Our programs protect and grow the urban forest to create greener, healthier communities for everyone. Our 2014 goals became reality through the hard work and dedication of our our staff, volunteers, supporters, and planting leaders.
We are not only planting trees; we are transforming communities by growing an urban forest that provides life-giving benefits. Our approach is multifaceted: by connecting and engaging institutions, communities and individuals we build human networks that support urban trees. In 2014, we:
Our approach to tree planting and care relies on community engagement. The benefits of this approach are numerous:
School trees provide rich opportunities for students to explore and learn about urban nature that surrounds them. In 2014, Canopy successfully piloted hands-on, grade-specific lessons for 27 classrooms in the Ravenswood City and Palo Alto Unified School Districts. The lessons provide students with powerful learning experiences that engage their minds, bodies, and senses, igniting curiosity about the natural world. Canopy also engaged 6 high school students this year through service learning internships, providing stipends, job training, and leadership experience. The youth provide regular tree care—weeding, mulching and pruning—helping young trees thrive. In the process, they make connections between trees, nature, and their own communities, and learn the importance of caring for the urban environment.