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Arbor Day Fest

The Washington Youth Garden Program is happy to host the 1st Annual Arbor Day Fest! On April 29th, 2016 at the U.S. National Arboretum!  

Engage in a day long series of social, educational, and cultural events celebrating environmental awareness and stewardship!

Featuring Panel Discussions on:

·         Green Projects – Local and Global Impact

·         Health and Nutrition Access in Urban Environments

·         Fair Trade and the Business of Agriculture

·         Making our Rivers swimmable and fishable

·         Youth Green Jobs and Development Programs

The Washington Youth Garden’s 45th Year Anniversary: This is the first event of a year long celebration commemorating the Washington Youth Garden’s 45 years of history in the DC area! Additional programming will include:

·         Healthy cooking Demonstrations

·         Musical Performances

·         Farmer Olympics

·         And Much More!

Washington Youth Garden is excited to welcome you to our inaugural Arbor Day Fest on April 29, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the U.S. National Arboretum. Join us for a day of social, educational, and cultural programming that celebrates environmental awareness and stewardship!

Become an Arbor Day Fest volunteer and celebrate by giving back! To sign up, email jaldebron@fona.org.

Participating organizations include:

Anacostia Watershed Society
Arbor Day Foundation
Art Soiree    
City Blossoms  
DC Department of Health SNAP ED Program  
DC Department of Energy and Environment
DC Greens
Fairtrade America  
George Washington University
George Mason University
Good Food Markets
LISC DC  
Oyé Palaver Hut
University of the District of Columbia - CAUSES
University of Maryland, Program for Society and the Environment
11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC
Washington Performing Arts' Mars Urban Arts Initiative
Washington Parks and People

meet the panelists! Learn more about them here: arborfest.org
 

Activities and entertainment

Panels on environmental, health, and nutrition topics
Musical performances
Farmer Olympics

This is the first event in a year-long celebration commemorating Washington Youth Garden's 45 years of making school gardens and young minds grow!

Schedule

9:30 am
Check in

10-10:30 am
Welcome and Tree Planting Ceremony at the Flowering Tree Walk
Speakers: Dr. Richard Olsen, Director, U.S. National Arboretum; Arbor Day Foundation representative; Tom Costello, Executive Director, Friends of the National Arboretum

11 am-noon
Concurrent Panels

USNA Classroom:
Green Projects of Local and Global Impact - Urban sustainability projects and initiatives from a local and global perspective
Dr. Kamran Zendehdel, University of the District of Columbia Center for Sustainable Development
Dr. Dana R. Fisher, University of Maryland, Program for Society and the Environment
Coe Roberts, Certified Arborist - Arbor Day Foundation

USNA Auditorium:
Effects of Greenspace on Urban Youth - projects conducted in the region and the latest research findings
Dr. Carley Fisher-Maltese, George Mason University
Kaifa Anderson-Hall, former Program Director, Washington Youth Garden

Lola Bloom, Former Co - Executive Director, City Blossoms
Dr. Rashawn Ray, University of Maryland (Moderator)

noon-1 pm
LUNCH - Pick up a box lunch in the Auditorium and eat at the location of your choice.

1:15-2:15 pm
Concurrent Panels

USNA Classroom:
The Business of Agriculture - examining the regulations that exist to protect agricultural workers in the U.S and beyond
Jorge Bregues, Senior Business Development Manager, Fairtrade America
Dr. Sabine O'Hara, Dean, Dean and Director of Landgrant Programs College of Agriculture, rban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) - University of the District of Columbia (CAUSES)
Philip Sambol, Good Food Markets

Dr. Kamran Zendehdel, University of the District of Columbia Center for Sustainable Development (Moderator)

USNA Auditorium:
Making Our Rivers Swimmable and Fishable - the challenges, successes, and outcomes of local government and community-based groups to clean up the Anacostia River
Stephen Reiling, DC Department of Energy and the Environment
Jorge Bogantes Montero, Anacostia Water Shed Society
George "Buzz" Seltzer, Dumbarton Oaks Conservancy

2:15-2:30 pm
Break

2:30-3:30 pm
Concurrent Panels

USNA Auditorium:
Trees, Gardens and Community Development - environmentally sound and asset-based community development, as well as efforts to holistically include all community members in development plans and programs
Scott Kratz, Director, 11th Street Bridge Park (a project of Building Bridges Across the River at THE ARC)
Rebecca Lemos, Co-Executive Director, City Blossoms
Dr. Ashley Milton, Environmental and Public Health Specialist in the Center for Sustainable Development Development at University of the District of Columbia (CAUSES)
Moderated by Adam Kent, Local Initiatives Support Corporation DC

USNA Classroom:
Health/Nutrition Accessibility in Urban Environments - health disparities in the D.C. area and the challenges faced by agencies, organizations, and businesses when addressing community health and nutrition
Dr. Tia Jeffery, University of the District of Columbia (CAUSES)
Dr. Kimberly Robien, George Washington University
Sara Beckwith, DC Department of Health SNAP ED Program
Lillie Rosen, DC Greens
Moderated by Philip Sambol, Good Food Markets

3:30-3:45 pm
A break to network, relax, or enjoy yoga and movement exercises on the North Terrace

3:45-4:45 pm
Concurrent Panels

USNA Auditorium:
Plenary Session - Sustainability and Culinary Heritage
Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director Sustainability Institute - George Washington University
 

4:45-5:30 pm
A break to network, relax and get ready for the evening celebration!

5:30-8:30 pm
Celebrate in the Herb Garden and Meadow. Festivities will include local musicians and performances curated by Washington Performing Arts and Art Soiree - all while taking advantage of a spring evening among the blossoms and enjoying food, beverages, and good company!

The event is taking place rain or shine! In the course of rainfall, evening programming will take place at the U.S. National Arboretum Admin. Building.

All proceeds go to support Washington Youth Garden programs for youth and families.