Restoration activities

Every Wednesday 4 pm to sunset and Sundays 9:30 am-1 pm, Skyline Gardens Project holds  3.5 hour workdays up in the Berkeley/Oakland hills on Skyline Trail and its environs.
RSVP if interested.

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]

Click here for a plant list for Skyline Gardens.

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA.

Join the City of Fremont’s Environmental Services to enhance wildlife habitat along Sabercat Creek. We are holding volunteer work days on the first or second Saturday mornings of each month, from 9 am-12 pm.

We need a lot of help removing invasive plants and sheet mulching before the invasives bloom and set seed! 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, long-sleeved shirt, and tick/mosquito repellant 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 contact Sabrina Siebert at or call 510-494-4570.

Saturday, June 3, 9:00 am, Trudeau Training Center at Redwood Regional Park
The California Invasive Plant Council will hold a training session aimed at volunteers who weed invasive plants. If you did not already sign up through the previous e-mail you may want to contact the website to see if space is still available at

Sunday, June 4, 10 am, North Basin at the mouth of Schoolhouse Creek in Eastshore State Park
John Kenny and other volunteers will mostly be weeding this month as temperatures increase and the ground dries. It is OK to just show up–pre-registration is not required.

Sunday, June 4th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Crab Cove Visitors’ Center, 1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda
Help keep our wildlife-friendly gardens beautiful by pruning, weeding, watering, and mulching around the visitor center. Choose the work that inspires you. Community Service hours available for students. Snacks and refreshments served, tools provided.

There are 1,600 species of bees native to California! Most are solitary ground nesters and do not sting, and many are colorful. Come see which plants attract native bees and butterflies at Crab Cove.

To register go to: If you decide to come at the last minute, please do. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent/guardian sign a volunteer form, so please email me to be sent one.

For questions call 510-544-3187 or call Michael directly at 510-544-3183, or email

Michael Charnofsky
Naturalist  | Operations
East Bay Regional Park District
1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
Tel: 510-544-3183 | Fax: 510-521-0376 |

Saturday, June 10, 9:30 am, Huckleberry Regional Park
Meet Janet, Marcia and park staff at the parking lot off Skyline. You do not have to register in advance, but you can RSVP and look through the project description at the chapter Meetup page.

Unless the fog moves in we are likely to head into the park and deep shade this month. Bagging Vinca or Cape ivy, anyone?
For more information visit
Sunday, June 11, 9:30 am, Redwood Park French broom pull
You need to register with the park ranger in advance because this restoration site moves from month-to-month within the park. You can call (510) 544-327-2757, option 3, ext. 4553. Tools will be provided and you will not be charged for parking. So many Genista sprouts, so little time.

Saturday, June 17, 10:00 am-noon, Garber Park Stewards
Meet Shelagh at the Claremont Avenue trailhead and help uncover the large population of native plants waiting below the Algerian ivy. You are not required to RSVP, but you can make contact if you want at their new Meetup page

Join Shelagh and the other volunteers in the cool shade of Garber’s native Oak woodland where the focus will be chopping and pulling the usual invasive weeds. There are many activities to choose from:  light and level at selected spots along the trails where we will be pruning and pushing back the weeds and freeing the natives – especially the ferns (Garber has seven native ferns)  to the tough tasks in Horsetail Meadow where the poison hemlock and spurge are in bloom and need to be removed. We provide tools, gloves, drinks and snacks. Wear long sleeves and pants and shoes with good tread.

Saturday, June 17, 9:30 am, Point Isabel restoration
Meet at the end of Rydin Road to pick up tools and find a site in need of weeding. e-mail to RSVP and if you have any questions.

Sunday, June 18, 9:00 am, Sibley Regional Park
Join us at the Oakland-side parking lot, where you can pick up water and snacks. Depending on the weather and volunteer interest we may head back towards Old Tunnel Road and the nearby wall of broom, but we may also slice poison hemlock and teasel in the shade.

Saturday June 24, 9:30 am, Friends of Albany Hill
E-mail for the location of this conclusion to June restoration.
Hope to see you in the field.

Janet Gawthrop