Volunteers

Children's Garden Volunteer Opportunities

 



The Children's Garden has both long and short term options for youth volunteers.

 

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

  • Youth Volunteer Summer Program (summer, ages 13-18)
  • Summer Camp Volunteer (summer, ages 13-18)
  • Service Learning Program (year-round, ages 13-18)
  • Vocational Program (year-round, ages 13-22)
  • Minimester (short-term, ages 13-18)
  • If you are part of a civic, religious, or corporate group seeking one-time group volunteer opportunities, contact the Youth Program Developer at nickia@lewisginter.org

Community Partner Internships

Family Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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.

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.

 


Youth Volunteer Opportunities

 

Youth Volunteer Summer Program (summer, 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.

This program has shifts available 9am-12pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 23 - August 27, 2015. Volunteers can sign up for as many or few shifts as they want.

Apply for the Youth Volunteer Summer Program by filling out a volunteer application. There is no application deadline - volunteers are accepted throughout the summer. If you have questions about this program, email the Youth Programs Developer at nickia@lewisginter.org or call (804) 262-9887 ext. 346. More information can be found here.


Summer Camp Volunteer (summer, ages 13-18)

The Children’s Garden needs help with Summer Camp! Camp volunteers assist with check-in, activities, crafts, snack, group management, and clean up. Because of the attachment campers develop with staff and volunteers, we ask that volunteers commit to the entire duration of the camp they choose to assist. Volunteers may help with just one camp or multiple camps.

 

Apply for Summer Camp volunteering 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 the Youth Programs Developer at nickia@lewisginter.org or call (804) 262-9887 ext. 346.

Applications, essays and references are due no later than May 25, 2015. More information can be found here.

Commitment: minimum one week, Monday through Friday in June, July, or August, 8:45am-12pm

Application Deadline: May 21, 2015

Interview Deadline: June 1, 2015

Orientation: June 13, 2015, 10am-12pm


Service Learning Program (year-round, ages 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.

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 the Youth Programs Developer nickia@lewisginter.org or call (804) 262-9887 ext. 346.

Applications, essays and references are due no later than March 1, 2015. More information can be found here.

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.

vocational program youth working in cafe

For inquiries about the Vocational Program, email the Youth Programs Developer at nickia@lewisginter.org or call (804) 262-9887 ext. 346.


Minimester

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.

 

Click here for a printable version of the required application form.


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. More information can be found here.

 

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. More information can be found here.

 

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. More information can be found here.

 

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.More information can be found here.


 

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 volunteer@lewisginter.org or call (804) 262-9887 ext. 335.

Family Volunteer Dates:

(Sunday) September 21, 2014, 10am-12pm

(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.