Live It Learn It

The Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden has been able to establish a highly successful working relationship with Live It Learn It (LILI), one of the region's most successful and respected non-profit organizations. The beneficiaries of this partnership are Title I schoolchildren in the District of Columbia.

Every year LILI brings hundreds of DC schoolchildren out of their classrooms to visit monuments and places of scientific and historical interest in the capital region. LILI works with DC Public Schools to design lesson plans for the visits that complement the students’ learning objectives in the classroom. The programs have proved to be enormously effective while, at the same time, broadening the educational horizons of the young Title I students.

The United States Botanic Garden is one of the preferred LILI destinations.  With financial support from the Friends in 2012 which shares LILI's commitment to educational outreach LILI enabled two DC Public Schools, Patterson Elementary in Ward 8 and Plummer Elementary in Ward 7, to participate in this program for the first time.