Tree planning and planting, tree care, hands-on learning, and environmental education are at the core of Canopy’s programs.

Tree Planting: Canopy’s tree planting program concentrates on improving Palo Alto’s schools and the environment of East Palo Alto (EPA) and its schools. Canopy provides tree design plans, maintenance plans (including irrigation systems) and tree sourcing. The program culminates in community tree planting days when volunteers plant trees and learn about Canopy’s commitment to growing and protecting our urban forest.

Tree Care: Every newly planted tree needs mindful tending to establish a healthy structure for an urban setting.  For young trees, our tree care program provides service through staff oversight, EPA youth employment monitoring, volunteer tree care days, and community education. For mature trees, Canopy provides education and organizes volunteer tree maintenance days to maintain healthy roots and trunks.

Education and Outreach: Canopy offers education for adults and kids in a variety of formats:  Tree plantings, tree walks, tree care workshops, special events, and information disseminated through our website and newsletters. To cultivate future generations of urban forest stewards, we also provide a variety of interactive school-based programs to educate K-12 students to understand the vast benefits of trees (environmental, social, and economic), develop tree care literacy, and deepen student appreciation and awareness of trees.

Advocacy: Canopy speaks for the trees through all of its work and provides consultation to cities, school districts, and organizations.

Community Services: We strengthen city programs, educate the community, and mentor other urban forestry organizations and initiatives. We also provide tree advice to help residents select the right tree, care for it properly and preserve mature tree canopy. 

“The scope of what Canopy does is stupendous, everything from inventorying native oaks to conducting neighborhood tree walks, but there’s never any loss of focus on its mission of protecting Palo Alto’s trees.

~ Sue Thiemann,
Canopy Volunteer