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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204


  • Explore YOUR Parks

  • Work in Your Parks - Teach Children About Nature

  • Get Close to Nature

  • Work in Your Parks - Trail Crew

  • Study Wildlife

  • Protect Your Parks

  • GRUNT class of 2014

Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team (GRUNT)

GRUNT (Greenpaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team) is a volunteer environmental science and job skills program that connects youth to nature and environmental careers.   During the programs, participants go on exciting environmental adventures, conduct real scientific research and discover the variety of natural resources career options. Our goal is to diversify the environmental field by getting urban teens interested in nature, and providing the job skills and work experiences they will need to be successful, and to encourage youth of all races, ethnicities, genders, religions and abilities to be allies.

Successful completion of this fun, FREE training leads to paid summer work with Nature Day Camp or the Youth Conservation Crew. Alumni are eligible to continue with paid internships and job opportunities until they are 25 years old.

2017 Application is Available NOW!

Apply by February 17 at midnight.

The program meets Saturdays between March 18 and May 20.

Lunch, bus tickets and siracha are provided. 

Looking for something for a  younger teen?

We also have a FREE environmental science, stewardship and job skills program for 8th graders! For more information, visit the Jr. GRUNT page!

A little bit about what we do in GRUNT:

Environmental Science Job Skills Stewardship Outdoor Adventure
Amphibians Communication  Conservation Education Archery
Birds Conservation Education  Invasive Plant Removal   Beach
Ecology Cover Letter Writing  Habitat Restoration  Hiking
Fungi Education Techniques  Trail maintenance  Kayaking
Habitats Career Exposure  Leave No Trace Ropes Course
Invertebrates Group Leadership  Planting Snowshoeing
Nature Awareness Interview Practice  Mulching Stand-up Paddle Boarding
Macroinvertebrates Interview Preparedness  Pruning Whitewater Rafting
Plants, Native Paid Work  Amphibian Monitoring Wilderness Survival
Plants, Invasive Volunteer Internships  Fence Building  
Salmon Networking  Weeding  
Tidepool Discovery Professionalism  Arborist work  
Watersheds Public Speaking    
Water Quality Resume Writing    
Wildlife Tracking Professional social media presence