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

Our Teen Urban Tree Corps 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.

We’re actively recruiting for our Summer 2022 program!

Are you interested in climate change, public health, the environment, and trees? As a member of the Teen Urban Tree Corps you will spend (paid) 6 weeks exploring these topics through hands-on activities such as tree identification, pruning, tree climbing, and more. You can apply online today

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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