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, May 6, 2017, 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.

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, 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 #: 510-494-458
Mobile phone #: 734-649-3795

Saturday, May 6, 9:30 am, Pt. Isabel at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park
 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, May 7, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, the monthly North Basin restoration. Meet 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 https:/ For directions to the work site or more information about this project, contact John Kenny (

Saturday, May 20, 10 am, Garber Park Stewards
E-mail If it is not a graduation day at Cal, street parking on Claremont Avenue should be available. For more information click on

Saturday, May 20, 9:30 am, Pt. Isabel at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. 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, May 21, 9 am, Sibley Park
 Meet at the Oakland-side entrance off of Skyline, approximately 1/3 mile north of the Huckleberry Park entrance. It’s OK to arrive from the north, via the Old Tunnel Road staging area, but please e-mail either or so that we know to expect you. Thanks to the brave souls who stacked up all that flowering French broom in the April showers.
Saturday, May 27, 9 am, Friends of Beaconsfield Canyon. Volunteers have been clearing and restoring this 5.5-acre canyon in upper Montclair since 2007. Once slated for development, this city-owned open space harbors four different habitats and a wealth of native plants (some 1,000 that we’ve planted), including a stand of rare black cottonwood trees. Volunteers meet the last Saturday of most months, 9-12. All are welcome. For information, contact Richard Kauffman at

Saturday, May 27, join Friends of Albany Hill for the last Saturday of the month work party, 9:30 to 11:30 am
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. For more info:,

Janet Gawthrop