I’m a very lucky guy. Every work day I get to escape LA and head on up into the Santa Monica Mountains to Coldwater Canyon Park, TreePeople’s home and campus above Studio City. In my “office space” I help manage a uniquely beautiful 45-acres of tree-lined trails, quiet picnic areas, benches with wonderful views of the Valley, rustic natural hillsides– plus a Watershed Garden, a nursery, an intimate amphitheatre, a LEED-Platinum Conference Center and more. The best part though is that it’s all available 365 days of the year to all the other lucky people who happen to come our way.… Read more >>
The Highland Park neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles is going through some big changes. Once a working-class community of second and third generation immigrant families, Highland Park is now on the front lines of the gentrification battle in Los Angeles. Small family-run businesses are now trendy bars and nightclubs, neighborhood restaurants now foodie pop-ups.
Tucked away off the main hustle and bustle of Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, is San Pasqual Avenue Elementary school. Here, a collection of wonderful teachers is working hard to provide the best for the children of both long-time residents and newcomers.… Read more >>
Winds roar. A single spark soars in the night sky. It grows. Soon a field illuminates, a hillside, a forest. The last rains were months ago and the next chance of a storm is unknown. Flames rage toward homes. Thousands flee into the darkness, headlights searching for a way out of the suffocating smoke.
This is our new reality. It’s no secret that this scary scene has played out with greater and greater frequency over the last few years. We now stand at the crossroads of a chronic state of climate emergency aimed right at California.… Read more >>
“You’ve been playing outside a lot lately, huh?” Candice asked Eden while she played in TreePeople’s outdoor picnic area.
Eden gasped and shot up from the wooden bench, “Does that mean the fairies will leave me a gift?” Her eyes danced and wonder spread across her face with a big smile.
“We’ll see when we get home!”
We are all drawn toward nature, especially when we are young.
Here in the Yurt Village, TreePeople tries to feed this natural curiosity, and our Director of Environmental Education, Candice Dickens-Russell and her 6-year-old daughter, Eden are shining examples.… Read more >>
In the shadow of the hustle and bustle of the old Hollywood Park Casino ground’s transformation into the Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium sits Environmental Charter Middle School – Inglewood.
The school, located at the site of a former church, recently finished stage one of a three-stage retrofit to bring new learning opportunities to its students. The new two-story building made of recycled shipping containers offers 10 new classrooms and a replica creek bed lined with native trees and flowers stretching across the front of the property.… Read more >>
Over a century ago, hundreds of Canary Island Date Palms found a new home across the sea in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The swaying palms brought an easy calm and tropical appeal to the area, which was home to many-a-player in Los Angeles’ burgeoning film industry, including legendary director Mack Sennett’s first production studio which launched the careers of Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle. But just like old acetone reels from film’s silent era, these once majestic palms have begun to fade.… Read more >>
“I feel that I am truly part of the team.”
When you volunteer with TreePeople, you do more than just put trees in the ground, you become part of a team that is helping save LA. Victoria McHenry, one of our amazing office volunteers, discovered this when she joined us earlier this year. Her roots take her back to the east coast, but her sense of adventure brought her out to turn a new leaf in LA.
Victoria was on the hunt for a more meaningful volunteer opportunity when she discovered TreePeople.… Read more >>