YALI Washington Fellows visit Fairchild Tropical Garden

This story is part of an on-going series following 25  young leaders visiting FIU as part of President Obama’s Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

On Tuesday, July 8, the YALI Washington Fellows ventured to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The Fellows took a tour of the 83-acre tropical gardens dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants.

More than just beautifully groomed grounds, Fairchild fosters understanding for the need for biodiversity. Through its programs, events and partnerships, Fairchild engages children and adults to become active citizens in valuing their environment in a hands-on approach.

With field programs in more than 20 countries, including Africa, the Fellows view Fairchild as a model that they can replicate in their home countries. From educational programs that engage students at an early age, to a Tropical Plant DNA Bank of plants, Fairchild is a leader in environmental education and research for conversation efforts.

Check out the video above to learn more about their visit.