• Organization TypeImplementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
  • Staff6-25
  • HeadquartersUnited States
  • Founded1982

Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA)

FONA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization with the mission to preserve and enhance the U.S. National Arboretum. They work to provide valuable financial and volunteer support through five main focus areas:   ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION The US National Arboretum Research Unit works to identify newly discovered or rare plant species and preserves vital genetic plant material for future generations. FONA works with the Arboretum and local agencies to protect and restore the watershed of the Anacostia River, which sits on the southeast border of the Arboretum. Current projects include the recently completed ‘Bay Saver’ project on Hickey Run and the restoration of Springhouse Run. PLANT RESEARCH The USNA Research Unit develops drought and disease resistant plants, flowers and trees, especially urban trees, which are vital to the health of their cities. URBAN GREENSPACE The USNA is part of the largest contiguous parcel of greenspace in Washington, DC, free to all and interesting through all of the seasons of the year. EDUCATION The Arboretum welcomes visitors with collection tours, curator lectures, and expert workshops. It trains the next generation of horticultural experts and scientists through post-doctoral and college level internships each year. It is also home to the Washington Youth Garden, a project of FONA, which inspires 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. COMMUNITY OUTREACH They raise awareness about this national treasure so that everyone may enjoy it, from native Washingtonians to their capital’s global visitors.
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  • United States (headquarters)
  • Washington, D.C.
  • 3501 New York Avenue
  • District of Columbia 20002