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, July 1 and Saturday, August 5, 9 am, French broom rip at Redwood Regional Park
Pre-registration strongly encouraged because the worksite moves within the park. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.
Saturday, July 1, and Saturday, August 5, 9:30 am, Point Isabel at Eastshore State Park
This group starts across from the parking lot at the end of Rydin Road. You can e-mail email@example.com to RSVP.
Sunday, July 2 and Sunday, August 6, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, the monthly North Basin restoration meets at Eastshore State Park in Berkeley, on the bay shoreline south of Tom Bates soccer fields, to continue clearing radish and other invasives from around the native plants and prepare for next year’s plantings. A map of the area can be found at https://goo.gl/rqdZQW. For directions to the work site or more information about this project, contact John Kenny (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 am, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
You do not have to pre-register. Just be at the Huckleberry parking lot at 9:30 am. when we discuss our worksite before collecting water and tools from the ranger and heading to work somewhere shady. We’ll be back on August 12, also at 9:30. For more information, see the description at www.meetup.com/ebcnps/ or e-mail email@example.com.
Saturday, July 8, 9 am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site 5 (Becado Place)
Saturday, August 5, 9 am-noon, Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site 5 (Becado Place)
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. For July, we’ll have the work day on the second Saturday of the month, instead of the first.
We will be caring for native trees and shrubs, removing invasives, and sheet mulching! Registration is required. Please visit www.fremont.gov/SabercatRestoration. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-494-4570.
Sunday, July 9 and Sunday, August 13, Sunday at 9 am, rip out more French broom at Redwood Park
Pre-registration also required for this volunteer crew–it helps the ranger to bring enough tools and water for all. E-mail email@example.com to pre-register or call (510) 544-3127.
Saturday, July 15 and Saturday, August 19, 10 am-noon, Garber Park Habitat Restoration Workdays
Join us as we continue removing fire prone invasive weeds in Garber Park. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber Park, where we will continue our push to clear Algerian ivy from the parking area, along the trail, and in Fern Glade. For those who enjoy working on steep slopes the Evergreen Restoration Site needs your help in removing poison hemlock and erharta grass. Wear long sleeves and pants, shoes with good tread, and bring a water bottle. We provide water, snacks, tools, and gloves. For directions (public transportation and car), maps and further information visit www.garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Coordinator, Garber Park Stewards
Sunday, July 16 and Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 am, Sibley Park
We will touch base for signups and water at the Oakland-side entrance off of Skyline Boulevard, but you can also go directly to the Old Tunnel Road staging area–just be sure to e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know to look for you.
Saturday, July 29 and Saturday, August 26, 9:30 am Albany Hill
This crew mostly removes invasive weeds, with the expectation that the hills unique flora will fill in the bare spots soon. Best to pre-register. E-mail friendsalbanyhill@gmail.