I Am TreePeople: Zayda Ortiz


Intern life: for years, coffee runs and evil bosses were what came to mind. While that would make for a good screenplay, the average life of an intern was the complete opposite of that cliché scene during my summer here at TreePeople.

Instead of a standard office, the Forestry yurt is home to TreePeople’s  passionate staff who engage with the community by teaching them about the importance of planting and caring for trees.  Watching the other volunteers dig into making a difference for LA by greening its streets, schools, parks and neighborhoods woke something up in me– seeing the team in action gave me a glimpse of the kind of person I want to be.… Read more >>

Have You Spotted These 10 LA Trees?


Time for a quick lesson in dendrology! How many of these trees have you seen around your neighborhood? Here’s the countdown:

10. Bauhinia variegata (Purple orchid tree)

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The Bauhinia variegata is a semi-evergreen tree that is native to Southeast Asia. Not only do the flowers that grow on these trees smell amazing, but they are also used in various foods!

9. Cassia leptophylla (Gold medallion tree)

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The Cassia leptophylla is a semi-evergreen tree with clusters of bright yellow flowers and brown seedpods.Read more >>

Three Cheers to Our Volunteers!


Did you know TreePeople hosts a Volunteer Celebration? It’s true! Each year, we invite our most dedicated volunteers up to our park for a day of fun to show our thanks.

This year featured our first ever TreePeople Volunteer Olympic Games! Rio has nothing on this. The day was warm and the stakes were high as volunteers gave their all competing in events like: the Tree Stake Ring Ross, Tree Tie Noodle Dance, Mulch Bucket Stacking and TreePeople Trivia Pong.Read more >>

Join us for our summer entertainment in the great outdoors!

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Make new memories this summer! Gather your friends and family for our 14th season of our summer entertainment series, Once Upon a Canyon Night, nestled in the woods and set under the stars in our beautiful S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre.


Enjoy fun performances while supporting TreePeople– every dollar of the season’s proceeds directly benefit the maintenance and care of our beautiful park.

The 2016 lineup includes comics like Paula Poundstone and Maz Jobrani, Improvised Shakespeare, a return performance of “Airplane!Read more >>

Volunteering with TreePeople: Better than Tinder

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Is this you?

You’ve been set up on one too many bad blind dates.

Your smartphone has a permanent mark worn into the screen from swiping left.

You’ve run out of pick up lines to use at the farmers market.

We get it. Here at TreePeople, we know that dating is hard. But we’re here to help! Here are a few ways we can help spark romance.

Meet someone new


Thousands of Angelenos volunteer with TreePeople each year. Come volunteer with us and meet other passionate people who care about the environment and like being outdoors!… Read more >>

Check out these Inspiring Water-Wise Students!


We are so impressed! Congratulations to all the schools that participated in the Streets to the Sea Challenge!  The Challenge recognizes students who organize service-learning projects around stormwater pollution prevention and water-wise solutions.

This year, 11 schools from around Los Angeles County were selected for the final round of judging held at Disney Synergy Lab, one of their Burbank animation studios. The competition offered one middle school and one high school a chance to win a trip to the Floating Lab, a boat adventure filled with marine science fun.  Read more >>

What My TreePeople Internship Taught Me

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I’m what most Angelenos would consider a “rural person.” Let me rephrase that. I was born and bred in Michigan. Hence I’ve always considered myself nature-savvy. I need green space to feel at home.

I started interning at TreePeople because wherever I go in LA, I’m always reimagining streets and neighborhoods with more trees and lush canopies. After a month of interning here, I’ve come to learn so much, especially in the unique context of Southern California.

Here’s my list of the most mind-blowing facts I’ve learned so far:

There is a wrong way to plant trees.