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Mission Statement

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.

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The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a special place for the community and we ask you to help keep the arboretum and gardens enjoyable for everyone. Please see our guidelines below:

For help: 568-6911

EJC Arboretum Self-Guided Walking Tour map

Click here to view the EJC Arboretum Self-Guided Walking Tour map.


To contact the office, weekdays, business hours, or for voicemail: 568-3194. Visit the arboretum on Flicker, follow us on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook and post and hashtag your videos and pictures on YouTube #EJCArboretumatJMU, on Instagram #ejcatree. Click the following links for events and programs, to make reservations, or to be added to our email contacts to receive arboretum news.

* For those who are interested in fishing and boating, visit Lake Shenandoah located just outside the city of Harrisonburg. Click here for maps and directions.

Grounds open free to the public, dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
The Arboretum offices in the Frances Plecker Ed Center are open weekdays. Calls and emails are answered from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except holidays. Check the website calendar for holiday closings.

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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at James Madison University
(540) 568-3194, fax (540) 568-5115
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807