February 2019 TreEnews

Save the Date
Dave Muffly, The Tree Whisperer

Meet the Tree Whisperer
A Benefit Event for Canopy with Dave Muffly

Save the date for Canopy’s Benefit Event with former Senior Apple Arborist,
Dave Muffly, as he takes us on his journey to plant the 9,000 trees at Apple Park.

Meet the Tree Whisperer
Sunday, June 2, 2019
10:00am to 1:00pm
Eastside College Preparatory School
1041 Myrtle St, East Palo Alto

Details coming soon!

Contact Development Director, Judy Sissener, at judy@canopy.org to find out more about tickets and sponsorships.
Celebrate California Arbor Week

Join us as we celebrate trees for California’s Arbor Week!

Midtown Tree Planting
Saturday, March 9, 2019
8:30am to 12:30pm
Palo Alto, Meeting Location TBA
Volunteer to plant trees, visit the youth exploration station,
and grab a bite to eat.

City of Mountain View Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, March 9, 2019
11:00am to 1:00pm
Mountain View Location TBA
Visit the Canopy table and youth exploration station.

Barron Park Tree Walk
Sunday, March 10, 2019
10:00am to 12:00pm
Meet at Cornelis Bol Park, 3590 Laguna Ave, Palo Alto
Stroll with Canopy and arborist, Peter Jensen, as we learn about
Barron Park’s amazing trees.

From the Field
Exploration Station at Gamble Garden
Canopy’s Exploration Station is a real hit!

Check out these photos from our station at Gamble Garden’s Second Saturday Nature Hunt and Crafts in February.

If you missed us at Gamble Garden, come visit the Exploration Station at our Arbor Week festivities (details above).
We are always on the look out for cool new tree stuff to add to our collection for education lessons and various events. If you come across any of these things on the following list, we would love to take them of your hands! Contact Natalie at  natalie@canopy.org  with questions.
Other interesting seeds, pods, branches, or leaves
Engaging Youth in the Urban Forest
Are you passionate about trees, the environment, and education? Do you enjoy working with kids?

Then join us in March, as we welcome guest speaker Andra Yeghoian, the Environmental Education Coordinator for the Environmental Literacy Initiative at San Mateo County Office of Education.

Learn about the concept of “environmental literacy” and the landscape of environmental education in San Mateo County. Following the presentation you will have the opportunity to prepare as an Education Leader with Canopy, exploring the wonderful world of trees through hands-on science lessons with elementary, middle, and high school students.
Engaging Youth in the Urban Forest
Saturday, March 16, 2019
10:00am to 2:00pm
Peninsula Conservation Center
3921 E. Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto

Upcoming workshops:
Young Tree Pruning Basics | April 6
Get to Know Our Native Oaks | May 18
Celebration for Community Foresters | June

For questions, email natalie@canopy.org .

From the Canopy Blog
Tree Spotlight: Carob tree
The carob tree ( Ceratonia siliqua ) is a Mediterranean native that grows and thrives throughout California. As with many trees, carob also has medicinal and cultural significance.

Extracts from the leaves were used to treat diabetes in traditional Indian medicine and Egyptians use a carob bean pod as the hieroglyph meaning “sweet”.

In fact, it's sweet flavor makes it a common chocolate substitute! These are just some of the reasons the carob tree has been a staple in many aspects of people’s lives throughout history.

Thank you to Galyna Vakulenko of the Rhee Lab at Carnegie Institution for Science for preparing this post.

Trees in the News
Protecting monarch butterflies' winter home
The number of monarch butterflies in North America has decreased by more than 80% over the past 20 years. Researchers in Mexico are proposing a controversial experiment that could help save this at risk population from the effects of climate change and habitat destruction. Could moving hundreds of fir trees 400 meters up a mountain be the answer?

Mother oak, father time
Early explorers deemed what is now Silicon Valley, “Plain of the Oaks”. Oaks provide habitat for numerous organisms and a wealth of benefits for humans. But now, oaks account for about only 4% of canopy cover compared to 80% in 1850. What are local organizations doing to re-oak Silicon Valley, and how can you help in the efforts?

We're Hiring
Community Forestry Manager

We’re looking for a Community Forestry Manager whose primary responsibilities will include managing the Neighborhood Tree Planting program in both Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. The ideal candidate will have experience in either community organizing or urban forestry, and will develop a passion for both over time.

Help us spread the word!  We encourage Canopy friends to share the   job announcement   with folks in their network.

Calling all Los Altos Tree Champions

Our friends at GreenTown Los Altos are hoping to launching a program to plant 500 trees in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, and they are looking for a community volunteer to lead the charge.

If you or someone you know is a tree fanatic with community organizing tendencies and you live or work in the Los Altos area, contact Canopy’s Program Director, Michael Hawkins,  michael@canopy.org  and he can put you in touch with the folks at GreenTown.

February Tree Gifts & Dedications
David Longawa
In honor of Cindy and Toby Pistone

Sharon Hudak and Lee Marshall
In honor of Bill and Jess Hudak and Jim and Heather Hudak

John Bingham
In memory of Lunetta Bingham

Maika Horjus and Jim Puls
In honor of Canopy staff and board

David and Trish Collins
In memory of Charlie Bakhash
Healthy Trees Make Healthy Communities!
Gifts from generous people like you help Canopy plant trees, educate children and adults, and foster sustainable environmental stewardship. 
Join us as a monthly supporter today!

Together we’ll ensure that everyone enjoys the benefits of a
vibrant urban canopy.
Bay Area Green Business

 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.