School Programs

Canopy staff and volunteers engage school-age students with science-based activities to educate them about the role and value of urban forests to school-age students, working side-by-side with them to plant trees on their campus.

Canopy’s programs help children of all ages increase their knowledge and appreciation of the forest in their backyard. Urban trees take on a whole new status – one that impacts their daily lives.

Canopy’s Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids is a two year initiative that aims to improve the urban forest on school campuses and parks in underserved communities within southern San Mateo County. East Palo Alto youth will be trained and employed to conduct urban forest workshops for school-age children in their communities, as well.

Viva La Urban Forest is Canopy’s new pilot educational program, developed with grant funding through a Cal Fire Urban Forestry Education Grant. Age-specific curriculum was created for groups from kindergarten through 8th grade and includes science workshops about trees and their relationship to air, temperature and water in an urban setting. With additional funding we hope to make this an ongoing program and expand our outreach efforts.

To request a Canopy educational program for your school, contact Canopy’s Program Director at

“After doing Canopy’s tree survey, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I took for granted that street trees grow by themselves without any protection, but I learned that young tree protection is important work.”

~ Student, Asia-US
Service Learning Program