May(be) This is the Month You Volunteer?

It’s May! Do you know what that means? It means it’s time for you to pick up a shovel and plant a tree. Or something along those lines. Below is a list of events (some of which do not include manual labor) that perhaps will entice you to help green our City.

>On Thursday, May 5th the City of LA will be hosting a meeting that will allow people to comment on the Low Impact Development (LID) Handbook. To learn more about LID, please check out these articles.

>Saturday, May 7th is packed full of wonderful events and eco-outings. TreePeople will be doing their thing in Echo Park. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will be hosting a beach cleanup in San Pedro. If you want to learn more about composting, the City of LA will be in Garvey Ranch Park showing you a few tricks of the (composting) trade.

>On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th, Grow LA Victory Garden Classes will be held at Hamilton High School. The courses are sponsored by UC California Extension Program and are ideal for new gardeners.

>On every Thursday of the month, TreePeople will be in Coldwater Canyon Park for restoration work. Pick a day and come on out if the weekends don’t work for you!

>Saturday, May 14th is another busy day for eco-action in LA. Santa Monica Baykeeper will be tackling invasive vegetation and replanting native plants on the UCLA campus. The Theodore Payne Foundation will be talking Irrigation 101 for homeowners. LA Works will be holding a volunteer event at Daniel Webster Middle School and much more!

>Discover recycling with the City of LA on Saturday, May 21st at the West Valley District Yard. Heal the Bay will also be at it on this sure-to-be-fun Saturday in May, where the environmental organization will be holding their monthly cleanup, this time in Playa del Rey.

>Want to conserve water? Well, then landscape smart! The West Basin Municipal Water District will be showing you how to save money, conserve water and reduce runoff at a Smart Landscape Expo in El Segundo on Sunday, May 22nd.

>Learn about the LA River with the Friends of LA River on Sunday, May 22nd. Join guide, William Preston Bowling, on a walk along Haskell Creek in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve.

>Round out this packed month with Friends of the Ballona Wetlands on Saturday, May 28th, where the group will be teaching a little wetlands ecology with hands on restoration.

For a full listing of stormwater friendly events happening throughout LA this month, please visit our monthly calendar. If you have an event you would like to include on our calendar, email us at


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