an Independent Program of Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Young Adult Foresters (YAFs)
Youth Summer Employment Program to Start Soon The YAFs Return Summer 2016
Once again, the Worcester Tree Initiative will be watering the newly planted street trees and public trees with our Young Adult Forestry Team beginning June 26th, 2016. Thanks to our partnership with the Worcester Youth Center and Girls Inc. and the generous financial support of the Massport Foundation as well as support from the City of Worcester Water Department and DPW & P, we will employ seven part time Young Adult Foresters and 1 Full Time Summer Supervisor. YAF’s summer duties include watering 400 street trees, distributing watering educational materials to residents of Worcester, caring for trees in Dodge Park and watering trees in several parks such as Knights of Columbus Park, Kendrick Fields, Eagle Statue and West Boylston Street Cherry Trees.
The YAF Program offers real world jobs skills training for students in high school and college. Our program also provides educational opportunities for our summer staff – teaching them basic tree pruning skills, providing them with tree identification skills and teaching them about the history of Worcester’s urban forest as well as the history of the Asian Longhorned Beetle. We have a great time with our summer staff and appreciate all of their hard work during the summer months. If you would like to help this program through a donation kindly click on this link: