National Tropical Botanical Gardens
The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is, as quoted on their website, “dedicated to the tropical plant research, conservation, and education since 1964.” The organization encompasses a network of five botanical gardens, preserves, and research facilities in varying locations in Hawaii, as well as in Florida:
Allerton Garden (Kauai)
Kahanu Garden (Big Island)
Limahuli Garden & Preserve (Kauai)
McBryde Garden (Kauai)
The Kampong Garden (Florida)
This expansive operation covers almost 2,000 acres; for scale, the average household sits atop 0.20 acres.
The organization offers multiple ways to get involved, learn, and experience the most unique collection of plant species in the world. The most common way is booking a tour at one of the many gardens under their system. You will be guided around private property, become educated on all the different species under their care, and enjoy the company of others that share the same interests. Volunteer opportunities are always available simply by contacting them directly and providing any required information. Courses, lectures, and workshops are provided year-round at all of their locations. Students have the benefit of enrolling in Fall internships to work along the amazing staff members and expand their knowledge of all operations from “A to Z.”
Thinking about plants all day can prove tiresome, so when a break is needed, the NTBG hosts some fun public events for friends, families, and anyone interested. Taro festivals, fun-runs/walks, yoga sessions, 4th of July celebrations, movie nights, hula shows, and more! Check out their website here to stay up to date at what is happening and where. Their events are always evolving, always incorporating current interests, so whether you go for the extra curricular activities or to explore the gardens, fun is to be had either way.