Restoration activities

The Skyline Gardens Project is a combination botanical survey and restoration project in the Skyline Trail area of the Oakland–Berkeley Hills.  The purpose is to document the native flora and to remove invasive plants to restore the full native diversity of the area.  The project is sponsored by the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) in collaboration with East Bay MUD. . .We hold workdays twice weekly, Wednesday late afternoons (after work) and Sunday mornings for three hours each. Since May 2016, 55 volunteer workdays have been held, involving 74 people in some 311 volunteer shifts totaling over 900 hours on site.[read more]

Saturday, March 4 and Saturdy, March 18, 9:30 am, Pt. Isabel restoration in McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. Just off I-580 (take Central to the bottom of the I-580 overpass). At the stop sign (Rydin Road) turn right and come down to the end of the street. If you pass Costco on your right, you’ve gone too far.
You’ll find us on the trail.
Tom Kelly,
Phone and Fax: (510) 704-8628
Cell: (510) 684-6484

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9 am-noon, Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site 5 (Becado Place)
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9 am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site 3.
If taking the trailhead from Via Orinda, go down the hill to the main trail (site 2 will be just in front of you) and turn left (head east) until you see another site to your right with cages and a mulch pile. If taking the trailhead at Quema Drive and Paseo Padre Pkwy, go down the slope to the main trail and turn right (head west) until you see a site to your left with cages and a mulch pile.

With the recent rains the soil is moist and soft, perfect for removing invasive plants, planting new native trees and shrubs, and caring for previously planted ones. Our work will help stabilize soils and creek banks, filter pollutants, increase native plant diversity, and improve food and shelter for wildlife.
Registration is required. Please visit Click on the “Eventbrite” hyperlink to find the pages for upcoming events. Heavy rain cancels the event.
No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Come dressed for the weather and prepared to get dirty (sturdy closed-toe shoes/boots, long pants, hat, sunscreen, and long-sleeved shirt recommended). Bring a signed waiver form, a reusable water bottle, and community service hours forms, if applicable. We’ll provide tools, some gloves, and water to refill bottles. If you wish to bring your own gloves or tools, please label them.
For more questions or comments, please contact Sabrina Siebert at or call 510-494-4570.
Sabrina Siebert
Special Assistant
City of Fremont Environmental Services Division
Office phone #: 510-494-4589

Sunday, March 5, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, the monthly North Basin restoration meets at Eastshore State Park, on the Bay shoreline south of Tom Bates soccer fields, to continue clearing radish and other invasives from around the native plants. A map of the area can be found at For directions to the work site or more information about this project, contact John Kenny (

Sunday, March 5 and Sunday March 12, 9:00 am, Genista rip, Redwood Regional Park, Canyon Meadows picnic area
Saturday, March 11 at 9:30 a.m. Huckleberry Regional Botanic Preserve
The rain has softened the ground and made pulling weeds much easier. Join us at the parking lot at 9:30 am to get gloves, tools and snacks, but come early or stay late to take in the flowers.

Directions: From Highway 13, exit at Park, cross 13 going uphill from the ramp, and then turn left onto Mountain. Follow Mountain to the traffic light at Snake, and then turn right (uphill) on Snake and follow it all the way to its other end at the intersection of Snake and Skyline, roughly 2 miles. Turn left onto Skyline, and follow it several hundred meters to find the Huckleberry parking lot on the right side.

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:30 am-12:30, pm, Garber Park Workshop: The Waters of Garber Park. Presented by Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute. This springtime workshop will focus on creek stabilization techniques around waterways and drainages that can maintain the soil integrity. Join us and learn techniques – in the field – that include an analysis of soil erosion, spiling, willow staking, and living fascines. We will focus on the Creek on the Claremont Avenue Trail, where we can see successes and discuss “lessons learned” from past erosion control efforts. We will also head over to Harwood Creek to examine several past efforts at erosion control on Upper Harwood Creek and take a look at the eroding Lower Harwood slope – suggestions for stabilization?

Dress in layers for the changing weather, wear boots or good sturdy shoes, and be ready to have fun while Learning with Lech about erosion control. Coffee, tea, and breakfast rolls will be ready by 9:15 am (under Shelagh’s carport at the Evergreen Lane Entrance to Garber). Workshop begins at 9:30.
What to bring: We provide gloves, tools, and snacks, but if you have a sharp tool such as a hori hori, trowel, or clippers please bring them Also bring a water bottle to fill up from our water container. For more information and to RSVP contact Shelagh

Directions: Many of you have been to Garber before and have your own favorite way of getting there, but for those who aren’t familiar with the park directions can be found on our website Click on Directions in the Menu Bar at the top. I recommend parking at the Claremont Avenue Entrance and walking up the trail, which takes you past Fern Glade and Fireplace Plaza to the Evergreen Lane Hillside.
Shelagh Brodersen
Volunteer Coordinator, Garber Park Stewards

Sunday, March 19, 9 am, Sibley Regional Park
Meet us at the Oakland side parking lot off the right side of Skyline, a few hundred meters north of the Huckleberry lot. There we will look at the Sibley-to-Tilden trail and decide if we should walk to the worksite or carpool to the Old Tunnel Road staging area. This rainy winter has made for easy removal of French broom but sometimes also reduces the trails to a deep clay slurry. You can park at Old Tunnel Road staging area and walk to the worksite if you already have your own gloves, tools and water. However, if you are new to this worksite please email either or so that we know where and when to expect you. If you walk in on the asphalt path from the parking lot, be sure to turn off to the worksite before the pavement turns left and uphill, away from the patch of milk thistles and young coast live oaks. Send an e-mail if these directions do not make sense.

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10:00 am to 2:00 appreciate the native plant diversity in Kennedy Grove
Patra Drive, El Sobrante
Click here for details

Saturday, March 25, Friends of Albany Hill
March 25 join Friends of Albany Hill for the last Saturday of the month work party, 9:30-11:30am. Location to be announced. Gloves and tools provided but bring a favorite weeding tool if you like. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and long sleeves recommended. Heavy rain cancels. Free t-shirts for participants. For more info:
Margot Cunningham
Friends of Albany Hill

Saturday, March 25, 9:00 to noon, volunteer workday,  Friends of Beaconsfield Canyon
Join us for the first workday of spring. The annual grasses and forget-me-nots are coming up with a vengeance, begging to be pulled.

We supply gloves, tools, water, snacks. Please wear long sleeves, long pants and shoes or boots with good treads for slippery ground. We work in light rain; cancel in a downpour. Children under 16 welcome if accompanied by adults.

Meet at 2639 Beaconsfield Place, just off Chelton Drive in Montclair. Walk in on the dirt road.

For more information, email