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 & 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:
- Extinguish cigarettes ~ discard cold butts in trash cans. No flames anywhere in the arboretum, including grilling fires. The arboretum is a tree & wildflower preserve.
- Leashed dogs are always welcome when kept on chipped and gravel trails. Dogs are not allowed loose, on the lawns, in flower beds, in the waterways, or in the forest understory. Please collect droppings and leave filled bags in our trash cans.
- Our ponds and streams are for ducks, turtles, frogs, and fish. People and dogs please stay out of the pond, streams and water features. No fishing please!
- Breadcrumbs are not healthy for wildlife or water quality, and are not allowed. Please bring pellet poultry foods only (purchase from local farm stores) with you in ziplock bags to satisfy hungry wildlife.
- Please discard trash and recyclables in correct receptacles. We're grateful!
- An arboretum is a scientific preserve ~ not a sports field, not a "park," and not a mountain bike facility. So please, stay on the trails and lawns and out of the forest floor areas, no group sports on our lawns, cookouts, and no bikes on trails (other than on the gravel road between University Boulevard and Neff Avenue for student access to campus).
- Photographers must register in advance for weddings or professional portraits and adhere to all photography policies.
- If you witness an incident that needs rescue or law enforcement, please call:
For help: 568-6911
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.