Restoration activities

Sundays, Skyline Gardens Restoration, April 1, 14, 21, 28, for 3 1/2 hours. Also most Wednesday afternoons.
Bring: Water, snack, hat, gloves, boots, long pants and shirts. Tools will be provided. A most welcome storm front has helped to ensure the longevity of the recently planted natives up on Skyline as well as encourage more flowers to appear. Now is the time to see white popcorn flowers, pink California currant and blue dicks as well as our Golden State flower, the glorious California poppy!

So far 253 native species have been identified in the mile-and-a-half corridor. (List pdf available on request.) Because of the high density of native plants, it is a great place to botanize, learn, and observe – not only species, but how they behave and associate in plant communities. We will learn natives not only as flowers, but also as seedlings, plants, seed heads, and at rest. We will learn them in community – what species they grow with, and how they disperse and interact. We will learn the botanical seasons in detail.

The project is open to anyone with a strong interest and commitment, regardless of background. Because of the nature of our permit from EBMUD, each outing will be limited to 15 persons, so RSVP is mandatory.

Saturday, April 1, 10 am, John Kenny’s crew at Northshore Basin in Berkeley. Contact

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9 am-noon, Sabercat Creek Restoration, Becado Place. For details and registration, visit If you have questions, please contact Sabrina Siebert at or call 510-494-4589.

Sabrina Siebert
City of Fremont Environmental Services Division
Office phone #: 510-494-4589
Mobile phone #: 734-649-3795

Saturday, April 7 and Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am, Point Isabel restoration. Join Greens at Work near the parking lot at the end of Rydin Road, on the side next to the salt marsh. This crew now carries into the afternoon, with a break at noon if you need to leave for Saturday errands.

Saturday, April 14, 9:30 am, Huckleberry Regional Botanic Preserve, crew led by Janet Gawthrop. Click on this link for more information:

Celebrate Earth Week in Garber Park. This year we are celebrating Earth Day all week long with several Habitat Restoration Days the week before Earth Day. We want to make an assault on the invasive weeds and get a head start on making Garber as fire safe as possible. We have projects to suit all ability levels from easy weed removal on flat, easily accessible areas along the Loop Trail to the more heavy lifting activities of Algerian ivy removal on the steep hillsides along the Claremont Avenue Trail. The City of Oakland will place a green waste bin at the Claremont Avenue parking lot on Monday, April 16. Our goal is to to fill the bin by the following Monday when the bin will be hauled away. Please join us for one or more of these days.

Garber Park Stewards, Earth Week Schedule of Restoration Events, Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm. Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm.
Come early for drinks and snacks and to meet fellow participants or stay late and join Janet Gawthrop and/or Shelagh Brodersen on a guided walk through Garber. Using our new self-guided trail map to learn about the history of Garber and its abundant native resources, and admire the work of fellow volunteers in this gem of a park at the base of Claremont Canyon.

Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance, 0.4 miles up Claremont Avenue (towards Grizzly Peak Boulevard) from the intersection of Claremont Avenue and Ashby. For more information, a map, and directions visit our website or contact Shelagh at

Wear long sleeves, long pants and shoes or boots with good treads. We provide gloves, tools, snacks, and water. No experience necessary. Students looking for community service hours are welcome. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For groups of 10 or more please contact Shelagh at for final arrangements.

Shelagh Brodersen
Volunteer Coordinator, Garber Park Stewards

Sunday, April 15 ,9 am and Sunday April, 22, 9 am, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Oakland.  Meet us at the Old Tunnel Road staging area on the 3d Sunday to take out your tax prep frustrations on the notorious wall of broom (Genista monspessulana, aka French broom, as opposed to Scotch broom or Spanish broom. Park staff provide tools, gloves and water, so it is best to RSVP (but not required) to either or janetgawthrop47

Steady rain will cancel because of clay soil on the slopes of this work area.

April 28, 9:30 am-11:30 am, last Saturday of the month work party, TASH (Tending the Ancient Shoreline Hill).  Email for location— Gloves and tools provided. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. For more info:
Margot Cunningham
Tending the Ancient Shoreline Hill

Saturday, May 4, 4 pm, Hillside Natural Area in El Cerrito, starting from Madera Elementary School on top of the ridge, crew led by Janet Gawthrop.

Meet again at the parking lot, and we’ll figure out where soil conditions make it safest to work (safest for both local flora and us). See for details and to RSVP.