FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

Curious by nature

aka F.O.N.A.   |   WASHINGTON, DC   |  www.fona.org

Mission

The Friends of the National Arboretum is an independent, non-profit organization established to enhance, through public and private sector resources, support for the U.S. National Arboretum.

Ruling year info

1982

Principal Officer

Mr. Craven Rand

Main address

3501 NEW YORK AVE NE

WASHINGTON, DC 20002 USA

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EIN

52-1257712

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We support the U.S. National Arboretum, a 446-acre green space and research facility in Washington, D.C. that is part of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Services. Even with a visitation of over 650,000 annually and a prime urban location, pedestrian and bike access remains limited, there is a lack of interpretative materials to publicize the institution's extensive research, and utilization is low compared to the many other public attractions in the nation’s capital. Additionally, youth from nearby neighborhoods, currently served by our education program, Washington Youth Garden, are primarily low-income, minority students attending Title 1 schools with little or no hands-on science education and a lack of physical activity outdoors.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Washington Youth Garden

The Washington Youth Garden serves DC public schools, youth and families in the local community and the general public. Using the garden cycle as a tool, the mission of the Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum is to inspire children and families to engage in self-discovery, explore relationships with food and the natural world, and contribute to the health and well-being of their communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

As part of our community outreach and engagement efforts, we host events such as hikes, forest bathing, 5ks, photography workshops, and concerts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To help the Arboretum fulfill its mission, we sponsor interns for the collections, our volunteers help maintain a native plant collection, and hold an annual native plant sale. Through a Director's Fund we provide money to be spent at the behest of the Director of the National Arboretum. After having funded a new master plan for the Arboretum's core, we are now advocating for its implementation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Our mission is to preserve and enhance a vibrant public space and support experiential programming that instills a love of plants, nature and the outdoors in all who visit, while also promoting the work of the U.S. National Arboretum. Our robust youth education branch, Washington Youth Garden, works on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum and nearby Title 1 schools to offer in-depth, interactive programs for 6,500 pre-K to young adult students that nurture curious minds and healthy bodies by connecting youth to food, the land, and each other.

We address the needs of the U.S. National Arboretum and of the surrounding communities through five main focus areas:
1. Advocacy for improvements and increased federal government funding;
2. Environmental preservation;
3. Connecting people to Arboretum through events and communication;
4. Planning and building capacity for the institution’s long-term sustainability; and
5. Inclusive and diverse education programs that develop youth leaders in the field of urban-agriculture and food justice advocacy, partner with Title 1 schools to create school garden programs, and maintain a vibrant, edible Demonstration Garden on the grounds of the Arboretum for young visitors.

To meet our goals, we have well-trained staff, an active board, a strong membership program, and healthy finances. Since our founding in 1982, we have helped to keep the Arboretum open to the public during government budget cuts, conserved the historical capitol columns and azalea gardens, and provided programming and visitors services for tens of thousands of local residents and tourists. For nearly five decades our education program, Washington Youth Garden, has been the primary provider of youth-oriented programs and displays in the U.S. National Arboretum. In addition to many years of organizational experience and community building, our partnership with the U.S. National Arboretum provides us with significant benefits, such as horticultural expertise and the use of essential infrastructure such as greenhouses and office space, land for our Demonstration Garden, and utilities.

In 2019, we led 54 full moon hikes, organized 147 volunteers to sow native plants, and hosted a wide variety of community events - such as the Garden Fair, a free summer concert series, OaktoberFest, and a Cherry Blossom 5K. Our education program, Washington Youth Garden, donated hundreds of pounds of produce to local communities, and provided multisensory programming to thousands of young people in the D.C. region. Other recent Washington Youth Garden accomplishments include the 632% increase in program reach over the past decade (885 youth served in 2009 and 6,485 in 2019); and the construction of a shaded learning pavilion alongside our Demonstration Garden. We also sponsored the development of a new master plan for the core of the grounds.

Anticipated progress for Friends of the National Arboretum over the next 3-5 years includes steadily improving public education about and access to the Arboretum and raising capital to restore and maintain the Capitol Columns and construct education facilities. Additionally, Washington Youth Garden will develop an in-school coaching program for the teachers from Title 1 schools that complete our Summer Institute for Garden Based Education; expand self-guided nature play as part of our Nature Explore Classroom; and formalize the Green Ambassador internship and youth development program to be year-round and a pipeline to jobs or higher education in the field of agriculture, environmental science, and/or food justice advocacy.

Financials

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FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

Board of directors
as of 1/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Hatcher

Michael Stevens

Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District

Martha Dale

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Farmers Union

John Cooney

Venable LLP, retired

Robert Bartlett Jr.,

The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co.

Nancy Bryson

Holland and Hart LLP, Partner, retired

Zandra Chestnut

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Lynne Church

Landscape Designer and Energy Executive and Attorney, retired

Elizabeth Dugan, MD,

Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Charles Findlay

DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division, retired

Linda Findlay

Consultant

Chandler Goule

National Association of Wheat Growers

Virginia Kromm

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Grant Leslie

Glover Park Group

Anne MacMillan

Invariant, Food and Agriculture Practice

Bill Matuszesk

Chesapeake Bay and Anacostia Citizens Advisory Committees

Scot Medbury

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Paul Meyer

Morris Arboretum, retired

Tim Petri

Former U.S. Representative, Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District, retired

Pamela Raymont-Simpson

The Garden Club of America

Lucy Rhame

Barbara Shea

Founding President, Casey Trees

Lou Slade

Gorove Slade Associates

Peggy Strand

Venable LLP, retired

Tuckie Westfall

KraftHeinz, Director of Federal Government Affairs, retired

Ann Wrobleski

former VP, Global Government Relations, International Paper

Nzinga Tull

Jackson & Tull

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

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