I Am TreePeople : Dan McDonnell


“You have to give props to your mom!’ says Dan McDonnell, one of TreePeople’s most committed Volunteer Supervisors. For him, family camping trips coordinated by his mother were the root of his love for the outdoors. As he grew up, camping evolved into backpacking excursions. Backpacking morphed into climbing in Yosemite.

Clearly, such a love for nature paved the way for a career in education, as a high school biology and environmental science educator. Dan is currently in his 29th year of teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District.Read more >>

What Do UCLA, Trout and El Nino Have in Common?

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Each year we look forward to late September, when we rally a hearty group of volunteers to celebrate National Park Lands Day. The day was established to unite people from all over the country to promote the protection of public lands.

Compassionate volunteers painstakingly removed snails before dumping this couch.

Compassionate volunteers painstakingly removed snails before dumping this couch.

Here at TreePeople, we were excited to be one of over 2,500 sites in participation—with a focus on our restoration of the Santa Monica Mountains. Initially, our Wildlands Restoration Manager, Cody Chappel, had planned to coordinate 70 volunteers to remove abandoned junk—couches, appliances, fencing, and more!—left behind by squatters, decades ago near Topanga Canyon.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Hilarey Benda


We believe trees are healers.

Beyond their climate-fighting powers, trees can move us toward emotional healing, too. That is why we offer tree dedications. Not only do dedications support a climate-resilient LA, but they offer a means to symbolically celebrate, honor or memorialize a loved one.

Hilarey Benda, Founder of Beople’s Buddies, is a shining example of someone using tree dedications powerfully.


“I’ve never viewed any one life as more important than another.”

Beople’s Buddies is a unique non-profit animal adoption organization with a focus on the inner-connectivity of all life.Read more >>

Fight Drought. Volunteer in LA!


All across LA, people are coming together to do their part to save water—taking shorter showers, replacing turf with native plants, and installing rain barrels. These are all great ways to save the drop and fight drought.

If you’re looking to take the next step, why not volunteer with TreePeople? Our city’s trees are thirsty and need your help. Each weekend we have opportunities for you to learn about our local ecology, connect with like-minded Angelenos and help make Los Angeles a climate-resilient city.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Kayla Imhoff


“I was born here—in the trees.” she said, laughing. It was a joke, of course. But for Kayla Imhoff, TreePeople’s Marketing and Communications Intern, it’s not too far from the truth.

TreePeople has played a big role in Kayla’s life, starting in early childhood. Her mother, Chris Imhoff, joined the organization as an intern in the early 1980’s, and has remained part of the TreePeople family ever since. She now serves as Senior Director of Programs. Kayla was homeschooled, which meant summer days exploring nature here in Coldwater Canyon Park and doing homework under the trees.… Read more >>

I Am Tree People: Peter Roquemore


Meet Peter Roquemore, our new Volunteer Manager.

“It’s serendipitous!” Peter said, showing off his wrist tattoo. It reads “Unless,” in homage to the famous line in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Peter has always had an interest in the environment. But it was during his college years when he spent time near the coal fields in West Pennsylvania that he first realized the importance of conservation to protect the most vulnerable communities.… Read more >>

TreePeople Celebrates Volunteers!


Did you know more than 7,000 people volunteered with TreePeople in 2014? Without volunteer commitment, we could not dream of creating a sustainable LA. Whether caring for trees on urban streets, planting seedlings in the Angeles National Forest, or donating their time to help out in our offices at Yurt Village, volunteers are the heartbeat of this organization.

19725278892_a9e724a94f_kLast weekend, we were honored to set aside time to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our volunteer community. The scope of their impact is truly remarkable.… Read more >>