Mountain View Tree Plantings and Eco-Schoolyards

Mountain View Tree Plantings

In 2016, Canopy launched our first tree plantings in Mountain View at Graham and Crittenden Middle Schools, partnering with school staff and families to install over 34 trees and 259 understory plants, bringing greenery and much needed shade to the two campuses.

Tree plantings will continue at the two campuses, with more schools within the Mountain View Whisman School District added down the line. We are thankful for our partner, Mountain View Trees, for working with us to bring more trees and nature to Mountain View schools.

Eco-Schoolyards for Mountain View Kids and Beyond

In partnership with Living Classroom, Eco-Schoolyards is an initiative that will create model ecological schoolyards at Graham and Crittenden Middle Schools, eventually leading to eco-schoolyards on all Mountain View Whisman School District campuses.

Canopy is grateful to Inspire Mountain View organizers and funders for selecting Eco-Schoolyards as an InspireMV grantee, and helping us bring this project to life.

Empowering Students and Communities  

Eco-schoolyards will empower students and residents as environmental stewards within their communities, inspiring a deeper understanding of how a sustainable and healthy living environment can be supported through habitat biodiversity in schools and throughout our community.

Eco-Schoolyards Habitat Creation and Education

Eco-schoolyards innovatively combines habitat-creation with hands-on student education and engagement:

  1. Habitat building: will plant 100 trees and 790 other native plants, over 12 months.
  2. Science lessons and learning tools: middle school teachers and students will be trained in eco-schoolyard online citizen science apps such as: iNaturalist, Monarch Watch, Nature’s Notebook, eBird, Merlin, and the Cavity Nester Recovery Program.
  3. Public workshops and interpretive signs: community members will benefit from the eco-schoolyards through residential access, public workshops and large, permanent educational signs in front of the school along Castro Street at Graham and Rock Street at Crittenden for maximum visibility.

For more information about the program contact Program Director, Michael Hawkins, at 650-964-6110 ext. 1 or

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