In California, 80% of the population lives in urban areas, making city trees a vital part of daily life. What exactly is an urban forest and what does it do for us? What is happening with trees at the regional and local scale, and what is our role in stewarding this valuable environmental resource?
Join Canopy’s new Community Forestry School to dive into the fundamentals of urban forestry and learn about the ways you can bring the benefits of trees to local communities!
Each workshop will include an in-depth session on key topics of urban forestry and will conclude with an optional training to equip you with skills to work with us side-by-side to remedy local inequities in tree canopy cover and access to urban nature. Some topics include:
- Policies and practices that shape the urban forest of the Midpeninsula
- Greening school campuses to promote environmental literacy among the next generation
- Citizen Science and re-oaking Silicon Valley
- Tree selection and planting methods for proper establishment and survival of city trees
- Advocacy efforts, resources, and master plans that support the urban forest
Fall Workshop Schedule:
Community Forestry 101
Saturday, August 25
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: 3921 E Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Learn the fundamentals of urban forestry and ways to be involved in Canopy’s programs.
Engaging Youth in the Urban Forest
Saturday, September 22
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Learn about the landscape of environmental education in California and train to be an education volunteer at Canopy.
Native Oaks & Citizen Science
Saturday, October 6
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Learn about the history and ecology of native oaks in California and train to be a Citizen Scientist to survey native oaks in Palo Alto.
Tree Planting Basics
Saturday, November 3
Time: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Dig in and practice techniques for planting trees in an urban landscape.
Celebration for Community Foresters
Saturday, December 8
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Gather with community members, friends, and neighbors as we thank our volunteers--you!--for learning and working with us!
To support the cost of this workshop series, there is a suggested donation of $15 per workshop.