Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden

Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden The Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden is a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to support educational outreach at the USBG
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The United States Botanic Garden and the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden share a dedication to demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological importance of plants to human well-being. Botanic Garden supports the creation of extraordinary programs and events that delight, educate and inspire visitors to become more active stewards of the plants that support life on earth.

Mission: The Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C whose mission is to support the educational outreach initiatives at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). The Friends and the USBG share a dedication to demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological importance of plants to the well being of humankind. Our goal is to support the creation of extraordinary programs and exhibits that delight, educate and inspire our visitors to become more active stewards of the plants that support life on earth.

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We all love flowers, but what do we know about their seeds? This week our #BotanistsInTraining are conducting an experim...
06/22/2020

We all love flowers, but what do we know about their seeds? This week our #BotanistsInTraining are conducting an experiment to figure out what seeds need to start growing

Did you know that a single pinch of garden soil can contain millions of living things? Welcome to soil week of HOPS! Thi...
06/15/2020

Did you know that a single pinch of garden soil can contain millions of living things? Welcome to soil week of HOPS! This week our #BotanistsInTraining are getting their hands dirty to find out what makes soil different from dirt.

Welcome to Hands On Plant Science! HOPS is an annual environmental program that enables D.C. youth to immerse themselves...
06/09/2020

Welcome to Hands On Plant Science! HOPS is an annual environmental program that enables D.C. youth to immerse themselves in the natural world through exploratory activities in order to learn more about the plants around them. This year, thanks to the support of @kidpowerdc and @miraclegro, we’re excited to transition to a virtual (but still hands-on!) program by delivering a HOPS backpack to each student. Each backpack contains a magnifying glass, microscope, journal, watercolors, and much more to complete 6 weeks of hands-on activities. Stay tuned to see what this year’s #botanistintraining discover!

Each year, the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden host children and teachers in the National Garden for our Hands On Pla...
07/29/2019

Each year, the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden host children and teachers in the National Garden for our Hands On Plant Science (HOPS) program! Participants immerse themselves in the natural world: they dangle over the bridge, and learn that clean water is critical for plants and all life forms; they explore the power of the sun and learn how plants make their own food; they watch pollinators in action and have the opportunity to wander and wonder. The National Garden becomes an outdoor classroom where students and teachers use microscopes, dissect flowers, analyze soil, and learn how seeds travel.

Each year, the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden host children and teachers in the National Garden for our Hands On Plant Science (HOPS) program! Participants immerse themselves in the natural world: they dangle over the bridge, and learn that clean water is critical for plants and all life forms; they explore the power of the sun and learn how plants make their own food; they watch pollinators in action and have the opportunity to wander and wonder. The National Garden becomes an outdoor classroom where students and teachers use microscopes, dissect flowers, analyze soil, and learn how seeds travel.

HOPS made seed balls today so everyone can grow their own flowers or vegetables!
07/02/2019

HOPS made seed balls today so everyone can grow their own flowers or vegetables!

First day of HOPS! Our Hands-On Plant Science explorers are learning about water by measuring the temperature of our str...
07/02/2019

First day of HOPS! Our Hands-On Plant Science explorers are learning about water by measuring the temperature of our stream! #botanistintraining #hopsbops #friendsofusbg #education

Congratulations to all the teachers who participated in our HOPS Teacher Institute! They’ve spent the past two days lear...
06/27/2019

Congratulations to all the teachers who participated in our HOPS Teacher Institute! They’ve spent the past two days learning about plants through hands-on modules, receiving all the necessary tools and training to run these experiments for their own students! Special thanks to ScottsMiracle-Gro for supporting this program!

While the weather is taking a break from heat, take a break from work and come see what’s blooming all around the Garden...
05/21/2019

While the weather is taking a break from heat, take a break from work and come see what’s blooming all around the Garden!! #goodweather #goodplants #goodlife #friendsofusbg

Throw one hand up if you love Plant Science... 👋🏼👋🏼 Throw both hands up if you love chocolate chip cookies...🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 Chec...
05/16/2019

Throw one hand up if you love Plant Science... 👋🏼👋🏼 Throw both hands up if you love chocolate chip cookies...🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 Check out the @usbotanicgarden website for all the amazing programming!#education #smartasacookie #friendsofusbg

Lots of leafy greens in the kitchen garden in Bartholdi Park. Stop by to enjoy your lunch and get some ideas about makin...
05/14/2019

Lots of leafy greens in the kitchen garden in Bartholdi Park. Stop by to enjoy your lunch and get some ideas about making your own garden blossom! #homegrown #lunchstops #friendsofusbg

There is always lot’s going on a the @usbotanicgarden - today the cook sisters dished up some incredible herbs! Check th...
05/09/2019

There is always lot’s going on a the @usbotanicgarden - today the cook sisters dished up some incredible herbs! Check the calendar for the next cooking demo and taste for yourself! #goodeatsdc #noms #friendsofusbg

Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden
12/03/2018

Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden

Lots of fun with microscopes and magnifying-glasses in week two of HOPS with Beacon House and YMCA Anthony Bowen! Thanks...
07/11/2018

Lots of fun with microscopes and magnifying-glasses in week two of HOPS with Beacon House and YMCA Anthony Bowen! Thanks ScottsMiracle-Gro for making another summer of HOPS possible!

And of course thanks to the HOPS staff for braving the DC heat and sparking the imaginations of these #youngscientists!

We had a great first week of HOPS with New Community for Children and CapEX! Thanks for exploring photosynthesis, pollin...
07/02/2018

We had a great first week of HOPS with New Community for Children and CapEX! Thanks for exploring photosynthesis, pollination, sun-dials, and much more with us!

And thank you to our wonderful HOPS staff and to ScottsMiracle-Gro for making these "hands-on-plant-science" experiences possible.

Now on to week two!

08/31/2017
Tour: Nature in Motion | United States Botanic Garden

Looking to get out of your office and soak up the last of summer? Join us today for Nature in Motion in Bartholdi Park at 12pm and then again at 5pm. Learn about this hidden gem on the National Mall while doing some light stretching ! All for free - see you there!

https://www.usbg.gov/events/2017/05/19/tour-nature-motion-1

Event Date: Thu, Aug 31, 2017Alexandra Torres, USBG Education Specialist, and Claire Alrich, Staff, National Fund for the U.S. Botanic GardenTaking time to enjoy nature has been shown to reduce stress, increase productivity, and improve overall wellness. Join us on a guided nature walk of the USBG o...

The last #corpseflower is blooming right now!! Come on down to take a smell- the Conservatory will be open until 10pm to...
08/28/2017

The last #corpseflower is blooming right now!! Come on down to take a smell- the Conservatory will be open until 10pm tonight! Don't miss out!

Have you seen our twins!? The spadix of the corpse flower (the part that sticks up and out the middle) is much shorter o...
08/15/2017

Have you seen our twins!? The spadix of the corpse flower (the part that sticks up and out the middle) is much shorter on the twin plants than on the larger one. We're not quite sure why yet, but we are watching them closely and learning more about them. You should too!

Check out www.usbg.gov/corpseflower to watch the live feed and learn more about the corpse flower.

08/11/2017

Corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum)

Corpse flowers can take many years to produce what looks like a single flower. In fact, that structure is called an infl...
08/11/2017

Corpse flowers can take many years to produce what looks like a single flower. In fact, that structure is called an inflorescence --- or, a cluster of flowers. There can be hundreds of flowers in one inflorescence!

This month is a treat because we've got THREE in bloom! Check back here for estimated peak bloom dates and fun facts about the corpse flower.

Starting Monday, the U.S. Botanic Garden will be open until 7pm so come down and see this unique plant for yourself!

Last week the Fund said goodbye to our fabulous summer interns! This year we not only had our annual National Garden int...
08/10/2017

Last week the Fund said goodbye to our fabulous summer interns! This year we not only had our annual National Garden intern, but we also were able to support young people through DC's Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program and interns through the Architect of the Capitol.

By the end, our interns brought plant science to life for over 5,000 USBG visitors in just a few weeks!

Closing out the final day of HOPS are junior botanists from Martha's Table!  Martha’s Table works to support stronger ch...
07/07/2017

Closing out the final day of HOPS are junior botanists from Martha's Table! Martha’s Table works to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family supports.

Here is the whole group in front of the Capitol building, and a beautiful flower dissection. Thank you to all our fabulous partners this week!!

Today we welcome Beacon House Community Ministry to HOPS! Beacon House is a nonprofit, community-based organization that...
07/06/2017

Today we welcome Beacon House Community Ministry to HOPS! Beacon House is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreation, and nutrition programs to at-risk, children who reside in and around the Edgewood Commons community in Ward 5 of Washington, D.C.

Rain kept us inside today, but it couldn't dampen the creativity of these young botanists! Here they are dissecting flowers and testing the water in our tropics.

Joining us today is  New Community for Children, whose motto is “where learning goes beyond the classroom.” Curriculum a...
07/05/2017

Joining us today is New Community for Children, whose motto is “where learning goes beyond the classroom.” Curriculum at NCFC has a strong focus on STEAM (learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking) --- a perfect fit for HOPS!

Here is one of our stellar teachers Ben Kerbs in action today with NCFC students!

Week Two of HOPS begins today! In celebration of a decade of HOPS programming, each day this week four former organizati...
07/03/2017

Week Two of HOPS begins today! In celebration of a decade of HOPS programming, each day this week four former organizations will be back for a one day experience --- exploring concepts related to water, photosynthesis, nature as art.

Today we are pleased to welcome budding botanists from the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington!

Day Four of HOPS landed our junior botanists right in the middle of a plant mystery!
07/01/2017

Day Four of HOPS landed our junior botanists right in the middle of a plant mystery!

Day Three of HOPS reveals the beauty and art of nature. Students learn about plant morphology as they dissect and sketch...
07/01/2017

Day Three of HOPS reveals the beauty and art of nature. Students learn about plant morphology as they dissect and sketch flowers. They also experienced a "zen-moment" in the National Garden as they used watercolors to paint a macro or micro view their surroundings.

Day Two of HOPS was extra special! We were honored to have scientists from Scotts Miracle-Gro Company working with our f...
07/01/2017

Day Two of HOPS was extra special! We were honored to have scientists from Scotts Miracle-Gro Company working with our future botanists. Students learned about our feathered friends and their roles in our ecosystem, as well as investigated different types of soil and their qualities.

HOPS Day One: WaterStudents learn all about water and its importance to all life on Earth. The boys recorded observation...
06/28/2017

HOPS Day One: Water

Students learn all about water and its importance to all life on Earth. The boys recorded observations of the stream environment before conducting multiple tests of the water --- measuring its temperature and dissolved oxygen levels, as well as looking closely at samples under a microscope.

The National Fund is happy to welcome Washington Jesuit Academy to HOPS! Fifty 6th & 7th grade boys will be spending the...
06/26/2017

The National Fund is happy to welcome Washington Jesuit Academy to HOPS! Fifty 6th & 7th grade boys will be spending the week in the National Garden engaging in 16 hands-on modules related to the plant world.

Today's focus is water --- and its importance to all life on earth. Check back today to see the boys in action!

06/26/2017

It's here! Day One of HOPS starts now!

HOPS kicks off in three days! Our HOPS staff of 4 teachers and 8 students are hard at work preparing for the students' a...
06/23/2017

HOPS kicks off in three days! Our HOPS staff of 4 teachers and 8 students are hard at work preparing for the students' arrival!

Here's a little photo recap of our HOPS Teacher Institute 2017! Big thank you to our teachers for all your hard work!
06/22/2017

Here's a little photo recap of our HOPS Teacher Institute 2017! Big thank you to our teachers for all your hard work!

06/21/2017

2017 HOPS Teacher Institute!

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245 1st St SW
Washington D.C., DC
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The Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden completed its primary mission of building the National Garden in 2006. After the National Garden opening, the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden launched a Friend of the National Garden membership program in 2008 in order to raise money for educational outreach programs at the United States Botanic Garden. This year, the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden celebrates its sixth year of promoting USBG educational programs and activities. One way in which we support this mission is through membership donations. When you join, your membership will directly help the USBG be a national leader in conservation, sustainability and education. Visit our website and become a Friend of the National Garden today! www.nfusbg.org/membership/

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Monday 11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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The United States Botanic Garden and the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden share a dedication to demonstrating the aesthetic,cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological importance of plants to human well-being. The Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden supports the creation of extraordinary programs and events that delight, educate and inspire visitors to become more active stewards of the plants that support life on earth.


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