Over a century ago, hundreds of Canary Island Date Palms found a new home across the sea in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The swaying palms brought an easy calm and tropical appeal to the area, which was home to many-a-player in Los Angeles’ burgeoning film industry, including legendary director Mack Sennett’s first production studio which launched the careers of Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle. But just like old acetone reels from film’s silent era, these once majestic palms have begun to fade.… Read more >>
“I feel that I am truly part of the team.”
When you volunteer with TreePeople, you do more than just put trees in the ground, you become part of a team that is helping save LA. Victoria McHenry, one of our amazing office volunteers, discovered this when she joined us earlier this year. Her roots take her back to the east coast, but her sense of adventure brought her out to turn a new leaf in LA.
Victoria was on the hunt for a more meaningful volunteer opportunity when she discovered TreePeople.… Read more >>
We’re still celebrating our 30th annual An Evening Under the Harvest Moon gala and want to a extend a huge THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to all who helped create such a magical evening!
Together we raised $705,000 to create a safer, more shaded and climate-ready future for all Angelenos. This was a huge success and it could not have happened without people like YOU.
“Our supporters see the value and urgency when they invest in TreePeople.… Read more >>
California’s urban forests and water had some major wins at the state level this month!
Three measures to expand protections and provide much-needed resources were passed by the legislature and officially signed by Governor Brown. These measures will help our city trees combat the impacts of climate change and create a roadmap for a greener future.
CA’s Urban Forestry Act gets a facelift!
Thanks to Assemblywoman Gonzalez-Fletcher and our key partners, California Releaf and the California Urban Forests Council, Assembly Bill 1530 expands the State’s Urban Forestry Act to directly connect urban forestry to stormwater management, social justice, climate-readiness, job creation and more.… Read more >>
It’s going to be another green school year thanks to these teens!
Last month, 35 youth leaders from all over LA gathered on our hilltop for our annual Youth Leadership & EcoClub Summit. It was a great day watching students build leadership skills and network with other like-minded teens.
Our goal was simple. The event served to help inspire and guide these young leaders and their campus EcoClubs. We shared how partnering with TreePeople could help make their vision come to life to make positive environmental changes on their campuses and in their communities by planting and caring for trees and gardens, recycling waste, capturing water and more! … Read more >>
Every year in late September, hundreds of thousands of people head outside for National Public Lands Day. The observance first started in 1994 to raise awareness and protect the spaces maintained by federal, state and local governments for public use– over 30% of the US landmass. The event has grown into the single largest volunteer event dedicated to preserving and restoring our public lands. Not only is it a chance for people to give back, it is also a wonderful chance to explore, as many state and federal agencies relax fees for the day.… Read more >>
What happens when you have TreePeople’s Education Department, 40+ educators, a two-day Generation Earth workshop and the Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Center?
A whole ton of fun and learning–that’s what!
Earlier this summer, the Generation Earth program delivered yet another successful Summer Institute focusing on waste, water and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in LA. The professional development workshop for LA County 6th-12th grade explored the different waste and water issues in the region and how service learning projects can be a point of entry to explore these topics with students.… Read more >>
TreePeople is blessed with an array of amazing minds that come through Yurt Village, and this past summer, we had two bright young minds join our Policy & Research Department.
Erik Ndayishimiye and Matthew Stieg were brought on at the beginning of the summer through our fellowship program to work on issues surrounding LA’s urban forest. Both put their talent to work to help support our team offering their unique skills and backgrounds.
Erik hails from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a newly completed Master’s Degree in Environmental Management while Matthew is about to finish his senior year at the University of Michigan where he studies Mathematics and Statistics.… Read more >>
TreePeople Joins the Air + Style Music and Sports Festival
Earlier this year, TreePeople teamed up with two-time snowboarding Olympic gold-medalist, Shaun White, his team at Air + Style, along with partners at Change the Course and Clif Green Notes for the Air + Style Music and Sports Festival in Exposition Park. Air + Style’s design doesn’t just attract top musicians and athletes, but also incorporates local art, community and culture.
“Getting big air requires big snow and snow needs water.” – Shaun White
Massive wildfires engulfing the west coast and extreme hurricanes bludgeoning our neighbors in the east have left a lot us scared and wondering ‘Is this the future of our climate?’
Media doesn’t always help either. Alarming reports and frightening statistics can sometimes make you feel like all you can do is curl up in a corner and watch while Mother Earth gets her revenge for the abuse she’s endured.
We’re here to tell you that this is a completely normal way to feel.… Read more >>