Improving Green Space for All

Entering the Workforce with Tree Trust

This summer, 174 youth are working on Tree Trust’s outdoor crews to improve public parks and recreation areas across the metro. For many participants, Tree Trust’s summer program will be their very first job. While adding high-quality improvements to public green space and learning landscape construction skills, participants also learn the basics of the workplace, including:

  • workplace norms
  • collaborating with a team
  • following instructions from a supervisor
  • how to budget and manage their paycheck
  • and how to build and use resumes and cover letters


Lasting Improvements in Their Own Communities

Participants work hard on projects outside, braving the heat, rain, mud, and bugs, to make lasting improvements in the communities where they live.

At a public park in the Phalen neighborhood, a crew of young people from St. Paul will be adding modifications to a beach to allow for better access to services for all visitors to the park. The crew will build and install a boardwalk over the sand to allow wheelchair access to the water, as well as stands for boats that will be available to rent at the site. 

Tree Trust participants have been completing projects that add accessibility and functionality to public parks and recreation areas around the metro for more than 40 years. In Stillwater in the 1980s, one of our youth crews built a massive timber staircase; this year another crew will demolish that staircase and build a brand new staircase that will serve park patrons for another 30 years! We are grateful to both our new and long-term municipal partners, who recognize that young people can produce high-quality work that improves the community for decades. 

Impact Across the Metro

In 2018, participants are:

  • Building staircases in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, and Stillwater
  • Installing paver patios and walkways, and wooden boardwalks in Bloomington and St. Paul
  • Constructing retaining walls, edgers, and fences in Minneapolis, Stillwater, Lakeville, and Inver Grove Heights*


Tree Trust employs hundreds of young people age 14-21 during the summer months on outdoor crews as part of our Summer Youth Employment Program. We also employ young people who complete individual internships in local businesses and organizations. The summer program is Tree Trust’s longest-running program; our 2018 participants will be the 42nd cohort of summer employees! Did you have a summer job with Tree Trust? Join our Alumni Network


*Keep an eye on our newsletter and social media at the end of the summer, when we will be able to promote the exact location of recently completed projects! 

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