Tree Hill Nature Center, Jacksonville

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The Tree Hill Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and wilderness preserve in Jacksonville, Florida, organized for the purpose of providing an educational experience for visitors to appreciate and learn about the natural environment in Jacksonville. The land was acquired to preserve and protect an urban wilderness area containing sensitive plants and animals from surrounding development. The city park opened in 1971.
The organization has participated in efforts that preserved other land and created other parks in Jacksonville.
OriginalThe original property of 40 acres was split into multiple tracts, with the state of Florida purchasing most of the acreage in 1975, and ownership held by the Florida Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund . The TIITF board is composed of the Florida Governor and the cabinet .
Ten moreThe city purchased an additional 10 acres in 1998, acquired through a grant from Florida Communities Trust (FCT). The land is the former location of Lone Star Stables.
Development of the property was divided into three phases. The first, begun in 2002, included removing debris, property fencing, an environmental survey, and creation of a development plan. The city of Jacksonville allocated funds for completing phase 1 in 2004. Additionally, a grant was obtained from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) to cover amphitheater construction, landscaping, parking, and construction of new trails with learning stations. Improvements began in 2006 which consisted of the amphitheater roof, restrooms and storage areas.
The property known as "Tree Hill" was put up for sale in early 1970 by private owners. Arlington residents from church and civic organizations formed Preservation Association for Tree Hill (PATH) during that summer and begin negotiating for the purchase of 21½ acres. PATH raised $10,000 in May 1971 to secure a lease with an option to purchase the parcel for $230,000. In 1971, the City of Jacksonville began providing funds for Tree Hill operations.
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  • I took my daughter here and we enjoyed walking the trails and interacting with the goats. Everyone we encountered was friendly.  more »
  • Wife and I had a couple of extra hours before our flight home so we decided to visit and it was nicely done. It's only $5 per person. Got a kick out of Georgia the goat just walking around. All of sud...  more »
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  • Tree hill has been around forever they are a beautiful nature preserve trail in the middle of Arlington offering a beautiful little escape from the hustle & bustle of everyday Jax... I haven't been in a long time but went this past weekend with my mom & little sister... Had enough time before closing to hike all of the trails & i love it... Forewarning watch overhead for large spiders if you're tall not sure what kind they were but they were huge & colorful... I love seeing all the butterflies around the main building it was marvelous nature is overgrown & taking over its very much a beautiful site for nature lovers! There's even a hidden lawn mower (i think it was) being taken over by vines... I guess it broke down or something but it really neat kind of like a see what can happen if we let nature do it's thing type of showcase... Not sure if it was intentional or not but it was still pretty cool... I can't wait to go back & they are very cheap on entrance fees like $4 per adult i think which is amazing.... It's not huge but it's quaint & peaceful! I hope they are around for many years to come!
  • An owl, hens, roosters, goats, turtles, an alligator and more animals await your visit. It isn't a zoo so don't expect lots of animals. Essentially it is a great little museum with some live animals, displays, and hands-on materials along with some outdoor animals, lovely trails, an amphitheater, and plentiful nature. The Nature Center takes both cash and cards, though it doesn't say so on their site I think others would find that useful.

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