagging a newly eclosed male butterfly for its fall migration. Pollinator garden plants and seeds were given to the participants. Insect collections were on display to show these very important creatures up close.
About 40 butterflies in individual envelopes were released. The species released included Zebra Swallowtails, Julia’s Swallowtails, and Pipevine Swallowtails. Many lit on the children’s fingers, clothes or nearby flowers. Experiencing a live insect up close is something the children will remember as they help to preserve the habitat for these beautiful and important pollinators in the future.
Discovering Nature Nearby
The Duval Audubon walk will be October 19 from 8 -10 AM starting in the parking lot. They will be looking and listening for local residents and migrating species. Please bring your binoculars for this educational event. DNN will be immediately following in the picnic area from 10 – 11:30 AM Join local artists in creating drawings and paintings representing some of the birds seen here at JAG.
Save the date – on November 16 at 9:30 AM, Dave Holley, Fernandina arborist, will be leading a tour to teach the trees of JAG. He always has lots of interesting stories and fun facts. All are welcome. These events are all free and open to the public. No need to register.
Mark your calendars for other upcoming DNN programs (in the picnic area):
Saturday November 16, 2019 9:30 AM DNN Learn the Trees of the Arboretum by Painting Them, Materials provided
Saturday January 18, 2020 9:30 AM Alligator and Reptile Program by Kelly Ussia, St. John’s Parks Naturalist
Saturday April 18, 2020 8-10 AM Duval Audubon Walk
Saturday May 16, 2020 – 9:30 AM DNN Butterfly Release
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