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Group Visits

The Arboretum welcomes group visits to our grounds at all times of the year. To request a free docent-guided group tour or a self-guided group visit, please read through the Group Visit Guidelines and submit the  Group Visit Request Form below. The maximum number of adults per guided tour is 25.

  • General Guided Tour: Led by Arboretum staff, this tour covers Arboretum history, flowers in bloom, and notable trees.
  • Woodland Wildflowers Guided Tour: Come see our beautiful spring wildflower bloom in the Norlyn Bodkin Oak Hickory forest for yourself on a tour led by an Arboretum staff member. Some notable specimens include bloodroot, squirrel corn, glory of the snow, and Virginia bluebells. Offered March-May.
  • Notable Arboretum Trees Guided Tour: Take a stroll through the grounds with an Arboretum staff member to identify some of our most notable trees, including American sycamore, bald cypress, gingko, serviceberry, and Carolina silverbell.
  • Stream Riparian Plantings Guided Tour: Riparian vegetation helps to maintain and improve water quality by functioning as a buffer, filtering out sediments and debris. It provides habitats for organisms that contribute to the water's health, and it slows down stream flow, especially after a rain event. Arboretum staff will talk about the riparian plantings along the stream or pond stream outlet and discuss how these plants play a significant role in filtering pollution and protecting the stream from the impact of erosion. 
  • Self-Guided Tour: Free admission to Arboretum grounds with various field guides available for purchase at the Frances Plecker Education Center.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

(540)-568-3194 | ejcarboretum@jmu.edu 
Grounds | Free to the public | Dawn to dusk | 365 days a year
Frances Plecker Education Center | Monday - Friday | 8 AM - 4 PM

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