For: Students

Resource Type(s): Career Awareness, Summer Programs

Grade Band: High School

Subject(s): Environmental Science, Science


DC high schoolers are invited to Bunny Mellon’s famed garden to join the inaugural cohort as Garden Apprentices to learn about plants and gardening August 7th – August 10th, 2017. Four current high school students will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s team of gardeners and librarians. The participants will spend four days gardening at the Oak Spring estate in rural Upperville, Virginia — located 1.5 hours from Washington D.C. In addition to hands-on experience, the participants will tour our rare book library where they will grow a greater appreciation for the importance of plants, including plant science and the culture of gardens and landscapes. This will be a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of plant-related career paths.

To attend, you must be a high school student (rising sophomores – rising seniors) within D.C. Public School (DCPS) system. No former horticultural, agricultural, or plant-related experience is required; individuals must have a strong desire to learn about plants, gardens, and landscapes. All transportation, lodging, meals, and related expenses for the trip will be fully funded. Applicants must be nominated by a teacher or organization leader through the short (~5 minute) online form. Please visit the Garden Apprentices Flyer for additional information.

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