Lee Coykendall is the Senior Education Specialist at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Over the past 17 years, she has built and expanded the children’s education program, making the Garden a rich resource for students and teachers alike. Lee both designs and teaches the lessons and programs, including professional development training for teachers. One of her creations, now in its 11th year, is the HOPS (Hands-On Plant Science) program, an immersive environmental science program for DC urban youth. Each summer, HOPS teaches and trains hundreds of students and teachers, focusing on underserved wards in the surrounding community.

Lee is a master gardener and a graduate of the University of Vermont. She is passionate about plants and how they work and loves working with children of all ages and, when she can bring the two together, she shines. She is the 2017 recipient of the American Horticulture Society’s Jane L. Taylor Award and the 2017 Architect’s Commendation Award.