About Us

Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most.

Our mission is to bring the life-giving benefits of trees to the schools, neighborhoods, and public spaces of the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula.

Our vision is a day when every resident of the Mid-Peninsula can step outside to walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees.

Read about Canopy’s impact and recent accomplishments.

Canopy’s “SPARK” approach involves:

  • Stewardship: Our rigorous approach to tree care and maintenance—always engaging the community—ensures high rates of tree survival and longevity.
  • Planting: Using precise tree planting techniques we ensure healthy, long-lived trees.
  • Advocacy: We uphold and promote policies and funding that protect trees and promote a healthy urban forest.
  • Relationships: Our dynamic partnerships with communities, municipalities, schools and peer organizations protect and promote trees.
  • Knowledge: We create life-long environmental stewards through exploration and education about trees and tree care.

Canopy’s diverse programs include:

  • Tree Planting: Expanding our urban forest. Canopy recently completed a major initiative to plant 1,000 trees on underserved school campuses. Now we’re working on the next thousand.
  • Tree Care: Tending our young and mature community trees.
  • Tree Walks: Inspiring people of all ages to explore and appreciate the urban forest.
  • Events and Workshops: Engaging the community and sharing the latest in arboriculture science.
  • Youth Engagement and School Programs: Inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.
  • Urban Forest Advocacy: Working with public and private agencies to protect our forest as a whole.
  • Community Services: Providing guidance and advice for City of Palo Alto programs, and mentoring other organizations.

Canopy manages all these programs with a small professional staff, dedicated board, community partners, and hundreds of volunteers. Read more about Canopy’s approach in our Strategic Plan Summary

As a professional organization engaged in national and local best practices, we are proud to be partners with Cal Fire, California ReLeaf, and the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT).

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If you have been a volunteer, supporter, or recipient of our work, please write a review about us on Great Nonprofits, or join our Facebook community to share your experience with others.


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“Canopy does an excellent job of thinking honestly about how they can best improve the communities they serve.” 

– John Melvin, State Urban Forester, CA Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection

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