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

A Plein Air Painting Event

March 24 – 25, 2018

Details are here: A Brush With Nature

Interpretive Plant Series

1st Saturdays October 2017 through March 2018 (excluding December) 

9:30 AM

Chuck Hubbuch has many interesting stories to tell about the Arboretum’s plants.

Come and enjoy his series about the many uses of plants by people using examples in the Jacksonville Arboretum Gardens plant collection. 

This will be oriented toward adults, but children are welcome. 

Discovering Nature Nearby

Saturday,  January 20

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

O Gopher Tortoises – Can you Dig it?

Come join us for the first Discovering Nature Nearby of 2018.

The program this month will be about the Gopher tortoise and the important role they play in the ecosystem, their life cycle and what to do if you see a gopher tortoise.

Kid’s Tour

Saturday,  January 13

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 second Saturday of September. From there, it will be held every second 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.

Please email arboretum4kids@gmail.com as spots are limited.

McKenna Korzeniewski is a senior at UNF, double majoring in Global Environmental Studies and ReligiousStudies. She has been working in horticulture since 2010. She currently interns at the Jacksonville Arboretum and is the Peace Corps Ambassador for UNF. McKenna recently studied abroad at Chiang Mai University in Thailand and hopes to go into agriculture education in the future.

Monthly Programs and Activities

Volunteer Workday

Saturday,  January 13

9:00 AM – 12:00 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,  January 13

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Walk with our naturalist/biologist. Walks are free.

General Information About Conservation Corps Workdays

Conservation Corps 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.


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