Community Forester

TreePeople’s Community Forester Program empowers individuals and community groups to plan and implement their own tree planting events. Utilizing hands-on/virtual training and support, our goal is to build teams of Community Foresters throughout Los Angeles County to help create climate-resilient neighborhoods.

2023 Community Forester Training


Space is limited – first come, first served

We will support up to 10 project teams this season

This four-session Community Forester Training is for individuals/groups interested in taking on a leadership role to implement a tree planting project in their community.  It provides the step-by-step details on how to choose the right tree for the right place, bring together resources, plan, recruit community members, and run a tree planting event.

Sample Project ideas

  • Tree planting along neighborhood streets in the parkway space (between the sidewalk and street)
  • Replant trees in empty tree wells
  • Tree planting in a neighborhood park
  • Cut concrete to plant trees along neighborhood streets and business districts

How it Works

  1. Look around your neighborhood – does it need more trees?
  2. Fill out the application below giving us more details about what you would like to do and your commitment to the timeline
  3. TreePeople reaches out to set up a meeting to get to know you better, answer any questions, and confirm your commitment
  4. You receive a formal invitation to the training: Zoom link, details, and more
  5. Training begins: once a week for 4 weeks
  6. TreePeople provides support and guidance to help you plan and conduct your tree planting event and up to two follow up tree care events
  7. Participate in monthly group sessions to share progress

2023 Timeline

  • Submit applications by: TBD
  • Workshop: TBD
  • One-on-one support and monthly group check-ins begin
  • Spring planting events begin

The Commitment

  • TreePeople will:
    • Provide training and project support
    • Tools for planting/tree care events
    • Planting supervisors for event days, as needed
    • One-on-one guidance
  • Community Foresters will:
    • Attend all the training sessions
    • Complete homework assignments to help your project progress
    • Attend a TreePeople planting event
    • Recruit community members to participate in tree planting/care events
    • Lead your community tree planting event
    • Work with your community to care for the trees for the next 2 – 3 years