Trees In the City Make Us Safer, Happier, and Healthier

Trees are often touted for providing shade, cleaning our air and capturing the rain, but did you know trees also are living anti-depressants?

Recent studies show that trees make city-dwellers happier, healthier and more connected to their communities. Just a few of the reasons you should hug a tree today.

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The Mind-Body-Tree Connection 

Now that more than half the world’s population experiences the stress related to modern city life, urban green spaces are more important than ever for our collective and emotional well being.… Read more >>

School and Community Rally to Replace Playground Asphalt with 30 New Shade Trees

Students, teachers, and other members of the school’s community gather around a new tree.

On Saturday, March 14, 20th Street Elementary School’s campus, located just south of downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, was transformed. Over 100 volunteers, TreePeople staff and partners came together and planted 30 Raywood Ash, Australian Willow and Crape Myrtle trees on a formerly bleak asphalt schoolyard. Despite the heat, the day was electric with excitement for the future of the school and the knowledge that the campus is soon to be a more shaded, healthy and green environment for the students and community.… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Fruit Tree Distributions Bring Food & Shade to LA Communities

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More than 250 volunteers joined TreePeople to distribute nearly 2,000 trees to Angelenos from Inglewood, Huntington Park, Pacoima, and Watts during this year’s Fruit Tree Distribution Festivals.

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

The events attracted a variety of volunteers, from local community members to groups, businesses and government representatives. This year the Laker Girls were on hand to help sort new trees, while volunteers from Starbucks and Disney helped distribute the trees to residents. In Pacoima, LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and Pacoima Beautiful partnered to promote the event in Roger Jessup Park.… Read more >>

Thirsty Thursday Quenches the Drought AND Your Thirst

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“Trees need people, people need trees” – if you’ve ever worked with TreePeople, you know the rhythmic lilt of that chant as well as you know the story of the 15-year-old boy who tore up a parking lot with his bare hands to plant a grove of trees (so the legend goes) and started the whole thing in motion 40 years ago.

But after 40 years, it’s about time for a mid-life crisis and with the historic drought of the past few years leaving our urban forest thirsting for water, it was only a matter of time before somebody teased the following transitive relation out of the classic TreePeople chant: “Trees need people, people need beers, therefore, trees need beers.” And with that simple idea, scrawled almost illegibly onto a cocktail napkin (so the legend goes), a revolution began and Thirsty Thursday was born.… Read more >>

Intern Spotlight: Rachael Tice

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This summer, as the sun began scorching the dry Los Angeles area, TreePeople and local high school kids joined together to rescue some very vulnerable young trees, and I got to be a part of it.

I was fortunate enough to lead 2 dedicated groups of upcoming seniors who made my job fun and easy. Both North Hollywood High School and Providence High School have dedicated Eco Clubs on their campuses, but students took drought response a step further over their summer vacations by adopting parks and performing weekly tree care and watering.… Read more >>

Intern Spotlight: Jazmine Saucedo

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My name is Jazmine Saucedo, and I am TreePeople.

Working with Jack London Continuation High School students through TreePeople’s Youth Summer Tree Care Project has definitely been the highlight of my summer. As a Summer Tree Care Intern, I encouraged and motivated students of underserved areas to care for their environment. This internship provided me with the awesome experience of educating at-risk youth about the importance of watering, caring for trees and working together to make our environment a better place.… Read more >>

Greening Campuses and Cultivating Learners in Compton

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TreePeople has long believed in greening educational spaces: access to green space gives students a place to play and develop creative problem solving skills. Plus, research has shown a strong correlation between access to nature and better cognitive function, self-discipline, and impulse control, and suggests that greener campuses may help improve student attention spans. And at the very root of it, healthier school campuses mean healthier students, and the more trees and plants students have around them, the more likely they are to understand and respect our urban forest.… Read more >>