April 2018

In this issue:
The Wonder of Trees - Thank you!
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate trees and support Canopy's work at the Wonder of Trees gala on Saturday! We were grateful to meet new friends and connect with long-time supporters.

Together, we were inspired by Hope Jahren's message to be "be as a tree planted by the waters" as we learned how plants spend their day and how caring for trees can prepare us to meet the future.

"We teach science because the more you know about the world, the more you feel like you're part of it." - Hope Jahren, speaking to Canopy supporters at The Wonder of Trees.

Special thanks to our event sponsors and table hosts, who helped make the day possible, and to everyone who gave generously to support healthy trees and healthy communities.

See photos from the day, courtesy of Jack Owicki and Pro Bono Photo .

Video: Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities
At the event, we were excited to debut a new video - take a peek!

The Wonder of Trees

We're deeply grateful to everyone who helps grow healthy trees and healthy communities, from volunteers and community members to civic leaders, school communities, and our grassroots partners.

Thank you all for investing in a greener future!

Canopy Volunteer Events volunteer
Citizen Pruner Workday & Advanced TrainingPruning
Saturday, April 14, 2018
9am - 12:30pm
Costaño Elementary School, 
2695 Fordham St, East Palo Alto

This Saturday, calling all citizen pruners! If you have ever trained to prune trees with Canopy, we invite you to attend this advanced training and workday. Dave Muffly, Senior Arborist for Apple, will demonstrate techniques for pruning trees with multiple trunks including crape myrtles, and best practices for increased fruit production and ease of harvest of avocado trees. During the training, attendees will practice these techniques as we prune dozens of trees Canopy has planted over the last ten years at Costaño Elementary School.

For questions contact natalie@canopy.orgSign up to volunteer...

Upcoming tree plantings...
Palo Alto Park Neighborhood
SUNDAY, April 15, 2018
1pm - 4pm

Volunteers and Planting Leaders needed! This Sunday, join Canopy as we plant trees in the Palo Alto Park neighborhood of East Palo Alto. Meet at  Pocket Park on Newbridge and Willow Road. For questions contact
Graham Middle School
Saturday, April 21, 2018
9am - 12:30pm
Graham Middle School, 1175 Castro St, Mountain View

Join Canopy and the Graham Middle School community to plant trees and install native habitat landscaping on the school campus. All ages welcome. For questions contact .
Palo Verde Neighborhood
SUNDAY, April 22, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm

Join Canopy and residents as we bring new street and yard trees to the Palo Verde neighborhood as part of the South Palo Alto Tree Initiative Contact  with questions or group volunteer inquiries
Crittenden Middle School
Saturday, May 5, 2018
9am - 12pm
Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St, Mountain View

Join Canopy and the Crittenden Middle School community to plant trees and install native habitat landscaping on the school campus. All ages welcome. For questions contact
Canopy Tree Walks treewalks
Tree Walk: Midtown
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10am - 12pm
Hoover Park, Cowper Street, Palo Alto

Take a stroll with Canopy and arborist Jason Shirar through the Midtown neighborhood. We'll explore a diverse array of tree species such as the Silk Tree, Scarlet Oak, Carob, and Australia Tea Tree. The Midtown Tree Walk begins at Hoover Park by the tennis courts on Cowper Street, near the El Dorado Avenue intersection.

Details on the Canopy calendar...

Tree Walk: Baylands "Trees & Birds"
Saturday, May 12, 2018
10am - 12pm
Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Join Canopy and Environmental Volunteers for a Saturday walk through the Baylands! Expert arborists Dave Dockter and Chris Regan and expert birder Toby Goldberg will discuss tips and tricks for bird watching, while we explore and learn about the essential habitats the Bayland trees provide.

Highlights from the Field highlights
Wellness Tree Walks for High School Students

This year, our Wellness Tree Walks continue to be a big success, connecting hundreds of high school students to the wonders of trees and the health benefits of being outdoors. Canopy's Education Manager, Natalie Brubaker, is taking students out of the classroom and into nature where  she invites them to mindfully observe, touch, and smell the leaves, fruits, trunks of the trees. As they learn about the various tree species on their campus, the students have this time to relax and take a welcome break from their stressful day.

Jeanette Tucker, Living Skills teacher with Gunn High School, shared that on back-to-school night a parent approached her and said that her daughter thought it was amazing that they took a tree walk during our school day. It was her favorite lesson so far.

These walks will continue throughout spring at the Palo Alto Unified School District and Mountain View High School District.
From the Canopy Blog blog
Root Defects: What to look for when buying nursery stock

Have you ever planted a tree or shrub and watched it fail to thrive over the years? Or had a seemingly healthy tree blow over in a gust of wind? You may suspect pests or disease, but there's one secret flaw many nursery-grown plants have: root defects. In this post, arborist Ellyn Shea shares what causes nursery defects and what to look for when making your purchase. 

Celebrate Earth Day! earthday
East Palo Alto Earth Day Event
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10am - 2pm
Bell Street Park, 550 Bell St, East Palo Alto

Free Public Event! Learn to ride and fix your bicycle, bring out your electronic waste for drop off, plant trees, check out electric cars, and otherwise learn how to help EPA to be green and fun! Raffle for cool prizes including a BICYCLE!

 Full details here...
Earth Day and Great Race for Saving Water
Saturday, April 14, 2018
9am - 1pm
Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Rd, Palo Alto

Join the City of Palo Alto and community partners for a 5K run/walk and Earth Day festival with fun activities for all ages, live music, raffle prizes, and community booths.

Full details here...

Canopy is Hiring hiring
Tree Survey Intern

Canopy is seeking an enthusiastic summer volunteer to coordinate the 2018 young tree survey. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, detail-oriented, and will bring enthusiasm to working with volunteers, trees, and technology.

This position is unpaid, but the Tree Survey Intern has very flexible office and field hours, especially in the later part of the summer. Some weeks will require work on Saturday morning.  Full details here.

For questions or to submit your resume and cover letter, email
Community Happenings community
Volunteer Call for Blue Trees

This May, arts activist  Konstantin Dimopoulos will be in Palo Alto to engage the community in The Blue Trees environmental installation. This socially-driven art project will temporarily transform the trees in front of City Hall, all while inspiring discussion about global deforestation.

The Palo Alto Art Center is looking for volunteers 18+ to work alongside the artist from May 14 to 18. If you are interested in joining this project or have questions, contact Nayda Chuprina at

Britton Fund Ride 2018

Michael Hawkins, Canopy Program Director, is taking part in the  11th Annual Britton Fund Ride on April 23. 

He will join 20 other riders to raise funds for t he John Britton Memorial Trust Fund (the Britton Fund), which works for the public good to promote priority research and educational opportunities for the advancement in the field of arboriculture.

Visit Michael's fundraising page to help fund research crucial to maintaining healthy community forests!

April Tree Gifts and Dedications
Since March 10, 2018

Min Ho
in honor of Lily

Judy Koch
in recognition of Marty Deggeller

Susie Richardson
in memory of Ruth and Arnold Soforenko

David and Nancy Bishop
in memory of Ward and Carol Ellis

Special thanks to recent Sponsors and Grantors

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