South L.A. Parents Learn to “Prune” Back Asphalt and Bring Nature to Urban School Yards

Linda Eremita demonstrates pruning techniques at San Pedro Elementary. Photo: Neil Sashidharan

On a typical hot, smoggy Los Angeles school day, hundreds of children at South L.A. schools no longer have to broil in unshaded asphalt-covered school yards. Through TreePeople’s School Greening Initiative, South L.A. parents are being trained and supported to transform their children’s campuses into shadier, leafier, cooler—even food-producing—places to learn and play.

In early December, 25 area parents attended a half-day TreePeople workshop at San Pedro Elementary School—one of L.A.’s oldest and most urban campuses. There they learned how to prune fruit trees and organize community tree care teams to nurture the trees in their neighborhoods.… Read more >>

Visit L.A.’s first Tree Campus USA, December 16

Gingko tree on LA Valley College campus

Did you know the male gingko tree sprouts smelly fruit? Learn all about it and much more on our next Branching Out Community Tree Walk, as we comb the grounds of Los Angeles Valley College—the first college or university in the Los Angeles area to be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA.

TreePeople’s free Community Tree Walks are a great way to meet like-minded people, get some light exercise, and become familiar with the urban forest in your neighborhood.… Read more >>

Hook Your Community Greening Project Up with an Expert Volunteer Leader at TreePeople, December 15

Community planting in Eagle Rock

Launching a community greening project but don’t know how to start? Looking for help with a plan that’s ready but needs guidance? Join us for breakfast at TreePeople’s hilltop headquarters on December 15 to get connected with a Citizen Arborist who can help make sure your project succeeds.

Citizen Arborists are highly trained, volunteer leaders with vital knowledge and experience caring for trees all over Los Angeles. When you partner with a Citizen Arborist, you get on-site help and specific advice about sustaining your greening campaign.… Read more >>

Five Chances to Roll Up Your Sleeves for Trees, December 8

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December 8 is a great day to volunteer! TreePeople invites you to pick your favorite among five rewarding opportunities to pitch in and make Los Angeles a greener city.

If you feel ready for advanced tree care, join us at a school campus in Westchester to prune semi-mature trees. Coming from points north and east? Head to a LAUSD school in Pacoima, where we’ll be weeding, watering, and mulching nearly 40 young trees planted over the last two years. “We want their growth spurt to rival the 5th graders’!” says TreePeople’s Pam Gibson.… Read more >>

Vote for a documentary to make you fall in love with nature

Our founder Andy Lipkis is an expert in the extraordinary film Love Thy Nature and we’d like you to join TreePeople in helping the Director Sylvie Rokab take it to completion.  She launched a Kickstarter campaign (to raise finishing funds) where you’ll see a short video and info about the film. Watch trailer here Not only would you be making a difference, but also you would receive great rewards from DVDs to VIP seating at the film premiere, to outreach programs for at-risk youth in your community of choice.… Read more >>

Help restore the Angeles National Forest as a volunteer leader

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TreePeople and the US Forest Service are gearing up for our third season restoring areas within the Angeles National Forest that were devastated by the historic Station Fire of 2009. This is one of the largest volunteer efforts on National Forest land in the United States, and you can help by learning to supervise and educate some of the thousands of volunteers who will plant 15,000 seedlings in the spring 2013 season.

Become a leader and join our team as a Restoration Supervisor by signing up to attend an Angeles Restoration Supervisor Training on December 8th, January 5th or February 9th.… Read more >>

Give a gift that will grow this holiday season with a TreePeople tree dedication

Holiday Tree Dedication Card

Dedicating a tree – or grove of trees – that will be planted by TreePeople in the Los Angeles area mountains and parklands is a meaningful gift this holiday season. TreePeople renews the urban landscape through the life-giving power of trees. The gift of a tree dedication expresses your esteem AND helps restore our local environment.

You can even get creative, pool resources, and give as a group! One California-based company recently paid tribute to a retiring employee by dedicating a tree in his name for every year of service to the firm.… Read more >>

Would you eat your landscape?

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As we near the Thanksgiving holidays, maybe you’re thinking about fall harvests.  But if the land around your house is covered in lawn, consider this: traditional turf uses the same amount of water as vegetable gardens. If you’re going to grow something that uses that much water, maybe you should be able to recoup some of that investment in a practical way, by eating it.

Since no one wants to sit down to plate of Bermuda and St. Augustine, how about putting in some plants that yield some fruit and vegetables?  Planting plants you can actually eat is a wonderful way to not only celebrate the seasons, but to make sure that the resources you’re putting into your landscape are paying you back.… Read more >>

Acorns for Thanksgiving dinner?

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Back before pilgrims and celebrations of food and football, at least 12 native California tribes depended on the acorns of coast live oaks and considered them a staple.

Beyond nourishing humans, California oaks are considered a keystone species, meaning that many other animals and plants depend on them and grow in relationship to them.  There are over 160 animal species and over 40 plant species that live in relation to California oaks.

With 19 different species of oak in California, there is about one for nearly every ecosystem – from our channel islands to the desert and areas in between.… Read more >>

LEARN HOW TO MAKE EVERY DROP COUNT

Rain barrel in a home garden

Did you know unfiltered storm water runoff is the number one pollutant in our coastal waters? And in one inch of rainfall, that parched Los Angeles throws away 7.6 BILLION gallons of water into the storm drains? On Saturday, November 17 at 4 PM join me at the DIY stage at the Green Festival where I’ll be teaching how to harvest that precious rainwater with simple at-home projects, like installing a rain barrel, that will make your landscape more sustainable.… Read more >>