Since the 70’s, TreePeople has planted more than 3 million trees thanks to volunteers around the city.
TreePeople inspires, engages and supports people to take action for the urban environment but we need you to make it happen! Join us to plant and care for trees throughout greater Los Angeles to cool our city, improve air quality and protect people from flooding-- one street, one neighborhood, one tree at a time.
We work in many of Los Angeles’ underserved communities, with a focus on Southeast LA and the Northeast San Fernando Valley. These communities are severely impacted by increasingly dangerous heat, toxic pollution, and seasonal flooding. But planting trees throughout these neighborhoods is one step towards the healing of our city.
We want our trees not just to survive, but to thrive! Our special model ensures a long, healthy life for the trees we plant, by partnering with the community to commit to caring for planted trees while they get the established (three to five years!)
Urban Forestry volunteer events take place almost every weekend throughout the year from Huntington Park to Pacoima. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome and no previous training is necessary.
Creating Climate-Ready Communities: Huntington Park
Currently, TreePeople is working to green a 3-square mile area within the communities of Huntington Park and Cudahy. The project plan is to plant 1,400 more trees along city streets over the course of the next three years to improve community health by mitigating extreme pollution and poor air quality to improve lives.
The goal? We’re working to increase overall tree canopy from 15.5% to 17%, and provide ongoing care for the trees for up to five years to shade sidewalks, improve public health and to build community.
Transforming the City of San Fernando
TreePeople is in the planning phases of a project to transform the City of San Fernando by planting 750 trees in areas of highest need and to also install nature-inspired stormwater capture features like bioswales and rain gardens.
The project will create green spaces for the community to enjoy and to improve quality of life along the community’s streets and neighborhoods. Our vision is to co-create a city where kids and families can ride their bikes, walk to school safely or wait for a bus under the cooling shade of a tree.
Become a Leader: Urban Planting Supervisor
TreePeople is able to host thousands of volunteers at our events throughout the year, thanks to our core of committed Urban Planting Supervisors.
Supervisors take a leadership role as they helped create a fun experience while ensuring volunteer groups plant and care for trees correctly and safely. To become an Urban Planting Supervisor, you must attend at least two Urban Forestry events and be at least 16 years old. Once these requirements are met, you can attend a training and get your official TreePeople T-shirt and name badge!