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Community Arbor Day Festival in Palo Alto

Celebration, Tree Exploration, Fun For All Ages

Canopy is partnering with the City of Palo Alto, fellow nonprofit organizations and local businesses for a Community Arbor Day Festival to celebrate California Arbor Week, and highlight the importance of trees. A popular annual event with local families, the Festival promises plenty of fun and learning for all ages.

Event Details: Palo Alto Community Arbor Day Festival

  • Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: Mitchell Park Multi-Use Bowl, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
  • Who: Canopy, City of Palo Alto, local businesses and nonprofit organizations, and hundreds of families.
  • What: Hands-on fun activities for all ages, including roped tree climbing, bucket truck rides, exploration stations, tree walk, and workshops. All activities are free.
  • What Else: Live music; performances; fine arts and crafts; student art show; food trucks; raffle prizes and more!
"We are excited to celebrate California Arbor Week because the urban forest provides so many environmental, economic and social benefits to all of us," said Walter Passmore, City of Palo Alto's Urban Forester. “Thanks to support from local communities, Palo Alto’s urban forestry program recently became one of only 15 municipal programs in the U.S. accredited by the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). The Community Arbor Day Festival is a great opportunity to bond with the city’s residents, partners, neighbors and friends, and appreciate the importance of trees together.”

The goals of the Community Arbor Festival include educating residents about trees, encouraging tree planting and tree care, promoting the benefits of urban and community forest, and achieving these goals through fun, interactive activities.

“We are honored to partner with the City of Palo Alto and other wonderful partners to put on this fun community festival”, commented Canopy’s Executive Director, Catherine Martineau. “For 20 years Canopy has planted thousands of trees along streets, in parks, and on school grounds. Tree planting, tree care, hands-on learning and environmental education are what we do, and we look forward to working with our dedicated volunteers and partners to help grow more healthy trees and build more healthy communities!”

Click here for a schedule of workshops. To RSVP for the workshop series please visit the Eventbrite page or email Shannon McDonald, Operations Coordinator, at  
Sponsors and community partner organizations include:

About Arbor Day and California Arbor Week
This is the 145th anniversary of Arbor Day, which was established in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska. National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. All fifty states, Puerto Rico, and some U.S. territories have passed legislation adopting Arbor Day, which is celebrated on a date appropriate for tree planting in their region. Visit for details.

California Arbor Week runs March 7-14 every year to mark famed horticulturist Luther Burbank’s birthday and to raise awareness of the benefits of trees in our communities. In 2011, legislation was passed to define California Arbor Week in statute. This year’s theme is “Trees Are Superheroes!”. Visit for more information.

About Canopy
Canopy, a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization, plants and cares for trees where they are needed the most. We bring the life-giving benefits of trees to schools, neighborhoods, and public spaces of the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula. Canopy envisions a day when every resident of the Mid-Peninsula can go outside and walk, play, and thrive under the shade of a healthy tree. Since 1996, Canopy has planted over 4,000 trees and engaged thousands of residents in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Mountain View, supporting a greener, healthier urban environment.