20 Years of Canopy
Happy NeighborWoods Month!
Trees make great neighbors.
Every October, communities across the country celebrate their arboreal neighbors by planting and tending community trees.
National NeighborWoods Month
Plant Trees with Canopy!
School Tree Planters
Graham Middle School
Trees and Understory Planting
This Saturday, October 8, 8:45am - 12pm
1175 Castro Street, Mountain View
Sign up
With the help of school families and our new partners at the Mountain View Whisman School District, we'll plant 8 new trees and 150 native landscape plants on the Graham school campus. Sign up online or email uriel@canopy.org with questions.
P.S. We still need a few planting leaders! If you can help out, email uriel@canopy.org.
Neighborhood Planting Duo
Sister Neighborhood Tree Plantings
Part 1: University Village, East Palo Alto
Saturday, October 22, 9am - 12pm
Part 2: Midtown Neighborhood, Palo Alto
Saturday, October 29, 9am - 12pm 
Join the fun
This two-part volunteer series is a chance to meet neighbors and friends from Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.
Canopy is proud to serve the Mid-Peninsula's diverse communities, and actively seeks ways to bring together people of all backgrounds to work towards a common goal: green, healthy neighborhoods!
We encourage volunteers to join us for both days to support this joint community effort. Email uriel@canopy.org or sign up online to volunteer.
Veterans and Canopy vols plant a tree
Veterans Day Tree Planting
Friday, November 11 (time TBD)
Menlo Park VA Facility, 795 Willow Road
Sign up
Join Canopy to honor and serve local veterans by planting and caring for trees with them on the campus of the Menlo Park VA facility.  Exact time and meeting location will be announced soon. To receive updates, email elise@canopy.org.  
More coming up at Canopy...
Japanese maple - one of many trees on the new midtown route_
Tree Walk: New Midtown route debuts this Sunday!
"Myths and Mythbusters: Surprising Tree Facts and Urban Forest Legends"
SUNDAY, October 9, 10am - 12pm
On this SUNDAY tree walk, join Kathy Alford, expert arborist (and Canopy volunteer extraordinaire!), to explore the trees of Midtown on a brand new tree walk route.
We'll encounter a delightful range of tree species, discuss surprising tree facts, and debunk common tree myths. Full details on Canopy's calendar.
Ginkgos go gold for autumn
Tree Walk: "Fall into Color"
Saturday, November 12, 10am-12pm
Begins at Palo Alto Civic Center Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto
Join Canopy and tree expert Dave Dockter, Planning Arborist for the City of Palo Alto, as we amble through the University South neighborhood and admire Palo Alto's diverse fall foliage.
We'll encounter species like the Autumn Gold Ginkgo, Raywood Ash, Chitalpa 'Morning Cloud,' Western Catalpa, and more. Full details on Canopy's calendar.
This will be the last in Canopy's special 20th anniversary tree walk series. But don't worry--since the themes were such a hit this year, we'll incorporate more themed tree walks next year. Stay tuned!
Pruning fun
Workshop: Young Tree Pruning
Saturday, December 10, 9am - 1:30pm
Location TBA
Join us
Join Canopy's Team of Citizen Pruners!
In this free, interactive workshop you'll learn the art, science, and skill of young tree pruning with Canopy's Program Director, Michael Hawkins, and other expert arborists.  You'll also join a wonderful team of pruning volunteers that help maintain young trees throughout the community.
Learn more or sign up here. Email michael@canopy.org with questions.
From the Desk of the Executive Director
My End-of-Day Ritual
From the desk of Executive Director Catherine Martineau
One of my favorite things is thanking our donors.  It's usually the last thing I do before going home. It gives me the opportunity to end the day thinking about the generous friends who make our work possible, and I leave the office with my heart filled with gratitude.
But sometimes, as happened recently, we receive anonymous gifts with no way to convey our deep appreciation for the donors' inspiring generosity. My heart still fills with gratitude, and I wish I could say thank you.
So today, I'd like to thank all of our wonderful donors: those we know personally, those we haven't met yet, and those who choose to remain anonymous, all of them very thoughtful.  Thank you for your financial support and for the trust you place in us.
At Canopy, we envision a day when every resident of the Mid-Peninsula can walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees.
Because of you, we're bringing this vision to life:
Because of you, barren schoolyards are transformed into vibrant green environments full of nature and life.

Because of you, generations to come will live amidst a thriving urban forest that nurtures wellbeing, prosperity, and quality of life.

Because of you, thousands of children discover the wonder of trees, learning to cherish and steward their environment and community.

As I end my day, I will think of you and all that you make possible.

With utmost gratitude,

Community Happenings
Exploring nature through art
Creative Ecology at the Art Center: In the Field with Mari Andrews
Saturdays: Oct. 8, 15, and 22, 2pm-4pm
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road
(Short tree walks at 2:15pm and 3:15pm)
A partnership between the Palo Alto Art Center and the Junior Museum and Zoo , Creative Ecology engages artists, educators, and the larger community to experience the deep connections between art and science.
On October 8th, 15th, and 22nd, artist-in-residence Mari Andrews invites visitors of all ages to explore the natural environment around the art center, offering opportunities to create art and investigate scientific concepts.
Canopy is excited to partner with Creative Ecology with short "mini tree walks" at 2:15pm and 3:15pm. C ome join the fun!
Urban Forests Book Cover
"Urban Forests" Book Talk with author Jill Jonnes
Monday, October 10, 7-8:30pm
80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco
Our colleagues at Friends of the Urban Forest in San Francisco will host author Jill Jonnes at BestBooks West Portal in San Francisco. Jonnes will discuss her new book,  "Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape."
Say Hello to our new Education Manager!
Meet Natalie Brubacker
We're thrilled to welcome Natalie Brubaker to the Canopy team as our new Education Manager!
Natalie brings a wealth of education experience and a passion for exploring trees and nature with people of all ages.  We asked her to share a bit about herself:
How did you get into environmental education?
When I was an undergraduate in Environmental Studies at Emory University, I had a professor who introduced me to the concept of "sense of place"--how a person feels about a particular area through knowledge of the flora and fauna, history, and shared experiences with other people.
I believe that personal connection to our community enables us to zoom out and relate to issues of global significance. My main drive has been to offer people, especially children, opportunities to explore their local ecosystem and learn from others in their community.
I continued studying place-based education in my master's degree program in Ecological Teaching and Learning at Lesley University, and have been working as an environmental educator ever since.
What were you up to before coming to Canopy?
This summer my husband and I moved to Palo Alto so that he could begin a doctoral program in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. We drove across the country from Massachusetts, and stopped along the way in British Columbia where we spent two months working on my aunt and uncle's farm.
Prior to our move, I was the Farm & Landscape Educator at a historic estate outside of Boston. It was a newly created position and I had the chance to design farm education programs for all ages. Before that, I was the Director of After School Programs at an elementary school in Boston for six years.
What are you most excited about in your new role?
I am excited to teach people about trees! I have a lifelong affinity with trees, always learning about and identifying them wherever I am. I'm eager to work with the Teen Urban Foresters, since that was the age at which I began to recognize trees as a grounding force for my own sense of place in my hometown of Decatur, GA. 
Additionally, everyone I've met at Canopy--the staff, board members, and volunteers--have been very welcoming and supportive, and I'm excited to work with such a wonderful group of people!
Natalie will oversee Canopy's growing youth programs, including our tree-centric school lessons and Teen Urban Foresters, as well as community education programs like tree walks and workshops. You'll see her at many of our community events, so be sure to say hello! Email Natalie.
Kudos to our newest Planting Leaders!
New Planting Leaders_
Thank you and congratulations to our newest Canopy Planting Leaders!
This intrepid team of 20 volunteers learned the ins-and-outs of tree planting during our Planting Leader Training at Bol Park in September--and conquered some very tough digging!
Now they're ready to guide other volunteers during community tree planting events, and help create greener, healthier communities.
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A big thank you to everyone who makes our work possible!
Trees in the News
Tree Books
Tree Reads for Fall
In addition to Jill Jonnes' Urban Forests book (see "Community Happenings"above), tree-loving bibliophiles may want to leaf through these newly published tree texts:
"A forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other."
The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona Stafford.
"A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings."
Phytophthora on an oak
The Fight against Phytophthora
Last month, the Palo Alto Weekly ran a series of important articles about Phytophthora, a waterborne mold that causes a deadly "root rot" in woody plants and trees.
The disease first appeared in the U.S. in the early 2000's and has since spread throughout California and some 21 states.
Locally, several species of Phytophthora are impacting Bay Area wildlands and urban settings alike. Nurseries, conservationists, and plant experts are calling for swift measures to contain Phytophthora and protect native ecosystems.
Thank you for giving the gift of trees
September Tree Gifts and Dedications
Since September 1, 2016
Roxy and Michelle Rapp
in memory of John Shenk
Miriam Cespedes
in memory of E. Yanosh Alt
Special thanks to recent Sponsors and Grantors:
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