Youth Engagement in Arboriculture



Trees are an extremely valuable resource, but who is going to take care of them in the future? A deep appreciation for and enjoyment of trees cultivates a desire and sense of duty to protect them. Many children love to climb trees, but few give them a second thought when it becomes time to decide what to be when they grow up. The Youth Engagement in Arboriculture program (YEA) helps secure the prospects of urban forests as it seeks to inspire young people to learn more about trees and even pursue careers caring for them. 

Participants have opportunities to experience:

  • Tree Climbing
  • Dendrology
  • Knot Tying
  • Nature Art
  • Tree Yoga 

YEA offers summer camps, day camps, classroom visits, and self-guided learning kits that participants can check out. 


Funding is provided by grants from the Minnesota Turf & Grounds Foundation, the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture, the USDA Forest Service, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

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Contact: [email protected]

Photos: Chad Giblin, Michael Bahe, Ashley Reichard, Vanessa Fiedler, Laura Nelson

Funding provided by a grant from the USDA Forest Service.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Additional funding provided by:

Minnesota Society of Arboriculture

Minnesota Turf & Grounds Foundation


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Thank You Volunteers & Staff!

The skilled volunteers and staff truly make YEA a success - THANK YOU!