Tree Identification Workshop & Tree Walk
with Dr. Matt Ritter
California tree Author leads lively Palo Alto tree walk  

Canopy was thrilled to have 55 guests attend an informative and fun Tree Identification Workshop with Dr. Matt Ritter at Gamble Garden this past Saturday! With a tree key in one hand and leaf samples in the other, participants spent the morning learning how to identify common California city trees. Dr. Ritter made a case for why tree identification is important, citing humorous instances of mistaken Fig trees for Magnolias, and misidentified trees marked for removal. Not to worry, Dr. Ritter informed the audience, the misidentified tree was ultimately saved!

The workshop included a walk in Gamble Garden with participants actively engaging in tree identification. The event was yet another successful partnership between Canopy and Dr. Ritter. Last summer, Dr. Ritter came to Palo Alto to talk about local trees, as well as his new book, A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us.


Click here to see photos of the workshop.

Planting Leaders Needed!  
Help us plant 230 trees at neighborhood schools  


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Canopy is gearing up for a busy planting season and we want you to be a part of it.


Canopy is conducting a special two-part training on how to become a Canopy Planting Leader. You'll receive 3.5 hours of instruction in proper planting techniques and training in how to lead small teams of volunteers. Upon completion of this training you'll be expected to contribute your new skills to at least two Canopy tree plantings this season.

Already an experienced Canopy Planting Leader? Come refresh your skills and help train the new recruits!

Planting Leader Training    
Thursday, September 20th, 5:30 to 7:00pm 
Friday, September 21st, 5:30 to 7:00pm 

Saturday, September 22nd, 9:00 to 11:00am  

Questions? Email:
or call (650) 964-6110 ext. 5
Palo Alto Art Center Reopening: Activities, Music & Tree Walks  
Free celebration kicks off newly renovated center  

 The Palo Alto Art Center will soon open is doors again after eighteen months of renovation. The newly transformed Art Center features a new Children's Wing with double the number of classrooms, transformed exhibition galleries, new lobby spaces and public areas and newly landscaped outdoor spaces. Artist Angela Buenning's installation "The Palo Alto Forest" will incorporate the tree photos submitted by community members.   

Canopy will lead two free Tree Walks around the newly remodeled landscape at 1:00 and 3:00pm. 

When: Saturday, October 6, 11:00am to 5:00pm, FREE. Canopy's Tree Walks are at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. 
Where: The Palo Alto Art Center
For more information click here
Welcome to Natalia Schoorl
Canopy's new Program Coordinator    


Natalia Celeste Schoorl, joined Canopy as a summer intern a few months ago after two years of teaching English in rural Spain. Prior to that she was an AmeriCorps volunteer at Our City Forest in San Jos, with a focus on tree care and pruning. She studied World Literature and Cultural Studies among the redwoods at the University of California Santa Cruz where she enjoyed learning about other cultures, with a particular interest in themes of history, identity, memory, as they relate to human interaction with landscape. She enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and cycling. Send Natalia an email.
Have You Seen This Tree?
Known for rose-colored berries and gnarly roots     

Found on this month's Barron Park Tree Walk, this tree native to Peru is known for its inedible, rose-colored berries and gnarly roots. The history of this tree is closely tied to California history, since it was Spanish settlers who first planted them in California during the 1800s in the gardens of California's missions. No wonder this tree has been successful in California since it is drought tolerant, attracts birds, and is deer resistant. Its expansive canopy is evergreen and provides ample shade. To see for yourself and learn more, come to this Saturday's Tree Walk in the Barron Park neighborhood.
September 2012
Tree ID Workshop Success
Planting Leader Training in September
Palo Alto Art Center Reopening
New Program Coordinator
Have You Seen This Tree?
Barron Park Tree Walk
Trees in Water-Conserving Landscapes
Monthly Tree Walks
Thank You Volunteers!
Barron Park Neighborhood Tree Walk 
Saturday, September 8th 
10:00am to Noon


Join leading Arborist and educator Ellyn Shea for a Tree Walk around the Barron Park Neighborhood. Previously with Friends of The Urban Forest, Ellyn currently works with Tree Management Experts


Where: 3590 Laguna Avenue, between Barron and Matadero avenues   

What: See Coast Redwood, California Buckeye, Marina Madrone, Modesto Ash and many others!

Upcoming Talk: Trees in Water-Conserving Landscapes
Taught by Canopy Advisor
Scott McGilvray, this class will address proper irrigation techniques, care and maintenance for preserving the long-term vitality and growth of trees in your landscape even with a water conserving design.
When: Thurs. Oct. 4th, 7:00 to 9:00pm
Where: Lucy Stern Community Center, Palo Alto
Free of charge, but due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Register here or call 650-329-2241.
Two Remaining  
Tree Walks in 2012 
Monthly, Free, and Fun!  

Join us every month on the second Saturday from 10:00am to Noon. Click here to sign up.


October 13th - Greenmeadow

Nov. 10th - Crescent Park  


Click the links above to see the self-guided Tree Walks, or to request a brochure, email  

or call 650-964-6110 ext. 1  

THANK YOU To Our Young Tree Care Survey Volunteers!


Young Tree Care Survey results will soon be posted soon our web site. 

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