Members’ meetings

East Bay CNPS Members’ Meetings are great for:
* Learning about native plants (and wildlife) and their habitats
* Virtually visiting beautiful and interesting places
* Being inspired by conservation challenges and success stories
* Meeting nice people who share your interests

Our meetings are always free and open to everyone, members and nonmembers alike. We meet at 7:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday evening of the month in January-May and September-November, with a slight adjustment in the schedule to avoid Thanksgiving week. Most of our meetings take place at the Orinda Library or Orinda Community Center, which are centrally located in our big, two-county chapter area.

We welcome your ideas for topics or speakers (some of our best programs have come from members’ suggestions), so please feel free to contact Programs chair Sue Rosenthal with your ideas (programs@ebcnps.org or 510-496-6016).

Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 pm
Skyline Gardens: The East Bay’s Richest Botanical Hotspot
Speaker: Glen Schneider
Location: Edith Stone Room, Albany Library and Community Center (directions below)

Skyline Gardens is the section of East Bay MUD land between Tilden Park’s Steam Train and the Caldecott Tunnel (Hwy 24). Along this 1,600-foot-elevation volcanic ridge and adjacent valleys—where the fog meets the heat—237 native plant species have been identified so far. Over the last year, the EBCNPS-sponsored Skyline Gardens Project has established that this area is the most botanically diverse area of its size (about 250 acres) in the entire East Bay. And as a result of recent invasive removals in the area (eucalyptus, thistles, hemlock, etc.), natives are regenerating in amazing numbers. Plants not seen in 100 years are popping up.

In addition to the botanical survey, the project holds restoration workdays on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings under permit from EBMUD. The project’s volunteers have developed exciting new tools and mass techniques for removing invasives with the goal of eradicating all invasives (including the invasive seed bank in the soil) in this area.
Glen will introduce us to this botanically rich and beautiful area and describe the project’s methods and results. Glen will also lead a follow-up field trip to Skyline Gardens on April 1; see meetup.com/ebcnps for details.

Glen Schneider is an East Bay native and long-time CNPS member. His family farmed pears in the Martinez area and founded Orchard Nursery in Lafayette. He has been a native plant garden landscape designer/builder for over 40 years. His own garden of local native plants in Berkeley is on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour every year. For more information about the Skyline Gardens Project or to volunteer, contact skylinegardens@ebcnps.org.

East Bay CNPS membership meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Edith Stone Room of the Albany Library and Community Center at 1249 Marin Ave. The Edith Stone Room is on the first floor of the building, accessible through the main lobby or from the parking lot behind the building. The Edith Stone Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Email programs@ebcnps.org or call 510-496-6016 if you have questions.

Directions to the Albany Library and Community Center at 1249 Marin Ave, Albany 94706:

The Albany Library and Community Center is located on Marin Ave. six blocks east of San Pablo Ave. From I-80 or I-580, take the Buchanan St. exit and proceed east as Buchanan St. turns into Marin Ave. There is free parking in a small parking lot behind the library/community center building as well as free parking on the street. 

Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 pm
Skyline Gardens: The East Bay’s Richest Botanical Hotspot
Speaker: Glen Schneider
Location: Edith Stone Room, Albany Library and Community Center (directions below)

Skyline Gardens is the section of East Bay MUD land between Tilden Park’s Steam Train and the Caldecott Tunnel (Hwy 24). Along this 1,600-foot-elevation volcanic ridge and adjacent valleys—where the fog meets the heat—237 native plant species have been identified so far. Over the last year, the EBCNPS-sponsored Skyline Gardens Project has established that this area is the most botanically diverse area of its size (about 250 acres) in the entire East Bay. And as a result of recent invasive removals in the area (eucalyptus, thistles, hemlock, etc.), natives are regenerating in amazing numbers. Plants not seen in 100 years are popping up.

In addition to the botanical survey, the project holds restoration workdays on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings under permit from EBMUD. The project’s volunteers have developed exciting new tools and mass techniques for removing invasives with the goal of eradicating all invasives (including the invasive seed bank in the soil) in this area.
Glen will introduce us to this botanically rich and beautiful area and describe the project’s methods and results. Glen will also lead a follow-up field trip to Skyline Gardens on April 1; see meetup.com/ebcnps for details.

Glen Schneider is an East Bay native and long-time CNPS member. His family farmed pears in the Martinez area and founded Orchard Nursery in Lafayette. He has been a native plant garden landscape designer/builder for over 40 years. His own garden of local native plants in Berkeley is on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour every year. For more information about the Skyline Gardens Project or to volunteer, contact skylinegardens@ebcnps.org.

East Bay CNPS membership meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Edith Stone Room of the Albany Library and Community Center at 1249 Marin Ave. The Edith Stone Room is on the first floor of the building, accessible through the main lobby or from the parking lot behind the building. The Edith Stone Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Email programs@ebcnps.org or call 510-496-6016 if you have questions.

Directions to the Albany Library and Community Center at 1249 Marin Ave. Albany 94706:

The Albany Library and Community Center is located on Marin Ave. six blocks east of San Pablo Ave. From I-80 or I-580, take the Buchanan St. exit and proceed east as Buchanan St. turns into Marin Ave. There is free parking in a small parking lot behind the library/community center building as well as free parking on the street.

Skyline Gardens. Photo by Glen Schneider. 
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Skyline Gardens. Photo by Glen Schneider.