Rating: 4.94 stars   34 reviews


3921 East Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA


Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most. We bring the life-giving benefits of trees to the schools, neighborhoods, and public spaces of the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula. Our vision is a day when every resident of the Mid-Peninsula can walk, play, and in all ways thrive under the shade of healthy trees. Together, we can bring this vision to life!


Canopy has planted thousands of trees in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Mountain View. We have a 96% survival rate for newly planted trees. We've also reached hundreds of school kids with our education programs, helping them learn about the environment. We engage hundreds of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in our tree planting and tree care. Canopy also advocated for our urban forest with local and state governments.

Target demographics:

Mid-Peninsula residents of all ages.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

In 2015, we planted 269 drought-tolerant trees, tended 1,716 young trees, engaged over 1,269 volunteers, and reached 1,183 kids through educational activities!

Geographic areas served:

Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and the greater Mid-Peninsula area.


Tree Plantings; Tree Care; Tree Walks; Education and Outreach; Right Tree in the Right Place; Teen Urban Forester Internships; Community Outreach; Advocacy.

2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Canopy is spreading its branches and starting its fall tree planting campaign. It is a great organization for learning about trees and meeting new people!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member at Canopy for a year now and hands-down this is one of the best nonprofits that I have worked with so far. The staff are amazing and dedicated to Canopy’s mission and they do an exceptional job of stretching every dollar donated to the maximum extent possible. The staff work really hard and go the extra mile to make every project a success. Their Teen Urban Foresters program has been phenomenal in cultivating new youth leaders who start playing a very active role in the community and in being great stewards care of the environment at such an early age. Canopy’s tree planting and tree care educational programs have been instrumental in ensuring healthy trees in the communities that they serve. Great programs, Exceptional people, Strong focus on the mission leads to Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Canopy is made up of an amazing group of dedicated professionals who know how to plant trees where they are most needed while also educating students and volunteers how to be stewards of the environment. Canopy is also successful at pulling together a variety of groups to leverage resources to maximize their positive impact. Over the last two decades, they have done a lot to improve our urban forest.

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Canopy works closely with community to invest in urban forestry. I have been to a number of volunteering events in the past 5 years. All the events are very organized and run by a friendly staff. The volunteers I have met are friendly and very hard working. It's a great place to connect with the community and give back. This is an exemplary organization where donations are so effectively converted into lasting impact in our community.

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I have volunteered at a number of nonprofits over the years and have found Canopy to be exceptionally well-run and productive. Now that I am a board member, I feel this even more strongly. The staff are amazing and all are dedicated to Canopy's mission - healthy urban trees on the mid-Peninsula to benefit all citizens. Canopy stretches its resources to great effect, even with a relatively small staff. I've worked with Canopy volunteers for 11 years and find them to be wonderful and dedicated people!

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1 person found this review helpful

My involvement with the Canopy Board has been very rewarding. The Board members are dynamic and creative with good communication skills. Canopy has grown considerably since my involvement, not so much in dollars or volume, but in savvy and wisdom. We are really fortunate to have Catherine Martineau as our Executive Director, and our growth is in a large part to her credit.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide a whole new urban forest in under-served communities such as East Palo Alto with a sustainable design, installation and maintenance plan that would yield immeasurable benefits to air, water, wildlife and quality of life.

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About every week

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