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 firstname.lastname@example.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 at Lewisginter.org
Come learn in the Garden! In this dynamic, ever-changing "learning landscape," you can expand your knowledge of the plant world, develop your gardening skills, and sample the best in horticulture and landscape design. Check out our current offerings in the latest course catalog for classes in Home Gardening, Floral Design, or Art in the Garden & much more! If you would like a catalog mailed to you, send an e-mail request to: email@example.com. or visit our website for details: http://www.lewisginter.org/adult-education/index.php
Children's Garden Education Programs
The Children's Garden is a place where children of all ages can grow and learn through up-close and personal interactions with the natural world--not as passive bystanders, but as active participants who touch, smell and taste. Children learn new vocabulary and develop observational and listening skills. The playful, informal setting of the Children's Garden and our hands-on, child-centered approach to teaching not only support a child's instinctive acquisition of new knowledge, but provide an environment that builds social, emotional, physical and creative competencies as well.The following education programs are offered to Garden guests, school groups, community groups and disadvantaged children in our community. Self-directed daily activities Young Buds Programs (structured preschool programs)Discovery Programs (structured elementary school programs)Vocational Programs for special needs studentsService Learning & Volunteer programs for teensTeacher Workshops Click here to learn more about Children’s Education Programs.
Adult Education Programs
In this dynamic, ever-changing "learning landscape," adult students can expand their knowledge of the plant world, develop gardening skills, and sample the best in horticulture and landscape design. Opportunities include: Year-round classes, workshops, and lecturesGarden education certificates for studies in home gardening, botanical illustration, and floral designSymposium on aspects of gardening, garden design, and professional issues in the green industry Teacher Workshops and courses to help teachers bring natural sciences into the classroom.Travel opportunities to public and private gardens throughout the U.S. and abroad.Professional Continuing Education programs allow students to earn a Landscape Design Professional Certificate through the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies.Resources- Opportunities for research, reading, and exploration are available year-round through our library, art exhibits, and interpretive displays. Click here to learn more about Adult Education Programs.
Special Exhibits & Events
The Garden is a year-round destination with events and exhibits complementing the glorious seasonal displays. Guests are encouraged to visit often to explore the ever-changing landscape. From digging in the dirt and family fun to performing arts, the Garden's special events and exhibits appeal to a wide audience and offer opportunities to learn about, interact with and enjoy our natural world. Annual Events Click the links below to learn more about each eventDominion GardenFest of Lights - Holiday lights and botanical decoration displaysA Million Blooms - Spring flower extravaganzaFlowers After 5 - Summer evenings in the Garden Goblins & Gourds - Autumn festival ExhibitsButterflies LIVE! - Living tropical butterfly display
Community Kitchen Garden
The Community Kitchen Garden (CKG) is a place where volunteers, students and staff come together to learn, to grow and to feed a community. Since 2009 the CKG has provided more than 32 tons of produce to FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels and Kids Cafe programs, supplementing more than 260,000 meals with healthy fruits and vegetables. As our partnership has grown we’ve tailored our output to meet their needs. Last year not a single pound of produce was wasted.The CKG also serves as a demonstration model for Garden visitors, educating them about the importance of vegetables in a healthy diet and encouraging them to plant their own gardens and contribute a portion of their bounty to help feed the hungry in our community.
Ginter Urban Gardners
Ginter Urban Gardeners is sowing seeds of collaboration in Jackson Ward, Church Hill, the East End and Fulton by cultivating community engagement to create urban green spaces. The initiative teaches best practices in sustainable agriculture, urban landscape and garden design, project management and volunteer coordination, enabling Richmond’s most vulnerable populations to affect positive change in their own communities.