9 Reasons We’re Feeling Thankful


Happy Thanksgiving!

Here at TreePeople, we have a lot to be thankful for! Here are 9 things that stand out most:


1. None of our work would be possible without our generous donors. We’re thankful they believe in our mission and continue to keep us moving forward.


2. We have a hearty crew of faithful volunteers who put our values into action. We’re thankful that, weekend after weekend, they keep showing up. Their passion is contagious!


3. We’re moved and inspired by the agency collaboration that is making #LAStormCatcher a reality.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Dan McDonnell


“You have to give props to your mom!’ says Dan McDonnell, one of TreePeople’s most committed Volunteer Supervisors. For him, family camping trips coordinated by his mother were the root of his love for the outdoors. As he grew up, camping evolved into backpacking excursions. Backpacking morphed into climbing in Yosemite.

Clearly, such a love for nature paved the way for a career in education, as a high school biology and environmental science educator. Dan is currently in his 29th year of teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District.Read more >>

Nature is Healing. This Family is Proof.


“For me and for my family, TreePeople has changed everything.”

Coming from Cristina Basurto, TreePeople’s Huntington Park Regional Manager, this statement speaks volumes. Her involvement with TreePeople started about 10 years ago, when her friend Rosa—a staff member—encouraged her to get involved.


At first, Cristina was hesitant. Her family was dealing with monumental challenges, as two out of three of her children had been diagnosed with autism.

“Doctors told us Samuel would never speak. They said he would need to be institutionalized by his 18th birthday,” Cristina said, regarding her oldest son.… Read more >>

How One Tree Influenced This Girl’s Life


Meet Quincy.

Four years ago, Quincy visited TreePeople for the first time on one of our Eco-tours preschool field trips. Today, she still remembers the beauty of our park.

“I remember this place with all these plants and pretty flowers,” Quincy said.


Eco-tours offer children a safe and fun opportunity to interact with nature and learn sustainable lifestyle practices.

One memory in particular made a lasting impression. Like the thousands of children who visit our hilltop park for Eco-tours each year, Quincy took home a tiny seedling.… Read more >>

Andy Lipkis Talks Superheroes at TEDx UCLA


Do you remember the last time you stopped to really look at a tree?  They’re central to our existence, and yet we often take them for granted. We pass trees daily, without stopping to consider their many benefits—from cooling our cities and streets, to conserving water, and beyond.

In June, our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis, was invited to speak at TEDx UCLA to share how trees are the real superheroes we’ve been looking for to create a water and climate-resilient Los Angeles.… 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 >>

How Can Just 100,000 Trees Save LA Nearly $4 Million?


Have you heard of TreeMapLA?

If you’re unfamiliar, TreeMapLA is an app you can download that’s a public inventory and education tool allowing users to interact with their environment in a new way. Users “map” a tree by entering its location, species, and size to create an interactive map of our urban forest and its value—including environmental and economic benefits. The app also gives people the ability to map a variety of watershed solutions, including rain barrels and cisterns.


When it launched, TreeMapLA relied on Angelenos’ involvement, but now there have been huge inventories uploaded from Culver City, Pico Rivera, Duarte and LA City Rec and Parks thanks to a new feature developers created to add mass data inventories.… Read more >>