Garden Closed

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is temporarily closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whenever possible, the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the USBG website for updates to operating status. Many resources can still be accessed online, including educational worksheets and manuals, fact sheets and more, and some of our programs will also be made available online. Find online resources at

Maura Nelson

Maura Nelson
Education Specialist, Accessibility
Public Programs
(202) 226-1047

Maura Nelson serves as an Education Specialist and the Accessibility Coordinator at the U.S. Botanic Garden. She works to ensure that the Garden is a welcoming space for all visitors, advocating for the public by maximizing the visitor-centered museum experience. She was the recipient of the Rossetta A. and Sadie B. Feldman Fellowship in Museum Education and the Architect of the Capitol's Award for Service Excellence for her public programming efforts serving individuals with Autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Maura has presented and moderated sessions at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and American Public Garden's Association (APGA) national conferences addressing best practices in museum education. Maura holds a master's of arts in teaching in Museum Education from The George Washington University and serves as a mentor to current graduate students. When not at the Garden, she enjoys running and home life with her husband and children.