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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


Rating: 5

I am happy to be a donor to Canopy. You do excellent work and set a high standard for other urban forestry organizations in the state.



Rating: 5

I recently led a tree planting with Canopy at the Willow Oaks Elementary school which has a largely Spanish speaking student body – it was inspiring to see these kids getting their hands dirty, fighting climate change and improving the air and environment around their school by planting the trees that will be there for decades (some of the trees we planted can easily live over 100 years). We got my employer and a local law firm to donate to this effort, too.