Branches is Parks & People’s innovative year-round school-year internship and summer jobs program for Baltimore City youth ages 14 to 21. Begun in 2004, Branches addresses two vital needs in Baltimore City—the need for meaningful employment for economically disadvantaged youth and the need for a trained workforce caring for our parks and open green spaces.

Team members learn environmental skills including tree and natural resource management, urban agriculture, water quality monitoring and more. The program meets 8 hours per week during the school year and 25 hours per week during the summer.

Hands-on environmental education lessons enhance team members’ respect for nature and nurture their future interest in environmental stewardship activities. Recreation is also an important part of the program, and participants have the opportunity to try new activities including riding a zip-line, rock climbing, canoeing and tent camping.

Branches is a paid internship program for high school students. To learn more, please email Sam Little or call (410) 448-5663 ext 127.