Mission Statement

Canopy's mission is to grow urban tree canopy in Midpeninsula communities for the benefit of all.


Since 1996, Canopy has used trees as change agents to transform nature-deprived neighborhoods and schools into resilient green landscapes that restore community health and invigorate natural ecosystems. A healthy tree canopy is associated with cleaner air, resilience to climate change, lower crime rates, reduced anxiety and depression, and improved educational outcomes for students, thus urban trees are not a luxury but a necessity.
Founded to support the City of Palo Alto's urban forestry programs, Canopy expanded to East Palo Alto and Belle Haven in 2006 to address public health issues associated with inequitable canopy cover and lack of access to urban nature. In 2016, Canopy partnered with the Mountain View Whisman School District to bring trees and urban nature to their school campuses, and in 2019 Canopy expanded programs to North Fair Oaks, an underserved unincorporated community in Redwood City.
Today, Canopy is the only organization in the Midpeninsula focused on connecting communities with trees and urban nature.

Program Details

To accomplish our mission, Canopy promotes environmental equity and sustainability through three interconnected core programs:
  • Tree Programs: Canopy takes direct action to grow urban tree canopy cover and enhance green spaces by engaging volunteers and partners to plant hundreds of trees and stewarding thousands of trees every year in their Midpeninsula communities.
  • Education: Through K-12 programs, High School Internships, and Adult Education programs, Canopy leads Midpeninsula communities to the knowledge, attitude, skills, and actions that support the urban forest.
  • Advocacy: Through advocacy at various jurisdiction levels (state, county, city, school district, large private landowners), Canopy steps up to help partners adopt tree-friendly policies and practices, and ensure adequate funding for tree programs in the Midpeninsula.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
3921 East Bayshore
Palo Alto, CA 94303
United States
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