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What is TreeFolks Young Professionals?

TreeFolks Young Professionals (ages 21 – 40ish) volunteer, educate, fundraise, and build community in support of the mission of TreeFolks: planting, caring for, and giving people free trees to plant!
Service

Service

TreeFolks has planted more than 2.8 million trees across Central Texas. TreeFolks Young Professionals' volunteerism and gifts support the next million.
Service

Social

Keep up with us on Facebook or our Meetup.com group and make new friends at group volunteer events and socials like Tree Mappy Hours and Solstice parties.
Education

Education

Learn and teach more about our urban forest, how to keep it healthy, and how to keep it growing.
Membership

Membership

Grow your positive environmental impact, knowledge, and circle of friends by becoming a TreeFolks Young Professional Member.

View our membership options!

Why Support the Urban Forest with an Annual Membership?

Pollution
Trees give us the air we breathe and remove toxins from the air
Flood Prevention
Roots help prevent soil erosion and soak up water to reduce flooding
Homes
Friends of all shapes and sizes call trees home and rely on them for food and shelter
Shade
Trees reduce electric bills and keep us cool
Atmosphere
Think of your favorite picnic, restaurant, bar, and/or park enhanced by trees
Activities
Do not forget to be grateful for climbing, swinging, decorating, and much more!

Become a Member

Support the Central Texas urban forest by becoming a TreeFolks Young Professionals (TreeFolksYP) member. Please select an annual TreeFolks donation level below:

Tax Deductible TreeFolks Donation
$60/yr
(Thanks!)
TreeFolksYP Tee Shirt
TreeFolks & TreeFolksYP Event Discounts
Slack Access
Tokens of Appre-tree-ation
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Meet Our Core Team

Kyle Hoskins
Kyle Hoskins

I work on a computer all day, so I love a chance to get outside and hike, kayak, or play sports (mostly tennis these days). I volunteer with TreeFolks because it gives me a chance to support planting trees all across Austin!

James Odom
James Odom

Hello! I'm James Odom and I am part of the TFYP Executive Committee for 2023. I moved to Austin from Raleigh North Carolina in late 2018 and got involved with treefolks shortly after.

Andrew Overby
Andrew Overby

I have always been interested in environmental & nature-related topics, and spend a lot of time outside when I can. In the past, I have done some gardening, and look forward to helping plant lots of trees!

Elizabeth Bennett
Elizabeth Bennett

I love being out in nature and am passionate about environmental issues. Unfortunately, the focus of my work is in a different area, so I was excited to find Treefolks to lend my time and energy toward such a great cause.

Richard Hammond
Richard Hammond

I’ve always loved being outdoors, immersing myself in nature. I’m grateful to have a job that takes me all over the state, exploring the many state parks that Texas has to offer. TreeFolks allows me to use my skills and give back on a local level.

Timothy Brown
Timothy Brown

I have spent over half of my life outside; I love the outdoors. As an environmental engineer and nature lover, I have always tried to think of creative ways to sustain and enhance our environment. I’m a firm believer that if new ways and approaches are incorporated, huge strides will be made towards the future improvement of the environment. TreeFolks allows me to get creative, use my hands, and get involved in whatever capacity. Since Mother Earth has opened her arms to us, I guess it’s only ri

Alexis Elio
Alexis Elio

I am passionate about the power of policy to improve quality of life and protect natural resources. While my work provides an abstract understanding of the environment, it is important to me to enjoy our city’s beautiful natural areas and diverse communities, too. TreeFolks offers the opportunity to ground my green advocacy in a like-minded team and get my hands dirty in the best way — planting trees!

Casey McGoun
Casey McGoun

I love spending time in nature, especially while mountain biking and hiking. TreeFolks allows me to connect with my interests, learn, and give back in a meaningful way.

Jackie Vay
Jackie Vay

As an Austin native I have always enjoyed the many green spaces our city has to offer. TreeFolks helps me get outside more and gives me the opportunity to improve our local environment together. I’m excited to be a part of the team!

Sam Levin
Sam Levin

I've always valued the chance to make a positive impact in my community and strongly believe everyone needs to play a part in supporting the environment and local ecosystems. TreeFolks provides a great opportunity to improve our community and connect with other like-minded environmental advocates. I'm excited to play my part!

Amanda Sullivan
Amanda Sullivan

I am passionate about connecting children to nature. It makes me smile when they pick up a big-as-your-face sycamore leaf or try to hug a live oak as a class. Volunteering to create positive environmental impacts brings me joy and purpose. I think the benefits trees give a beautiful example of the interconnectedness between people & the land. I am thrilled to serve others in this capacity.

Kristina Gaudin
Kristina Gaudin

I work as a Teaching Assistant in a Montessori School. Nature and education are huge parts of my life. In my free time I love to hike, learn about birds, read, and learn about botany. TreeFolks gives me a chance to address my concerns about our climate and the environment in a positive and productive way.

Kelsey Daugherty
Kelsey Daugherty

For as long as I can remember, I have spent every second possible outside. I love nature and am passionate about preserving our beautiful surroundings for Austinites now and for generations to come. Volunteering with TreeFolks is special because it allows me to give back to the community while doing what I love!

Sabina Sheppard-Olivares
Sabina Sheppard-Olivares

The best part of living and working in Central Texas are the green spaces and urban forest. I love TreeFolks' mission of building community through planting trees!

Christina Sze
Christina Sze

With TreeFolks I'm looking forward to being outdoors and in fresh air while cultivating a healthier environment for Austinites and the creatures that live here. I've always found joy by being in nature and from caring for plants and watching them grow. I'm excited to be joining a team that is enthusiastic about planting and stewarding the environment together!

Lauren Chavez
Lauren Chavez

Nature has always been a source, where I find inspiration and tranquility. I am excited to volunteer with TreeFolks and make a meaningful contribution to the community by helping to preserve and enhance Austin's green spaces for current and future generations to enjoy.

Zinnia Gibson
Zinnia Gibson

I'm just your run-of-the-mill tree enthusiast passionate about spreading tree love. TreeFolks gives me an opportunity to use that enthusiasm to create a meaningful impact on the community.

Ronald Downs
Ronald Downs

Outside of my career, I enjoy spending time in nature and giving back to the ATX community. Austin TreeFolks offers the chance to make a positive impact on our local community and environment at large.

Rosaline Chen
Rosaline Chen

I love all things related to sustainability and zero-waste lifestyles, and I love helping others tap into their environmentally-conscious best selves to save our planet. My favorite tree encounter has been the redwoods in California. You know that feeling of when you are a tiny being existing in awe under a looming behemoth that is expansive in all directions and rich with history? I have been chasing that ever since.

Leah Frizzell
Leah Frizzell

I currently work a desk job, and miss my days out in the field as an environmental scientist. I have volunteered for years with a variety of STEM and environmental outreach groups in both New Orleans and Houston for over 10 years. I am new to Austin and happy to get involved with Tree People and our community. If I am not at work or the gym I'll be happy to help out with whatever events we have!

Leah Thibodeau
Leah Thibodeau

I moved to Austin four years ago and have since bought a house and planted two trees from TreeFolks! I work in the creative and marketing field, and when I can get away from my desk, I love learning about sustainable living and exploring TX with my camera and pup, Beau.