Youth and Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a variety of volunteer opportunities for youth including service learning, summer volunteer opportunities, internships, and vocational training.

We have opportunities for middle and high-schoolers who want to work for a day, a week, a month, or year-round. We work with youth who have a variety of goals for their volunteer work here including those who want to learn new skills, get work experience, or earn community service hours.

We have a variety of positions for both short- and long-term commitments. We work with all kinds of groups, organizations, and individuals including homeschoolers, youth with special needs, at-risk youth, teambuilding exercises, or for those who simply want to give back to the community. Most of our programs are geared for ages 13-18, and our Vocational Program is for youth 13-22.

If you are part of a civic, religious, or corporate group seeking one-time group volunteer opportunities please contact us! We’d love to work with you.
For more information on any of these programs please contact Bray Wilkins, Youth Programs Developer: mailto:[email protected] or call (804) 262-9887 x346.

Service Learning Program

Year-round, age 13-18

The Service Learning Program offers middle and high school students the chance to explore career opportunities in the fields of Education and the Sciences through professional development and practical work experiences. Different levels of responsibility and leadership accumulate with time and hours served.

This long-term program has shifts available on weekends, select weekdays, and during special events.

We will start accepting applications in January 2016. Apply to become a Service Learning volunteer by filling out a youth volunteer application, answering the essay questions and providing three references. Applications, essays and references are due March 1, 2016.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016
Interview Deadline: March 11, 2016
Orientation: to be announced

Please see our other volunteer opportunities below, or check back for more information.

Summer Programs

Youth Volunteer Summer Program (age 13-18)

The Youth Volunteer Summer Program offers middle school and high school students horticulture experiences working in the Community Kitchen Garden, which harvests food for the Central Virginia Food Bank to provide fresh foods for those in need. Youth Volunteers also work in the Children’s Garden and other areas.

This program has shifts available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon, June  – August, 2016. Volunteers can sign up for as many or few shifts as they want.

Apply for the Youth Volunteer Summer Program by filling out a youth volunteer application. Applications are due June 1, 2016. 


Interested in an internship at the Garden?

We currently partner with community organizations to provide internship opportunities both long-term and short-term (minimester) for youth in Central Virginia. If your school or organization is interested in forming a partnership with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden please contact us.  Current and former partners include:

For more information on any of these programs please contact Bray Wilkins, Youth Programs Developer: [email protected] or call (804) 262-9887 x346.

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