Kids planting a tree at the Building Blocks planting event in EPA

Tree Planting

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.

Planting Community Trees

Canopy has planted several thousand trees in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Mountain View, including in 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.

Coordinating Tree Planting Projects

Planting projects require extensive coordination between Canopy staff, City or School District staff, residents, 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.

Engaging and Educating Tree Planting Volunteers

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!

Learn More about Canopy’s Tree Planting Initiatives

Past Tree Planting Initiatives

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“Imagine you could do one thing today that would improve your community’s health and wellbeing, purify air and water, and make your city more beautiful and vibrant. Planting trees brings these benefits and more.”

– Marty Deggeller
Canopy Planting Leader

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