Saturday, January 2 and Saturday, January 16, 10 am – 2 pm, Pt Isabel in Eastshore State Park, at the end of Rydin Road, off Central Avenue in Richmond.

Saturday, January 9 at 9:30 am, Huckleberry Regional Park
Meet park staff and the regular volunteers at the parking lot/loop trailhead to the right of Skyline in Oakland. We will decide on a worksite with the day’s weather and soil conditions in mind. If you need to arrive later or have other requests, it’s probably best to e-mail either or so that we can let you know where to find us in the field. You do not have to reserve a spot, but you can do so by RSVP at

Sunday, January 17, 9:00 am, Sibley Regional Park
You can do your MLK service weekend out of doors on Sunday, where we hope to further shrink the notorious wall of broom. We will meet park staff at the Oakland-side parking lot off of Skyline, pick up water and snacks and then head to the wall and the on-site toolbox. However, folks to the east and north are welcome to join us from the Old Tunnel Road staging area–just be sure to e-mail either or

Redwood Regional Park continues to host volunteer crews to remove French broom (Genista monspessulana) on January 9 and 10. This year advance registration is required; to register, call (888) 327-2757, option 3, Ext. 4553.

Jane Gawthrop

Restoration events sponsored by other organizations

Saturday, January 9, 9:30 am-noon, Creek Restoration workday, Wilkie Creek site,
De Anza Drive and Appian Way, El Sobrante

Help take care of one of our native plant restoration sites. With all the rain we’ll likely do some planting. People with all levels of experience are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear sturdy shoes, comfortable work clothes, and bring a water bottle. SPAWNERS will provide tools, gloves, and snacks. Heavy rain cancels. For more information please visit or contact Helen at or 510-665-3538.

Helen Dickson
Program Coordinator, SPAWNERS
Living Shorelines Program Manager, The Watershed Project

Saturday, January 16, 10, am – 12:30 pm, join Friends of Five Creeks planting basket sedge, (Carex barbarae), along Cerrito Creek in the wonderful open space and wildlife habitat that stretches from up Albany Hill. Learn about the fascinating Native American history and uses of this and other native plants found here. We’ll also remove invasives and trash. No RSVP needed, and all ages welcome — there’s even a play structure for very young children.

We supply snacks, tools, gloves, and good company. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty! Dress in layers; long pants and long sleeves recommended. We’ll work in a drizzle, but heavy rain postpones to January 18.

Meet at Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave., El Cerrito (short walk from AC Transit 72 or 25 or El Cerrito Plaza BART). Info:,

Susan Schwartz, President
Friends of Five Creeks
510 848 9358

 January 30, join Friends of Albany Hill for the last Saturday of the month work party, 9:30-11:30am. Rains have softened the soil, making it easier to pull weeds. Location to be determined. 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. We’ll work in a light rain, but moderate rain cancels. For more info: Also, we now have an online presence: (our web page has info on the natural history of the hill, photos, art, and writings)