Friends of Nairobi Arboretum (FONA) was founded in 1993, under the umbrella of Nature Kenya (East Africa Natural History Society), by a group of people concerned about the neglect and decline of the arboretum during the 70s and 80s due to lack of government funding.
Its aim was to assist the Forest Department (now Kenya Forest Service - KFS) to revitalize and develop the Arboretum into a modern facility for promoting environmental education, recreation and scientific knowledge. Since 1993 FONA has been engaged in numerous physical improvements efforts at Arboretum e.g. providing benches, seats, picnic tables, a Shelter Banda, litter collection, grass cutting etc. FONA continues to work alongside KFS to maintain this green gem for recreation, education and scientific knowledge. Under the Forest Act 2005, FONA is registered as a Community Forest Association (CFA), thus enhancing community participation in the management of forest reserves.
· To develop the arboretum into a modern facility that promotes environmental education, recreation and scientific knowledge, hence enhancing appreciation of trees and forests in Kenya and the region.
· To promote public understanding and appreciation of the importance of trees and forests from the simple enjoyment of a beautiful parkland setting for recreational relaxation to serious educational activity and scientific study.
· To contribute to the conservation of woody plants, through the development and management of ex-situ collections of genetic material.
Environmental Education Programme
This aims at encouraging appreciation and better understanding of Kenya’s trees, forests and plant conservation among all age groups/audience through:
· Education and outreach: pre-booking and impromptu school visits to the Arboretum offers a chance to interaction with school and university students on varying topics such as forest conservation, marine ecology, climate change etc. Download Education Programme Booking form PDF
· Tree walks: Guided tree walks every second Saturday and last Monday of the month. Download Nairobi Arboretum Indigenous & Exotic Tree List PDF
· Lectures /educational films: Through the Arboretum Education Officer, lectures/films are organised and held every last Thursday of the month with the aim of enlightening the public on environmental conservation issues.
· Compost and gardening courses: Practical garden maintenance and how to convert litter into compost manure.
Primary school students visiting the Nairobi Arboretum
The natural and serene nature at the arboretum offers a competitive, cool and calm environment for events. Our ground/lawns are attractive to a large clientele requesting for to host their events ranging from birthday parties, wedding reception and corporate events (End-year dinner or product launch parties). A relative fee of Ksh. 45,000.00 per day is charged for each event. Download Terms and Conditions PDF
Ways you can help
Remember "The more people participate the more we can do for the Arboretum."
Become a Member
Join FONA & Support 'Nairobi Arboretum -the place of trees,...for nature,...for people'
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Friends of Nairobi Arboretum
The Tree Centre, Nairobi Arboretum
Arboretum Rd, off State House Road
P.O Box 44486 - 00100 GPO | Nairobi, Kenya
Cell: +254 (0)727 300933 | (0)788 981 905 |Fax: +254 (0)20 3741049
Facebook: Nairobi Arboretum
FONA is a Nature Kenya project & a Community Forest Association under Kenya Forest Act of 2005