As part of Canopy’s Tree Walk program, we are thrilled to introduce the new Interactive Tree Walk Guide series. The Tree Walk program consists of neighborhood tree walk routes throughout Palo Alto, Mountain View, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park. It offers a wonderful opportunity to observe and learn about trees in your neighborhood and their role in creating healthy, vibrant communities. 

In response to Covid-19, we have paused our in-person arborist-led tree walks. Instead, we bring our tree walks to your phone to encourage community members to spend time outdoors while learning about the trees in our neighborhood. Canopy’s new Interactive Tree Walk Guides provide mobile friendly maps that help you navigate and find the trees quickly, along with images, videos, and information about each tree to help you learn how they benefit our ecosystem. Thank you to Canopy’s interns Veronica Weber and Max Klotz, as well as Board Member Maria Chai, for their work on this project. 

The first in this series is the Palo Verde neighborhood in Palo Alto. We’d love for you to try it and share your feedback.
First Online Community Forestry School 
Cohort Completes Training
Congratulations to our 2020 Community Forestry School students for completing their training online! Over eight weeks, these 53 students dug into tree biology and identification, tree planting and tree care methods, tree health assessment, and advocacy. To complement the online classes, students participated in socially-distanced outdoor fieldwork to gain hands-on practice.

This was Canopy’s second Community Forestry School cohort and the first group to take the course online. We hope they continue to be advocates and change-makers for urban forests!
More Trees Please Webinar Series -
Recordings & Resources
We were excited to welcome over 800 attendees for Canopy’s first-ever webinar series, “More Trees Please” this summer and fall. The online sessions offered guidance from Bay Area experts on ways to ensure resilient urban forests, and providing useful tools to decision-makers, from elected officials to city planners, arborists, tree growers, and landscape architects. If you missed them, check out the recordings and resources:


We will be back in spring with more webinars. Stay tuned!
The health and well-being of our volunteers, staff, and community are of the utmost importance to us at Canopy. We take fieldwork safety protocols seriously and update them regularly to ensure that they comply fully with the latest public health guidelines.
 
Learn more about Canopy’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and how we have adapted our programming.
Your gift for community trees doubled this fall!
Today, nature in our cities is needed more than ever—to sustain our health and well-being, give every child a green space to play, and nurture climate-resilient neighborhoods.

But community trees need community care, especially now as cities and counties tighten their budgets.

This fall, Canopy is grateful to announce that eight generous funders have come together to MATCH every gift through December 31st, up to a total of $52,000.

Together, we can keep urban forests growing, and ensure that everyone can step outside to walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees. Please join us!
Community News
For the past seven weeks, Canopy and partners from East Palo Alto and Palo Alto have hosted wishing trees at eight local sites. We are delighted that many people participated in this event and shared their wishes. A total of 232 wishes were added to the trees, all of which we have collected and sent to Reykjavik, Iceland, to be placed in the Wishing Well of the Imagine Peace Tower.
It is said that when you wish hard enough and believe in your wish, then it will come true. But when we share our visions and take action together, anything is possible. This was indeed the case for one very happy community member from East Palo Alto, who left a wish on the Jack Farrell tree for the parks to reopen in East Palo Alto. Our staff sent this wish to a city contact to see if they could help it come true, and lo and behold! The next day, the parks were open.

We thank all of our community members for participating in this fantastic community event, and we hope that everyone’s wishes come true sooner rather than later.
Webinar recording: Green Streets for Sustainable Communities Symposium 
This symposium, organized by the Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities, brought together diverse stakeholders to explore how to better design, fund, build, and maintain streets to optimize performance on many dimensions. It was a fantastic line-up and we highly recommend these sessions. If you missed attending it, click here to view the recording.
Apply for Canopy Internship!
Canopy is currently accepting applications for a part-time Community Educator Internship. The intern will be responsible for building Canopy’s new Interactive Tree Walk Guide program, which encourages residents to learn about and enjoy trees in their neighborhood.

We are looking for candidates who have experience in environmental science research, GIS systems, database management, computer technology, digital marketing, or online learning.
Recent Tree Gifts, Grantors, and Match Funders

Tree Gifts
Emily Walling
In honor of Maria Chai

Anita Chan
In honor of Maria Chai
Grantors
A huge thank you to the Morgan Family Foundation for their dedicated support of Canopy’s High School Internship programs. 

Our deepest thanks to Canopy’s generous matching grant funders:
Meryl and Rob Selig
Matthieu Devin and Catherine Grange
Law-Sun Community Fund
Mary Dateo
Kammy Lo and Kowsik Guruswamy
Anonymous (3)
Your support is truly transformative! 
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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.