The new pavilion at Washington Youth Garden’s demonstration garden is the result of a partnership between the Weissberg Foundation, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations working together. The goal was to benefit school groups and families from underserved D.C. neighborhoods and other communities in the region. The pavilion is dedicated to the late Judith Morris, who was passionate about sharing nature and the Arboretum with surrounding communities and underserved youth. The pavilion provides a much-needed outdoor classroom space for young people coming to our demonstration plot to learn about environmental science and nutrition.
The structure also serves as a teaching tool illustrating how buildings work with the environment. It has an inverted roof for rainwater capture, integrated rain cisterns, and natural materials. The structure sits lightly on the land and allows for a variety of teaching configurations.
A message from Roy – “Special thanks to everyone involved in our recently completed project, the Washington Youth Garden Outdoor Learning Center Pavilion located at the National Arboretum. It took about three months to complete construction, but many more months of coordination, planning and design. It is a fabulous structure complete with chalkboards, rain garden and a vegetable washing station. Washington Youth Garden is a program of the Friends of the National Arboretum with support from the U.S. National Arboretum, and primarily serves under-served, low-income schools and families. This pavilion is wheelchair accessible and will be a learning center for children from all around the D.C. area. Kids can learn about sustainability, gardening, science, food, health and nutrition. The National Arboretum is located at 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002. Go check it out!”