Note: Tours are currently on hold but training is available for those who want to be prepared for future tours or want to help develop educational programs.
Do you enjoy being outdoors and talking to people about plants, gardening and wildlife? Our tour guides assist with adult and schoolgroup tours of the Arboretum. Tours and programs usually last 45 minutes to an hour. Initially you'll train with one of our experienced guides until you are comfortable taking a group on your own. Times vary - our education coordinator will post tourguide needs as we receive requests and you can sign up to lead tours that fit your schedule.
About Edith J Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University
780 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, US
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a woodland sanctuary on the James Madison University campus, is a public urban garden and forested greenspace that preserves native plants species, provides opportunities for research, and promotes knowledge of the botanical and natural world for people of all ages.
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is a 125-acre botanical preserve located within the city of Harrisonburg and the campus of James Madison University. It provides an ideal combination of naturalized botanical gardens and forest, complementing each other and serving the purposes of research, teaching, and demonstration. This green space is home to a diverse ecosystem featuring native plants of the mid-Appalachians; a collection of non-native trees, shrubs, and bulbs; an herb garden; a pond habitat; a wetlands garden and a monarch way-station.
The Arboretum is a center for the conservation, enjoyment, and interpretation of plants and ecosystems of the Shenandoah Valley, and serves as an outdoor biology laboratory and environmental educational center with tours, lectures, seminars, workshops and other public programs. Four full-time staff, five part-time staff, and several work-study interns help keep the Arboretum thriving; but the staff rely on dedicated volunteers who help with maintenance, plant sales, events, tours, educational programming, plant inventory, and planning.
JMU prides itself on the Arboretum's availability and use by the public. The Arboretum is open 365 days a year, dawn to dusk, free of charge and estimates that there are approximately 12,000 - 15,000 visitors annually. The variety of groups using the Arboretum vary from participants in the Governor's School, local science camps, regional garden clubs, local public elementary and middle schools, and many more.
Education & Literacy
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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum780 University BlvdHarrisonburg, VA22807