Visitor Information

Hours of Operation:

Arboretum Grounds & Trails:
Everyday, Dawn to Dusk | Free & Open to the Public

Frances Plecker Education Center:
Mon - Fri: 8 AM - 4 PM 


Visitor parking is available in the JMU R-5 lot on University Boulevard, in the Frances Plecker Educational Center lot, and in the Family Garden/Pavilion lot. 

Parking is not available along University Boulevard

New Attraction at the Arboretum: StoryWalk

On May 5th, 2023, the StoryWalk opened at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. 

This project was made possible by efforts from the Harrisonburg Urban Wood Group, JMU Design Build Dukes and staff at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. Each of the bookmarks and reading roost were built by JMU Students in Professor Nick Brinen's Architechural Design Class. You can find this exciting feature by walking thru the Family Garden, just past the Troll. To see a highlights of the StoryWalk Project, view the video below. Video Credit: WHSV

Origins of the StoryWalk
We're Currently Reading...

Planting the Wild Garden Storywalk

June - August

Identification Station 

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