Join the Celebration!
A virtual benefit celebrating the power of community and trees
Thursday, June 24, 2021
5:30 PM
Virtual Event
This summer, Canopy begins our 25th year digging in with Midpeninsula residents to grow healthy trees and healthy communities.

Join us Thursday, June 24, as we gather online for Planting Hope, Growing Resilience, a virtual celebration and fundraiser to kick things off! Together, we’ll explore the power of nature to sustain our communities, connect us more deeply, and illuminate what’s possible when we act together with hope.
Our Featured Speaker
Dr. Gretchen C. Daily, celebrated author, ecologist, global thought leader, and Stanford professor
Also Featuring:
  • Hosts Laura Martinez, formerly East Palo Alto’s youngest serving and first Latina mayor, and Bresy Pedraza-Perez, Canopy Teen Urban Forester alumna and East Palo Alto high school student
  •  A guided exploration of our urban forests’ hidden treasures
  • Local artwork giveaway by artist Patricia Larenas
  • Canopy planting site visits
  • And more!
General Admission is free, but registration is required - we'd love to see you there!
Support or sponsor the event and your gift will grow resilient, tree-filled communities. A huge thank you to our generous donors!

Join a robust network of corporate, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders working to advance public health and environmental equity.

Farewell, Elise!
This month we bid a fond farewell to Elise Willis, Canopy's Tree Programs Director, as she returns to her home state to enroll as a graduate student at the University of Florida.

Elise joined Canopy in 2015 on a special projects contract to implement Palo Alto's Urban Forest Master Plan. In 2016 she joined the staff as a full-time Community Forestry Coordinator and since then has worked her way through the ranks of our Tree Programs staff.

Elise's leadership, tree expertise, and artistic talents made her a beloved member of our Canopy team and one that will be greatly missed. Best wishes to Elise and her husband, Trent, as they make their new home in Florida, and good luck as she continues her education!
Join the Team
Canopy is currently accepting applications for a Community Forestry Coordinator responsible for overseeing the Branching Out Program to bring community trees to East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, and North Fair Oaks under the direction of Canopy’s Tree Programs Senior Manager.
Summer applications are now open for our Teen Urban Forestry (TUF) program! This paid internship opportunity is for students who reside or attend high school in East Palo Alto or east Menlo Park.

Beyond learning marketable skills and gaining job experience, the TUFs work together to improve their community in tangible ways and bring the life-giving benefits of trees to local schools, parks, and neighborhoods.

Our summer cohort starts soon, so apply today! If you know an eligible high school student who might be interested, please pass this along. Learn more and apply at our website.
Canopy Artist-in-Residence
We're excited to announce a new artistic partnership with Patricia Larenas, a talented Bay Area artist that shares our passion for trees. With work from her latest series of tree portraits (seen below), Patricia uses her art to capture iconic trees and inspire others to help preserve these impressive species.

In Patricia's first project as Artist-in-Residence, we've commissioned a new tree portrait of "Lucy", a local 250-year-old Valley Oak beloved by her neighbors in Palo Alto. This portrait will be given away to one lucky attendee of our June 24th Planting Hope, Growing Resilience event. Register today to ensure your name is in the drawing!

Follow Patricia on Instagram (@plarenas_onpaper) to see her latest work.
The city of East Palo Alto is developing its Urban Forest Master Plan and looking for community input on how it should manage trees in the city. If you are a resident of East Palo Alto (ages 18+), please consider participating in a 15-minute survey about the trees in your neighborhood and throughout the city.

Enter by June 15th to be included in a raffle for prizes, including a free fruit tree or one of fifteen $50 prepaid Visa gift cards!
From the Blog
On the first day of summer, the average temperature in Portola Valley is 70 degrees, while just down the road in Palo Alto the average temperature is 76 degrees. Why are the temperatures in built-up areas like Palo Alto so much warmer than their rural neighbors?

The infrastructure of Bay Area cities, including our streets, roofs, and buildings, have a significant impact on the local air temperature. This phenomena of urban areas being hotter than surrounding rural areas is referred to as the urban heat island effect.
Webinar Rewatch
Did you miss our latest webinar, Greening the Outdoor Classroom: Bringing Nature to School Campuses, last month? Then you're going to want to catch the recording!

We've received rave reviews for this education-focused webinar exploring ways we can increase the use of outdoor learning spaces that help alleviate mental fatigue, improve attention, and encourage hands-on learning — all of which can bolster academic performance.
Recent Tree Gifts and Grants
Tree Gifts
Carolyn and Gordon Davidson
In honor of Cooper Phillips

Mills-Peninsula Medical Group
In memory of Stuart Paley
Los Altos-Mountain View American Association of University Women
For trees benefitting the Mountain View Community
Los Altos Community Foundation for Mountain View youth education

Bosch for the Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids initiative

The Franklin and Catherine Johnson Foundation for East Palo Alto youth education

Mary A. Crocker Trust for the Teen Urban Forestry program
Interested in giving a Tree Gift? Your special gift creates a lasting legacy by planting and caring for new trees and growing a vibrant urban forest for future generations. A special thank you to everyone who has given the gift of trees.
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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.