What Do UCLA, Trout and El Nino Have in Common?

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Each year we look forward to late September, when we rally a hearty group of volunteers to celebrate National Park Lands Day. The day was established to unite people from all over the country to promote the protection of public lands.

Compassionate volunteers painstakingly removed snails before dumping this couch.

Compassionate volunteers painstakingly removed snails before dumping this couch.

Here at TreePeople, we were excited to be one of over 2,500 sites in participation—with a focus on our restoration of the Santa Monica Mountains. Initially, our Wildlands Restoration Manager, Cody Chappel, had planned to coordinate 70 volunteers to remove abandoned junk—couches, appliances, fencing, and more!—left behind by squatters, decades ago near Topanga Canyon.… 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 >>

Volunteers in Action: Topanga Creek Restoration

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Nearly every weekend, TreePeople and our volunteers head up into the Santa Monica Mountains to restore the natural landscape. Through our Mountain Restoration programs, we revegetate the ecosystem—planting a full spectrum of native plants from wildflowers to trees in order to restore the biological function of the land—and remove invasive species so that plants, animals, and people can thrive.… Read more >>

Words of Praise from a Conservation Leader


At TreePeople we’re all about partnerships. From the U.S. Forest Service to the Mountains Restoration Trust to the Social Justice Learning Institute to city and county government agencies, professionals and organizations give us reasons every day to stand in awe of the individuals and groups willing to work together toward improving the health of our trees and local environment.

When those we admire laud us in return, it always gives us a boost! Meet Rosi Dagit, a well-known biologist and certified arborist with the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains. … Read more >>

TreePeople’s Ecological Restoration Team to the Rescue

Forty-five-acre Coldwater Canyon Park is home to TreePeople’s hilltop headquarters and the state-of-the-art Center for Community Forestry. Known to locals as a great hiking and dog-walking area, it’s one of the city’s valuable open spaces, and therefore home also to a myriad species of native plants and animals. As in other urban parks, though, its ecosystem is fragile and needs to be maintained.

TreePeople restores the park grounds with the help of a trained volunteer Ecological Restoration Team (ERT) that has evolved out of earlier teams of Americorps volunteers.… Read more >>

You Can Prevent Forest Fires & Have Fun Doing It


When we see fires raging, as we have too many times this year already, it’s natural to feel helpless. We’re always extremely vulnerable to fires in Southern California. Within the areas surrounding the Santa Monica Mountains—from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County—more than half a million people are directly affected by fire danger. And this year’s fire forecast is severe.

But you don’t have to feel helpless. You can do something to curb fire danger, and get some fresh air and great exercise in some of the most beautiful parts of our local mountains.… Read more >>