I Am TreePeople: Maya Alarcon

TreePeople Outreach Volunteer, Maya Alarcon

TreePeople Outreach Volunteer, Maya Alarcon

I Am TreePeople: Maya Alarcon

 TreePeople has a legacy of mobilizing communities. But it’s the stories of the people at the roots of our work that inspire us every day to keep greening our city for generations to come.

Meet Maya Alarcon, a TreePeople volunteer and the first in the lineup for our story series, “I Am TreePeople.”

How did you hear about TreePeople? 

Maya heard about TreePeople all the way back in her early childhood in the 80’s when she visited Coldwater Canyon Park on a field trip.… Read more >>

Where did 356 sq ft of Asphalt go at El Dorado Elementary School?

El Dorado Elementary School students at a TreePeople planting

Across two weekends last month, more than 200 volunteers, kids, parents, teachers and TreePeople staff gathered to put 46 trees in the ground at El Dorado Elementary School in Sylmar, deep in the San Fernando Valley.

Volunteers watch a tree planting demonstration at El Dorado Elementary School.

Volunteers watch a tree planting demonstration at El Dorado Elementary School.

Volunteers watch a tree planting demonstration at El Dorado Elementary School.

We primed the location ahead of the big day by tearing out 356 sq ft of asphalt to give the trees a nice, porous home to lay their roots in.… Read more >>

How to Give and Get

Lake View Terrace Volunteers

TreePeople is kicking off 2015 by offering new perks to our most dedicated volunteers. Whether you’ve only volunteered with us once, or if you’re a seasoned veteran, we want to recognize the important work you do to make LA a green, livable city.

This year, if you attend five or more volunteer events we’ll award you free passes to a Moonlight Hike for you and a friend. These monthly group hikes are a fun, unique way to experience our beautiful 45-acre Coldwater Canyon Park and its surrounding trails by the light of the moon.… Read more >>

Volunteer Spotlight: Wendy Hagan

Granada Hills Charter High School forest restoration voluntere

TreePeople fosters relationships—with the Earth, our cities and with each other, no matter our ages or backgrounds. It’s this multi-generational value that forges lasting bonds and a passion to cherish and protect the environment. Enter Wendy Hagan, a local science teacher at Granada Hills Charter High School. Her story dates back years ago. A native Southern Californian, she volunteered with us back when she herself was in elementary school.

“I remember going to a TreePeople event with my school when I was in the 5th grade.… Read more >>

Concrete and Mulch: Industrial Downtown gets the Green Treatment

Coach Ron cares for trees in LA's downtown

Skid Row and its surrounding communities often are labeled with associations of sprawling concrete and warehouses, rampant homelessness, drug use and destitution. Though green spaces and trees aren’t a big part of the landscape (yet), this neighborhood is a vibrant corner of the city that offers a place to begin again to its residents who often have nowhere else to go. There is a thriving art scene, colorful community and a palpable sense of altruism here that often goes uncelebrated by the mainstream.… Read more >>

Sending Our Stellar 2014 Volunteers a Big ‘Thank You!’


The third year of drought caused dramatic effects pushing TreePeople staff and volunteers into high gear in 2014. Though it was challenging, the drought gave us the opportunity to implement new programs like the Irricades. We also adapted existing programs, like our drought response park tree care events, to best counter the effects of the dry conditions on trees and native plants throughout our city. This helped us continue to make deep, expansive impacts with the support of thousands of our dedicated, incredibly hardworking volunteers.… Read more >>

A Drought-Friendly Thank You To Our Public Lands

There is no app for this- Topanga 10-3


Give thanks for our public lands, because they are home to the abundance of nature that makes our urban life sustainable. Last weekend, TreePeople celebrated National Public Lands Day by helping out in the Santa Monica Mountains. We were excited to be part of National Public Lands Day, the largest volunteer event for America’s public lands, when thousands of Americans volunteer to improve and enhance our nation’s public lands.

Over Saturday and Sunday, 100 people turned out to bring the ecosystem back to health in endangered Malibu Creek State Park and Lower Topanga Canyon Creek.… Read more >>