Join Canopy for an “Oak-tastic” month of education and events.


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Oaktober Events

Oaktober Blog Series

Oaktober Links and Resources




CANCELLED: TREE WALK: Oaks of Stanford

Sun, Oct 15 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

This event has been postponed due to poor air quality. Stay tuned for a new date!

Stanford is home to a rich mosaic of trees species, including an impressive, and increasing, variety of oaks. Join expert arborist and oak specialist Dave Muffly as we explore a decade of experimentation with new oak species at Stanford.

A variety of new oak species and hybrids have been planted on the campus, including chestnut-leaved oak, Mt. Tabor’s oak, and Palestine oak. They grow alongside both mature and recently planted native trees.

This juxtaposition provides a powerful introduction to one of the hottest topics in biosciences today, the question of how to incorporate climate change adaptivity into our landscape choices.  

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TREE MEETING: City of Menlo Park Community Meeting

Thur, Oct 19 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

If you live in Belle Haven and are interested in a tree for your front yard or the planting strip in front of your home, join Mayor Kirsten Keith, Canopy, and Facebook at this upcoming community meeting.

We will have a lively discussion about private yard trees and how we can help you plant a tree in your yard. 

Learn More. 



TREE PLANTING: Kavanaugh Neighborhood, East Palo Alto

Sat, Oct 21 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

Join Canopy as we plant a new generation of street trees in East Palo Alto’s Kavanaugh neighborhood. Together we create stronger, healthier communities by bringing the life-giving benefits of trees to the places we live. Email [email protected] with questions or group volunteer inquiries.

Sign-Up to Volunteer.



TREE SURVEY: The Great Oak Count

Sat, Oct 28 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Join Canopy for the launch of the most comprehensive survey of native oaks in the bay area!

This citizen science effort will collect valuable information about our native oak population, which scientists can use to evaluate how our urban forest ecosystem has changed since Canopy first surveyed Palo Alto’s oaks over 20 years ago. During the survey, volunteers will also share oak care tips with owners, and have fun exploring areas of town that you may have never seen before!

This survey will launch in the College Terrace neighborhood, and will eventually locate and map all of Palo Alto’s oak trees. Interested in becoming a Survey Leader? You’ll receive special training and will help jumpstart these important survey efforts. Contact Elise Willis at [email protected]. Exact meeting location TBD.

Learn More. Sign-Up to Volunteer.



Check out our blog for more Oaktober fun! We’ll be posting a series of informative oak stories, including why oaks are important, oak tree care, and much more.

Oaktober: In Celebration of Oaks
How to Care for Your Native Oak
Why We Care About Oaks
The Great Oak Count



From Canopy:

The Great Oak Count: a comprehensive native oak survey in Palo Alto
OakWell Survey: native oak survey results from 1997-2001
Native Oak Tree Care: tips to prevent oak root fungus
Great Oak Count Kicks Off Saturday: article from the Palo Alto Weekly

California Native Oaks:

Blue Oak (Quercus douglasii)
Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)
Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)

Self-Guided Tree Walks with Native Oaks:

Barron Park Tree Walk
College Terrace Tree Walk
Community Center Tree Walk
Crescent Park Tree Walk
Downtown North Tree Walk
Jr. Museum and Zoo Tree Walk
Rinconada Library & Art Center Tree Walk
Old Palo Alto Tree Walk
Southgate Tree Walk


California Oak Foundation: native oak tree care and more information
International Oak Society: journal, oak database, events, and more
Re-Oaking Silicon Valley:
project details from the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)
Re-Oaking Silicon Valley: Building Vibrant Cities with Nature: 2017 oak report from SFEI
Saving the California Oaks: article from Sunset Magazine



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