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Teen Nature Team (TNT) - (grades 6-8)

Teen Nature Team at Wilkes Creek
Teen Nature Team (TNT) is a FREE nature program for middle school students. This program was formerly known as GRUNT.
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COVID-19 Update - Face Coverings

Beginning Saturday, March 12, 2022, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will no longer require staff and visitors to use face coverings in all PP&R buildings and facilities. Staff and visitors who still wish to wear face coverings may do so, at their own choosing. 

This announcement is in alignment with updated guidelines by the City of Portland and public health guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Multnomah County, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). PP&R notes that guidance and direction from public health authorities and elected officials may change going forward.

What is TNT?

Teen Nature Team (TNT) is a FREE volunteer environmental science, stewardship, and job skills program that connects youth to nature, environmental careers, and college programs. 

During this time of uncertainty, being in nature is more important than ever! With TNT, you will enjoy activities in nature and create a community with new friends. 

TNT is a partner of Ninth Grade Counts (All Hands Raised), which is a community-wide initiative to increase graduation rates by supporting summer learning and keeping more kids on track through the transition into high school.  Furthermore, graduates receive ongoing support applying for paid jobs with Portland Parks & Recreation.

Video shot, edited, and created by a teen intern who was a former Teen Nature Team participant.

Who can apply?

  • Current middle school students (grades 6 - 8)
  • Teens of all races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, abilities, English language proficiency, and immigration status are encouraged to apply.
  • Youth must be able to walk two miles on uneven ground and safely handle sharp tools.
  • Youth must be willing to get dirty (some gear and clothing provided) 

Once a student has been accepted, they can continue to participate until they start the 9th grade.

Spaces are limited

We have space for 26 students at a time. Applicants will be accepted into the program whenever a space opens up. Priority will be given to eligible applicants who can attend 100% of the required dates and meets one or both of the following criteria:

  • Low-income (as demonstrated by enrollment in Title I school, participation in Free and Reduced-price School meals program or qualification for other federal assistance programs), and/or
  • From a group underrepresented in professional environmental fields (people of color, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+).

How do I apply?

Students can apply online or use the printable forms below in multiple languages.
Applicants will immediately be added to a waitlist. Youth will be invited to join as soon as space is available. 

Click here for the online application - in English and Spanish

Or click one of these applications in printable format:

When is TNT?

TNT meets on Saturdays, school holidays, and during the summer.  The program currently meets 9:00am - 3:00pm. 

Where does TNT meet?

TNT meets at East Portland Community Center, located at 740 SE 106th Avenue. We take field trips each session to a different park or natural area. TriMet tickets are provided upon request.  

 Parks we may visit:


Karen Chao  (I speak Mien y un poquito de español)