1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Greenpaces Restoration and Urban Naturalist Team for 8th Grade level students (Jr. GRUNT) mentors teens through an environmental education program teaching stewardship and conservation with an emphasis on job skills and responsibility. Explore nature through science, adventure and environmental college and career discovery.
Jr. GRUNT is a partner of Ninth Grade Transition (All Hands Raised), which is community-wide initiative to increase graduation rates by supporting summer learning and keeping more kids on track through the transition into high school. Students who participate in the summer program can enter high school with one credit completed.
"Best program by far! I would have never even gotten a glimpse of the beautiful world of nature without this program's assistance! I get to change my family tree because of this and take my family and future family backpacking, hiking, and just interacting with nature on a daily basis!” -Jr. GRUNT alum (currently in college)
This program is free for students in the 8th grade or in the summer before 9th grade. We encourage youth of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders and abilities to apply.
Fill out the application and mail, email or fax it in! You can apply at any time during the year, but the best times to apply are: early September (to begin in the fall) and May (to participate in the summer program). An interview is required.
|"You run one of the best programs I've seen. What you do for each kid is immeasurable.”
- George Middle School Science Teacher
Apply in September. Students spend Saturdays in October and November exploring their parks and natural areas, conducting environmental science experiments about plants, animals and fungi, participating in stewardship and kayaking.
Priority for spots goes to fall participants. There is occasionally an opening. Over these 5 days, we will:
Summer (before 9th Grade)
Enter high school with a credit by participating in this 4 week program! Discover plants and animals of Oregon and have fun on adventures in the great outdoors! You will meet new friends and build strong leadership and teamwork skills that will help you in high school. You will visit college and career sites and participate in stewardship projects, helping to protect the natural areas you get to explore. Once you graduate from Jr. GRUNT, you can apply for internships and paid summer work with Portland Parks & Recreation!