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.

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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 >>

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 >>

Volunteering with TreePeople: Better than Tinder

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

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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 >>

The Only #Goals You Need This Earth Day

“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 >>

I Am TreePeople : Vahagn Karapetyan

“Good for your body, good for your mind, good for your confidence.”

At least, that’s how Vahagn Karapetyan, one of our Volunteer Supervisors, describes his involvement with TreePeople. In his years of service, we’ve truly come to rely on him. In fact, there’s an ongoing belief in our Forestry Department that when Vahagn signs up for an event, you can count him to do the work of 10 people.

Vahagn has been with us for over four years now, originally signing up for our Park Work Days here in Coldwater Canyon Park while he was still a student at UCLA.Read more >>

Celebrate our First Earth Day Soiree!

2015 was the hottest year on record. Here in California, we’ve experienced years of extreme drought and are now faced with El24115389029_1b99f49580_k Niño flooding. Planet Earth desperately needs our attention and care.

That’s where you come in! Support our work to grow a green LA and celebrate Earth Day in style. Gather friends and join us for our first ever Earth Day Soiree, a special fundraiser on April 21st from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Tiato in Santa Monica.  Read more >>