Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

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Guided Nature Walk: Gopher Tortoise(Gopherus polyphemus)

Status: Threatened
Saturday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

We invite you to join us this month as we take a closer look at one of the Arboretum’s popular residents. Our expert guide is local and renowned botanist, Adam Hoyles, who will educate and inform us about one of the rare creatures that is essential to our biodiversity in Florida. The gopher tortoise is so important that is classified as a keystone species, one who is solely responsible for the survival of 350 other species. Mr. Hoylesis Vice President of Operations, for OEC, Onsite Environmental Consulting, a Professional Wetland Scientist, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. He has more than 25 years of experience in environmental management. Heis a registered gopher tortoise agent certified by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Reservations are required and space is limited. Tickets are $5 and kids 5 and under are free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local tortoise rescue. For more information and to reserve your spot, contact Martina Schmidt, Development Coordinator at martina.schmidt@jacksonvillearboretum.org. Or click on the PayPal button below for your tickets.

Limited attendance. $5.00 Adults. Children under 5 are free.

Virtual Presentations

Gopher Tortoise Talk With Danielle

What is Discovering Nature Nearby?

A free public event that provides guests an educational opportunity to learn about topics on ecology, forestry, botany, gardening, and much more. We will have some exciting programs as we move into 2021! In the meantime, we are working on some virtual DNN videos that will be shared here and on our Facebook page.