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Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Recycling

Mission: Canopy's mission is to grow urban tree canopy in Midpeninsula communities for the benefit of all. 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!

Results: Canopy grows, protects, and advocates for an essential community resource: urban trees. Founded in Palo Alto in 1996, today Canopy’s branches extend across the Midpeninsula. Each year, we engage thousands of local residents in tree planting and tree care, hands-on education, and grassroots environmental action. Together, we grow the urban forest and create healthy communities where people and nature thrive.

Target demographics: Midpeninsula residents of all ages.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017, we planted 355 drought-tolerant trees, tended 2,535 young trees, engaged over 1,560 volunteers, and reached 1,530 kids through educational activities!

Geographic areas served: Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, and the greater Midpeninsula area.

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

Community Stories

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Caroline W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canopy does a great job of starting to level the playing field between the neighborhoods that have been able to maintain their tree canopy and those neighborhoods that have been stripped of their trees. I found the group to be caring and determined and enjoyed the experience of learning to plant and care for replacement trees. I am hopeful that their efforts will leave us all with cleaner air and more beneficial birds and insects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently retired and a life long tree lover, I saw an ad for the Canopy.org Community Forestry school, and suddenly found myself involved with a group addressing all areas of urban forestry in my community, from pruning, to advocacy to working to address Green Gaps in our community. A new world of volunteer opportunities to build an equitable and lovely canopy of trees in the mid-peninsula has been opened to me by this fantastic organization.
Rob O'Connor

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been volunteering with Canopy for few years now, we started when my boys were young, now, teenagers they are experienced and independent with what ever we are asked to do. We participated in big events, changing the park's landscape , sometimes planting trees around town, always enjoying fellow volunteers and our time. Events are always well planned and it feels real good to give back to our community. It's a pleasure to spend a morning volunteering with Canopy.

Alberto C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered with Canopy to recruit residents to sign up for trees that they offer for free! The team member that I worked with was kind, knowledgeable, and enthusiastically educated community members of the many free services that they have to offer. I appreciate the passion and dedication that Canopy offers to its communities!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently had Canopy come and work in our garden. They buy and plant trees in local gardens in neighborhoods that need more tree canopies. They came to view our garden, spent time listening to what we wanted/ needed and bought and delivered the trees, we had a last minute request on the afternoon before the planting day and the coordinator came straight away, and went with us to a garden nursery to get us yet more trees. On the morning of the tree planting, they bought 10+ plus volunteers to help with the 6 trees that we had been assigned, and worked really hard in one particular site to remove dead roots to clear the site. They continue to follow up and provide support afterwards

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an arborist and someone that loves trees, I can say Canopy does an exceptional job. The variety of programs and events that Canopy offers to the community surpasses what other organizations do in the area.
I decided to volunteer with Canopy a couple of months ago for the native oak survey (Great Oak Count) and more recently I've been attending the Community Forestry School course and it has been very educational to me. I realized that the staff is very passionate about their work. Also, their events are always interesting and well organized.
It is clear that Canopy cares about the trees and the community, if they plant trees, they take care of them and make sure they thrive. Their work with the community is inclusive and diverse; environmental justice is a key element in their objectives.
I want to mention as well the resources that Canopy shares on its website for the community. You can find plenty of information regarding the benefits of trees, species and tree care guidelines, local tree service companies and certified arborists, and more. They even have a “tree library section”. Canopy is definitely committed on making the world a better and greener place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canopy is a terrific organization planting and caring for trees in communities that have fewer resources and fewer trees.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been taking the Canopy Community Forestry School course, and it has been very educational, taught by experts with lots of interesting stories! The in-person volunteer events have also been well organized and welcoming.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Canopy for the past few years now. No matter how many tree plantings or other events I attend, I always learn something new. It's always a pleasure to work with the Canopy staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canopy volunteers planted 3 new trees in my yard. The trees look healthy and there are good water basin and mulch around them. It makes me compelled to take good care of the trees to continue the good work of Canopy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were very happy to learn about Canopy from the Palo Alto city newsletter. Gabrielle made a consultation visit to assess our property for good locations and types of trees most beneficial, was very knowledgeable and also gave some pointers for a problem with one of our existing trees. She kept in touch with us during planning and procurement of trees which was delayed by COVID and tree availabilities, including persisting in searches to get a less common tree as one of our desired options (thank you for the extra effort!). We were so happy to have our new trees planted last week by volunteers who did a perfect job. Thank you Canopy!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The folks at Canopy really care! We signed up for a streetside tree planting and got a nice tree delivered. Unfortunately, we had to deal with some family health issues for 3 months and couldn't plant it as planned. The Canopy folks followed up and planted it for us, in an even better spot than we had originally chosen, and have stopped by to check on and even prune the tree during these past 2 years. We've now got a vigorous tree growing near the sidewalk and love watching all the new growth. We wouldn't have this tree without Canopy and the city -- thanks so much Elise & Richard & Canopy!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just completed Canopie’s 8 week Webinar course in Community Forestry where we learned how important trees are to an urban community. Their grand canopy helps to naturally cool temperatures, clean the air, improve water quality, increase property values and in laboratory studies have shown to reduce stress and mental fatigue. Canopie’s classes are extremely informative and each week provide an in-depth presentation by expert professionals in their own field with guides to identifying individual tree species, and how to plant, care and maintain them along with the opportunity to work in the field applying what we had learned. My fellow students were all passionate about the environment, nature and trees and were so much fun to work with and learn from. Thank you Canopy, staff, and presenters who made my 8 weeks so enjoyable and provided me with the information to help build a greener, healthier, urban forest in my own community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw so many dead and dying trees that I resolved to get some trees planted in my community.
Canopy helped me make that happen! In fact, their help was essential.
I took their Community Forestry Class, learned about trees and how to plant them, and with Canopy's help created a campaign book of trees, with the emphasis on trees that would be resilent to a warming planet.
Working with GreenTown Los Altos, we launched the 500 Trees campaign. We organized a team of volunteers to visit tree planting sites, select appropriate trees and get them planted. Many of the volunteers were local students, and their excitment at getting their hands dirty and then stepping back to see the tree they had just planted was priceless.
We planted 162 trees.
Thank you Canopy for making my dream come true.
Gary Hedden

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm an elementary science teacher, and was fortunate to meet Vanessa Wyns in person last school year. We had planned for an in-person lesson with my 4th graders, but unfortunately schools were closed before that was possible. I was incredibly impressed with how Vanessa was able to turn that in-person lesson into an asynchronous one. My students really enjoyed it and learned a lot.
Recently she taught the Tree to Table lesson live with my 4th graders over Zoom. Again, the materials were excellent, and all of my students learned a great deal and were inspired to learn more. Vanessa has such a natural rapport with students, engaging them and making them feel comfortable sharing. They all want her to come back and visit them again!
I'm truly grateful for this amazing organization. The work that they do is inspiring and so very necessary for our students' future.

1 Patti R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My class really enjoyed their Canopy lesson with Ms. Vanessa Wyns. They are all interested in science and they loved drawing the parts of the tree. My students were all excited to share their drawings. At some point in the lesson, Ms. Wyns asked my student, Ximena a question and I told her that she did not understood or speak English. Upon hearing this, Ms. Wyns immediately went into Spanish and since I do not speak Spanish, it almost brought me to tears. Ximena was so delighted to understand the instruction and to fully engage in the activity just like the other kids. My students loved learning about trees and were anxious to share what they knew about trees and were also anxious to show off their drawings. I have invited Ms. Wyns to come back to visit our class and do another project. The kids are still talking about her and I know that they will be excited do another lesson/activity with her!
Ms. Rodriguez Costano School East Palo Alto, CA

1 Terri E.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a senior and live in a neighborhood in Menlo Park, California that years ago had been redlined because of residents being primarily Black and Latino.

Because of redlining, the City of Menlo Park diverted investment in trees in my neighborhood and instead directed its investment in trees and green spaces in the wealthier, white neighborhoods.

This negligence has led to the climate burden being disproportionately born by my neighborhood.

And this is where Canopy comes in!

I learned of Canopy through a posting on the neighborhood social media platform NextDoor. I thought their offering was too good to be true. I was wrong.

Canopy has been one of the most impressive nonprofits I have ever worked with!

Here are some of the reasons why:

- timeliness of their response to my inquiry
- detailed education of the types of trees they offer and why
- gently following up when I forgot to let them know the trees I wanted
- arrival on the day of planting at the time they committed to
- weekly emails that remind me to water the trees
- inquiring how things are going and was I happy with the trees
- outreach asking if I knew of other neighbors who would be interested in the program

I now have two trees planted in my barren backyard and look to add an additional tree on the side of my house and another in front of my house alongside the sidewalk.

I am happy I am able to help our neighborhood become a more beautiful and inviting area while at the same time contributing to the reduction of heat.

Thank you Canopy and all the donors who have made this happen!!






Amanda K.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the great work Canopy is doing! It is an extraordinary nonprofit focused on community forestry. Great outreach programs for volunteers, including an excellent community forestry training program. Wonderful resources online as well.

Kibbie R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization for greening our cities, teaching us environmental concepts, and incorporating youth in their efforts so the next adult generation will be leaders!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a strategy consultant serving the nonprofit sector. I've worked with literally hundreds of nonprofits over twenty-plus years.

I have gotten to know Canopy extremely well over the last several years. They are one of the strongest organizations I've ever worked with. They have clarity of the impact that they're trying to pursue and measure their progress in getting there. They have a tremendous combination of heart and head; an authentic and deep passion for their mission and a commitment to smart and continuous operational improvement. One of their core values, Excellence, is not a word that sits on a poster but is an accurate reflection of all that they attempt to do.

Further, several years ago they began engaging in a conversation about racial and social justice. Their conversations resulted in programmatic and operational changes that are helping them better serve those that may otherwise be overlooked.

If you're considering whether or not to support Canopy in some fashion, they are an excellent bet.

Nathan H.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've participated in multiple tree plantings with Canopy as well as in some of their education programs, and no matter what the event, I've found them extremely knowledgable, professional, and kind in the pursuit of sustaining the local environment. It is always a joy to participate in their cause, as they genuinely do care.

John P. K.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am taking the urban forester course offered through Canopy. The class is informative and brings in guest lecturers with local talent and experience. There are ample opportunities to ask questions of the local experts and the course leader. Although on-line to be respectful of COVID and shelter-in-place, I find the offering on topic, informative, relevant, not to mention interesting. Thank you Canopy
j p Kennedy, Menlo Park, Ca

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Canopy to plant over 120 trees in East Palo Alto on MLK Day. The organization employs students in the area, giving them valuable experience, an excuse to be outdoors, and fair compensation. Canopy leads projects on public lands and in private property owners' space. The organization does all the research and training and acquires the appropriate supplies to ensure that projects are environmentally sound. Thank you, Canopy, for making our community greener and more vibrant, and for helping to connect us residents with beautiful and beneficial trees!

John B.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canopy organized a tree planting event in my town of East Palo Alto and the person who presented us how to plant a tree was no one but the guy who helped Apple to select and plant 9000+ trees for their new Apple Park campus!!!

We planted over 120 trees, I met great people, and I had a lot of fun while doing something good for the World and the community.

Canopy even organized snacks and drinks for the volunteers! Everything was perfect.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Canopy has been exemplary. I accepted the offer of trees to be planted on my lot. An arborist came to assist me in both tree types and locations. I was kept informed as to planting dates and was able to be present. A crew of 6 arrived on time and placed each tree exactly as I requested and completed the project within two hours. In addition, detailed information was provided regarding care and follow-ups have already been organised.

I'm very impressed by this organization's attention to detail, follow-thru and guidance in this valuable ecological endeavor.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Can you imagine getting nice free trees? - The kind of trees that suit your need and planted for you, without you having to sweat! All you have to do is to enjoy your trees.
To begin with, the crew at Canopy are experts of trees. In my case, I worked with Elise, she knows so much about trees and I am impressed. Elise gave clear instructions and time lines as to what to expect. She helped us to decide where to plant the tree so not to interfere with sewage line and gas line. It has been a very pleasant experience.

Lada A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The tree plantings are a joy for kids and adults alike. They are a marvelous way to spend a morning while building and helping community. The operation is super-smooth and complete beginners are not only put to good use, but also learn how to plant trees!
The tree walks are a treat, led by knowledgeable arborists, foresters, or local enthusiasts. I hope Canopy will expand its tree-planting activities (and not just tree walks) into Mountain View.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered with Canopy since 2017 and am impressed by its outreach to large swathes of different communities :such as Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto.
The staff are caring and dedicated and go to great lengths to encourage local people to notice trees in their neighborhoods with regular scheduled tree walks often led by professional arborists.
Canopy is also very active in organizing communities to plant trees in their own neighborhoods and in the Fall these are scheduled at the week ends often involving large and enthusiastic groups of neighbors and volunteers. Hundreds of trees have been planted this way.
I have visited many elementary class rooms with Natalie Brubaker where she engages students in looking at trees with new eyes through reading stories, asking searching questions, showing samples of tree parts and leading outdoor activities involving trees that Canopy has planted in other years on the school campus.
Her enthusiasm is contagious !
One of Canopy's most exciting programs is the Young Foresters program where High school students gain deep knowledge of trees and as well as practical skills in planting and caring for them. This will be invaluable training for their futures.
Canopy is up there with the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very responsive, knowledgeable and timely. Our entire process was very smooth and I love waking up every day and seeing our newly planted trees.

Rachelle A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canopy held a tree planting event in my neighborhood, the Ventura neighborhood in Palo Alto. As a member of our community association, I helped with publicizing the event and coordinating the day-of check-in. From our initial contact with Canopy through the flawless execution of the planting day, staff members were well-organized, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. They truly lived the mission by educating at every contact. The trees that Canopy provided beautified our neighborhood while fighting climate change. Thank you, Canopy, for the great work that you do!

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Vashi D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so impressed! Completely professional and outstanding work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canopy is a fantastic organization for keeping our area more green! As in tree coverage!
They reached out to our neighborhood association about planting more trees in our area as there had many tree removals due to new construction. We worked with Program Manager Elise who was enthusiastic and super organized. Canopy offered our neighbors a wonderful program to get free trees planted in our yards. Elise made appointments with each interested neighbor to do a tree consultation where they figured out which types of trees to plant where. Canopy also organized the planting volunteers so our neighbors didn't have to lift a finger to get the selected trees planted in their yards!

Our neighborhood also used the tree planting as an opportunity to organize a potluck afterwards for both volunteers and neighbors. As a result we got more trees for our neighborhood and a neighborhood social. Win-win!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great service!!
The volunteers are knowledgeable, pleasant, gave me advice on the care of my other trees, worked hard and left the area clean!!!
I would recommend the canopy highly!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canopy is amazing! They are helping our community save trees and plant new trees. Canopy is helping to educate our neighbors and add more trees to our neighborhood. I was really happy with getting a few trees and getting them planted by volunteers. It made me happy to see my beautiful trees and the volunteers did an excellent job! Elise, the arborist was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and did a great job with helping me chose the right trees for my space. We are so lucky to have them in our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canopy is an excellent organization with capable and dedicated people. We were very grateful to be the beneficiaries of customized advice on which trees to plant and to see the resulting trees planted by a team of expert advisors and volunteers. They planted a tree in our parking strip a few years ago which is going strong. They follow up with practical advice about how to care for the tree until it is established. They also provide friendly reminders. It's a great program. They work will with the City of Palo Alto to create a win-win for the residents.

elizabethg15

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Not only does Canopy do great work greening our communities and educating students about the importance of spending time in nature, but the professional development for their TUFs and summer interns help give emerging environmental professionals an important opportunity to jumpstart their careers. I was a summer intern for two summers, and it was a terrific experience. Not only did I learn a lot about the projects I was working on, but I also learned about working in an office and the nonprofit sector. At Canopy I made important connections that helped me land my next summer internship in college, and the projects I worked on at Canopy, plus my experience from the other internship, gave me the relevant experience to get my first full time job out of college. Really, my whole career path started with Canopy. I am grateful for the opportunity to intern at Canopy and I continue to volunteer when I can. It is always hardest to garner "relevant experience" in your desired career field when you are young and don't have a lot of knowledge to offer yet. The role that Canopy played for me--being the first organization that offered to take the time to give me some of that initial experience--is hugely important for young professionals. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canopy has been a great opportunity for me, not only to get more involved with my community as a volunteer in high school, but also as an intern in college. Canopy is a force of good that makes all contributors feel recognized and appreciated, while simultaneously realizing significant change. Canopy has influenced me for seeing the change that an engaged community can accomplish, and has also provided terrific experience working in the nonprofit world as I start my career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canopy just planted 2 trees on my property, and 30 trees in our neighborhood. The entire morning was beautifully organized, and we all learned a great deal from the leaders and volunteers from Canopy. I am very impressed with everything that Canopy did, from outreach and planning, to planting and education about the trees.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Canopy supports the growth of the urban tree canopy though education, tree planting and maintenance, and advocacy. My first exposure to Canopy was years ago through their website, which has excellent information about different tree species, and self-guided tree walks, so that the local public can easily see various mature trees for themselves. More recently, I've been involved in Canopy tree surveys, tree plantings, and been on guided tree walks. All of these Canopy offerings have been extremely well-organized, the educational materials superb, and the volunteer experience extremely satisfying. At a time when it is so important for people to reconnect with nature and to support nature, It is wonderful to have such an excellent resource in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fresh morning air and volunteer tree planting with Canopy throughout Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, and Mountain View--I've been a fan for the past 20 years. I support organizations like this one because they quietly remind us that urban and nature aren’t mutually exclusive, that community well-being very much has to do with green spaces, and that appreciating nature isn’t always about trekking afield.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Canopy is an organization dedicated to preserving and building the tree canopy in the Mid-Peninsula (Bay Area). In an era of acute development and climate pressures, trees are vital to keeping our communities livable, for all people. Canopy has demonstrated a history of achieving its mission, to plant trees, to educate and advocate about the importance of trees in our lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former park ranger and planning commission chair, I understand the essential role trees play in a community.

I chose to volunteer with Canopy because...
- They plant their trees carefully and make sure they survive to maturity .
- The staff is superb.
- They have a commitment to environmental justice, and plant trees where thay are needed most.
- They involve the entire community through outreach, education, and celebration.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Fremont where tree ordinances haven't been enforced for years, and trees have disappeared from neighborhoods over time. Iv'e started a Tree Advocacy group this year after taking two classes offered by Canopy. They gave me inspiration to begin! I met with Michael Hawkins, who said that, even though Fremont is not in their cities of support, they would share anything that would be helpful such as printed materials and other resources. He invited our city tree dept. officials to come tour and get a programs overview , which was very helpful. Last month, Michael sent me an invitation to their Tree Stewardship two month program for their communities, despite knowing I would not be "giving back" as the other students would. I have learned so much and now have a group that is anxious to lead in a Urban Forestry program for our city. I don't think I would have been able to "launch" without the support of everyone at Canopy, especially Michael and Natalie Brubaker, the Educational Directer. It is great to know they are a phone call away and will help any way they can.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Photosynthesis,chlorophyll. Their is so much to learn about trees how they grow and the care of every limb. Natalie and her team (Mike,Katie and all speakers)are wonderful informative,passionate and fun. I will take this information to our future my kindergarten class. Canopy has a informative educational way of teaching. Learning about trees should be a way of life for everyone. They are beneficial for everyday life. Beautiful, animals,birds, bugs, creating jobs etc....
Every student in Canopy will be advocates for life. Attend a session and you will be hooked.
Thank you Canopy!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canopy helped us plant beautiful native CA trees on our streets. The trees were healthy and tall, and already made a huge impact on our neighborhood.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Canopy gets things done! With the help of our many volunteers. we have planted, cared for and taught people about trees on the San Francisco Midpeninsula. We've planted more than 5,000 trees and we are planting more.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Thomas P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Expert help in choosing the right trees for our yard! Canopy volunteers did a great job planting two (2) trees. Great team, supervised by an expert. And even gave us details on how to insure successful growth. What a great service!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My city (Palo Alto) decided we need more trees in South Palo Alto and started a project to plant new trees in my neighborhood. Elise was my contact. She helped me pick a tree, decide where to plant it and then they came and planted it for me. She was so helpful and flexible. What a great organization!! I can't wait for my tree to grow and thrive. I have a special talent to neglect plants but Elise just sent out a reminder to go water my new tree. I love Canopy!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canopy comes to my high school health class, and takes us on a nature walk around our campus. They share fun facts about the trees we walk by every day and help promote an appreciation for our environment. They also share fun facts about how nature and in particular how trees contribute to our mental health. I have them come out during the Wellness unit so kids understand how to use nature as a free and easy way to maintain a positive, healthy body and mind. We also have a volunteer requirement for our class, and many of the students works with Canopy. Wonderful organization, they always work with me to make these visits happen.

Donor

Rating: 5

Canopy does an incredible job of building community among volunteers and of empowering volunteers to improve their towns. As a volunteer tree planting leader for over five years and a regular donor, I have been consistently impressed with the work Canopy does.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a planting leader with Canopy for almost three years. They have strong partnerships with the local school districts and cities, which make them an especially successful organization. There are some exceptionally strong staff members and very committed board members.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Canopy supporter and donor, I recently attended a Canopy-hosted tree talk given by Professor Matt Ritter. He was a wonderful speaker, and shared lots of fascinating information about oaks and other California native plants through his beautiful photos and personal stories. I think the event helped attendees gain more appreciation for our trees and plants, raised awareness about issues faced by our native flora, and also inspired attendees to help protect these precious natural resources. I also really liked the event venue. It was held at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, where Canopy has planted a number of trees over the years. The thriving young trees add so much to the campus, and they give us hope!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Canopy not long ago, and recently participated in one of their tree planting event at a middle school and attended two of their tree walks. All of these events were very well run and organized. Canopy's staff seem very knowledgable and passionate about what they do.

I am impressed by what Canopy has done for the community in the past 20 years! I think they originally started in Palo Alto, and now is also doing good work in East Palo Alto, Redwood City and Mountain View.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Canopy. As a former science teacher, I can attest to the quality of Canopy’s 2nd and 5th grade tree education programs in East Palo Alto. Natalie Brubaker, the education leader, develops engaging educational programs and the kids love all the hands-on learning about trees right on their school campuses. The 5th graders are incredibly proud to participate in tree planting as well. Bravo, Canopy!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with Canopy occurred after a tree planting in the school yard adjacent to my backyard where I live in East Palo Alto. I had notice that trees had been planted along the fence line between my house , my neighbors houses, and a large grass area on the school grounds. This grass area was often used as a soccer field for youth leagues. The trees in time would provide shade for the parents and family members who came to the games. My yard is located to the south side of the line of trees. I was very happy to see that in the area of my vegetable garden they had planted Strawberry Trees, a short drought tolerant tree from the Mediterranean, so I didn't have to worry about it getting tall enough to shade my garden. Talking to the persons from Canopy who came to care for the trees I found out they had selected the shorter tree to plant along my fence line because they had noticed my vegetable garden. This level of caring from Canopy led me to volunteer for a tree planting in my neighborhood and from there to become a planting leader.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My neighborhood (Greenmeadow) worked with Canopy to plant 30 trees in front and back yards. I’d liken our tree planting day to an old-fashioned barn raising—neighbors coming together to help each other do something they can’t easily do alone. It’s a wonderful community builder. Elise (with Canopy) is a well—organized and energetic leader/partner who taught us how to properly plant trees for best results. We all learned a lot and enjoyed sharing the tasks of planting and breaking bread together afterward.

The promise of growing beautiful trees, the comfort of shade, and a richer environment for birds and other wildlife made this a fun experience. We now have 30 daily reminders of our happy day planting together.

We are excitedly watching our new trees take root and flourish...AND we are planning another planting in collaboration with Canopy this fall!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that is doing great work for the community. The tree walks lead by Natalie and Elise were really appreciated by my high school and middle school students. The students were left with a renewed appreciation for the natural environment around them. Thank you Natalie and Elise!

srh813

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The tree walks are wonderful! I've done almost all of them, some more than once.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the past few years, I have been volunteering for a variety of environmental non-profits in the Palo Alto area. I've really enjoyed volunteering for Canopy for the last couple of years. I'm impressed by the knowledge and friendliness of all of the staff members I've worked beside. I've had the opportunity to get training in tree planting and tree care, so I'm now a planting leader. I volunteer to participate in most of their events including tree plantings, tree care, and young tree surveys. Since Canopy relies heavily on volunteers, they are always so appreciative of the help they receive. I've learned so much about trees since beginning my association with Canopy. It's my current favorite volunteer opportunity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with Canopy on April 21st through a parent-son service organization that I belong to, called Mountain View-Los Altos Service League of Boys (SLOBs). Canopy was doing a tree planting and native plant installation project at Graham Middle School in Mountain View. Canopy's staff was delightful to work with, and the event was very meaningful and satisfying. Nothing like getting your hands dirty to provide more trees and native plants to the Graham students and nearby residents. We even installed sign posts along Castro Street so that passersby can learn more about the different plant species and how they benefit our environment. Thank you Canopy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the most wonderful experience on MLK day. I went with two other friends. There were +170 people and it was super organized, you could help by doing several things and any activity you switched to there was someone to help you. Folks were super friendly. I just had so much fun and had a bit of a workout! I will volunteer with Canopy in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sons fondly remember planting trees at a Canopy Martin Luther King Jr. Day event and hope to participate in another event soon. They got to help with the whole tree-planting process, from digging the holes to admiring the new trees. Canopy is so right that growing greener communities and empowering youth go hand in hand. Thanks to Canopy for all its wonderful work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have you ever paid attention to how differently you feel when you are standing in a wide open, heat radiating, gray and barren paved area or in a park with grass under your feet and lofty, verdant trees providing cooling shade and whispering leaves? Luckily for our community, Canopy not only thinks about this difference, it takes action to grow our urban forest.

I had the good fortune to be able to help with Canopy's landscaping project at Graham Middle School in Mountain View. I was so impressed with how well organized the project was—there were plants, tools, people, and activities to coordinate. Canopy staff and lead volunteers were knowledgeable, kind, and efficient. Also, I was delighted to see that Canopy is developing young leaders among its volunteers. I drive past Graham several times a week and every time I do, I admire the beautiful landscaping and think of Canopy. As the trees we planted grow and mature, so will my thanks to Canopy for its transformative effect on our neighborhood.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I helped Canopy raise money for their recent capital campaign. I was able to see up close that Canopy is an incredibly well run nonprofit. Both board and staff are passionate about their mission of planting and caring for trees and educating youth about the benefits of trees and tree care. Everyone I met was extremely competent, friendly, and willing to go outside his or her comfort zone to raise the money that would move their worthy cause forward. Their results are palpable - more and more trees planted and cared for every year. They are fabulous stewards of the urban forest.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a local teacher, I have partnered with Canopy for several years to offer the Walter Hays Elementary School 4th graders an "interactive field lesson" at El Palo Alto Park. The students spend the morning learning the history and science of our namesake tree, as well as learning about the local ecosystem that supports it. Canopy provides the students with experiences in measuring the height, diameter, and circumference of on-site trees, including the famous El Palo Alto. The students learn a lot about our "living California landmark" and how it has stood the test of time. The students are always fully engaged and very enthusiastic about the lessons. They think it is so "cool" to learn about "our tree!"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canopy has done a wonder job of serving the Peninsula communities that need trees. They mobilize and organize volunteers and the job gets done! They advocate planting the right tree in the right place and they have a great tree survival rate. In today's world of rapidly expanding urban sprawl, we need organizations like Canopy to ensure that we have the benefits of a tree canopy!

Donor

Rating: 5

All of the Canopy events that I’ve attended over the years have been top notch, and the Canopy staff have been a joy to work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canopy is also providing wellness campus tree walks to help hundreds of local high school students to de-stress. On these campus tree walks, Canopy education staff teach students about local tree species and trees' many benefits for our physical and mental health. More importantly, they discuss the important connection between nature and wellness, and how spending time in nature can help relieve stress and improve concentration. At the end of the walk, students feel relaxed and recharged, and have re-learned a simple but often overlooked method to take care of themselves. Keep up the great work, Canopy! More stressed out high school students can benefit from this program.