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

Special Events and Activities


Save the Date:

Saturday, October 19th
3 PM to 6 PM 
1445 Millcoe Road

Tickets are on sale now for the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens sixth annual fun, outdoor fundraiser ‘Spirits Under the Sun” – A Pairing of Food, Drink & Nature – which takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 19 at the lakefront pavilion.

Details are over on our special event page

Project Art Room  

First and Fourth Saturday of Month

Saturday, September 7 Held After Children’s Nature Walk at approx 11:00 AM
Saturday, September 28 Held After Children’s Nature Walk at approx 10:00 AM (Note this is different schedule than previous)

August 24th until December 2019

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 11a.m.

 The cost is $10 per child.

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.

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

Discovering Nature Nearby (DNN)

Saturday, September 21
9:30 AM
DNN will be the Monarch Butterfly Program and Butterfly Release with our native grassroots expert tagging butterflies for their journey. There will be native species butterflies to release and native plants to take home. Creating habitat for the success of our native butterflies and monarchs will a focus of the talk.

Monthly Programs and Activities

Children’s Tour

Saturday, September 7
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This tour is designed to teach kids the relationship between people and the environment.

The group will be taken around the arboretum and shown what plants can be used for purposes such as food, medicine, fibers, culture, and environmental factors. Kids will learn that plants are essential to life as we know it.

This free tour is designed for kids roughly ages 7-12 and will begin the first Saturday of September. From there, it will be held every first Saturday of the month. It will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the picnic area and will continue until 11:00 a.m.

This program will not only get the kids outside and letting out some energy, but it will also teach them facts and skills they can take to their families and schools.Space is limited. To reserve a spot, contact arboretum4kids@gmail.com.

Volunteer Workday

Saturday, August 10
Saturday, September 14
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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, August 24
Saturday, September 28
9:00 AM – 10:00 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.