Who We Are

TreePeople inspires and supports the people of Southern California to come together to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes.

Born from the efforts of a teenager over 40 years ago, we have involved more than 3 million people in planting and caring for more than 3 million trees.

We unite with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. We work with volunteer leaders using our unique Citizen Forester model, and we influence government agencies for a healthy, thriving Southern California.

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Our Focus Areas

Planting

Community

Working towards environmental and social justice among environmentally stressed communities.

Education

Providing students, teachers and the school community with the knowledge, tools and support they need to create environmental change.

Forestry

Restoring ecosystems, planting trees, and incorporating nature-based solutions from Southern California urban streets to our greater watershed.

Policy & Research

Conducting cutting-edge research and facilitating policies that support nature-based solutions.

Key Initiatives

Green Our Schools

We create green learning environments that enhance academic achievement, healthy schools, and thriving nature by advocating for, implementing, and managing school greening projects to protect students from extreme heat, air pollution and polluted water.

Volunteer

Volunteering with TreePeople is fun and rewarding. Our events empower you with the support, training and tools you need to be an engine of change. Join us each week as we plant and care for trees throughout Los Angeles, remove invasive species and maintain our projects throughout Southern California.

Visit Our Park

Visit Our Park

Imagine watching the lights of Los Angeles fade and the stars appear or walking down the trail learning something new about the natural environment, including native plants that you can use in your own garden! Join TreePeople educators for a variety of guided activities that are fun, informative and designed for the whole family. Depending on the time of year, a variety of options are available.

Dedicate a Tree

These unique, symbolic gifts can have an everlasting impact for as little as $25.

Shop

For nearly 50 years, TreePeople has planted over 3 million trees with 3 million volunteers across Southern California. Purchasing these products helps us plant and care for the next 3 million!

T.R.E.E. Talks Series

TreePeople’s signature public lecture series, bringing together thought leaders from a variety of environmental topics to discuss the future of our movement.

TreePeople Works

TreePeople staff and volunteers planting a tree at TreePeople's Lynwood planting kickoff.

Our Planting Season In Review

And that’s a wrap! Thanks to your help, another TreePeople planting season is in the books. Through our network of community champions, volunteers, donors and partners, TreePeople built upon our legacy of creating greener communities, restoring ecosystems and uniting people across Southern California in the simple act of planting a tree.  In the words of…

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TreePeople volunteers planting trees in Riverside, CA

Let’s Green Riverside – TreePeople Returns to the Inland Empire

In the summer of 1973, the first stirrings of what would become TreePeople began in the mountains above Riverside, California. Those early efforts by teenagers to help protect and restore the San Bernardino National Forest soon blossomed into Southern California’s largest environmental movement—mobilizing 3 million volunteers to plant 3 million trees. Earlier this month, TreePeople…

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TreePeople staff teaching how to plant a tree in Lynwood, CA.

Tree Planting in Lynwood Begins!

If you asked TreePeople staff what they remember most from our tree planting events it would probably be the smiles of children getting the chance to play in the dirt, or the stories of community members on why they chose to spend their weekends volunteering and giving back. But what happens behind the scenes to…

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New Trees Take Root in Watts

It’s 8:30 on a Saturday morning. The late summer sun beats down on a grid of blacktop. It’s already hot enough that the stop sign at the end of the block is almost hidden by a mirage. But something is different about today. Trees line the sidewalk on both sides of the street, waiting to…

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