Imagine a girl walking outside her 5th grade classroom, ready for some exercise and fun during recess. As she walks to the playground, the heat is stifling, and she has to shield her eyes from the sun. Looking around, she sees no trees, no shade, just the asphalt blacktop, harsh and unwelcoming.
That’s the case at some schools in our community, but it doesn’t have to be this way. In 2014, Canopy completed phase one of Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids!, planting 1,000 shade trees and fruit trees, engaging youth in hands-on nature activities, and transforming streets and schoolyards with the life-giving benefits of trees.
Today, we have the chance to create more tree-filled schools and neighborhoods. School districts in East Palo Alto, Mountain View, and Redwood City have asked Canopy to bring our unique combination of tree planting, tree care, and youth engagement to their communities.
To make this possible, we’ve launched Growing the Canopy, a campaign to raise $600,000 from individual donors to fund this next phase of Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! Together, we’ll:
Wealthy neighborhoods are lush with trees, poor areas are not. This is not just a matter of aesthetics; trees are a matter of public health and environmental equity.
Over the last ten years, Canopy has worked to bring trees into nature-poor neighborhoods and schools in East Palo Alto by partnering with community members, city staff, and school communities.
Thanks to the success of these efforts, the school districts in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Mountain View have invited Canopy to participate in long-range facilities planning, and to lead campus-wide tree plantings in new areas.
They’ve seen how our work transforms barren school grounds into green, welcoming campuses. We’re making plans to take advantage of this exciting opportunity, but we need your help to put our plans into action.
“Our new trees have directly contributed to making our school more conducive to education and learning. The healthy trees have positively affected the morale of our entire school community, which correlates to overall academic results.”
– Gina Sudaria, Principal, Costano Elementary School
That’s why Canopy commits to at least three years of care for each tree we plant.
We also train students, teachers, and neighbors as local tree stewards. In low-income neighborhoods and public schools, we often provide a full five years of care. This ensures that trees are successfully established and can thrive on their own.
Because of our rigorous tree care practices, Canopy trees have one of the highest survival rates in the nation for urban tree planting.
“Nearly all of the 1,000 trees planted five years ago are thriving. That’s a rarity in urban forestry, a real testament to Canopy’s hard work.”
– Lara Roman, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service
At at time when schools increasingly lack funds for outdoor science education, Canopy’s hands-on lessons offer profound opportunities for kids to plant, tend, and connect with their own campus trees.
Our curriculum meets state Common Core and Next Generation Science standards, integrating key scientific concepts with an opportunity for kids to care for nature in their own backyard.
At the forefront of Canopy’s work with youth are the Teen Urban Foresters. These high school students from low-income areas serve as stewards and leaders in urban greening. As young advocates for the urban forest, these teens participate in every facet of Canopy’s planting programs, and improve their community in tangible ways.
Through in-depth encounters with nearby nature, Canopy sparks kids’ curiosity and inspires a new generation of environmental stewards.
“Our students are acquiring on-the-job life skills with Canopy. They are learning to care for the environment where they live and to be leaders in their community. It would be fantastic if more students could participate.”
– Chris Bischof, Principal, Eastside College Preparatory School
Canopy’s current income sources provide half of what we need to complete Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids!. The other half depends on you! Our goal is to raise $600,000 from individual donors to make this project a reality.
Questions? Contact Maika Horjus, Communications & Development Manager:
email@example.com or 650-964-6110 x5
$100,000 and above
Susan Ellis and Mark Linton
$75,000 – $99,999
Angela and David Filo – Yellow Chair Foundation
$25,000 – $74,999
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn*
$10,000 – $24,999
David and Trish Collins
Marty and Judy Deggeller
Matthieu Devin and Catherine Granger
Laurie T. Jarrett
Georgia and Alan Rittenberg
Don and Anne Vermeil
$5,000 – $9,999
Riyad and Suzanne Abu-Sharr
Janice Brody and Bruce Rule
Ruben and Barbara Green
Joe and Bette Hirsch
Kammy Lo and Kowsik Guruswamy
Sally O’Neil and Ken Bencala
Roger Smith and Judy Kay
Wen Shu Tang
$2,500 – $4,999
Matthew Bahls and Jess Weare
James F. and Wendy Cook
Larry Klein and Milbrey McLaughlin
Linda and Ted Schlein*
$1,000 – $2,499
Kathleen Bennett and Tom Malloy
Kate and Robert Disney
John and Nancy Cassidy
Jesse and Kristin Herzog
Bruce Gee and Jane Alhouse Gee
Marilyn Keller and Jeff Greenfield
Catherine and Pierre Martineau
Fred and Kirstin Nichols
Girvin and Lesley Peters
Carol and Reinhart Ruescher
Meryl and Robert Selig
Lisa Van Dusen and John Kelley
$500 – $999
Robert Hall and Susan Woodward*
Anwyn Hurxthal and Dan Collins
Jeff Koseff and Thalia Anagnos
Geoff and Jeanine Paulsen
Doria Summa and Robert Phillips*
Jeffrey and Jeanese Snyder*
Bart and Nancy Westcott*
$250 – $499
Lee and Amy Christel*
Jeannette Cosby and Glenn Skinner*
Dexter and Jean Dawes*
Joanne Koltnow and Ray Applebaum*
Stan and Suzanne Mantell*
$250 – $499 (cont.)
Nicki and Pete Moffat*
Leslie and Doug Murphy Chutorian*
Up to $249
Matthew Austern and Janet Lafler
Megan and Harris Barton*
Bern Beecham and Cheryl Lathrop
Dave and Flo Braker*
Ellen and Marc Brown*
Judith Fan and Robert Reay*
Elspeth Farmer and Jamie Rappaport*
Larry and Carol Fisher*
Teena and Mike James*
Ben LeNail and Laurie Yoler
Marion and Erick Mack*
Susan Schaps and Rob Shelton*
Holly Welstein and Stuart Rajstaczer
Elise and Trent Willis
* Gifts in honor of Canopy’s founding arborist, Kevin Raftery