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.