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June 11: Free Tree Walk in College Terrace

We have a special treat for you!   


This Saturday come out to meet Herb Fong, Stanford's retired Arborist for a free tree walk in the famous College Terrace neighborhood.  Herb has led other Tree Walks in our area, and is one of our most knowledgeable tree experts.       


College Terrace Tree Walk  

Date: Saturday, June 11

Time: 10AM - Noon

Location: Corner of College Avenue and Oberlin Streets, Palo Alto 94301(Route, Meeting Point Map) Click to sign up.    

This walk features many of the most iconic species in our urban forest like the Coast Redwood, Douglas Fir, Coast Live Oak, and Valley Oak.  But it also has a plethora of other species to learn about: a fuzzy-leafed Box Elder, a California Pepper Tree native to the Peruvian Andes, a picturesque Monterey Cypress, a Pecan tree (rare in our area), and a very large Deodar Cedar! 

See you on Saturday morning!       

Canopy's Planting Season in Review
The Impact of Your Support!

Canopy planted and astounding 272 trees in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto this year!   


Canopy has a high success rate because of the care and attention we put to into our plantings.  We are also very successful in our plantings because we place a strong emphasis on species selection.  We select drought tolerant, climate appropriate and native trees whenever possible.   


The majority of our plantings this season was at schools as part of our new Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! initiative:    


Barron Park Elementary  - 9 Trees 

Veterans Affairs  - 11 Trees 

Hoover Elementary - 12 Trees 

El Carmelo Elementary - 7 Trees

OFJCC - Mayor's Tree Planting - 1 Tree 

Palo Alto Little League - 20 Trees 

Eleanor Pardee Park - 7 Trees 

Terman Middle School (Earth-Day) - 2 Trees 

+     Green Oaks / Cesar Chavez Academy - 204 Trees

Nine Planting Events totaling 272 Trees! 


The goal of our Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! initiative is to plant 1,000 young trees by 2015 to improve school campuses in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and neighboring communities.    


To enable us to reach our goal, more than $100,000 will be needed every year for the next four years.  Please, if you have the ability, support our program by making a donation.  Thank you.    


Canopy's Youth Staff Graduation

Canopy started the Youth Staff Program in 2007 to engage teens in the East Palo Alto community.  The program was so successful that Canopy has annually hired and trained high school-age students to learn, plant / care-for, and educate others about trees.     

Youth Staff caring for East Palo soundwall trees. Photo by Dave Muffly.

Last night we celebrated their achievements with a pizza party.  Here is some of their feedback for the program:


"I have really enjoyed learning and sharing information about various trees...and I enjoy making my community a better and healthier place."  ~ Silvia


"It has been great to learn about and help lead plantings...I appreciate how trees work so hard for us, even though they don't try.  They do it naturally!" ~ George 


"My favorite part about working with Canopy is working with others to learn and teach others about trees...I especially liked learning how to plant a tree." ~ Markel


"I like planting trees and doing the physical work!" ~ Daniel 


Canopy's Youth Staff program builds hands-on experience in arboriculture and environmental education. The program dovetails with school calendars and incorporates

service-learning objectives in the classroom while empowering Youth Staff to serve as co-instructors of Canopy's education programs.  


Beyond learning marketable arboriculture skills, and learning an hourly wage, our Youth Staff work together to improve their neighborhood schools, build local pride, and contribute to the economic, civic, and ecological renewal of their community! 


We want to express special thanks to the Morgan Family Foundation for their support of the program through the 2010-2011 winter planting and summer stewardship season.   


From Greywater to Green Gardens

The City of Palo Alto Utilities is hosting a free greywater workshop with Laura Allen, Founder of Greywater Action.  The class will take place on Saturday, June 11 from 8 to Noon at Cubberly Community Center.   


The class will begin with an overview of residential greywater reuse --- including codes and regulations, what soaps to use and the best plants to irrigate with greywater. The rest of the class will focus on how to construct a "laundry to landscape" greywater system. Participants will put together a sample system using real parts and tools!  Register online or call (650) 329-2241.


Thanks and Best-Wishes to Phung Nguyen

We want to extend our thanks to Phung Nguyen for her excellent work as
Canopy's Program Coordinator.   


Through her work with Americorp and Public Allies, Phung demonstrated her growing leadership and management skills.  Phung was involved in the implementation of every planting event, Tree Walk, and gathering.  She was critically involved in Canopy's Youth Staff Program.

Phung is off to her home state of Colorado and will be pursuing business school in her future.  Thank you, Phung, and good luck!  We will miss having you on the team!     

In This Issue
June 11: College Terrace Tree Walk
Planting Season in Review
Youth Staff Graduation
Greywater Training Workshop
Thank you and Best-wishes, Phung!
Young Tree Care Survey
Young Tree Pruning Workshop
Upcoming Tree Walks
Youth Staff Profiles

Young Tree Care Survey       

We need volunteers to check-up on the health of trees planted in Palo Alto in the last five years.


Young Tree Care Survey Kick-off!

Date: Sat. July 9, 2011

Location: Bowling Green Park

(Corner of Churchill and Cowper) 

Old Palo Alto Tree Walk:

10:00 AM to Noon

Lunch + Survey Training:

Noon to 1:00

Young Tree Care Survey:

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Other Training Dates:  

Sat. July 16:  10 AM to Noon -
Hoover Park
Wed. July 20:  6 to 8 PM -
Heritage Park


About the Survey: Routes take approximately 2 hours; you'll survey a mapped out area of trees and distribute tree care info brochures to residents.

What to Wear/Bring: Walking shoes! Also bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen.

Canopy Will Provide: Survey forms, clip-boards, tools for "tree first care", water. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for volunteers.


For lunch count, please RSVP by July 7th to:


Michael Hawkins

Program Director

[email protected]  

650-964-6110 x1 


Young Tree Pruning Workshop 

Canopy will conduct a Young Tree Pruning Workshop on August 6, 2011 from 9:00AM to 12:30PM. Location: TBA.  With interest or questions, contact Michael Hawkins, [email protected],  650-964-6110 x1.  

Upcoming Tree Walks        

Please join us at our upcoming Arborist-led Tree Walks.  We gather every month on the second Saturday from 10 am to Noon. Click here to sign up.   


June 11th - College Terrace
(This weekend!)
July 9th - Old Palo Alto
August 13th - Community Center
Sept. 10th - University South
October 8th - Southgate
Nov. 12th - Downtown North
Dec. 10th - Greenmeadow 
January 2012 - Gamble Garden
Click the above links to see the self-guided Tree Walks or request a brochure: [email protected] or call 650-964-6110 x2.   

Youth Staff Profiles    

We are pleased to feature our exceptional Youth Staff team.   

Name: George Nickings

Grade: Junior

Favorite Tree: Melaleuca, "I like the way it looks!"

Favorite studies: Biology 

Hobbies: Singing and acting 


Name: Silvia Vazquez 

Grade: Junior 

Favorite tree: Lemon Trees

Favorite studies: Math / history Hobbies: Community Service


Name: Daniel Noriega-Diaz  

Grade: Junior 

Favorite tree: Cherry    

Favorite studies: Math  

Hobbies: Community Service and Volleyball


Name: Markel Moore 

Grade: Sophomore

Favorite tree: "The Australian Tree" (a.k.a Melaleuca)

Favorite studies: Spanish & History, "both very interesting."  

Hobbies: Track & Field


Quick Links

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