Huntington Beach Tree Society

The Urban Forest is bursting with color!

Saluting HB Tree Society’s newest rangers – California Arbor Day on March 7 brought out cadets from Sunburst Youth Academy & CalJOBS who, in partnership with the City of Huntington Beach, participated in planting a Jacaranda grove. Everyone on hand for the planting and celebration – including City Council members Kim Carr and Barbara Delgleize – enjoyed hearing songs about trees by the Threshold Choir and a tree poem read by volunteer Ann Anderson, playing Nature Bingo to earn ranger badges, and writing inspirational tags to hang on Urban Forest trees. An impromptu, requested cadence performed by the visiting volunteers added to the fun.

Local Daisy Troop #7367 earned badges on Jan. 10, 2020, by cleaning up the Urban Forest. These hard-working young ladies also performed a heartwarming skit as a tribute to HB Tree Society President Jean Nagy. Their lines included: “Did you know it all started with a lady named Jean who thought there were not enough green spaces in Huntington Beach?  …  That was before we were born! …  She sounds like the kind of woman that lives up to the Girl Scout Law …  Yes! We can make the world a better place too!”

Are you and your dog enjoying outings through the Urban Forest & along the Shipley to Shore Nature Trail?  We welcome your support through funding and volunteering! To show our appreciation, Urban Forest best dog friend photos will be featured on

To see a short video on
“The Metamorphosis of  Gibbs Butterfly Park,”
please click here.

To join Laura Angelini in Gibbs Park, please click here.

THANK YOU to ALL the individuals, families and service groups volunteering with the HB Tree Society in 2019/2020!

Extra credit goes to La Quinta High School Honor Society students for coming out to plant buckwheat, cistus and other California natives alongside the Urban Forest and Shipley to Shore Trail.

Marina Key Club kids enthusiastically trimmed and planted on a sunny Saturday morning in the Urban Forest and along the Shipley to Shore Nature Trail. At left, this cluster of boulders beautifying the trail will soon double as a water feature for bird baths in a hummingbird forest that is beginning to grow. The students are shown above right flanking Laura, an artist and HB Tree Society volunteer, who repurposed this broken pipe along the creek bed into a dragon. 

Go Oilers!  Last fall the HB Oilers basketball team and their parents worked hard on beautifying the Urban Forest and Shipley to Shore Nature Trail. Thanks for the full-court press!

If you have an Amazon account, your purchases can now beautify our community. For the same products and prices, you can donate 0.5 percent of the price of your purchases, which adds up quickly!  Simply visit your Amazon page and under  “Account & Lists,” select Amazon Smile and type “Huntington Beach Tree Society, Inc.” For future online shopping, type “SmileAmazon” in your browser to be directed to the site.

Here’s how your groceries can make our community greener:

Visit Create or log into your Ralphs account. Click on “Community Rewards” & search for the non-profit HUNTINGTON BEACH TREE SOCIETY, then click Enroll.

It costs nothing to enroll or contribute, & funds forestation for generations. Let’s grow!

We’ve started a new Shipley to Shore HB Facebook page to provide our friends with regular updates about progress on the nature trail. Please check it out!

Fountain Valley Red Cross Club kids cleared brush and planted CA-natives on a warm Saturday in September.


On a mission – These teens and chaperones came to the Urban Forest and Shipley to Shore Trail all the way from First United Methodist Church in Glendale, AZ! The 15 “stewards of the earth” spent a July Saturday morning clearing brush, planting, and spreading wood chips. A volunteer from their host church, Community United Methodist in HB, explained why they came: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Gratitude for Shipley to Shore Trail Growers – Scouts from Huntington Beach and Westminster spent a Saturday morning in June clearing and planting sage, salvia, Mexican marigolds and verbena along the mid-section of the Shipley to Shore Nature Trail, adjacent to Ellis Avenue. HB Tree Society President Jean Nagy, above left, taught them proper planting techniques to help ensure these flowers thrive.


Welcome, UCI Pharmacy School students! These volunteers came to the Urban Forest in May to dispense time and energy weeding and planting.

These students with HB High School Key Club did a fantastic job of mulching around the parking lot entrance and boulders of the Shipley Nature Center. The area looks so much better because of all of their hard work. To find more volunteers digging in, click here.

Check out these videos!


Discover new trees each time you visit the Urban Forest! 

Find what Eagle Scouts, HB Girl Scouts, Project Independence and other community groups have helped plant and landscape by clicking Here.

Click Here to see more Urban Forest
flora / fauna and HB Tree Society community outreach. 

The Huntington Beach Tree Society (HBTS) was incorporated in 1998 as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) with the purposes of:

  • Planting and maintaining trees
  • Educating the public about the benefits and importance of trees and California friendly plants
  • Enlarging our green environment (another name for plants/trees in cities) for the enjoyment and health of all
  • Increasing habitat for urban wildlife

Exceptional attributes: We are an equal opportunity, all-volunteer organization. Donations do not go to salaries.  We have a donated office and donated use of two trucks. Our dollars go a long way! To date we have purchased and planted more than 7,000 trees and CA-friendly plants residing on the two and a half acres within the Urban Forest’s fenced area, as well as the areas immediately surrounding the forest.

Feathered Tree
Fans Found in
Huntington Beach
Central Park


A Spotted Towhee, spotted in the Urban Forest.

A juvenile Cooper’s Hawk having breakfast in the park.

Hummingbird in the HB Central Park Secret Garden.

A hummingbird pollinates Central Park wildflowers.

Great Horned Owls reside near HB Central Park Library.

A Great Horned Owl on an evening visit to HB Central Park’s westside raptor foraging area.

A blue-gray Gnatcatcher, at home in the Urban Forest.

A white-tailed Kite, also seen in the Urban Forest.

Click here to be directed to a volunteer application.

Checks may be sent to:

HB Tree Society
PO Box 1269
Sunset Beach, CA  90742