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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Recycling

Mission: 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!

Results: 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.

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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Chris P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do great stuff! Love the work with teens and the photography contest, as well as the "book" focused tours with the library.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Elise took our girls scout brownies for a tree walk around the neighborhood. It was a really educational and fun event for all of us including the chaperone parents!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Elise for a highly educational and engaging tree tour of our neighborhood for our first Brownie meeting of the year.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Canopy organized a fun and engaging Arbor Day celebration for kids and families in Palo Alto--teaching kids and adults about the value of urban trees through simple activities associated with trees.