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The Longwood Teen Volunteer Program is an eight-week summer experience that provides high school students with an opportunity to gain work experience, leadership skills, and be part of a team. Throughout the experience teens will be exposed to the history of Longwood and the horticulture and values that make it one of the great gardens of the world. Working in the Children’s Garden, teen volunteers will interact with and provide hands-on activities for children of all ages. While working in this positive, fast-paced environment, teens will have the opportunity to earn volunteer hours, give back to the community, and make new friends.

Program Schedule

If accepted into the program, each teen will be required to select one shift per week to work in the Children’s Garden. Two-hour shifts will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays from June 19–August 9. There are three available shifts, 9:00–11:00 am, 11:00 am–1:00 pm, and 1:00–3:00 pm. Teens will be assigned to a time slot and expected to complete at least seven shifts by August 9, 2017. From 9:30–11:30 am on Thursdays, teens will have the opportunity to work alongside a gardener and experience Longwood behind-the-scenes. Each teen is expected to participate in at least two Thursday sessions.

Qualifications—Applicants must be: 

  • Entering grades 9-12.
  • Dedicated and have the time to commit to Longwood's Teen Volunteer Program, including attending all meetings, trainings, and scheduled hours.
  • Open to interacting with visitors of all ages, especially children.
  • Able to get along well with other like-minded high school students and work well in a group.
  • Interested in learning more about Longwood Gardens and horticulture.

2017 Application Deadline

February 20, 2017, by 5:00 pm

Questions? Please contact: 

School and Youth Programs
Phone: 610.388.5210