The Washington Youth Garden uses the garden cycle as a tool to enrich science learning, insprire environmental stewardship and cultivate healthy food choices in youth and families.
Founded in 1971, the Washington Youth Garden provides a unique, year-round environmental science and food education program for D.C. youth and their families. Using the garden as a living classroom, the program teaches participants to explore their relationships with food and the natural world.
Three of the four programs are based out of our 1-acre educational garden, located at the U.S. Nation Arboretum. Hands-on science and nutrition-themed field trips serve over 2,000 local students, high school internships help local youth develop green job skills, and our Saturday Family Garden Days invite local families to learn and cook together.
The Washington Youth Garden also partners with local public schools to develop integrated and sustinable school garden programs.