Generation Earth is a Los Angeles County environmental education program presented by TreePeople, dedicated to working alongside middle and high school educators to help students explore waste, water and forestry topics in a fun and engaging way.

The Generation Earth program supports 6th through 12th grade students and teachers across Los Angeles County in implementing environmental service learning projects. The goal is to benefit school campuses and communities and provide resources to help achieve this objective. Get Involved

After hearing from many students and teachers about their concerns around climate change, drought, pollution and wildfire, we know that environmental action projects are more important than ever. The Generation Earth team can bring a variety of environmental topics into your classroom today. If you are a 6th through 12th grade teacher in Los Angeles County, then you have access to our amazing Generation Earth Project Coordinators. These environmental experts can join your classroom virtually or in-person and guide an environmental project aligned to the subject matter and standards in your curriculum. Check out a few of our most popular topics below:

  • Recycling
  • Composting
  • Waste in the Fashion Industry
  • Native Plants
  • Water Pollution and Prevention

Join our experts to learn more about environmental issues in Los Angeles County as well as how your students can become agents of change through our fun and engaging environmental action projects. Participate in our workshops to receive resources, project models and personalized support for your project needs. Also, find out how your school can qualify for FREE bus transportation for environment-related field trips!

Generation Earth offers three different FREE Teacher Workshops:

  • Building a Water Resilient Los Angeles County
  • Building a Resourceful Los Angeles County
  • Taking Action: The Intersection of Education, Climate Change and Health
For more information, please contact us at info@generationearth.com or call us at (626) 979-5492.

There has never been a more important time for young voices to be present in conversations about our environment. This summit will bring together middle and high school students from throughout Los Angeles County to explore environmental challenges and youth-led solutions. Space is limited, so register your class as soon as possible!

Environmental Youth Summit
The Environmental Youth Summit will provide the opportunity for students to:
  • Take part in rotating workshops on water, waste, forestry and sustainability
  • Share and highlight their Generation Earth projects
  • See what other schools are working on and learn from peers
  • Discover career paths at our green career panel
  • Get inspired by amazing speakers
  • Access free resources for environmental action projects
  • Connect with our staff experts for personalized project support
  • Participate in raffle giveaways and receive eco-friendly swag!

When: Thursday, March 30, 2023, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: The Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Contact us for more information!

Generation Earth projects range in size and scope based on the needs of the students and teachers involved. For example, a project can be completed in a single day or last several months. One project may include a lesson on environmental advocacy with a corresponding letter-writing activity. Another may involve spending several weeks planning and setting up a school recycling program. To get started, contact us to connect with one of our Generation Earth Project Coordinators. These experts offer a wide range of classroom presentations on environmental topics and they can help you choose the perfect project for you and your students.

Project Highlight

Field trip to the Angeles National Forest

This spring, 25 students from YouthBuild Charter’s Lennox branch journeyed out to the Angeles Forest to help restore, plant and care for areas devastated by wildfire. Led by Generation Earth Project Coordinators, Maria Adame and Nanci Torres, the group discovered the importance of the local watershed while planting and watering native plants. As they contributed to the removal of invasive plants, they learned the benefits of native species and their relationship to fire. During their time in the Angeles, the group cared for approximately 50 young natives. They were also given the opportunity to visit a site where they had previously planted. This allowed them to see the incredible impact they had already made in the area. The group expressed excitement at the opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors and learn more about natives and their benefits toward water conservation and wildfire mitigation.

This project was possible because Generation Earth provides FREE bus transportation for environment-related field trips. If you would like to book a similar trip for your students, contact us today!

Talking Trash

"Talking Trash" with Students

Students from Crespi Carmelite High School spent an hour “talking trash” or learning about proper waste disposal with Nanci Torres, the Waste Management Coordinator at Generation Earth. After a brief introduction by the student leadership on campus, Nanci asked for ten volunteers to participate in a recycling relay race. The race consisted of having students form two groups and sort items from a miscellaneous pile placed at the start line into bins placed at the finish line labeled landfill, compost and recycle. Once all of the items were sorted, Nanci reviewed each of the items and answered questions from students.
For the remainder of the hour the students were asked to form larger groups and discuss the following questions:

  1. What kind of impacts does trash have on our environment?
  2. Why is it important to sort our trash into different bins?
  3. If you were to start a recycling system on campus, what items would you need?
Once the discussions wrapped up, the students shared their gratitude and how much they learned from the presentation.

We would love to share your completed projects with the Generation Earth community! Please submit your story along with any photos to info@generationearth.com.

For any local education agencies located in County Unincorporated Communities, you can also receive a FREE waste consultation and additional resources to reduce waste and implement or enhance existing recycling practices on campus. If you are interested in a waste consultation, visit BusinessRecycling.com and submit your request today! For any questions or more information, please email BusinessRecycling@pw.lacounty.gov.


Building a Resourceful
Los Angeles County
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Building a Water Resilient
Los Angeles County
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Taking Action: The Intersection of Education, Climate Change and Health
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