Saturday, January 3, 9:00 am, Redwood Regional Park—broom bash
Meet at Canyon Meadows picnic area to pick up tools, water and snacks and then head uphill to pull broom on East Ridge trail. Work until 1 pm, although early departures are OK.

Saturday, January 3, 9:30 am, Pt. Isabel restoration at Eastshore State Park
Meet at the Eastshore State Park lot at the end of Rydin Road next to Hoffman Marsh. We remove invasive plants and re-vegetate with natives grown from plants found at the site.

Garber Park Stewards
Please join us for our Habitat Restoration Workdays, Tuesday, January 6 and Saturday, January 17. We will return to pulling out the invasive weeds that are popping up in our restoration sites. It’s also the time to do some trail maintenance—shoring up the trails and improving drainage. On Saturday, January 24, Lech will be leading Winter Restoration Workshop on Passive Restoration along the riparian corridor of Harwood Creek. Click here to download a flyer of the Workshop Series.

Saturday, January 10 at 9:30 am, Huckleberry Regional Park
Meet at the parking lot, where we will decide on the worksite of the day, depending on weather and soil conditions. You can borrow gloves and tools from park staff if you need to. We’ll work until 1 pm. However, if there are enough volunteers we will add on a short field trip to see the earliest manzanitas in bloom, and maybe some bryophytes.

Sunday, January 18 at 9:00 am, Sibley Regional Park
Join us for an early day of service pulling French broom and other weeds. Recently 2-foot high sprouts practically slid out of the ground when we pulled on them–we can hope for the same in January. An added bonus–there is now water flowing in the creek. You can join us at the toolbox worksite from either parking lot. The hike in is shorter from the Old Tunnel Road staging area, but you should stop at the Skyline parking lot (Oakland side) if you need loaner gloves or tools.

Saturday, January 10, 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 if bringing a group of 4 people or more.

Wednesday, February 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Public Meeting: Learn to identify animal tracks
El Sobrante Library Community Meeting Room, 4191 Appian Way
Have you ever been on a hike and gotten the feeling that you’re being watched? Then only moments later, you hear the crashing of vegetation as something hurriedly moves away from you? What was it… a cow, a deer, a mountain lion!!? Wouldn’t you like to know what was hiding just out of sight? Then join SPAWNERS at our upcoming public meeting where EBMUD biologist Jonathan Price will teach audience members how to identify animal tracks from a variety of local wildlife. Winter is a wonderful time to learn about animal prints because the wet ground allows us to more clearly identify tracks. Tracking animals is also a fun and interesting way to spend time outdoors, embracing the rainier winter weather. We hope to see you there!