Please join us for our fall/winter events in Claremont Canyon. Stewardship outings are the third Saturday for restoration work in Garber Park in collaboration with the Garber Park Stewards, and the fourth Saturday for trail maintenance and weed management elsewhere in Claremont Canyon. Please check back for meeting places and last minute additions and changes.

For all stewardship work: Please wear long sleeves, long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes with good tread or boots and bring a bottle of water. We will supply tools but feel free to bring your own. 

For a description of volunteer opportunities, click here. 

November 18—Garber Park Habitat Restoration. Join us from 10 AM to Noon for our monthly invasive weed pull. Our long-term effort to restore and maintain native plant communities in this beautiful oak woodland park at the base of Claremont Canyon continues. We will be looking for possible planting sites this winterand possibly planting if there has been rain. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber, .4 miles up Claremont from the intersection with Ashby Avenue. Look for the Garber Park sign at the parking turnout. For more information contact Shelagh at or visit the website

Saturday, December 9—The Birds of Claremont Canyon, 8-11 AM, led by Dave Quady, Audubon Christmas Bird Count Leader, and Kay Loughman, creator of Wildlife in the North Hills (

Join us to look for winter birds in Claremont Canyon. Dave and Kay will also lead a special owling adventure in the wee morning hours, followed by a break for breakfast. Join us for one walk or both.

Owling (December 9), 4:30-6:30 AM. Meet at the trailhead on the north side of Claremont Avenue (Signpost 28), about one half mile uphill from the Alvarado Road intersection. After a brief owling lesson, we’ll listen for owls at a couple of locations in the canyon. We will walk a little, but mostly stand quietly in the dark and listen. Owling is chancy: we hope to hear an owl or two; if we’re lucky we may see one. Rain or high wind cancels.

Daytime Bird Walk (December 9), 8 AM. Meet at the top of the canyon at Four Corners (the Claremont Avenue/Fish Ranch Road/Grizzly Peak Boulevard intersection). We will drive to a couple of locations to sample different habitats in search of resident and migrant birds. Rain or high wind cancels.

Call Dave at 510-704-9353 before 9:00 PM on Friday, December 8 if you’re unsure whether the walks will run in light of the next day’s weather forecast. Dress warmly and bring binoculars, field guide and flashlight (for owling).

Saturday, January 20—Fungi in Garber Park, 9:00-1:00, led by Lech Naumovich of Golden Hour Research Institute. We will be hiking through the damp forests of Garber Park with eyes on the world below. We will talk about basic fungal ID, timing, and reproduction as well as nutrient cycling and their use in restoration as amendments. We will dig into the soil and ID some anatomy of the fungus.