Community Programs

Nature Center Open Houses

Come visit the Nature Center! During Open Houses the Nature Center will be open for guests to come inside and learn about local wildlife, the Jones story, and speak with staff about trails and available programs. 

Saturday, August 21, 9am-3pm

Saturday, September 25, 9am-3pm

Saturday, October 16, 9am-3pm

Saturday, November 20, 9am-3pm

Saturday, December 18, 9am-3pm

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Monarch Butterfly Festival

Saturday, September 18

Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am

Session 2: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Session 3: 12:00pm - 1:30pm


We’re so excited to celebrate the magnificent Monarch Butterflies with you and your family!

On the day of the Festival, we'll be releasing hundreds of Monarch Butterflies into the wild and interacting with them first-hand! The event is split into three, one and a half hour sessions. Each session has the same activities. Please arrive on time to your registered session (9am, 10:30am, or 12pm). You are welcome to stay after your session to hike and can participate in activities as long as you’d like. If you are later than half an hour to your check-in time, sadly we cannot guarantee a butterfly will still be waiting for you to release.

When you arrive you'll check in at our welcome table and receive tickets for the butterflies you will release and a passport with event details. Once checked in, you and your family are free to enjoy the festivities. When you are ready, you can trade in your tickets for Monarchs to release onsite. We'll have fun goodies and activities for both kids and adults to enjoy as well as a how-to video to explain everything you need to know.

Register today!


Registration is required for all participants ages 3 and up. All ages welcome!

**Children ages 2 and under are free (registration not required)

All attendees who register will receive a butterfly to release and are welcome to participate in Monarch themed activities.

Parking will be on site at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve (355 E. Bob Jones Rd)

Mother and daughter releasing butterflies at 2020 Monarch Butterfly Festival.


Haunted Family Campout

Saturday, October 9 - 10, 4:00pm - 9:00am

Get your tents, sleeping bags, and sense of adventure ready, because ghosts, goblins, and goodies are lurking in the woods of the Bob Jones Nature Center for our Haunted Family Campout! Whether you and your family are new to camping or simply need another reason to sleep under the stars, the Haunted Family Campout is a great way to get outdoors and reconnect with nature.

Campout activities include morning and evening hikes that help you learn more about our local wildlife, a scavenger hunt, story time, games, and much more! Our Halloween-themed fun is suitable for campers of all-ages. Come in costume (a costume you’re willing to get dirty!) and bring spooky decorations for your campsite! Dinner, breakfast, and snacks are provided.

Registration is for 1 campsite (20x20) space. 6 participants are allowed per campsite. If your family/group needs more than this, please reserve an additional campsite.

Rainout dates are October 16-17 (4pm-9am).

Register today!

Haunted Family Campout participants decorating their tent.

Community Hikes

Come hike with us! Community Hikes are led by Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve (BJNCP) staff. Hikes are designed to teach participants about local wildlife and BJNCP trails. Community Hikes are suitable for guests of all ages and hiking experience. Please note, we will be walking on uneven terrain and hikes will range from 1-2 miles.

Registration is required for all hikers. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes, bring a water bottle, and wear clothes you are willing to get dirty.

Register for a Community Hike today!

August 7 - Lake Hike

Date/Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Fee: Resident: $5, Non-Resident: $7
Register here. 

On this hike, we will learn about and the plants and animals of BJNCP along with the Jones story. This hike is 2 miles.

November 20 - Lake Hike

Date/Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Fee: Resident: $5, Non-Resident: $7
Register here. 

On this hike, we will learn about and the plants and animals of BJNCP along with the Jones story. This hike is 2 miles.