Calles Verdes: What Are We Up To Now?

San Fernando - Calles Verdes - Tree Care

Earlier this year, we kicked off a new chapter of our street greening initiative, Calles Verdes, in the City of San Fernando. As the name suggests, the purpose is to bring green spaces to parts of the county with little tree canopy in order to improve the health of the citizens who reside there. 

TreePeople Calles Verdes San Fernando Kickoff

Trees, especially in these hot urban areas, reduce the risks of heatstroke, pollution, energy waste from air conditioning, soil erosion, and more. They bring people together, cool the city down, provide food and shade, and create cleaner air for us all.… Read more >>

Say Hello to Some of our Furry Friends in Coldwater Canyon Park!

TreePeople is responsible for the care and maintenance of Coldwater Canyon Park in beautiful Beverly Hills. This 45-acre expanse of land is a hiking hub, a fantastic city view lookout point, and a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

The park doesn’t belong to us alone, absolutely not. It also belongs to the hikers who join us, to the students who come to visit, and to the wildlife that calls the park home. We have cameras set throughout the park so we can keep an eye on these furry friends, who we’d like to introduce you to today!… Read more >>

A Look at Environmental Education at TreePeople

TreePeople is known across Southern California for planting trees, but that’s not all we do. 

One of our most important jobs is deepening knowledge of the environment and our relationship to it with as many people as possible. This is why we have an environmental education team (aka the “EE Team”) in our Yurt Village. Their main goal is to support and empower youth to advocate for themselves and their communities around environmental issues by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and understanding of the environment and partnering alongside them to take action through hands-on meaningful projects!… Read more >>

Urban Heat in L.A.

Another scorching L.A. Summer has come and gone, full of triple-digit heat waves and a city full of overheated Angelenos. 

This is something we’ve all become accustomed to, so it’s easy to forget the fact that the frequency of these hot days is a small piece of a large new normal that our city is facing as a result of man-made climate change.

For example, L.A. is even hotter than the desert surrounding it as a result of the urban heat island effect, which is a product of the sun being absorbed by so many square miles of concrete, rooftops, and other exposed urban surfaces.… Read more >>

TreePeople Educator Joins Hal Eisner to Discuss the Amazon and Climate Change

Fires have always had a healthy place in ecosystems across the planet; they occur naturally in a process that ultimately creates more life in the long run.

But today, in the era of climate change, our relationship with and understanding of fire is changing. Now that more and more devastation is caused by humans, we have to recognize our role in these processes which can become harmful. 

December 2017 Fire Aftermath

The Amazon Rainforest is considered “the lungs of the earth” and the “heart pump of our global weather system” – it’s the world’s largest carbon dioxide sink, capturing up to 25% of the world’s CO2.… Read more >>

Appreciation for our Volunteers!

Here at TreePeople, August is Volunteer Appreciation Month.

Our work, at the end of the day, begins and ends with the people that support trees. One of the key groups of people doing that are our INCREDIBLE volunteers who take the time out of their days (usually weekends!) to help the world around them out of the goodness of their hearts. 

Our volunteers come in all shapes and sizes: 

Some of them are kids:

Mother's Day Tree Care at Woodbridge Park

Some of them are scouts:

TreePeople Forest Restoration at San Francisquito Canyon

Some of them are students

Water Talks in Huntington Park

Some of them have been on TV:

San Francisquito Canyon Restoration

Some of them volunteer with their whole families:

Mother's Day Tree Care at Woodbridge Park

Some of them need a little extra help:

Mother's Day Tree Care at Woodbridge Park

Some of them are called “Mayor Eric Garcetti” (well, ONE of them is):

Watts Rising Press Conference

Some of them join us in the mountains:

Calabasas Tree Care

Some of them join us at schools:

Vena Elementary School Tree Planting

And some of them join us in the streets:

Van Nuys Citizen Forester Planting

No matter who they are, where they came from, where they’ve joined us, or how they helped out, we are so endlessly grateful for every single volunteer who has worked with us! … Read more >>

To Andy, From Cindy

Many of us know how it feels to have an irrepressible urge to do good but not know exactly what to do with that energy. With all of the challenges our world faces — from social inequity to climate change — how do we make sure our actions bring about the most good? How do we know whether the ways we choose to spend our limited time, our precious energy, and our hard-earned dollars will leave the world a better place?… Read more >>

Trees, People, and Pups!

Happy National Dog Day! 

Here at TreePeople, you’ll often hear us say: Trees need people, and people need trees. But people aren’t the only ones who need trees – our furry friends do as well! Especially in this summer heat, a shady tree is much appreciated. Urban trees can cool a city by up to 10 degrees F, which can really make a difference when a dog’s paw is directly on the ground.

Did you know that you can dedicate trees to your furry friends?… Read more >>

Wildland Restoration: Our Work in San Francisquito Canyon

Since March 2018, TreePeople has been restoring a fire-damaged area of San Francisquito Canyon in the Angeles National Forest. The work is funded by a grant administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, from the money awarded to the USDA following the lawsuit brought against the construction companies responsible for the 2002 Copper Fire.

The work started by the removal of many invasive plants which had taken over several areas adjacent to a creek feeding into the Santa Clara River.… Read more >>

Empowering Teachers to Empower Students

On July 24 & 25, 2019 TreePeople held a super fun and successful two-day Professional Development workshop for Los Angeles County Middle and High School teachers interested in engaging their students to be an active part of the solution to environmental issues through hands-on service learning projects.

Through Los Angeles County Public Works Generation Earth program, TreePeople is able to offer teachers expert topic information, project ideas, resources, and toolkits that will guide teachers to implementing a campus or community eco-project from A – Z.… Read more >>