I Am TreePeople : Scarlet Sobraine


If you walk into Yurt Village on a Tuesday, you might notice a head of purple hair peaking out from behind a computer. That’s Scarlet Sobraine, one of the fabulous volunteers at TreePeople.

“Keeping the planet alive is my legacy,” Sobraine says. As a third-generation Angeleno, creating a sustainable city is her top priority.

Our Resident Forest Creature

While she playfully refers to herself as a “forest creature” and a die-hard nature enthusiast, Scarlet has diligently sacrificed her time in an unexpected role: data entry.… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Park Also Suffering From Drought


This is—well, was—Elvis Presleaf, one of the oldest trees here in our park. After 80 years of life, Mr. Presleaf was just one of 18813838585_3399f1ee67_kdozens of trees in our park which have succumb to the debilitating drought.

Elvis played an important role in our Eco-tours. Over the past 20 years, he shaded nearly 200,000 visiting students at the Dirt Doctor Station, where kids learn the importance of soil.

It’s easy to forget how severely trees are affected by drought. After all, LA yards look pretty green.… Read more >>

Plan Brings Hope for Locally Sourced Water

Did you know that only 11% of LA city’s water supply comes from local sources? What if we told you we could increase that number to thirty percent—or even forty five—by simply capturing rainwater? Thankfully, a partnership between TreePeople and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) could make those estimates a reality.


Currently, Los Angeles spends millions of dollars to import water from faraway places like the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta and the Colorado River.… Read more >>

Working Across Borders to Create Change



When you hear the word “green infrastructure” what do you think of?

We often look at the same model examples: Portland, Seattle, Santa Monica, and so on. However, a recent experience is causing us to consider a new source of learning: peer to peer.

In May, our Director of Research, Edith de Guzman represented TreePeople with a keynote presentation at the Border Green Infrastructure Forum in Tucson, Arizona. The annual event was organized by the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission, which supports a collaborative exchange between Mexico and the States.… Read more >>

The Artifice of Artificial Turf

Dominic Alves via Flickr Creative Commons

You may have been hearing a lot of praise for fake grass in the media lately, but I’m here to set the record straight: Fake turf does more harm than good.

I’m not sure when I started hating artificial grass. Maybe it was when my beloved grandmother planted fake flowers in her garden beds so the Easter photos would “turn out nice.” For the record, I tried to pick them, and everyone laughed at us.


But I think it has to do more with the sheer fact that fake grass, or it’s trendier name—frass—has no place in a sustainable landscape.… Read more >>

Big News: Once Upon a Canyon Night is BACK!

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Summer is here! If you’re scrambling to schedule plans to keep your kids entertained, or to welcome family visiting from out of town—don’t fret! TreePeople and the Actors Conservatory Ensemble are excited to announce the return of Once Upon A Canyon Night!

The summer entertainment series, returning for its 13th year, is nestled in the woods and set under the stars in TreePeople’s beautiful S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre.

Paula Poundstone-9The 2015 season promises an unforgettable lineup of shows, including comics Paula Poundstone and Maz Jobrani, a return performance of “Airplane!… Read more >>

I Am Tree People: Art Salter


If you saw Art Salter at TreePeople’s Yurt Village, you might assume he was a celebrity. Not a minute passed without someone stopping to shake his hand, or wave from across the offices. It was clear that he has made a significant impact on his city.

It makes sense: Art has been volunteering here for nearly 18 years—but that isn’t where things began. No, Art has always been involved in developing a climate-resilient Los Angeles. “I grew up here,” he said.… Read more >>