Children's Garden Volunteer Opportunities
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Youth Volunteer Opportunities
The Children's Garden has both long and short term options for youth volunteers.
Service Learning Program (long-term, 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. Individualized vocational training which includes; interview coaching, resume building, and job shadowing is available to all.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (804) 262-9887 ext. 335.
Applications, essays and references are due no later than January 1st. Position descriptions, training requirements, and expected commitments are listed here.
Youth Volunteer Program (short-term, ages 13-18)
The Youth Volunteer Program offers middle school and high school students direct 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 is a short-term or one time volunteer opportunity with two weekday shifts per week during June, July, and August.
Youth Vocational Program
School year and summer opportunities are available for special needs youth enrolled in a middle school or high school vocational program.
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.
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.
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.