Please join us for our spring events in Claremont Canyon. Regular 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. See below for details and additional events. 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. 

Saturday April 20 in Garber Park—Earth Day Celebration, 9:30 AM until noon.

The Garber Park Stewards will be making an assault on the invasive weeds and get a head start on making this City of Oakland park as fire safe as possible.  We have projects to suit all ability levels from easy weed removal on flat, easily accessible areas along the Loop Trail and Fern Glade, to the more heavy lifting activities of trail maintenance and Algerian ivy removal on the steeper slopes. We still have mulch at the Evergreen Lane entrance to put in the muddy spots along the trail, and we especially need to continue “fixing” the trail where a major mudslide blocked the trail near Bridge 1 along the Lower Loop Trail.  

Meet at the Claremont Ave. Entrance, .4 miles up Claremont Avenue from the intersection of Claremont Ave/Ashby.  Sign in, enjoy drinks and snacks, and then choose your favorite place to work.  

Wear long sleeves, long pants and shoes or boots with good tread.  We provide gloves, tools, snacks, and water.  No experience necessary.  Students looking for community service hours are welcome.  Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information, a map and directions (including bus #49) visit garberparkstewards.org or contact Mark Seaborn at mrs@mythic-beasts.com.

Saturday, April 27 in the Upper Canyon, 10-Noon 

Join us from 10 to Noon for our fourth Saturday stewardship event. Meet at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont Avenue from the intersection of Claremont and Ashby. We plan to continue shoring up the lower side of the Gwin Canyon Trail. The section of this trail on UC land was never completed until Conservancy volunteers took it on a few years ago. The slope was steep and seemingly foreboding. But we've done it, and the trail continues to be stable despite all the rain!

Saturday, May 4, Fire Safety Forum at Montclair Presbyterian Church, 9-Noon

Sponsored by the Oakland Firesafe Council with various Oaklnad neighborhood organizations, 5701 Thornhill Dr, Oakland. Learn why mega-fires are happening and what experts learned, what you can do to harden your home, and more. See the flyer. For more information, contact w.s.tokuda@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 21, Fire Safety Town Hall Meeting, 7-9 PM at the Northbrae Community Church

Organized by Susan Wengraf of the Berkeley City Council, starts at 7 PM at 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. Agenda will include: new technologies, notification systems, evacuation, and vegetation management.

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 and gloves but feel free to bring your own.

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