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 >>

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 >>

New Technology Helps Young Trees Take Root in the Angeles


In the midst of this ongoing drought, it may seem daunting to plant new seedlings—especially in regions that have been devastated by fire. Fortunately, new technology out of the Netherlands might be the solution to our changing climate and drought-stressed forests.

The water in each reservoir can sustain a seedling for up to nine months.

The water in each reservoir can sustain a seedling for up to nine months.

It’s called the Land Life Cocoon, a product of Land Life Company, and it’s changing the way we’re looking at reforestation in some of the world’s most challenging environments.… Read more >>

5 Reasons to Celebrate Biodiversity Day


The United Nations has named May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity! But why does biodiversity matter, and what does it mean for you?

At the highest level, biodiversity refers to all the different species on planet Earth. But on a much smaller scale, you could study the biodiversity within a local ecosystem, like the Santa Monica Mountains, the LA River or a neighborhood park.

The Earth is an incredibly complex machine, with all its interrelated organisms and ecosystems playing an important and necessary part.… Read more >>

How to Have Fun & Make A Difference As A Volunteer Supervisor

New Volunteer Supervisors Arianna Yunker, Jessica Garibay, Michael Hicks, Christian Pelayo, Cristina Garcia, and Jesse Flores.

Did you know we host volunteer opportunities nearly every weekend? Our events bring thousands of people together to lend a hand in our local forests to heal our mountains, dig in at city parks, chip in to green LA’s schools and help beautify and maintain our own Coldwater Canyon Park every year. Together we are a powerful force with the support of our dedicated community, and these events wouldn’t be the enjoyable experiences they are without our corp of committed Volunteer Supervisors.… Read more >>

4 Ways To Care for LA Trees This Earth Month


Happy Earth Month, fellow tree people!

A greener LA is always on our mind, but this month especially we’re thinking about the love we give to our urban forest. Climate change and a record drought mean that trees are stressed, and keeping LA green and sustainable is more important than ever. We rely on volunteers to help us transform our region into a healthy urban ecosystem, and there’s no time like the present to start doing your part!

Here are all the ways you can help out this month.… Read more >>

7 Reasons to Volunteer In the Angeles National Forest


Only a massive effort by TreePeople volunteers makes it possible to replant and restore the fire-damaged areas of the Angeles National Forest.

1. You’ll help restore the forest’s pristine beauty.

Angeles Forest Restoration

In 2009, 161,000 acres (approximately 25%) of the Angeles National Forest was destroyed by fire stripping the forests of Manzanita, sumac, sycamore and pine trees. 11,000 of those acres burned too deep for the forest to recover through natural processes.

Since then, working with the U.S. Forest Service, we’ve relied on volunteers to care for new saplings and help plant new trees while the soil conditions and temperature are optimal.… Read more >>