Teen Programs

The Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks offers workshops for high school students and participates in teen programs across the District, with the goal of improving urban environmental literacy and introducing students to potential careers in urban landscape design and management.

Phelps field trip, spring 2016 Phelps students visit Dumbarton Oaks in spring 2016.

2017–2018

Phelps Herb Garden

During the 2017 – 2018 academic year, the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies will sponsor and guide the planning and development of an herb garden with landscape and architecture students at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School. Students will document the process of design, construction, and maintenance over the course of the year with photos and videos.

Phelps Field Trip to Dumbarton Oaks

September 19, 2017 | Landscape and architecture students at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School tour the pollinator garden, greenhouse, and green infrastructure at the Fellowship House at Dumbarton Oaks.

2016–2017

Phelps Final Design Review

May 23, 2017 | Final review of student landscape designs for Kingman Park Community Garden at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Clubhouse 14

May 20, 2017 | Mellon postdoctoral fellow Jeanne Haffner assisted students in the National Building Museum's Design Apprenticeship Program with the construction of vegetable, herb, and butterfly gardens at Clubhouse 14 of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, located on Benning Road, NE

Phelps Midterm Design Review

April 11, 2017 | Review of student landscape designs for Kingman Park Community Garden at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School

National Building Museum, Design Apprenticeship Program

March–May 2017 | Weekly participation in landscape architecture workshops with 30 high school students from around the District, including site analysis and design reviews. Mellon postdoctoral fellow Jeanne Haffner gave a presentation to students on landscape architect Lawrence Halprin’s unbuilt designs for the Anacostia riverfront (1966–70) and its relevance to contemporary waterfront planning in Washington, D.C.

Field Trip to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park

February 28, 2017 | Field trip with landscape and architecture students from Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School. Tour of the park with landscape architect Jennifer Daniels of the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Kingman Park Community Garden, Site Analysis

February 16, 2017 | Participation in site analysis of Kingman Park Community Garden (NE) with landscape and architecture students from Phelps Architecture, Engineering, and Construction High School

Garden Hydrology

September 20, 2016 | Workshop with landscape students from Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School

2015–2016

Public Park, Private Garden

May 14, 2016 | Design challenge with students from the National Building Museum Teen Council

Hydraulic Gardens

May 11, 2016 | Water management tour of Dumbarton Oaks for sixth graders, organized through the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative

Tree Notebooks

May 3 & 9, 2016 | Tree identification workshop at Dumbarton Oaks with students (grades 4–8) organized through the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative

Biodiversity from Garden to City

April 27, 2016 | Tour of Dumbarton Oaks with Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School