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Project Hort Teen Program

Project Hort:  A Teen Volunteering Experience

Project Hort, short for horticulture, is a full summer stewardship and volunteer program for teens entering sixth through 12th grade who are passionate about gardening, plants, animals or the environment.

Over the course of the summer, with staff guidance and support, teens will be able to:

  • Volunteer at The Gardens – gardening, teaching and helping guests
  • Have an impact on their community through conservation projects
  • Make great friends with similar interests and participate in fun events

Applications for the 2023 Summer open Feb 1

Key Dates:

  • Applications Due: April 10
  • Interviews Window: April 18 - 22
  • Mandatory Training Days:  May 27th or June 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. 
  • Applications are closed. Please apply next year.

What to learn more?  You can email with questions or watch our parent information night below.

Watch The Information Meeting Recording

Looking for other teen volunteer opportunities? Teens 14 and up can volunteer without parents at The Gardens. Visit our volunteer page for more information on how to apply.

Summer Scheduling Requirements

This program is a full summer commitment (June 6 – August 12). However, we understand that vacations are important and will work with your schedule.

Date requirements:

  • Days run 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday

  • Teens are required to attend a minimum of two days a week.  One day is a set day for stewardship lessons. We will set this day based on our teen participant’s availability once selections are made. The rest of the week is flexible scheduling with full or partial days up to five days a week.

  • Save the dates for our fun-filled celebrations:
    • Mid-Summer Celebration: Thursday, July 7  |   5 - 7 p.m.
    • End of Summer Celebration: August 8 - 12  |  Fun Week and Community Showcase
Program Benefits

Benefits of the Program:

  • $100 monthly stipend for teens working a minimum of 60 hours a month.
  • Logged volunteer hours (150 - 250 hours)
  • Skilled mentoring by staff
  • Gardens-themed swag
  • Great friends
  • A summer outside in nature
  • Free rides on Transfort
  • Additional volunteer opportunities throughout the year
  • Free plants

Opportunity to Learn Important Skills:

  • Gardening
  • Professionalism
  • Public speaking
  • Customer service
  • Grant writing
  • Project management
  • Independent work habits
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership