National Tropical Botanical Garden

Saving Plants, Saving People

Kalaheo, HI   |  www.ntbg.org

Mission

The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions.

Ruling year info

1965

CEO and Director

Janet Mayfield

Main address

3530 Papalina Rd

Kalaheo, HI 96741 USA

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EIN

52-6057064

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is a not-for-profit institution, dedicated to discovering, saving, and studying the world's tropical plants and sharing what is learned. The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions.

Our programs

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

Conservation

Protection and reintroduction of tropical plant species

Population(s) Served

Botanical and horticultural research related to tropical plant species.

Population(s) Served

Education, pre-K-12, undergraduate, graduate, professionals, related to tropical plants.

Population(s) Served

Promote conservation and use of breadfruit for food and
reforestation.

Population(s) Served

Grow tropical plants in NTBG's gardens and preserves.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The National Tropical Botanical Garden was established by Congress to foster and encourage basic and applied research on tropical plants and their uses to society; to cultivate tropical plants to prevent their extinction and to share the information gained by our science and conservation programs with the public and the scientific community. NTBG's gardens are both a living laboratory and educational facilities to share the importance of the preservation of tropical plants and their benefit to mankind and the planet.

NTBG's has 5 key programs: Science and Conservation, Education, Living Collections, the Breadfruit Institute, and its Public Garden program.

For more information, please visit ntbg.org

NTBG has over 2000 acres of gardens and preserves located in Hawaii and Florida. NTBG's gardens encompass varied ecosystems and environmental conditions, which permit the cultivation and preservation of a broad range of tropical plants. These gardens are located in the only tropical climate zones in the United States. While others can grow tropical plants in greenhouses “under glass," NTBG's nearly 2,000 acres of gardens and preserves afford a natural open-air environment in which these species flourish.

These gardens are safe havens for these imperiled plants. They are living laboratories for scientists who strive to better understand the evolution, structure, relationships, and qualities of these species. They are classrooms where students of all ages can learn about environmental stewardship and horticultural practices, and discover that science can be fun.

We are always making progress but could do so much more.
In 2015 and 2016, NTBG advanced the Hawai'i Strategy for Plant Conservation by collecting seed, seed banking, completing germination & dormancy studies and ex-situ cultivation of Hawaiian endangered plant species. We assessed and reviewed 88 Kauai plant taxa approved for Red Listing (most were endangered or critically endangered). We led a field expedition to Samoa collecting over 1000 plant species to NTBG's collection for use by scientists from around the US. We published the Flora of the Cook Islands and are very close to completing the Flora of Samoa and the Flora of the Marquesas. We maintained our Living Collections, welcomed over 120,000 visitors, volunteers, students and scientists. We also hosted the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Financials

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Operations

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National Tropical Botanical Garden

Board of directors
as of 08/20/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Thomas Hewitt

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes