Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, June 18, 9:30 am, Point Isabel
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. Contact info: Tom Kelly (510) 704-8628 (work), (510) 684-6484 (cell) or tkelly@kyotousa.org.

Saturday, June 11, 9:30 am, Huckleberry Regional Botanic Preserve
Join us at the parking lot off Skyline Boulevard, where we can plan our morning around the worksite for the loop trail rerouting. A portion of the loop trail will be closed during some of the work, but we can continue attacking thistles, poison hemlock and French broom in other areas. You can get loaner tools, gloves and water from park staff at the start. We will work until about 1 pm.

Sunday, June 19, 9:00 am, Sibley Regional Park
You can start from the Skyline (Oakland-side) entrance, and hike to the wall of broom. Or you can e-mail sibley@ebparks.org or janetgawthrop47@gmail.com to let staff know that you will be parking at the Old Tunnel Road staging area (Berkeley & Orinda-side). The walk is shorter from Old Tunnel Road, but you will need to bring your own gloves and water and pick a loaner tool from what’s available at the site. We will work until about 12:30 and aim to return to the Skyline parking lot by about 1 pm.

City Park Saturday, June 25, 9:00 am, Albany Hill
Join Friends of Albany Hill and Friends of Albany Parks for a nature walk and work party on Albany Hill, from 9:00 am until noon. Meet at the Taft Avenue turn-around at the top of the hill. Gloves and tools provided, as well as a t-shirt and lunch.
Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended, especially if you are sensitive to poison oak. Be sure to look for the hard left turn coming uphill from Cerrito onto Taft Avenue. If you miss it just turn around and come back. You can reach Cerrito from Solano Avenue west of San Pablo Avenue. For more information, e-mail friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com.


Restoration events sponsored by other organizations

Sunday, June 5, 10 am – 12:30 pm, Berkeley
Join Friends of Five Creeks volunteers curbing perennial pepperweed on the Bay shore. Tarping has greatly reduced this invader but we need to keep this spring’s plants from setting seed. Easy work — all ages welcome. Tools, gloves, snacks, and good company provided. Meet on the shoreline south of University and west of the freeway, Sea Breeze deli, and the mouth of Strawberry Creek. (This is 400 University Avenue on Google maps, but there is no such address). You’ll see cars and our table. AC Transit 51B buses to the Marina stop across from Sea Breeze. This is also a lovely walk or bike ride on the Bay Trail or via the pedestrian/bicycle bridge from Aquatic Park. No reply needed, but please email f5creeks@gmail.com if you have questions. For more information visit www.fivecreeks.org.​ Susan Schwartz, President, Friends of Five Creeks, (510) 848-9358, f5creeks@gmail.com    www.fivecreeks.org
Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 9:00 am to noon, Site TBA
Join the City of Fremont’s Environmental Services to enhance wildlife habitat along Sabercat Creek. We are holding volunteer workdays on the first Saturday mornings of most months (second Saturdays in July and September) from 9 am-12 pm.

The dry days of summer are quickly approaching. We have a plant count coming up and we’d love some help to remove invasive plants and care for previously planted native trees and shrubs. 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 www.fremont.gov/SabercatRestoration. Click on the “Eventbrite” hyperlink to find the pages for upcoming events. Heavy rain postpones the events.

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, contact Sabrina Siebert at ssiebert@fremont.gov or call 510-494-4570.

Sabrina Siebert

Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, July 16, 10 am-noon, Garber Park habitat restoration workdays
Join us in the cool shade of Garber’s native oak woodland for our Summer Habitat Restoration Workdays. Our focus will be preparing for this fire season by chopping and pulling the usual invasives (Algerian and Cape ivy, poison hemlock, thistle and erhardta grass) and performing maintenance on the Loop Trail.

Wear long sleeves and pants, shoes with good tread, and bring a water bottle for refills. We provide water, snacks, tools, and gloves.

Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber. Directions: From the intersection of Tunnel Road and Ashby, (AC Transit #49 stop) go .4 miles up Claremont Avenue (towards Grizzly Peak) to the parking turn-out. Look for the Garber Park Stewards sign. Directions, maps and further information can be found at garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh at garberparkstewards@gmail.com.

Shelagh Broderson