I Am TreePeople: Zayda Ortiz


Intern life: for years, coffee runs and evil bosses were what came to mind. While that would make for a good screenplay, the average life of an intern was the complete opposite of that cliché scene during my summer here at TreePeople.

Instead of a standard office, the Forestry yurt is home to TreePeople’s  passionate staff who engage with the community by teaching them about the importance of planting and caring for trees.  Watching the other volunteers dig into making a difference for LA by greening its streets, schools, parks and neighborhoods woke something up in me– seeing the team in action gave me a glimpse of the kind of person I want to be.… Read more >>

Tree Planting Season Is Back!

Tree Planting Season Begins

Summer Tree Care

This summer was not easy for LA’s trees.

We’ve seen the impact these five years of drought have had– and with each heat wave this summer, we lost even more trees. We want trees to live, so in the summer we shift our focus to care for them get through these hotter hots and drier dries.  

That’s why we’re proud to share that this summer, more than 700 TreePeople volunteers joined us to care for almost 2,000 trees!Read more >>

Three Cheers to Our Volunteers!


Did you know TreePeople hosts a Volunteer Celebration? It’s true! Each year, we invite our most dedicated volunteers up to our park for a day of fun to show our thanks.

This year featured our first ever TreePeople Volunteer Olympic Games! Rio has nothing on this. The day was warm and the stakes were high as volunteers gave their all competing in events like: the Tree Stake Ring Ross, Tree Tie Noodle Dance, Mulch Bucket Stacking and TreePeople Trivia Pong.Read more >>

Partnership: How Boeing Helped Us Plant 80,000 Trees


The July day was hot and the sky was smoky from the Sand Fire, but that didn’t stop the 30 dedicated volunteers from Boeing.

“Boeing’s volunteers are known for being some of the hardest workers,and this morning only proved that.”Volunteer Manager Peter Roquemore

Gathering at the Betty Davis Picnic Area of Griffith Park, the volunteers rolled up their sleeves. Their mission: to water nearly 100 newly planted trees. Their work helped ensure that there will still be shade and beauty after drought, water restrictions and insect pests have devastated the park’s tree population.Read more >>

LA is Greener Thanks to LA Galaxy


Last month, all of us at TreePeople had a blast watching Team USA and LA Galaxy’s own Gyasi Zares compete in the international soccer tournament, Copa America Centenario. We were brimming with hometown pride watching Zares represent Los Angeles on an international playing field.  

Photo via The Bleacher Report

Photo via The Bleacher Report

But we have more reasons to cheer for the LA Galaxy: their commitment to create a more sustainable Los Angeles!

Over the past year, LA Galaxy has partnered with TreePeople for Foundation Fridays, where they cared for trees at Edward Vincent Jr.… Read more >>

Volunteering with TreePeople: Better than Tinder

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Is this you?

You’ve been set up on one too many bad blind dates.

Your smartphone has a permanent mark worn into the screen from swiping left.

You’ve run out of pick up lines to use at the farmers market.

We get it. Here at TreePeople, we know that dating is hard. But we’re here to help! Here are a few ways we can help spark romance.

Meet someone new


Thousands of Angelenos volunteer with TreePeople each year. Come volunteer with us and meet other passionate people who care about the environment and like being outdoors!… Read more >>

How Citizen Forestry Creates New Memories


As TreePeople’s Urban Forestry Manager, it’s my job is to help communities organize and run tree plantings, usually in their neighborhoods.

The first event I ever supported was fantastic but, admittedly, challenging. By the time our volunteers were ready to plant the last tree of the day, I could tell that the team’s energy was beginning to fade. I put on my cheeriest and most encouraging face, ready to pump the crew up, only to be upstaged by something unexpected.

Three small siblings who lived in the adjacent house had come out to see what we were doing, and asked if they could help.Read more >>