Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens  


Special Events and Activities

Mark Your Calendar for Weed-Wrangle Week February 24 – 29

Join us for Weed-Wrangle Week, Monday, February 23 – Saturday, February 29 at the Arboretum. Weed-Wrangle Week is a statewide volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. Want to know what to look for? Check out floridainvasives.org. 

Yoga Program

Sunday, February 9
11:00 AM

Enjoy relaxing stress free morning in nature 🌿 quieting the mind, engaging the body and restoring the spirit. This class will focus on the NEW YEAR and bring in new positive vibrations into 2020. Setting mindful goals for the future year.   Letting go of the past. Great for the whole family.

This is kid friendly family👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 event. Refreshments 💧and snacks 🍊🍌will be provided. No mat? No problem b/c they have plenty. Just bring yourself and a smile! 😁

RSVP here for this donation based activity:


Project Art Room

Held After Nature Walk at approx 11:00 AM and at 1:00 PM.
REQUIRED RSVP and the cost is $10 per child.

First and Fourth Saturday of Month

We are excited to announce that Paige Jonson has agreed to lead a family-centered art program with children and their guardians called Project Art Room. The programs will be held after the children’s nature walk at the Arboretum on the first and fourth Saturday of the month at approximately 11 AM.

Paige Jonson with a student

Project Art Room is an independent organization of the Jacksonville Arboretum which encourages and inspires creativity in children through activities that teach social skills and expression. Classes will last approximately one hour. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

REQUIRED RSVP or for  more information contact Paige Jonson (904) 303-4402 or by email at pageywageydesignz13@gmail.com.

Discovering Nature Nearby (DNN)

Saturday February 15
10 AM – 11 AM

Joshua Rosenburg of NativeJax will be presenting on Permaculture in Nature. He will discuss how nature is already practicing permaculture through stacking functions, plants growing in the right place, and composting. Learn more at his website:  https://www.nativejax.com

Discovering Nature Nearby is sponsored by TD Bank and Rayonier. We appreciate their support.

Saturday April 18
8 AM – 10 AM
Duval Audubon Walk

Saturday May 16, 2020
9:30 AM
DNN Butterfly Release

Monthly Programs and Activities

Children’s Tour

First Saturday
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Our children’s tour guide will take participants and their guardians on a short hike around the Arboretum. You will see a diversity of ecosystems and participate in a scavenger hunt like program that is entertaining as much as it will engage your mind, body, and spirit with nature! There is no cost for this tour but cash donations in the donation tower are very appreciated and help ensure our programs will continue to be free!

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, contact arboretum4kids@gmail.com.

Volunteer Workday

Saturday, February 8
9:00 AM – Noon

What is it? 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.

Nature Walk

Saturday, February 22
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Walk with our naturalist/biologist. Walks are free. The monthly Nature Walk will take place on the fourth Saturday.

General Information


About Volunteer Workdays

Volunteer workdays are held one Saturday each month from 9 AM until noon on a date to be determined each month.

If you would like to attend these work days go to info@jacksonvillearboretum.org and put “Conservation Corps” in the subject line.

You will placed on the email distribution for future notifications.

Conservation Corps work includes working in the Rosemary Scrub, Lower Ravine and Sandhill; exotic invasive plant removal/control; and erosion control.

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.


Photos and Information About Prior Programs and Events

Workdays, Mayor’s Book Club Tree Day, Gopher Tortoise Relocation, etc. can be found on our smugmug page.

Art work from prior painting events can be found here: Brush with Nature.