Christmas Tree Sale
Saturday, December 3rd, 10 AM – 4 PM
Buy Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands at our Christmas Tree Sale. This event will only sell holiday greenery and will happen a week before our Winter Festival on December 10th.
Saturday, December 10th, 10 AM – 4 PM
Shop from local vendors, buy Christmas trees and holiday greenery, and enjoy free holiday-themed family activities. Have a hassle-free holidays and get all your shopping done in one place!
Various dates & times
Let us guide you in disconnecting from the digital world and reconnecting with nature during this mindfulness experience. Our forest bathing walks consist of three ‘invitations’ that prompt you to reflect and meditate on a particular aspect of the natural world as you explore a collection.
Walks are held throughout the fall, including on New Year’s Eve.
WASHINGTON YOUTH GARDEN
Washington Youth Garden (WYG) is a one-acre education garden at the National Arboretum and is a destination for garden-based education and nature play. It was originally established in 1971 to teach local elementary students horticulture and life skills.
Today, Washington Youth Garden is a welcoming and inviting place for the DC community to learn and grow together. WYG’s sensory garden, innovative growing techniques, and nature-explore classroom encourage visitors of all ages to engage with agriculture, farming, and environmental education. Thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables are grown in WYG each year, all of which are distributed to students and families in the DC community to fight food insecurity.
Visit the Garden
The garden is open to all Arboretum visitors and has parking nearby. Please follow our three garden agreements during your visit:
- Stay on the path
- Pick with permission
- Respect all living things
We host many events open to the public throughout the year, such as School Garden Maintenance mornings, weekend Family Days, and our fall Garlic Planting Party. See our calendar for upcoming events in Washington Youth Garden.
Let us guide you in disconnecting from the digital world and reconnecting with nature during this mindfulness experience. Our forest bathing walks consist of three ‘invitations’. Each time, our nature and forest therapy guide will prompt you to reflect on a particular aspect of the natural world around you, give you time to wander and meditate throughout the garden collection, then reconvene the group to share reflections. Walks are held throughout the fall, including on New Year’s Eve.
With a focus on serving under-resourced communities, FONA nurtures curious minds and healthy bodies by connecting youth to food, the land, and each other. Our youth education programs take place at Washington Youth Garden on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum and in partner schools across Washington, DC.
Green Ambassadors developed new skills & addressed food insecurity in their communities
educators engaged from 50 schools & organizations
Grow@Home kits shared with DC students
pounds of produce harvested & donated to local families
School Garden Support Program
The School Garden Support Program works with educators across DC to build strong, sustainable school garden programs. Our program empowers teachers to connect students to garden-based education through field trips in Washington Youth Garden, virtual classroom support, and professional development opportunities for DC educators.
Our field trips take place in Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum. Field trips are 90 minutes long and explore a specific garden theme in an exciting and interactive way.
Bring garden science into your classroom or home with our Grow@Home activity kit, Virtual Farm Field Trips, and curated online learning resources.
Our professional development opportunities train teachers and school staff to make garden-based education a part of daily life in schools.
Green Ambassador Program
The Green Ambassador Program (GAP) provides year-round employment and development opportunities for DC high school students. Youth enter the program in Farm Crew, progress to the Guild, and finally become Crew Leaders and alumni.
Participants begin GAP in the Farm Crew, a six-week paid summer internship where they learn hands-on skills such as gardening, cooking, and carpentry as well as interpersonal skills like communication and collaboration.
Participants then continue the program through the Guild, a paid internship during the academic year to apply skills they learned during Farm Crew.
After participating in the Farm Crew and Guild internships, Green Ambassadors are invited to mentor incoming Farm Crew participants, deepen their knowledge through garden internships, and broaden connections through an alumni network.
We provide unique opportunities for people to connect with nature. Check out our calendar below to see what’s available.
Connect with nature while exploring the grounds. During this two-hour program, our certified forest bathing guides invite you to reflect on the world around you and guide you through focused meditations. Each event explores new collections to highlight the Arboretum’s unique seasonal diversity. See calendar below for dates and times, or buy a forest bathing gift card for someone else.
Bluebird Sky Yoga
Find your flow and get grounded in the Grove with yoga instructors from Bluebird Sky Yoga. This program is offered Sundays during the summer. Register on the Bluebird Sky Yoga site. All levels are welcome.
In our Digging In virtual event series, we host experts to discuss exciting topics pertaining to the National Arboretum’s mission. As a FONA member, you can attend the events live and dig in with the experts.
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