Established in 1982, FONA is headquartered on the grounds of the Arboretum in Northeast Washington, DC. Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) is a nonprofit membership organization working to preserve and enhance the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) and bring this remarkable resource to life as an important part of the city and region. We work to provide financial support, educational and visitor programs to advance the Arboretum’s dual missions of research and education.
Our flagship program is Washington Youth Garden (WYG). Founded in 1971, WYG advances the Arboretum’s education mission through its programs for youth and families. These are held at WYG’s one-acre demonstration garden, located on the Arboretum grounds, and at gardens at several District of Columbia schools. In all programs, the garden is the foundation for integrated learning that advances student understanding of ecological sciences, nutrition, environmental stewardship, and overall youth development. The goal of all of its programs is to nurture curious minds and healthy bodies by connecting youth to food, the land, and each other.
Friends of the National Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer. We believe participation across a broad-spectrum of human experiences and backgrounds is necessary. We value different skills, identities, education levels, and generations on our team, and are committed to creating a just and inclusive environment for all.
Established in 1982, FONA is headquartered on the grounds of the Arboretum in Northeast Washington, DC. Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) is a nonprofit membership organization working to preserve and enhance the U.S. National…