By attending, participants in restoration projects and field trips agree to be 100% responsible for their own safety and health, as well as for any equipment/vehicles they might bring.

Saturdays, July 2 and July 16, 9:30 am to 2 pm, Pt. Isabel, on the Bay Trail next to the dog park. 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. If you pass Costco on your right, you’ve gone too far. You’ll find us on the trail.

RSVP – it will help us coordinate tools with the East BayRegional Park District. And remember to bring good energy,
hats, sunscreen, water, and family and friends. We’ll supply refreshments. Tom Kelly (510) 704-8628 (work), (510) 684-6484 (cell) or

Help Restore Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve — Oakland Hills
Saturday, July 9, 9:30 am, Huckleberry Parking Lot, 6934, Skyline Bloulevard
Saturday, August 13, 9:30 am, Huckleberry Parking Lot, 6934, Skyline Boulevard

Join Janet Gawthrop and other volunteers restoring Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland hills. Please note that you may be exposed to poison oak during this event.
Hosted by: Janet G. (co-organizer)

For more information about these field trips click on this link:

Skyline Gardens: Ecological Botany and Restoration. Limit 10 persons – RSVP to Glen Schneider – Outings twice a week: Sundays at 9:30 am; Wednesdays at 4:30 pm — for 3 1/2 hours. Bring water, gloves, boots, long pants and shirts.

The Skyline Trail section of the Berkeley – Oakland Hills between Tilden’s Steam Trains and the Caldecott Tunnel (Hwy 24) is one of the East Bay’s great but little known, botanic hot spots. Actually the trail is a series of jewel box native gardens, hence the name Skyline Gardens. East Bay CNPS is now sponsoring a thorough botanical survey of the area, and just recently, with permission from EBMUD, is combining that with restoration/invasive plant removals. This is a multi-year project.

So far 232 native species have been identified in the mile-and-a-half corridor. Because of the high density of native plants, it is a great place to botanize, learn, and observe – not only species, but also intact plant communities. We will learn natives not only as flowers, but also as seedlings, plants, seed heads, and at rest. We will learn them in community – what
they grow with, and how they disperse and interact. We will learn the botanical seasons in detail.
As a result of invasive removal natives are regenerating in amazing numbers. Plants not catalogued in 80 years are popping up. And, yes, invasive plants such as thistles, hemlock, Euphorbia and weedy grasses are also eagerly trying to establish themselves (Nature loves a vacuum). The restoration work involves removing invasives before they go to seed, and letting the natives gradually reoccupy liberated space through natural increase. This is sometimes called the Bradley method.

Each outing will combine botany and restoration. For the first hour, we will botanize and by observing learn together. Then we will follow with restoration/weeding for two hours, having gained a clearer view of what we are protecting. This is a new project, so we will be co-creating this approach. The project is open to anyone with a strong interest and commitment, regardless of background. Because of the nature of our permit from EBMUD each outing will be limited to 10 persons, so RSVP is mandatory.

Please bring water, hats, gloves, boots, and long pants and shirts; a hand lens if you have one. Bring clippers if you have them; other hand tools will be provided. The Wednesday evening outing will work to sunset, capturing the lovely transition from sunlight to twilight.

Naturalist Glen Schneider, project leader, is an East Bay native. He grew up in a local nursery family and has been a native plant garden landscape designer/installer for over 40 years. His own garden in Berkeley is on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour every year.

As with any outdoor activity, there are inherent risks in participating. By attending the event, you agree that you are 100% responsible for your own safety, health and well-being.

Glen Schneider


Restoration events not sponsored by East Bay CNPS

Join the City of Fremont’s Environmental Services to enhance wildlife habitat along Sabercat Creek. Our volunteer workdays will be on the second Saturdays of July and September and the first Saturdays of other months.
While some of our native plants go dormant in the dry summer heat, we’ll remove invasives, sheet mulch parts of our sites to discourage the growth of more invasives, and care for native trees and shrubs. We may also be harvesting seeds from native grasses to spread further throughout out restoration sites. Our work will help stabilize soils and creek banks, filter pollutants, increase native plant diversity, and improve food and shelter for wildlife.
No experience is necessary. Habitat stewards will guide you through the projects.

Saturday, July 9, 2016, 9:00 am to noon, at Site 5 (Becado Place)

Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 9:00 am to noon, Site 4. Follow trail down from Quema Drive and Paseo Padre Parkway, then turn left (east) and go through the cattle gate. The site will be to your right.

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 510-494-4589 Mobile phone 734-649-3795

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 erharta 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 or contact Shelagh at

Shelagh Broderson

July 30 and Aug 27 join Friends of Albany Hill for the last Saturday of the month work parties, 9:30-11:30 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:,

Margot Cunningham