Saturday, February 7, 9:30 am, Pt. Isabel restoration (Eastshore State Park) with Tom & Jane Kelly of Greens @ Work

Saturday, February 7, 10 am, Sabercat Creek, Site 3 with City of Fremont Environmental Services. Site 3 is near Via Orinda in Fremont. Bring gloves. For more information go to https://sites.google.com/site/sabercatcreekrestoration/

Saturday, February 14, 9:30 am, Huckleberry Regional Park (Oakland)

Meet at the parking lot and we’ll decide on a worksite in light of whatever rain falls (or doesn’t) in February. You can bring gloves and the tool of your choice, but park staff can provide loaner gloves and tools.

Saturday, February 14, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, the El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way

Join SPAWNERS as we pull invasive weeds, clean up trash and install native plants at our streamside restoration project at the El Sobrante Library. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No training necessary. Please wear sturdy shoes, comfortable work clothes, and bring a water bottle. SPAWNERS will provide tools, gloves, and snacks. RSVP to Martha at 510-788-0897 or courtney@thewatershedproject.org if bringing a group of 4 people or more.

Sunday, February 15, 9:00 am, Sibley Regional Park

You can meet with the park staff at the Oakland side parking lot (off Skyline, just north of Huckleberry Park), or come in from the northeast at the Old Tunnel Road staging area. In either case, we’ll end up at the toolbox next to the wall of broom above the creek.

Saturday, February 21, 9:30 to 12:30, fern workshop at Garber Park (Oakland)

Join Lech Naumovich and Garber Park Stewards for this fern ID primer and expansion of Fern Glade in the park. Garber Park is an open-space park entirely in Claremont Canyon, which has at least 5 fern species. The fern glade expansion will clear exotic weeds away from existing populations of sword fern (Polystichum munitum) and wood fern (Dryopteris arguta). All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Dress in layers to get dirty, and wear sturdy shoes that can grip a slope. Garber Park Stewards will provide tools, water and snacks for the expansion work. The workshop will proceed in light rain, but a downpour will cancel. RSVP as the workshop will be limited in size: E-mail Shelagh at garberparkstewards@gmail.com or call 510-517-1918.

Directions: Meet at the Evergreen Land entrance to Garber Park. This is a subtle end-of-the-road entrance, and the closest address is 144 Evergreen Lane in Berkeley. Drivers can follow Ashby Avenue, then to Alvarado Road to Slater Lane, with a right turn from Slater to Evergreen Lane. Mass transit users can take AC Transit # 49 bus from Rockridge BART to the stop just past the stop light at Claremont and Ashby Avenue. Walk or bike uphill on Claremont past the Claremont Hotel employee parking to the street parking next to the trailhead with the Garber Park Stewards sign.

Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, 9 am to 3 pm, major broom pull at Skyline at Keller. The Oakland Fire Department and Wildfire Prevention District are sponsoring this effort to create a firebreak in an area that has seen two small fires in the last year. Terrain is mostly flat. Tools and training provided. No experience necessary. 16 and older please. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes. Bring gloves, hat, and sunscreen. RSVP if possible to Ken Thames: kenthames@comcast.net or 415-279-6918.

Saturday, February 28, 9 am to 3 pm, Beaconsfield Canyon Volunteer Workday We’ll be pulling thistle, vinca and other invasives, working on trails and possibly planting. All are welcome. Gloves, tools provided. Wear long pants, long sleeves and shoes with good treads. Meet at 2639 Beaconsfield Place, off Chelton Drive, in Montclair. Contact is Richard Kauffman: richard@rkcommunications.com.