5 Great Events to Prepare for El Nino and Planting Season

It’s winter, and not just any winter. We’re expecting an El Niño season with up to 30 inches of rain. With storms on the horizon, is your house prepared to capture stormwater and reduce flooding? Now’s the time to get started!

Join us for these five upcoming events to get ready for the rain! Learn how to install rain barrels before the rains come so you can  capture those precious drops. Or discover how to make your garden the talk of the town by transforming your yard with a colorful, drought-smart native landscape. (PS: Did you know that most rain barrels (and even small cisterns) are FREE after MWD rebates? Don’t miss out!)


Stormwater Capture at Hollywood Orchard
When: Saturday, November 14 : 8 AM – 11AM
Where: Beachwood Canyon

Hollywood Orchard is a neighborhood organization creating a model for sustainability and community engagement by harvesting, distributing and donating local fruit. They also educate the community through weekend farmer’s circles. This month’s topic of discussion is water conservation!

TreePeople will be teaching DIY solutions for rainwater capture and reuse including how to install and maintain your very own rain barrel.


Soil, Water, Life!
When: Sunday, November 15 : 9am – 12pm
Where: Glassell Park

Discover how to create a healthy and LA-friendly sustainable landscape.

Join TreePeople and Silverlake Farms for a workshop in land stewardship. Here, you’ll learn how to better nurture your soil and water supply to create a beautiful and functional landscape! Each workshop is open to a maximum of 20 people on a first-come first-served basis so visit TreePeople’s website to register today!


Ready for the Rain?
When: Sunday, November 15 : 9am-12pm
Where: Atwater Village
TreePeople is partnering with Clockshop and Rain Barrels International to host a rain barrel distribution and installation demonstration. And don’t miss the watershed tour of the in-progress 18-acre post-industrial lot known as the Bowtie, a partnership between Clockshop and California State Parks located along the LA River.

Rainwater Harvesting at Women’s Center for Creative Work
When: Saturday, November 21 : 12pm – 2pm
Where: Northeast Los Angeles
We need water to create a healthy, beautiful garden! Join the Earth Activation Group of the Women’s Center for Creative Work and TreePeople to learn how to transform your landscape into a healthy habitat. Learn how to capture the coming rains to feed our plant friends, conserve water and prevent erosion!


Go Native! Landscape Transformation Series with REI
When and Where: Tuesday, December 1 : 7-8:30 PM, REI Santa Monica
Wednesday, December 2 : 7-8:30 PM, REI Woodland Hills
It’s planting season! Want a beautiful, sustainable garden but not sure where to start? Take advantage of the El Niño rains with TreePeople. We’ll teach you the 1-2-3’s of native plant gardening. Join us to learn how to reduce your water bill using the power of plants to beautify your home, school or neighborhood.


Rain Barrel Distribution with REI Northridge
When: Sunday, December 6: 2pm – 4pm
Where: REI Northridge
Save water while you shop for your next outdoor adventure! Pre-order your barrels and pick them up while you gear up at REI Northridge! Catching rain for reuse minimizes flooding, decreases ocean pollution and stores water to give trees and plants a drink, even when the rain is long gone. Be a part of this simple and effective solution for Los Angeles.

By Erika Abdelatif

Erika Abdelatif is TreePeople’s Social Media and Digital Content Manager. When she isn't creating a climate-resilient LA via the Facebook, she's probably writing in a coffee shop, infesting the internet with memes, or watching an open mic.