What to Do with Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

While none of us want the holiday season to end, there comes a time where we must take down our lights, pack away our decorations and of course retire our Christmas trees.

Even after their time passes, old Christmas trees still can still be a valuable part of a sustainable lifestyle.

Mulching all the way

Did you know you can turn your trees into mulch? Think about how happy your garden plants and trees could be!

California Christmas Tree Recyclers is here to help!Read more >>

Celebrating the Holidays Nature’s Way

“You’ve been playing outside a lot lately, huh?” Candice asked Eden while she played in TreePeople’s outdoor picnic area.

Eden gasped and shot up from the wooden bench, “Does that mean the fairies will leave me a gift?” Her eyes danced and wonder spread across her face with a big smile.

“We’ll see when we get home!”

We are all drawn toward nature, especially when we are young.

Here in the Yurt Village, TreePeople tries to feed this natural curiosity, and our Director of Environmental Education, Candice Dickens-Russell and her 6-year-old daughter, Eden are shining examples.Read more >>

10 Sustainable Gifts to Scratch off Your List

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Not sure what to get that person who already has everything?

Well, look no further! We’ve  selected some of our favorite climate-conscious gifts for everyone in your life. Sustainable gifts help create a better future for us and the lives of generations to come. Plus, who doesn’t want to be the envy of fellow tree-volutionaries?

For the Tree Person:

Give a Tree

Gift giving got you stumped? Branch out and surprise loved ones in your life with a tree!Read more >>

7 Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year here in Yurt Village!

It’s a time for us to look back on the year to give thanks and reflect on all the hard work we’ve accomplished. It’s also a great opportunity to give thanks back to Mother Earth by celebrating Thanksgiving in a sustainable way!

Not sure where to start? Here are seven small, easy steps you and your family can take:

1. Ditch the flimsy single-use products this year.Read more >>

Can Christmas Trees Be Sustainable?

The holidays are here! It’s the time of year to dream of a lush Christmas tree, adorned in lights, right your living room. But you don’t have to sacrifice your sustainable lifestyle. We’re here to offer some great options, guilt free!

Real or Fake?

Unless you already own an artificial tree, go with real. Why? Well, because the time the tree spent alive benefitted the planet. Trees do so much for us: they clean the air, capture water, reduce crime and combat climate change.Read more >>

Honor Earth Mamas and Mother Earth with Tree Dedications

Photo: Vahagn Karapetyan

One of our favorite holidays, Earth Day, is on April 22. Close on its heels is Mother’s Day. What better way to celebrate both occasions than by helping to reforest our parks and woodlands? It’s way more meaningful than a bouquet (we think).

From now through April 12, you can make at least two people happy with our special offer on tree dedications. Dedicate a tree to be planted for Earth Day and we’ll give you a 50% discount on a second tree dedicated to your mom–or anyone you love–for Mother’s Day!… Read more >>

Visit TreePeople—But Find an Alternate Route to Coldwater Canyon Park, March 23–April 25!

Coldwater Canyon Avenue will be CLOSED between Ventura Blvd. and Mulholland Drive, from March 23 to April 25, 2013. We hope you’ll try these alternate routes so you can still enjoy our hilltop park:

Cahuenga Blvd./Highland Ave.
Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Beverly Glen Blvd.
Sepulveda Blvd.
Interstate 405

The road is closing because the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is continuing its City Trunk Line replacement project. The next construction phase will require the full closure of Coldwater Canyon Avenue.… Read more >>

Three Big Days, One Simple Act


While April 22 is just around the corner and Earth Day is a wonderful time to reflect and celebrate this incredible planet, this month there are two other days that highlight hugely important environmental issues. March 21 is International Day of Forests and March 22 is World Water Day.

How to celebrate? After all, these days commemorate such enormous global issues. If I had to choose one action, it would be this: plant a tree.

With the simple act of planting a tree, each of us can help maintain the urban forest and shift the water crisis, all with one easy but profound step.… Read more >>

How Did Hollywood Get Its Name?

Heteromeles arbutifolia, or toyon. Photo: docentjoyce

Legend has it that early residents of SoCal were so inspired by a lovely holly-like bush that they were inspired to call their new digs Hollywood. The shrub that captured their imagination was the toyon, which is amazing to see this time of year.

In fact, the name Hollywood was coined by H. J. Whitley, the “Father of Hollywood.” Whitely bought 500 acres from E. C. Hurd; Hurd’s wife’s friend (stay with me here), Daeida Wilcox, co-opted the name “Hollywood” from her neighbor, Ivar Weid, who lived in what was then called Holly Canyon.… Read more >>

Come Howl at the Moon with TreePeople!

In Los Angeles, we’re lucky we can get outside day and night, all year around. Celebrate our favorable climate by joining us for our last Moonlight Hike of 2012–tonight, Friday, December 28, at 6:30 p.m. It’s a family-friendly adventure that starts at TreePeople’s headquarters and explores the nighttime views and sounds of Coldwater Canyon Park. And, no kidding, you will be invited to howl at the moon.

The 45-minute hikes are moderately paced and guided by members of TreePeople’s education staff.… Read more >>