Teen Urban Tree Corps

Growing trees and teen leaders for Boston's future

Teens pose under a tree they just climbed. Photo credit SFTT

Growing Trees and Teen Leaders for Boston’s Future

Now accepting applications for our School Year program. As a member of the Teen Urban Tree Corps School Year Program (TUTC SYP) you will meet with professionals in the field of urban forestry and learn about the importance of trees.


Our Teen Urban Tree Corps Summer Program program is a 6-week paid summer program for Boston teens, age 15-18. Teens spend 25 hours per week learning about the importance of trees and how to care for trees, getting to know their neighborhood forests, and advocating for their community’s health and well-being. The 2022 program starts on July 5th and will run through August 12th.

Applications for the summer 2022 TUTC program have now closed.

Thanks for your interest. Please check back in Spring 2023 if you’re interested in becoming a participant in our summer 2023 program.

Past Teen Urban Tree Corps Programs

This past summer we were proud to welcome, in person, 15 Boston teenagers to our reinvigorated summer program. Teens gained hands on experience in the field of forestry through field trips, talks from professional in the field of foresters, and the creation of micro forest plans for their neighborhoods.

In 2020, TUTC went remote. We hired 15 Boston teens. they explored the history, the present, and the future of five community forests in Boston: North Dorchester, South Dorchester, Hyde Park, West Roxbury, and Roslindale. Each group produced a an artifact or video about their community forest.

In 2019, with support from Boston’s Department of Youth Employment and Engagement and from Private Industry Council, SFTT launched its inaugural Teen Urban Tree Corps program. Nine Boston youth collected data on nearly 5,000 trees and empty planting sites in Roxbury and Dorchester.

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