Wednesday, April 1, 7 pm, SPAWNERS talk on California biodiversity and geology (not a weeding event, but valuable background for restoration volunteers).
El Sobrante Library Community Meeting Room, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Did you know that California is home to more unique species than any other state? This is in part due to the geology of California. Geologic forces have pushed up dramatic mountains, gouged deep desert basins, and shaped many other landscapes.

Join UC Davis geologist Andrew Fowler for a discussion about how the many different climate zones and the variety of rock types resulting from geologic forces contribute to the state’s amazing plant diversity.

Saturday, April 4, 9 am-1 pm, Genista rip at Redwood Park
and again on Sunday, April 12, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Meet at the Canyon Meadow picnic area/parking lot, where we will join park staff, get tools and go to pull French broom. You can reach Canyon Meadows by going in the main entrance at Redwood Road. If the entry kiosk is staffed, tell them that you are there to rip French broom.

Saturday, April 4, 9:30 am, Point Isabel/Eastshore State Park.
Point 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. Contact info: Tom Kelly (510) 704-8628 (work), (510) 684-6484 (cell) or tkelly@kyotousa.org.

Saturday, April 11, 9:30 am, Huckleberry Park
Huckleberry Park is gorgeous, but it will remain so only with removal of exotic species that slip downhill into the park from the residential area along Skyline.

Sunday, April 12, 9:30 am, Redwood Regional Park
Meet at “Redwood Bowl” next to Chabot Space and Science Center (instead of Canyon Meadow)

Saturday, April 18, 9 am-noon, Earth Day in Garber Park
Meet at the Claremont Avenue Entrance for coffee, snacks. Then be ready for a fun morning of restoration work. Help clean up and improve the parking area, weed along the trail, or spend the morning in lovely Fern Glade clearing the ivy and other exotic weeds away from the existing population of ferns.
Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. We provide tools, water and snacks. Contact: Shelagh garberparkstewards@gmail.com

Saturday, April 18, 9 am to noon, Earth Day, Beaconsfield Canyon
Volunteers have been clearing and restoring this 5.5-acre canyon in upper Montclair since 2007. Once slated for development, this city-owned open space harbors four different habitats and a wealth of native plants (some 1,000 that we’ve planted), including a stand of rare black cottonwood trees. Volunteers meet the last Saturday of most months, 9-12. All are welcome. For information, contact Richard Kauffman at richard@rkcommunications.com.

Sunday, April 20, 9 am, Sibley Regional Park
We need all the help we can get at Sibley Regional Park where we are fighting a large stand of French broom. We have cleared a large area but the drought and summer heat last year did not kill the seedlings and now we are facing formidable re-growth in the cleared areas. The good news is that native grasses are returning to the areas we’ve cleared, if only we can fight back the re-growth. Please come protect this grassland and maintain a firebreak as well! And call your friends too—we need them!

Sunday, April 26, 9 am, Redwood Park rogue pull (as in bring your own water, glove and gear).

Restoration crews for Huckleberry and Sibley parks will meet in their respective parking lots off of Skyline Boulevard in Oakland; the Huckleberry parking lot is about a half mile south of the Sibley entrance. However, if you plan to enter Sibley from the Old Tunnel Road staging area, or have any other questions, please e-mail janetgawthrop47@gmail.com or sibley@ebparks.org.


Restoration crews for Huckleberry and Sibley parks will meet in their respective parking lots off of Skyline Boulevard in Oakland; the Huckleberry parking lot is about a half mile south of the Sibley entrance. However, if you plan to enter Sibley from the Old Tunnel Road staging area, or have any other questions, please e-mail janetgawthrop47@gmail.com or sibley@ebparks.org.