Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Join instructor Grayson Pritchard of Blue Heron Healing Arts for a lunchtime session of light exercise among the trees and stillness in the EJC Arboretum.

Registration and a fee of $10 is required for each participant. Click here to register.

Guided Tai Chi with Grayson Pritchard of Blue Heron Healing Arts

Friday, April 20, 12:30—1:30pm

Big lawn in front of the Frances Plecker Education Center


Spring Plant Sale

Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21,
9:00am—3:00pm

Come celebrate spring here at the Arboretum! Shop from a wide array of perennials, shrubs and trees to make any home or business landscape eco-friendly and beautiful.

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Logo for Spring Children's Art Workshop.

Learn about the birds of the Arboretum with an educational walk through the grounds with Arboretum staff member and Augusta Bird Club member, Rich Wood on April 11 and Rockingham Bird Club Member/Photographer, Greg Moyers on April 21.

This is a FREE event.

Spring Bird Walks

Saturday April 21, 8:00—9:00am (FILLED)

Meet at the Pavilion. This is a FREE event.


The Herp Hop

A Children’s Workshop about Reptiles and Amphibians

Saturday, April 21, 11:30am—1:00pm

Meet at the Jurney Stage Garden (next to the Frances Plecker Education lot)

This is a FREE event, but registration is required

Explore the world of herpetology by getting up close and personal with amphibians and reptiles (herps) at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum this spring! Join the JMU Herpetology Outreach Program for an afternoon exploring the native creatures of the Arboretum through storytime, craft, and an engaging live animal presentation.

Bring a bagged lunch to eat during our outdoor storytime to begin the workshop. Meet at the Jurney Stage Garden next to the Plant Sale tent. Parents are welcome to stay with their child during the event. This event is rain or shine. In case of rain, we'll move indoors to the Frances Plecker Education Center.

This is a FREE Arboretum event.

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There is no right or wrong way to walk. It's your experience. Once you enter the center of the labyrinth, pause to think about your walk, to reflect on the experience, to listen for an answer, or insight. After whatever time feels appropriate to you, return to the beginning in the same way. Once you exit, continue to think, pray, reflect or journal to integrate the experience with your day.

Registration and a fee of $10 is required for each participant. Click here to register.

Guided Meditation Labyrinth Walk with Pat Cheeks

Monday, April 23, 12:00—1:00pm

Meet at the Arboretum's Labyrinth


Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes

Tuesday, April 24, 11:00am—12:00pm

Tuesdays, May 8 & 22, 12:00pm—1:00pm

This is a FREE event.

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum invites parents and children to come hear an enchanting story about fairies and build your very own fairy house or gnome home out of natural materials found in the woods! This event moves indoors to the Frances Plecker Education Center if it rains. Fairy houses are built outside in the children's garden so dress for the weather, and bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

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Banner graphic for Spring Wildflower Walks

Join us for a casual stroll by our spring wildflowers. You will enjoy the most vibrant-colored flowers nature has to offer. Please check the weather conditions and dress appropriately.

Spring Wildflower Walks

Wednesdays, April 25, & May 2,
10:00am—11:00am

Frances Plecker Education Center

This is a FREE event.


Volunteer Meet & Greet

Monday, May 1, noon—1:30pm

Frances Plecker Education Center

Free + Lunch will be provided

Have you thought about volunteering at the Arboretum and want to know more? Meet our team of dedicated volunteers over lunch and find out how you can join, learn about volunteer benefits and, enjoy a special tour of the Arboretum!

This is a FREE event with lunch provided, but registration is required for each guest. Click here to register.

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Food tasting incorporating Red Root & Co products + Cheese platter.

Connecting people to plants with nourishing, delicious, and delightful herbal infusions, Red Root & Co handcrafts small batch syrups, shrubs, tonics, oxymels, and bitters. Their products highlight unique flavors, qualities and nutrients, bringing them from the garden and forest to your palate.

Admission includes 1 drink ticket (beer or wine) + 1 special cocktail incorporating Red Root & Co products. (University students are excluded from any alcohol consumption.)

PLUS - Plant raffle and seed giveaway in celebration of National Public Gardens Day!

Registration and a fee of $25 is required for each guest. Click here to register.

May Wine & Cheese: Red Root & Co

Friday, May 11, 5:00—7:00pm

On the Ernst Terrace

$25 per guest


Mother's Day Carriage Rides

Sunday, May 13, 12:00—3:00pm

Frances Plecker Education Center

$75/Private Carriage, $18/Adult Ticket, $12/Child Ticket

Celebrate Mother's Day by honoring a mom in your life! Take her on a horse drawn carriage ride through the Arboretum to view the blooming wildflowers and see the unfolding beauty of springtime.

Carriage rides may be reserved by calling the arboretum office at 540-568-3194.

  • Private carriages that seat up to four adults are $75. The private carriage rate will be sold to all group sizes of four adults. Group sizes of four always buy the $75 carriage.
  • Only group sizes of three, two, or one person can buy by the seat. The per person ticket price is $18 adults, and $12 for kids ten years of age and younger. Infants that ride on an adult lap who are under two years of age are free.
  • The maximum group size per carriage is four for adult riders. Adult riders are anyone eleven years of age or older.
  • The maximum group size per carriage for families is five people IF children are ten years old or younger. For children eleven years and older, adult per person policy stands enforce.
  • Paid reservations are made by phone using any major credit card, or walk-in weekdays, business hours, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Frances Plecker Education Center with cash or check.
  • Walk-up rides days of events might be available but are not guaranteed.
  • Please arrive at the Frances Plecker Ed Center 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled ride time. Rides leave on an exact 20 minute schedule. There is no guarantee that late arrivals can or will be re-seated on a later ride, and a late arriving party's ride may be forfeit.
  • Each carriage ride is approximately one mile in length and completes a circuit through the arboretum forest on a graveled, unlit route.
  • Moderate inclement weather: carriage roofs go up! Dress for weather forecast! Extreme inclement weather: postponement may be posted on arboretum website, day of. In inclement weather, check the website for an announcement on the day of, www.jmu.edu/arboretum. If no cancellation posts on website by 10:00 am day of, rides proceed.
  • Tickets are transferable! Credit, cash, check carriage ride ticket purchases are non-refundable. Rides support the EJC Arboretum.
  • A negotiable minimum $15 additional charge for private carriages only that are requested after the close of the event's scheduled rides may be negotiated at carriage driver's discretion. (No individual seat rides are sold after close of event schedule.)
  • In the case of inclement weather, please visit the Arboretum's homepage or Facebook page for cancellations. In the case of a weather-related cancellation, EJC Arboretum staff will reach out to you on the following business day for refund or customer credit towards a future ride.
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Banner graphic for Mother's Day Carriage Rides

Are you a member of JMU’s Full Time Classified Staff? Did you know that you are allotted Community Service Leave each year that can be used right here in the Arboretum? Join us in spending a partial day working outside in the gardens! Come prepared to work in clothes that may get dirty. Gloves and other necessary tools will be provided, light rain or shine.

JMU Full Time Staff Community Service Day

Wednesday, May 25, 9:00am—noon OR
1:00—4:00pm

Meet at Frances Plecker Education Center

A snack will be provided


Participate in this month's Photo of the Month Contest!  Click here for contest rules and entry information.


Interested in seeing more of what's coming up next? Please check our Annual Calendar of Events.

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Written requests to the Web manager to remove a photograph will be honored.