Children's Garden Volunteer Opportunities
The Children's Garden has both long and short term options for youth volunteers.
Youth Volunteer Program (ages 13-18)
- Service Learning Program (ages 13-18)
- Youth Vocational Program (ages 13-22)
- Minimester (short-term)
- If you are part of a civic, religious, or corporate group seeking one-time group volunteer opportunities, contact the Youth Program Developer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mayor's Youth Academy
- Partnership for the Future
- The College of William and Mary
- Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired
- Interested in an internship at the Garden? Click here to learn more about our Community Partner Organizations.
- Pre-registration required. Families must sign up in advance by filling out a Group Volunteer Application and then reserve the desired volunteer dates online. We ask that family members under the age of 18 be accompanied by an adult or guardian at all times. Family volunteering is not recommended for children under the age of 6.
- To learn more about adult volunteer opportunities in the Children's Garden, please visit the volunteer web page or call (804) 262-9887 ext. 335.
Youth Volunteer Program (short-term, ages 13-18)
The Youth Volunteer 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.
Service Learning Program (ages 13-18)
The Service Learning Program offers middle and high school students the chance to explore career opportunities 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.
Apply for the Service Learning Program by filling out a volunteer application as well as answering the essay questions and providing three references. If you have questions about this program, email email@example.com or call (804) 262-9887 ext. 346.
Applications, essays and references are due no later than March 1st.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2015
Interview Deadline: March 19, 2015
Orientation: March 28, 2015
Vocational Program (ages 13-22)
School year and summer opportunities are available for special needs youth enrolled in a middle school or high school vocational program. Work experiences in the fields of horticulture, office, and food service are available. This opportunity satisfies a requirement for community service hours.
For inquiries about the Vocational Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
(804) 262-9887 ext. 346.
Minimester opportunities are available at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for middle school and high school students interested in one-week hands-on experiential learning.
This is a short-term program with limited availability and is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Apply for the Minimester by filling out a group volunteer application and attach a project proposal or required objectives. Students must be 13 years of age or older. There is no deadline for the application but availability is limited.
Community Partner Internships
Mayor's Youth Academy
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a sponsor of the Mayor's Youth Academy's Summer Work Experience. Interns are prepared to enhance productivity and contribute to a positive work environment with enthusiasm and professionalism.
Partnership for the Future
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a sponsor of Partnership for the Future internship placements for motivated high school students with limited resources in order transition them from high school to college and employment. Curriculum includes participating in the Community Kitchen Garden.
The College of William and Mary
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an intern site for the college of William and Mary who participates in the U.S. Department of Education’s program, Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow. Interns fulfill requirements for the Noyce Scholarships with an experiential learning curriculum which includes assisting with educational programs as well as participating in the Community Kitchen Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens encourages research by offering access to our library resources.
Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Clients participating in L.I.F.E. (Learning Independence Feeling Empowered) gain work experience through this short-term internship during the summertime. L.I.F.E. is a five-week residential transition program for blind and visually impaired high school students.
Family Volunteer Opportunities
Spend time with your family outdoors at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden by volunteering together in the Children's Garden. Show your children the value of giving to the community while getting some fresh air and a beautiful view. We ask that family members under the age of 18 be accompanied by an adult or guardian at all times. Family volunteering is not recommended for children under the age of 6.
Pre-registration required. Families must sign up in advance by filling out a Group Volunteer Application and then reserve the desired volunteer dates online. A limited number of slots are available. If you have questions about this program, email email@example.com or call (804) 262-9887 ext. 335.
Family Volunteer Dates:
(Sunday) September 21, 2014, 10-noon
(Monday) October 13, 2014, 1-3pm
(Monday) November 3, 2014, 1-3pm
Volunteer Opportunities for Adults
To learn more about adult volunteer opportunities in the Children's Garden, please visit the volunteer web page or call (804) 262-9887 ext. 335.