Youth programmes

We offer young people the chance to work with Kew scientists and horticulturalists, to explore ways to engage the public in plant science and conservation.

A young girl explains the plants in the glasshouses to visitors

Kew Youth Explainers 

What is it? 

It's a chance for young people to work with Kew scientists and horticulturalists. They'll gain valuable skills in communicating with the public and engaging them with plant science and conservation. 

During the programme they: 

  • Learn about plant science and conservation, and the extraordinary work of Kew Scientists.
  • Explore behind the scenes and discover the largest and most diverse plant collection in the world.
  • Develop communication skills and confidence through learning with experts. 
  • Create fun and innovative resources to engage the public in science and conservation. 
  • Volunteer in Kew's iconic Temperate House, home to some of the rarest and most threatened plants.
  • Complete a silver CREST Award and the volunteering and skills' requirements for a silver or bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Enrich their CV for use in applications for jobs, colleges and universities.

How it works

Training sessions take place on Saturdays from October to March, and three days in October Half term. 

After graduating, young people volunteer in the Temperate House at Kew twice a month from April to September. 

How to get involved 

We're working in partnership with selected schools in Ealing, Hamersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and Richmond to make sure our programme reaches young people who might not have previously visited Kew or had similar opportunities in the past. 

If you're a teacher or headteacher working in a school in one of these boroughs, and are interested in finding out more, please contact

Kew Youth Forum 

Aimed at young people aged 16-19, the Youth Forum is a chance to come together and help design and run specialist learning events at Kew. 

They have the opportunity to work with professional artists, Kew scientists and musicians in a collaborative way using Kew's collections as inspiration. 

Recent projects the Youth Forum have supported include the design of our outreach youth photography project.

To find out more: please email