Urban deforestation is on the rise. Many of our mature public trees are in decline, creating a critical need to replenish the urban forest.
Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most, growing the urban forest and creating greener, healthier communities.
Canopy has planted several thousand trees in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park, at schools, parks, and along our city streets. Community planting events take place during the planting season: the cool, rainy months from October through March. Grants, fundraisers, membership, and donations support our planting efforts.
Planting projects require extensive coordination between Canopy staff, City or School District staff, and volunteers. We work closely with partners such as the Palo Alto and East Palo Alto Public Works Departments and local school districts. Canopy manages all aspects from project conception to implementation. This includes designing planting plans, selecting and ordering trees, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, and training Canopy Planting Leaders to supervise volunteer groups in proper planting methods.
Canopy engages and educates volunteers of all ages at community tree planting events. Planting volunteers learn about tree planting techniques during educational demonstrations, then work in teams to dig holes, plant trees, and install stakes to protect young trees. Canopy provides all tools, gloves, and materials.
To get involved, check out our online calendar!