Welcome Visitors

Before planning your EJC Arboretum visit, please see our guidelines.

Monthly Photo Contest

Monthly Photo Contest

The arboretum is seeking photographers of all ages to participate in our monthly, seasonal pictures photo contest.

Click here for rules and submission information.

View the February 2015 Photo Contest Winner

Upcoming Events

Starry Skies at the Arboretum

Saturday, 7:30—10:00 p.m., March 28, 2015
Partnering with the John C. Wells Planetarium at JMU, the Shenandoah Valley Stargazers, Virginia Master Naturalists and JMU students, the arboretum offers a free dark sky program starting at the Frances Plecker Education Center. More information.

A Latte' Jive, Alzheimer's Benefit 5K Run and Concert

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 12:30—3:00 p.m. Sigma Kappa and Tau Kappa Epsilon cosponsor an annual 5k benefit for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association, on the arboretum grounds, “A Walk You’ll Remember! More information

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, 11:00 a.m., April 4, 2015
The Easter Egg hunt will start in the Pavilion, for young children with the Theta Nu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 per child. More information.

Wildflower Walks

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., April 8 & April 15, 2015
An Arboretum Exploration Series Tour with the Arboretum Director. Enjoy viewing dozens of bulb varieties and wildflowers on exhibit at the EJC Arboretum. More information.

Monarch Butterfly Presentation

Monday, Noon—1:00 p.m., April 13, 2015
Enjoy the beauty of Monarch butterflies and learn all about them. All are invited to a free informative talk and a power point presentation on Monarchs from expert Gail Napora. More information.

Arbor Day Trees and Native Plant Sale

Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. both days, April 17th & 18th, 2015
For savvy gardeners wanting a garden filled with plants tailored by Mother Nature to be suited to regional climate and precipitation, the EJC Arboretum's Native Plant Sale is the right place to shop. More information.

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

Monday, Noon—1:00 p.m., April 20, and May 18, 2015 
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum invites you and your children to come hear a story about fairies and build your very own fairy house or gnome home! More information.

Birds of the Arboretum - Guided Bird Walk with Greg Moyers

Wednesday, 8:00 a.m., April 22, 2015
After attending the lecture for overview of birding “how-tos”, take a guided bird walk at the EJC Arboretum led by birding expert and photographer Greg Moyers, starting from the arboretum Pavilion. More information.

Tour Celebrating Historic Garden Week on Virginia Arbor Day

Friday, 1:00 p.m., April 24, 2015
The EJC Arboretum celebrates with a tour on Virginia Arbor Day starting at the *FPEC. Arboretum grounds are open free to public, dawn to dusk. Tour will be led by Jan Sievers Mahon, Arboretum Director and will focus on the arboretum's bulb collection, wildflowers and flowering shrubs and trees. Tours will start at the Frances Plecker Education Center. More information.

For a complete list of EJC Arboretum programs and events, browse our Annual Calendar of Events.

Products Available for Purchase

book cover for Trees Live Here

Trees Live Here, by Susan McDougall, featuring the EJC Arboretum, is available for purchase in the Frances Plecker Ed Center for $30.