20 Years of Canopy
March 2017 TreEnews
Happy California Arbor Week!
Celebrate Arbor Week
March 7-14 is California Arbor Week!
Celebrate trees with Canopy...
Join the festival fun
Community Arbor Day Festival
Saturday, March 11, 10am - 2pm
Mitchell Park Multi-Use Bowl
600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto 
Join the fun
Celebrate in style with live music, roped tree climbing, bucket truck rides, tree crafts, food trucks, artisan vendors, and tree-tastic fun for all ages!
Workshop Series
Arbor Day Workshop Mini-Series
Saturday, March 11, starts at 10:30am
Mitchell Park Multi-Use Bowl
600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto 
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This year's Arbor Day Festival will feature a workshop "mini-series" presented by acclaimed Bay Area tree experts:
Kevin Raftery
10:30 AM - All About Fruit Trees
with Kevin Raftery, arborist and horticultural expert
Explore fruit tree selection, pruning, and more so that you can reap the benefits of a well cared-for fruit tree.
Igor Lacan
11:30 AM - Tree Risk Assessment for Homeowners
with Dr. Igor Lacan, UC Extension Urban Forestry Advisor
Ever wondered if a tree is "safe"? We'll look at "the body language of trees" to understand potential tree defects and hazards.
Walter Passmore
12:30 PM - Planning a Greener Future for Palo Alto
with Walter Passmore, Urban Forester for City of Palo Alto
Learn more about Palo Alto's progress infusing trees into the City's long-term vision, and explore the measurable benefits of trees in the urban landscape.
Arbor Day Festival Fun
...and check out other local tree tributes!
Mountain View Arbor Day Celebration
City of Mountain View Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, March 11, 10:15am - 1pm
Community Center & Rengstorff Park
201 S. Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View
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City of Mountain View and Mountain View Trees will celebrate California Arbor Week with tree-themed book readings, a tree walk in Rengstorff park, booths and activities from local partners, a tree climbing demo, and a tree give-away for Mountain View residents!
Artist Mari Andrews
"Creative Ecology" walkthrough and reception with artist Mari Andrews
Friday, March 17, 7pm
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
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Join the Palo Alto Art Center for a walkthrough and reception celebrating the residency of artist Mari Andrews.
"Mari Andrews is a constant collector," the Art Center describes, "identifying objects both natural and man-made in her sculptures and installations. In her residency at local parks and around the Art Center, visitors of all ages have the opportunity to make art, investigate scientific concepts, and explore the natural open-space environment."
A preview for Art Center members will begin at 6pm. Public reception at 7pm.
More Coming up at Canopy  
Plant trees at Cubberley
Tree Planting: Cubberley Community Day, Palo Alto
Saturday, March 25, 9am - 12pm
Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 
Sign up
Join Canopy, the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, City of Palo Alto, and resident Cubberley organizations for a day of fun and service at this hidden Palo Alto gem.  Plant and care for trees with Canopy, check out performances, and visit open artist studios.
Midtown tree walk
Tree Walk: Midtown Neighborhood
Saturday, April 8, 10am - 12pm
Meet at Hoover Park Tennis Courts
2901 Cowper Street, Palo Alto
The March tree walk will be folded into our Arbor Day Festival celebration, but we're back to our usual schedule in April, when we'll t ake a walk with arborist Herb Fong to explore the trees of Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood.
On Canopy's newest tree walk route, we'll encounter a diverse array of tree species, including the Silk Tree, Scarlet Oak, Carob, Australian Tea Tree, and more.
Learn the art of pruning
Workshop: Citizen Pruner Training
Part 1: Sat. May 6, 9am - 1:30pm
Part 2: Sat. May 13, 9am - 12pm 
Location TBD
Learn more
Join Canopy's Citizen Pruning Corps!
In this free, interactive workshop series, you'll learn the art, science, and skill of young tree pruning. You'll also join a dynamic team of pruning volunteers that help maintain young trees throughout the community.
Community Happenings  
Trees to Plant Now
"Trees to Plant Now" Canopy talk at Gamble Garden
Thursday, April 6, 1-3pm
Gamble Garden (Carriage House)
1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto 
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Ever struggled to decide what tree is right for your yard? You're not alone! Canopy has been helping Palo Alto residents plant the right tree in the right place for over 20 years.
On April 6th, Canopy staff Michael Hawkins and Elise Willis, both certified arborists, will present a talk for Gamble Garden about the top 10 trees to plant now for our area, along with tree-specific tips for selection, planting, and maintenance.
There is a $45 fee for general admission, or $35 for Gamble Garden members. Canopy members and friends are also eligible for the reduced price.
Earth Day Festival and Great Race for Saving Water
Saturday, April 22, 9am start
Baylands Athletic Center
1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto
Learn more
Join City of Palo Alto and community partners at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5k fun run/walk and family-friendly Earth Day Festival! Come say hello to us at the Canopy table while you enjoy music, earth day activities, and outdoor fun for everyone.
Women's Day Spotlight
Remembering Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai
Happy International Womens Day! Today, Canopy is remembering a woman who serves as an example of courage, compassion, and persistence for women around the world.
Wangari Maathai founded The Green Belt Movement, transforming local communities and empowering Kenyan women by planting trees.
Canopy was honored to  welcome Wangari Maathai to East Palo Alto in 2006. Her global legacy and impact continues to inspire us today.
Wangari Maathai

Trees in the News
Felix Finkbeiner
Meet the teen who's planting a trillion trees globally
Felix Finkbeiner's passion for tree-planting began with a 4th-grade class project about climate change. Finkbeiner was concerned about the fate of his favorite animal, the polar bear, but he soon learned that the consequences of climate change were much larger.
"I realized it's not really about the polar bear, it's about saving humans," Finkbeiner explains. After learning about Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai, Finkbeiner decided he would plant trees. And plant he did.
Today, Finkbeiner is 19. He founded and heads up Plant-for-the-Planet, collaborates with the UN, and inspires kids--and adults--around the world to take action.
The wisdom of trees
A celebration of tree wisdom and stories from National Geographic
In a beautifully photographed piece from its March 2017 issue, National Geographic introduces us to 12 trees from around the world that inspire us, enlighten us, and entwine themselves in our lives and cultures.
Ancient Oaks
Tree survey reveals England has more ancient oaks than anywhere else in Europe
Tree historians in England have completed a survey, revealing that the English countryside is home to 3,400 ancient oaks--more than anywhere else in Europe. Most are 400-600 years old, but some are as old as 1,000 years.
As the UK Independent explains, the survival of these venerable trees is intimately related to England's political and economic history.
February Tree Gifts and Dedications
Since February 1, 2016
Laurie Jarrett
in memory of Jim Jarrett
Carolyn Kornberg
in memory of Harry Burmeister
Judy Koch
in recognition of Marty Deggeller
Amanda Martin
in honor of Marty Deggeller's efforts
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