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 email@example.com to request a refund.
We also have additional tickets available for purchase on the event page. 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
NEW! Madala on Leaves, Yoga Program
Sunday, November 17
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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. Dotillism is a meditative approach of painting that can help with focus and introspection, a very special way to leave. Suggested donation is $5/person or $10/family Snacks will be provided. RSVP at harmonymbswellness.org.
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.
August 24th until December 2019
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovering Nature Nearby (DNN)
Saturday, November 9
9:30 – 10:30 AM
DNN Painting Trees
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.
Saturday January 18, 2020
Alligator and Reptile Program by Kelly Ussia, St. John’s Parks Naturalist
Saturday April 18, 2020
Duval Audubon Walk
Saturday May 16, 2020
DNN Butterfly Release
Nature at Night
Saturday, November 16
Our popular Nature at Night event will celebrate and thank our volunteers and members from 4 – 7 p.m. November 16. If you wish to be a part of this event you MUST be a current volunteer or member. Now is the time to join and help us continue to grow the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens. Join here Please RSVP to email@example.com to reserve your space at this event. We hope to see you there.
Monthly Programs and Activities
Saturday, December 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 9
9:00 AM – nooon
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.
Saturday, November 30
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.