Between 2015 and 2020, Canopy will partner with East Palo Alto residents to plant 500 new trees in East Palo Alto neighborhoods, parks, and schools. In 2020, we have added Belle Haven and North Fair Oaks to this program!
To see what kinds of trees we are offering through this program, please see the Branching Out Tree List.
As of July 2019, Canopy and volunteers have planted over 2,900 trees in East Palo Alto!
February 1, 2020 – After months of engaging with residents, volunteers and neighbors helped Canopy replace the vandalized trees at Jack Farrell Park. The city provided protective caging to ensure that these trees will survive and benefit all visitors to this park.
January 21, 2019 – We honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior with a massive tree and landscape planting at MLK Park and at entry points to the recently reopened San Francisquito Creek Trail. With our partners at the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority and Grassroots Ecology, we planted 102 trees and 189 plants with over 315 volunteers. Check out photos courtesy of Jack Owicki.
January 15, 2018 – On Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day, 205 volunteers joined us to plant 50 trees and 165 native and edible landscape plants at the new Rich May Memorial Field. The field is a joint effort between the Ravenswood City School District, St. Francis of Assisi, and the Rich May Foundation and these groups all helped contribute to the planting day event. See photos from the event courtesy of Teri Vershel with Pro-Bono Photo.
January 16, 2017 – Our second Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day event! Over 200 volunteers joined Canopy and the City of East Palo Alto to plant 31 trees, install landscape plants, and clean up Jack Farrell Park. Together, we planted a tree to honor incoming City of East Palo Alto Mayor Larry Moody.
April 2, 2016 – Local residents of the Kavanaugh neighborhood reached out to Canopy in late 2015 when they heard about our tree planting activities in East Palo Alto. With their help, Canopy reached out to dozens of households, working with residents to identify planting sites, select tree species, and plan for the neighborhood gathering. In total, over 150 volunteers came out to participate. Canopy planting leaders led efforts to plant 49 new street and yard trees. Other volunteers picked up trash around the neighborhood and removed old chain link fences.