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



Special Events and Activities


Save the Date:


The new date for “Spirits Under the Sun” is 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, December 7.

Due to predicted high winds and rain, we had to postpone our annual fundraiser in October.

“Spirits Under the Sun” is a pairing of Food, Drink, & Nature” featuring dishes from Jacksonville’s most popular restaurants combined with spirits, wine and local craft beers. The sixth annual event will be held at the Arboretum’s lakefront pavilion and features musical entertainment, a silent auction and guided tours of the gardens.

The limited attendance event will showcase some of Jacksonville’s favorite restaurants that will provide samples from their signature menu items.

Local craft beers are being provided courtesy of Bold City Breweries and The Green Room – with spirits and wines from around the world courtesy of in-kind sponsor, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Entertainment will be provided by Sidetrack Duo, with items available for purchase during a silent auction.

Patrons who already purchased tickets for the October date should show up on December 7 and do not need to contact JAG or get new tickets. For previous ticket holders who can’t make the new Dec. 7 date, please contact us at info@jacksonvillearboretum.org to request a refund.

We also have additional tickets available at the event for the same price as presales. Members of the Arboretum receive a 10 percent discount on the $75 ticket price.

Guests must be 21-years or older to attend and are encouraged to wear the appropriate shoes to take advantage of the natural environment found at the Arboretum.

Event Sponsors include bestbet Jacksonville, the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships, Crowley Cares Foundation, and Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow, PLLC, with Partner Level Sponsors Terra Wise Homes and REI, and Supporter Level Sponsors JaxPort, Liberty Advisory Group, OE&S/Office

Details are over on our special event page

NEW! Healthy Living Series

Thursday December, 12
9 AM – Noon

Meg leads the Timucuan Foundation while they hold a Healthy Living Series in picnic area.  


9- 9:15   Meet and greet 

9:15 – 9:30  Light stretching

9:30 – 10:30  Walk

10:30 – 12 noon   Plein air painting

Wood you paint a mandala with me?
Yoga Program

Sunday, December 15
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Price: $5/person  $10/family: All supplies included for a leaf painting session in nature. 

Age: Kids friendly event (workshop lasts about 1hour, ALL LEVELS WELCOME)  

Location: Event will take place in the picnic area through a partnership with Harmony, Mind, Body, Spirit. The Nature painting workshop offers an opportunity for children and adults to express their creativity and practice the art of dotillism while using the world itself as a canvas. We will explore our findings to paint colorful mandalas inspired by the geometric patterns of the Earth. Mandala = A geometric art representing the universe. Mandala also a symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer’s search for completeness and self-unity.

Dotillism is a meditative approach of painting that can help with focus and introspection, a very special way to leave our print as well as honoring the elements and seasons. Come Join us on this beautiful Sunday morning in the majestic Jacksonville Arboretum and Garden. Kid and Family friendly donation based event. Suggested donation $5 per person $10 per family. Snacks, refreshments, and supplies will be provided. See you soon…For more info on the art host please check www.pachamamart.org

RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wood-you-like-to-paint-mandala-with-me-tickets-71525824667?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3oSK3T7oz9q77ojrXKbyxV1mAqaeI43b4yFEvbHWZwI1koTnt63qTHwyw


 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 January 18, 2020
9:30 AM
Alligator and Reptile Program by Kelly Ussia, St. John’s Parks Naturalist

Our next Discovering Nature Nearby talk is on January the 18th at 9:30 a.m. Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for a family-friendly presentation about the snakes and alligators found throughout the State of Florida and maybe even in your backyard. Learn about the various species of snakes in our area as well as how to live with our neighbors. Participants will be given the chance to see a live snake and an alligator! Please slither on by for an outstanding time.

Saturday April 18, 2020
8-10 AM
Duval Audubon Walk

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

Monthly Programs and Activities

Children’s Tour

Saturday, December 7
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Saturday, January 4
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, January 11
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

Canceled for December
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.