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 June 2015 Photo Contest Winner


Best of the Valley 2015 logo

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum voted Best in the Valley by DNR readers for Best Place to Take Guests, Best Place to Propose Marriage, and Best Place for Rest and Relaxation.


Upcoming Events

Children's Summer Nature Art Camp

Three sessions: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, July 20th, 22nd, & 24th, 2015
10:00am—noon each day

These dates are for the summer-themed workshop in an ongoing series of seasonal workshops for children's art instruction that will allow young artists to produce their own botanical journal that they will treasure for a lifetime. More information.

Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink Workshop

Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 21st, 23rd, & 28th, 2015, 1:30pm—4:30pm
The Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink workshop is the second workshop in a series of three: graphite pencil precedes, and acrylic wash follows. Adult art students, beginner to experienced, can enjoy taking one or all to learn botanical illustration. More information.

2015 Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

Wednesdays, July 22nd, and 29th, and August 5th, noon, in the Pavilion, FREE, no advance registration.
Enjoy a brown bag lunch that you bring with you and an informative, interactive presentation. Topics include: Dark Skies, Backyard Chickens and Dairy Goats, Stream Restoration, Flora of Virginia App, Fireflies, and Bats. Attend one or all! More information.

Summer Blue Moon Romantic Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

July 31, 2015, Friday, 7:00-10:00 pm
Enjoy an unusual and romantic summer dark-sky entertainment. Prices: $12 per person for adults, children seven years and younger are $8, children two years and younger who ride on a lap are free. Up to six seats are sold in each carriage.

Storytime in the Understory

Tuesdays, August 11th, and September 8th, 2015,11:00am—Noon.
Stories come to life for young children with animated readings. Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of natural waterways and how streams and wetlands support health and variety in plant and animal life from children's literature selections. 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.