What My TreePeople Internship Taught Me

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I’m what most Angelenos would consider a “rural person.” Let me rephrase that. I was born and bred in Michigan. Hence I’ve always considered myself nature-savvy. I need green space to feel at home.

I started interning at TreePeople because wherever I go in LA, I’m always reimagining streets and neighborhoods with more trees and lush canopies. After a month of interning here, I’ve come to learn so much, especially in the unique context of Southern California.

Here’s my list of the most mind-blowing facts I’ve learned so far:

There is a wrong way to plant trees.


The Only #Goals You Need This Earth Day

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better it’s not.” The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

I’ve always been inspired by this simple phrase. Of course, we all want better things. We want great educations for our children or younger siblings. We want clean streets and sidewalks. We want a city that is clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. But none of these things happen spontaneously! They require the hard work and dedication of people like you and me.Read more >>

Design Our Next Shirt!


Calling all creative TreePeople!

If you have been to a tree care, planting or outreach event, you’ve probably noticed the green shirts our staff, volunteer and restoration supervisors wear. It’s a staple of our volunteer events!

But we’re ready for a new design and want YOU to be involved! Here’s your chance to become a TreePeople legend. Join our contest and submit a new design for our next swanky T-shirt.

The winning design will be printed on TreePeople shirts worn by staff, outreach volunteers and supervisors–gaining exposure to thousands of volunteers across LA each year!Read more >>

Nature: Our Best Technology


What do Velcro, bullet trains and LED lights have in common? Their designs were inspired by nature.  It’s true!

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The Kingfishers’ ability to dive at into water at high speeds to catch prey inspired the aerodynamic design of modern bullet trains.



The tiny seed casings that stick to your clothes while you’re on a hike inspired Velcro hook designs.giphy (3)

Even LED lights were inspired by nature–by studying lightening bugs!

Nature-inspired innovation is called “biomimicry,” and it’s more common than you might think!Read more >>

6 Years Healing a Burn Area Changed Me Forever


The Sayre Fire of 2008 burned over 11,000 acres in Sylmar and resulted in the loss of nearly 500 homes. It was the worst loss of homes due to fire in LA’s history. That Thanksgiving, I happened to be taking my first trip to Los Angeles. I remember passing the destruction on the way out of town and feeling shivers at the charred landscape, a burnt-out bricolage of black, gray and ashen white. I had never seen evidence of a wildfire so close.Read more >>

WANTED: Friendly Faces to Empower LA!


How did you first hear about TreePeople?

Probably word of mouth. Maybe a friend invited you to plant trees with them at one of our volunteer events, or shared one of our blogs on Facebook.

Word of mouth is a powerful tool. As a non-profit, it’s a tool we rely on to grow our organization and fulfill our mission of growing a greener LA.

Thankfully, we have an amazing crew of outreach volunteers to help. These special people are a friendly face in the community who represent us at special events all over Los Angeles County–community festivals, environmental fairs, concerts and so on.Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Carrie Wassenaar


“We could make a huge impact,” Carrie Wassenaar says, reflecting on simple steps people can take at home to grow a green LA. Carrie is a shining example of an Angeleno taking action.

A transplant from the midwest, Carrie’s love for nature started young. “My mother was huge into gardening,” she recalled. Even after 18 years in Los Angeles, she misses the rich, green surroundings of her hometown. But as she’s set down roots here in the city, she’s incorporated elements of her childhood upbringing into her routine.Read more >>