Saturday, May 7, 9 am until 1 pm, and
Sunday, May 8, 9:30 am until 1:30 pm

Join Redwood Regional Park staff to help pull out French broom (Genista monspessulana) while the remaining soil moisture minimizes your work. Both weeding crews will start from the Canyon Meadows picnic area, where you can pick up water, loaner tools and gloves as needed. Be sure to email redwood@ebparks.org if you need loaner gloves or tools–it helps rangers set up for the crew. 

To get to Canyon Meadows, you need to go through the main entrance on Redwood Road. If the entry kiosk is open, tell the gatekeeper that you are volunteering with the French broom crew. You need to drive almost all the way to the end of the entry road to reach the Canyon Meadows sign.

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Saturday, May 14, 9:30 am, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve

Meet park staff at the main parking lot to pick up gloves, tools, check soil conditions and decide where to work. A couple of volunteers checked on the park after the regular work date was rained out and reported that both natives and weeds are growing by leaps and bounds. Special thanks to Clara and Marcia for keeping all those annual sprouts in check before they go to seed. If you arrive late look for us either downhill on the loop trail or on the flat knoll at the end of the “driveway” leading from the parking lot. Calling won’t accomplish much, because there are no cell phone towers in the park.

To reach the parking lot exit Highway 13 at Park and go uphill over the freeway to the stoplight. Turn left at the light and follow Mountain parallel to 13 until you reach the traffic light at Snake. Turn right (uphill) onto Snake and follow it winding to its other end at the junction of Snake and Skyline. Turn left onto Skyline and go north several hundred meters to the parking lot on the right. Heavy rain cancels.

Sunday, May 15 at 9:00 am, Sibley Park

Meet park staff at the Skyline parking lot (Oakland-side), especially if you need to pick up loaner gloves and water or if it’s your first time. If the Old Tunnel Road staging area is closer (Berkeley/Orinda side), be sure to email park staff at sibley@ebparks.org so we know to look for you. Probably we will return to the wall of broom near the Round Top Creek bridge and pull out as much broom as we can while the ground is still soft.

Directions are the same as for Huckleberry Park, but then continue north on Skyline another few hundred meters to reach the Sibley parking lot.

Saturday, May 21, 9:30 am, Pt. Isabel restoration

Meet Tom & Jane Kelly at the end of Rydin Road, to the left of the Central Avenue exit from I-580 in El Cerrito. From there you can pick up gloves and tools and work at any of the areas along the salt marsh side of Rydin Road. If you have questions it’s best to direct your e-mail inquiry to tkelly@kyotousa.org.