If you want to connect with nature, then the Tree Hill Nature Center in Jacksonville is the place you want to be! It's perfect for families, and with 50 acres of nature, gardens, trails and ever a butterfly house, there is plenty of room for everyone!
Tree Hill Nature Center was created to promote the environment to the community via hands-on programs, as well as access to natural spaces. And it worked!
Get those walking shoes on, because nature is waiting! There are three lovely walking trails - each one around 1/3 mile each - that will allow you to just take your time and take in the nature around you.
A museum in a nature center? There is in Jacksonville! Tree Hill also features a hands-on kids museum which allows the whole family to explore the natural history of Florida, as well as very sweet and colorful butterfly and hummingbird gardens. There is also a seasonal live butterfly exhibit where you might be lucky and have those sweet little creatures flutter right past your face!
Did we mention the live animals!? Kids will love making friends with all of the animals Tree Hill has, from turtles, gopher tortoises, chickens, goats, snakes, possums, a gator, and even a barred owl!
If you're around when the annual Butterfly Festival is on, that's worth checking out too! They have education booths, games, music, vendors, craft items...and then butterfly releasing! It's a pretty cool experience!
Nature is such a wonderful thing, so have an enjoyable and relaxing family day out surrounded by it!
$2 (Ages 3 to 17)
2 years and members
Don't forget those hats and sunscreen!
Healthy Eating It never hurts to take bottled water with you, and some healthy snacks in your bag
They have a number of educational programs and guided walks that groups can book in advance and enjoy!
There is a lovely gift shop that you can buy nature related items and gifts!
If you have special needs or require assistance, just ask the staff when you arrive and they can help you!
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8am - 4:30pm Monday to Saturday
All year round. Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
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