20 Years of Canopy
November TreEnews
Coming up at Canopy:
Thank veterans for their service by planting trees
Veterans Day Tree Planting
TOMORROW: Fri. Nov. 11, 9am - 12pm
Menlo Park VA, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park - Meet outside building 360
Sign up
Join Canopy to honor and serve local veterans by planting trees with them on the campus of the Menlo Park VA center.
Sign up online or email elise@canopy.org with questions.
Ginkgos go gold for autumn
Revel in fall foliage (while it lasts!):
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.
Blog post: Palo Alto's "must see" fall foliage
Every year, Dave Dockter compiles a list of must-see, fall color trees in Palo Alto. In Canopy's latest blog post, Dave shares his five favorite fall color trees of 2016, plus we take a look at the science behind nature's stunning autumn displays.
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 experienced 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 natalie@canopy.org with questions.
We're so proud of Uriel Hernandez!
Staff member recognized with Bay Nature "Local Hero" award
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We are so proud to announce that Uriel Hernandez, our Community Forestry Coordinator, has received a "Local Hero" award from Bay Nature Magazine.
Uriel was selected for the Youth Engagement award for the incredible impact he's making in his native East Palo Alto--first as a volunteer, and now as a full-time staff member spearheading Canopy's " Branching Out: Trees for East Palo Alto " initiative.
As a true "people person" and a bilingual member of the community, Uriel galvanizes East Palo Alto residents and community groups to create greener, healthier neighborhoods. Over the last year, Uriel has gone door-to-door in East Palo Alto to recruit local tree stewards. He's coordinated community tree plantings that bring together residents, volunteers, City employees, and local groups, all working together to green the community. So far, Uriel has helped residents and volunteers plant 138 new trees as part of Branching Out, with plans to plant 362 more over the next 4 years.
Congratulations, Uriel, and thank you for all your hard work!
Uriel and his fellow awardees will be recognized in March at the Bay Nature Local Hero Awards Dinner 2017. Read more from Bay Nature...
Join us! Two annual celebrations this January:
East Palo Alto ceremonial planting
2nd Annual East Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting and MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2017, 9am - 12pm
Jack Farrell Park, East Palo Alto
To RSVP, email uriel@canopy.org.
Palo Alto Ceremonial Tree Planting
21st Annual Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting and Canopy Tree Awards Ceremony
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:15 - 8pm
Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
To RSVP, email Shannon@canopy.org.
Save the Date!
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Community Arbor Day Festival
Saturday, March 11
Mitchell Park Multi-Use Bowl, Palo Alto
Highlights from the Field
Tree plantings galore during NeighborWoods month!
Greening the school campus
Graham Middle School Trees & Understory Planting (Mountain View)
We had a great time partnering with Graham Middle School and local volunteer groups on October 8th! Together, we planted 8 new trees and 150 native landscape plants on the Graham school campus.
Special thanks to Dedra Hauser, who volunteered her expertise as a landscape designer; to Kammy Lo, who helped organize the school community; to Los Altos United Methodist Church for joining us as part of their Compassion Sunday; and to the entire Graham community.
Tree planting team
University Village Neighborhood Tree Planting (East Palo Alto)
One of our biggest neighborhood tree plantings yet! On October 22nd, with help from 80+ residents and volunteers, we planted 70 new trees in East Palo Alto's University Village neighborhood, then wrapped up the day connecting with neighbors over barbecue in the park.
Special thanks to Will Schulz, our incredible tree champion who helped plan the day; to the many volunteer groups who came out; to Pit Bull Bar B Q for some delicious eats, and to City of East Palo Alto for their partnership.
Helping a new yard tree settle in
Midtown Neighborhood Tree Planting (Palo Alto)
The first official tree planting for our new south Palo Alto initiative!  In partnership with the City of Palo Alto, Canopy is exploring ways to bridge the persistent gap in tree canopy cover between the City's north and south. During a pilot tree planting on October 29, volunteers planted 19 trees, with a mix of street and private yard trees.
Special thanks to Marilyn Keller for her help reaching out to neighbors, and to the City of Palo Alto for their partnership.
Trees in the News
Avenue of trees
New report: "Planting Healthy Air"
By 2050, more than half the global population will live in cities.
In an illuminating new report, the Nature Conservancy points to trees as a powerful tool for improving public health in our increasingly urbanized world.
In particular, trees combat two key health threats: air polluted with particulate matter, and urban heat waves.
By absorbing particulate matter and other pollution, cooling the environment, and providing shade, city trees can save millions of lives.  View the full report here .
NGSS emphasizes hands-on learning
California publishes a "how to" guide for Next Generation Science Standards
Last week, the California Board of Education approved a " curriculum framework" to guide educators as they implement California's Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The NGSS, adopted in 2013, are designed to give students a hands-on, interdisciplinary learning experience, and prepare them for real-world scientific problem-solving.
Canopy is proud to deliver outdoor, tree-centric lessons that meet NGSS standards. We're excited to use the new curriculum framework as a guide to further enhance our education programs.
The science of city trees
Podcast episode: The Science of Trees in Cities
In lastest episode of Municipal Equation, a podcast all about cities, Ben Brown explores the science and economics of the urban forest.
In "The Science of Trees in Cities," Brown interviews Jill Jonnes, author of a new book about urban forests in america, as well as David Nowak, a U.S. Forest Service researcher who has devoted years to studying city trees. It's well worth a listen!
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October Tree Gifts and Dedications
Since October 1, 2016
Miriam Cespedes
in memory of E. Yanosh Alt
In Kind gifts
Special thanks to Global Steel Fabricators, Inc. for creating a custom tool for us to easily move heavy containerized trees. It's been a big help!
Special thanks to recent Sponsors and Grantors:
Generous Anonymous Donors
K2N2 Foundation
Yavanna Foundation
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