Thank you for a great #GivingTuesday—and for all your wonderful gifts!
A huge thank you to everyone who has given so generously to support healthy trees and healthy communities this fall!

Your wonderful contributions—as volunteers, donors, and urban tree champions—create healthier, more resilient, and more connected communities. Thank you so much for being part of our tree team!

P.S. If you’d like to join Canopy today as a first-time donor, there's still time to have your gift MATCHED. We’ve raised $9,440 so far towards our $10,000 matching fund for new gifts. We have until December 31st to raise the last $560!

Still Time for a Holiday Tree Gift
Still searching for the perfect holiday gift? A Tree Gift is a special tribute with a lasting legacy. No shopping required!

  1. Make your gift online, and include your dedication details
  2. Canopy sends a custom card or e-card to your honoree, with your personal message or a special quote

Whether thanking a host for a holiday party or honoring someone special on your list, you can spread holiday cheer—and grow our local urban forests!
Other ways to give: Stock gifts and IRAs

December 31st is coming soon! Donating to charities via stock gifts or your IRA distribution can offer significant year-end tax savings.
Palo Alto's 125th Anniversary
On November 18, Canopy celebrated the City of Palo Alto's 125th anniversary with a tree planting! Spearheaded by long-time Canopy board member, Marty Deggeller, a beautiful southern live oak was planted at Heritage Park in honor of the City's anniversary. See more photos from the celebration here.
Warm Welcome to Vanessa Wyns
We’re excited to welcome Vanessa Wyns to the team as Canopy’s new Environmental Educator! 

She has taught environmental education across the world and is now bringing her enthusiasm for teaching youth about nature to Canopy. We asked Vanessa to share a bit about herself. “I’ve just moved to the area from the AZ-Mexico border, where I was a bilingual environmental education intern with the National Park Service. Prior to that, I worked as an instructor at an eco camp in a village in northern Spain; a job which I took after earning my Master of Science in Ethnobotany at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England." Continue reading on the Canopy blog...
Exploration Station
We are always on the look out for cool new tree stuff to add to our collection for education lessons! And in January we're helping the Palo Alto Art Center with their upcoming exhibit: "Rooted: Trees in Contemporary Art", where there will be a fun touch table for about 1,500 kids to explore during field trips.

If you come across any of these things on the following list, we would love to take them of your hands! Contact Vanessa at  vanessa@canopy.org with questions.
Other interesting seeds, pods, branches, or leaves
Save the Date
For January Celebrations!
5th Annual MLK Day of Service & East Palo Alto Mayor's
Tree Planting
Monday, January 20, 2020
9:00am to 12:30pm
Meet at Martin Luther King Park
435 Daisy Ln, East Palo Alto 

Join Canopy to plant trees at San Francisquito Creek. We’ll also be honoring City of East Palo Alto’s incoming mayor with a ceremonial tree planting.  The Mayor’s tree planting ceremony begins at 9:00am. Volunteers will meet at MLK Park before heading out to plant at several sites along San Francisquito Creek.
24th Annual Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, January 30, 2020
5:15pm to 7:30pm
Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

Join us to honor and celebrate Canopy’s Tree Awardees, and welcome Palo Alto's incoming Mayor with a special ceremonial tree planting. The Mayor's tree planting ceremony begins at 5:15pm, followed by refreshments at 5:45pm. The Canopy Awards Ceremony will commence at 6:30pm.
From the Canopy Blog
Tree Spotlight: California pepper tree

The California pepper tree ( Schinus molle ) is a fast-growing, hardy evergreen, and requires very little rainfall. The California pepper tree received its colloquial name from its high abundance, cultivation, and long history in California. However, contrary to its nickname as the “California” pepper tree, Schinus molle originates from the arid regions of northern South America and the Peruvian Andes. Continue reading on the Canopy blog...

Thank you to David Hoang, summer intern with Rhee Lab at Carnegie Institution for Science for preparing this post.
Trees in the News
Green streets: which city has the most trees?

“We are seeing a surge in attention around urban trees around the world … not just because they are beautiful, but because cities realise that trees are an important part of resiliency, health, wellness, happiness, economic benefit.” Continue reading at The Guardian...
Community Event
Join Citizens' Climate Lobby and Canopy as six candidates for the State Senate discuss the climate crisis and the environment.
 
CA Senate District 13 Climate and Environment Forum
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Doors open @ 6:30 pm, event runs from 7:00 - 9:30 pm
 
In this unprecedented time of climate disruption and threats to our environmental resources, join us on January 15 to learn the views of six candidates for State Senate, District 13, on these issues. The candidates (in alpha order) are: Josh Becker, Michael Brownrigg, Alex Glew, Sally Lieber, Shelly Masur, and Annie Oliva. 

How will California navigate the climate crisis and overcome the challenges of environmental degradation? Which strategies will each candidate prioritize to help achieve carbon neutrality while promoting social equity? A portion of the forum will be dedicated to the candidates' responses to questions submitted by audience members (who pre-register at least 1 week prior to the event). 
Event questions? Please contact Alan Mattlage of Citizens' Climate Lobby (San Mateo County chapter):   mattlage@umd.edu .  

Canopy is Hiring
We’re looking for an enthusiastic and organized person to join our team as a Volunteer Coordinator ! This new team member will be responsible for outreach and volunteer engagement for all of Canopy’s programs. Visit Canopy's website to learn more and apply today!
November Tree Gifts & Grantors
Beth Whitmore
in memory of Kelly Calica

A huge Thank You to Peery Foundation and Morgan Family Foundation for their dedicated support of Canopy's youth programs in East Palo Alto.
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Canopy's mission is to grow the urban forest in Midpeninsula communities for the benefit of all. Our vision is a day when every resident of the Midpeninsula can step outside to walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees.