Tree Hill Nature Center

Tree Hill Nature Center
7152 Lone Star Road
904-724-4646

Located in the center of Jacksonville, Florida, Tree Hill is the perfect place to connect with nature for individuals and families, school field trips, home schoolers, scout troops, business groups and so much more. Stop by with your friends and family to explore our 50-acres and three ecosystems. Plan a family reunion or evening reception in the beautiful Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater. Enjoy fresh air, plentiful trails and an on-site butterfly house.Tree Hill is open to the public Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Mission:

Tree Hill Nature Center promotes environmental stewardship to the community through hands-on educational programs and low-cost access to natural areas.

Vision:

Tree Hill strives to become the leading resource in Jacksonville for environmental and sustainability education. We work to instill all citizens in the Northeast Florida area with a personal sense of stewardship for the environment through our one-of-a-kind contact with natural Florida habitats and our unique hands-on educational programs.

Teaching -- Stewardship -- Naturally.


Recent News

Tree Hill Nature Center News - April 8, 2014

Skip the Line - Buy Your Tickets Online!The 2014 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival is just a few short weeks away. We'll have a walk-through butterfly exhibit, vendors, food & drinks, a bounce house, face painting, live animal shows and live…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - March 25, 2014

Welcome Our Newest Family Member!We have been watching a nest site near the pyramid building for several week and were rewarded last week with the first signs of a new baby owl, called an owlet. The baby emerged from it's nest late last week and has…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - March 11, 2014

Coral Ardisia: A Backyard BullyBy Stacey, Curator Beware of this gorgeous looking plant with stunning red berries. It is an invasive species. The Ardisia crenata, commonly called coral ardisia, is truly a bully in our own backyards, woods and…

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2014 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival

Jacksonville, FL - Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope? Tree Hill will play host to a kaleidoscope of colorful butterflies As the premier Butterfly Festival in the region, this year’s event will feature a walk-through…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - February, 11, 2014

What is Birding?By Mark, Executive DirectorI was caught off guard the other day when I mentioned birding to a visitor. ”What is birding?” they said. “What is birding?!“ I thought. I assumed everyone knew that term. I explained to them that…

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Specialty Art Camp - Spring Break

Let your child's imagination take flight this Spring Break! Join us for a week of specialty art camp featuring artists from Pink Flamingo Arts. The mixed-media art projects your child will enjoy include glass fusion, recycled materials projects,…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - January 28, 2014

Twilight Trek on 2/7The Environmentally Speaking Series starts on Friday, February 7, with the first Twilight Trek of the year. Explore Tree Hill in a whole new way - at night! Join Executive Director Mark as he calls owls, shares information about…

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Environmentally Speaking - Twilight Trek

Join In The Conversation, Naturally! Tree Hill Nature Center Announces Details for a new Discussion Series Aimed at Promoting Civil Discourse about Science and Conservation Topics. Jacksonville, FL -- Tree Hill Nature Center in Arlington is hoping…

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5 Changes Coming to Tree Hill in 2014

1. Touch Tank   The Touch Tank is nearly complete.2. Updated Trail Signage    We're adding some new signs to help you get more out of your trail walk.3. New Self-Guided Trail Tour    For those of you looking to really learn more about…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - December 6, 2013

Get FREE Admission on SaturdayYou worked hard for others all year. Now, let us do something nice for you! Get FREE general admission on Saturday, December 21, 2013. No coupons required. Simply show up and enjoy your day walking the trails, exploring…

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Brand New for 2014: Environmentally Speaking Series

Tree Hill’s Environmentally Speaking Series will serve as a community meeting place for the exchange and sharing of ideas about our environment. A variety of interesting topics and speakers are planned for our upcoming season. Please plan to join…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - November 6, 2013

Tree Hill Staff Spends Day Off at MuseumStacey, Environmental EducatorOn Sunday, the Tree Hill staff enjoyed a professional development day at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Not sure if the staff at the Museum enjoyed their…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - October 8, 2013

Join Us Saturday October 12, 2013 for Music on the HillJoin us SATURDAY October 12, 2013 at the Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for Music on the Hill Community Music Festival. Admission to the event is FREE! Bring a…

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Music on the Hill Community Music Festival at Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater

Jacksonville, Florida – Tree Hill Nature Center is hosting a brand new event at the Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater. The Music on the Hill Community Music Festival will feature a full day of live music, free crafts for kids, and live animals.…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - August 27, 2013

Recognition the Tree Hill WayStacey, Environmental EducatorIt was a Weeping Willow. I was about five. My father took his pocket knife out of his back pocket, the blade appeared in some magical way and he cut off a branch of our Willow. We were in…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - August 13, 2013

What's Happening at Tree Hill?We've been very busy this summer making plans for the new school year and beyond. Below is a list of exciting things coming up over the next few months:Touch Tank - We're taking our unique brand of hands-on learning to…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - July 30, 2013

August Nature NotesJamy Rose, Senior NaturalistYellow Warbler (Photo by Gerrit Vyn)We have had a lot of rain this summer. That is wonderful news for our wetlands and streams. One type of bird to start looking for near these areas is the Yellow…

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Tree Hill Nature Center Newsletter - July Wildlife Watch

Members Only Preview of BoardwalkMembers Only:The new Boardwalk trail will be open to Tree Hill members only from July 8 - July 18. To enjoy your sneak peek, just ask for the special code when you're at the front desk. Public Grand Opening: July 19…

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Turning a New Leaf at Tree Hill Nature Center

 Tree Hill Nature Center is holding a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the new Joseph A. Strasser Boardwalk Trail The public is invited to attend the ceremony, and admission will be free for the day. The new trail consists of…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - June 18, 2013

Summer Solstice with the DirectorJoin Director Mark for a casual stroll through the trails to learn more about the Summer Solstice at Tree Hill. Wine and cheese will be served.June 21, 20137:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.$5 - general admissionFREE - $100+…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - June 4, 2013

Message from the DirectorI sit at my desk listening to Bob Marley on a particularly cool spring day. As he sings “Every ting is gonna be all right,” I started thinking that everything is all right. I used to be slightly superstitious…

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Tree Hill Nature Center Newsletter - May 21, 2013

Help Us Name Our New OwlWe need your help naming our new owl friend. Submit your choices on Facebook, via email, in person or via snail mail at 7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211.Basic Rules- Entrants must be 18+- Entries must be family…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - April 9, 2013

Get FREE Entry to the Butterfly FestivalDid you know that Tree Hill members get FREE admission to the Butterfly Festival for the people listed on their membership? Just bring your membership card and photo ID. There will be a special "Members' Only"…

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Tree Hill Nature Center Newsletter - March 27, 2013

Exciting News!After more than 8 years of planning, fundraising, prepping and building, we are excited to announce that the Boardwalk Trail is almost complete. There are lots of people to thank, but none more than Mr. Joseph A. Strasser. Mr.…

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Tree Hill Nature Center Newsletter - March 11, 2013

Who Cooks For You All? Mark Mummaw, Executive DirectorThe other day I met the two most wonderful children. They both were newly adopted and seemed to be adjusting very well. Their family was participating in a Twilight Trek. As our adventure was…

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Tree Hill Nature Center Newsletter - February 26, 2013

Guess Who's Having a Birthday!Yes, it been 40 years since the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed into law by President Nixon in 1973 and the act, both its past and future, was discussed by panels of experts at the Nineteenth Annual Public…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - February 12, 2013

Where Are All The Bugs?Mark Mummaw, Executive DirectorWe all marvel at butterflies in the summer, but where do they go in winter? What happens to dragonflies, beetles and other insects? Well, depending on what species you are referring to it can…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - January 29, 2013

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!!  If you've visited recently, you probably noticed a few older exhibits being updated or missing entirely. We are upgrading some exhibits and removing others to make room for some exciting new stuff, including a very…

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Tree Hill Nature Center News - January 15, 2013

New Year, New Logo!If you've been to Tree Hill recently, you may have noticed the owl and tree logo to the left on a few things around the building. We have been testing out this new logo and are excited to officially unveil it today!  We think…

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Tree Hill Nature Centre News - November 2012

Tree Hill is closed Thanksgiving Day. We will be open Friday.Good Things Come to Those Who WaitMark Mummaw, Executive DirectorTree Hill has just completed a project that embodies the phrase, “Good things come to those who wait.” After four years…

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Tree Hill Nature Centre News - October 2012

Do you have monkeys?Last week I had the opportunity to go on the trails with Mason, a burly third-grader who was obviously scared to be outside. Yes. Scared to be under the tall trees, walking on fallen crunching leaves, fearful of every insect,…

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Tree Hill Nature Centre News - September 2012

What Does Nature Mean to You?What does nature mean to you? You are probably wondering why I would ask such a question? Sometimes we have to ask ourselves obvious questions to really understand what motivates us to want to preserve, protect or save…

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