Become a Planting Leader 
Get ready to help Canopy plant 230 trees at neighborhood schools! 


Canopy is gearing up for a busy planting season and we want you to get involved!
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Through Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! -- our initiative to plant 1,000 shade and fruit trees by 2015 -- we'll be planting 230 more trees on school campuses and at parks in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park between October 2012 and April 2013.
To meet this goal, we are recruiting 25 community members to become Planting LeadersYou'll receive 3.5 hours of instruction in proper planting techniques, preparing you to lead small teams of volunteers at planting events. Upon completion of this training you'll be expected to contribute your new skills to at least 2 Canopy plantings this season.
Already an experienced Canopy Planting Leader? Come refresh your skills and help train the new recruits! 


Planting Leader Training

Part 1 - Friday, September 21st, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Part 2 - Saturday, September 22nd, 9:00am to 11:00am


Sign Up Now!

Contact Program Director Michael Hawkins or 650 964.6110 ext. 1
Walk, Run, or Ride to Support Canopy!
Palo Alto Echelon Challenge and Gran Fondo
Sunday, September 16th 


Canopy invites you to join us for day of fitness, food, and philanthropy! The Palo Alto Echelon Challenge and Gran Fondo is a European style walk/run/ride event that has something for everyone. There are options for every fitness level and age, and a great festival featuring local food. You'll have fun while helping Canopy raise $5,000!  

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The Challenge is an easy 0.6 mile circuit in downtown Palo Alto s

tarting and ending at City Hall.  Walk, run, push a stroller, pull a wagon, rollerblade, or ride a 

cruiser bike.  Anything goes!  



The Gran Fondo offers 3 cycling courses -- 30, 75, and 95 miles -- from scenic to serious. 


Join Team Canopy to participate in either the Challenge or one of the Gran Fondo rides. Or cheer us on and support the team in reaching its financial goal by making a donation

Interested? Questions? 
Contact Development Director Diane Meier-Phelps or 650 964.6110 ext. 4
Have You Seen This Tree?

Redhorse Chestnut

Found on this month's Junior Museum & Zoo Tree Walk

this large leafed deciduous tree is known for its bright 

pink to dark red upright flowers in spring, and large

fleshy seed capsules that form in summer. 

A close relative to the native California

From the desk of MichaelBuckeye, this somewhat larger
German native has leaves composed of 5 leaflets arranged in a fan. For the answer, follow this link to the Junior Museum and Zoo self guided tree walk (tree #18). To learn more, come to the August 11th tree walk  at 10am led by Walt Fuji and Ted Kipping. 
Busy Summer for Youth Staff and Interns
Providing essential care for young trees 


Canopy is committed to maintaining the trees we plant for at least 3 years to assure they get well established and remain healthy. It's a big job!  This summer we're fortunate to have enlisted a great group of enthusiastic young adults dedicated to tree care.  

Through our Youth Staff Program we hire and train high school students

for part-time tree care positions.  Brian Maldonado, Jesus Lopez, 

Javier Vazquez, and Jazmin Perez 

all attend Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto. Since late June they've helped conduct Canopy's annual Palo Alto Young Tree Care Survey, been trained in young tree pruning and maintenance, and worked on more than 100 trees.


Natalia Schoorl is our summer intern responsible for managing the Youth Staff. Natalia graduated UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in World Literature and Cultural Studies.  
She was an AmeriCorps  volunteer at Our City Forest in San Jose, and has lived in Uruguay and Spain.  

Interns Russell Langston and Reed Garber have been assisting Natalia and the Youth Staff in the field and in the office.

Thanks to Brian, Jesus, Javier, Jazmin, Natalia, Russell, and Reed for helping our young trees thrive! 
Harvard's Exquisite Glass Flowers
Thanks to a scholarship from the Center for Excellence in NonprofitsI recently attended a one-week nonprofit executive education session at Harvard Business School. The intensive program did not allow for much sightseeing, but a short walk across the Charles River and through Harvard Square led me to the Harvard Museum of Natural History and its famous collection of plant models made of glass.


The collection was commissioned by Harvard Professor George Lincoln Goodale, founder of the Botanical Museum. It includes more than 4,000 models representing 830 plant species created by German glass makers Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka between 1887 and 1936. On display are models of trees branches, leaves, grasses, and flowers, and enlarged representations an d cross sections of reproductive organs as seen under a microscope. 


Harvard Museum glass flowers


It is difficult to comprehend the level of artistry the Blaschkas demonstrated in the creation of these exquisitely beautiful and botanically accurate models made of such a delicate medium.  The word that came to my mind was 'awesome.' Do not miss them next time you're in Boston!


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Catherine Martineau

Executive Director 

August 2012
Planting Leader Training in September
Walk, Run, or Ride to Support Canopy
Have You Seen This Tree?
Youth Staff & Summer Interns
Glass Flowers in Boston
PA Junior Museum & Zoo Tree Walk
Tree ID Workshop with Dr. Matt Ritter
Monthly Tree Walks
Tree Fun at Brentwood Academy
Palo Alto
Junior Museum & Zoo Tree Walk
Saturday, August 11th 
10:00am  to Noon


Join Arborists Ted Kipping and Walt Fuji for this  informative and fun walk.


When: Saturday, August 11th 
           10:00am to 12 Noon 


Where: Meet outside the front entrance, 1451 Middlefield Rd. 


What: See Pecan, Water Gum, Sugar Maple, London Plane, Cork Oak, Incense Cedar and many others!


FREE Tree Identification
Workshop & Tree Walk
with Dr. Matt Ritter
Saturday, September 1st 
9:00am to 12:30pm
Gamble Garden 

Canopy is delighted to again host C
al Poly botany professor Dr. Matt Ritter for a workshop and tree walk on how to identify California's most common and remarkable urban trees. 

Morning refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE, but space is limited and filling fast.    

Three Remaining  
Tree Walks in 2012 
Monthly, Free, and Fun!  

Join us every month on the second Saturday from 10am to Noon. Click here to sign up.


Sept. 8th - Barron Park

October 13th - Greenmeadow

Nov. 10th - Crescent Park  


Click the links above to see the self-guided Tree Walks, or request a brochure: or  650 964.6110 ext. 1  


Canopy visits Brentwood Elementary Summer Academy
1st & 2nd graders learn about neighborhood trees


On 3 consecutive Tuesdays in July, Education & Community Outreach Manager Estefani Morales shared her passion for the urban forest with 25 kids at Brentwood Elementary's Summer Academy.  Estefani's lessons included tree anatomy, the tree growth cycle, the importance of trees in our ecosystems, and hands-on 

tree care.      

Estefani teaching at Brentwood summer academy
Last March,Canopy planted six trees on the Brentwood campus. On October 6th, 120 more shade trees will be added as part of Canopy's Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! program. 


To bring Canopy's education programs to a school in your community, contact Estefani at 
or 650 964.6110  ext. 5.
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