Short Summary

Garber Park is a 13-acre wildland park owned by the City of Oakland located behind the Claremont Hotel in Claremont Canyon. Garber Park is home to significant stands of big-leaf maple, California buckeyes and regenerating coast live oak woodland and forest. The Garber Park Stewards vision is to safeguard the native wildland resources of Garber Park while reducing the risk of wildfire and improving the trail system.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Learning how to do a Line Transect - an
easy but important monitoring tool.
It was a great turn-out for Lech's Fern Workshop  on Saturday, February 4 - it was warm, the rain held off while Lech gave his well - received interactive, informative workshop.  Many new faces, but even the "old-timers" learned lots of new, fun information about ferns in general, and especially the many native ferns of Garber.  No one left even when it began to rain - everyone stayed to pull and push back the ivy to allow room for the natives to grow in Fern Glade.  It was all smiles at the end.  It was so rewarding uncovering Trilliums, Ferns, and even a California Buckeye.  

Looks like we'll have a break in the weather for our volunteer workday this Saturday, February 18. Please
join us in Garber as we continue pulling invasive weeds and planting natives.  There are many activities to choose from: light and level at selected spots along the trails where we will be pruning and pushing back the weeds, and for those who are up for some heavy lifting jobs we need some help in shoring up the trails.

Wear long sleeves and pants, shoes with good tread.  We provide water, snacks, tools, and gloves.

Meet at the Claremont Ave Entrance to Garber.  Directions:  From the intersection of Tunnel Rd and Ashby, (also AC Transit #49 stop)  go.4 miles up Claremont Ave (towards Grizzly Peak) to the parking turn-out.  Look for the new Garber Park sign.  Directions, maps and further information can be found at or contact Shelagh

Friday, January 6, 2017


A Workshop with Lech Naumovich, Goldenhour Restoration Institute
contact Shelagh

Join us as we continue to expand and build upon our rich FERN GLADE RESTORATION AREA. Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute, will begin with a short Restoration History of Fern Glade, Fern ID, and Biology.  Then we will pull ivy and other weeds from the area and noting any new ferns, trilliums, and other early spring flowers that should be emerging.  

Everyone Welcome.  Dress in layers for the changing weather and shoes with good tread.
We provide tools, snacks and water.

Fern Glade was begun three years ago when we cleared a patch of knee deep ivy in a flat area along Claremont Ave Trail, flagged the ivy and other natives that were there to give the natives a chance to grow.  And grow they did.  It's a joy to see.  We remove ivy each winter and by spring the ferns have multiplied.  Fern Glade has become our most popular restoration site - click on the links below to see for yourself the History and Expansion of this most beautiful spot in Garber and then join the fun on January 21st in Fern Glade.

December, 1013.  Fern Glade is Begun.  Restoration Workshop an overwhelming  success:

Fern Glade 2015....Working in Fern Glade is always popular
Fern Glade 2016.  Expansion continues in this lovely spot.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mid-Summer Workday a Success

A great turn-out today of new and regular volunteers enabled us to divide into two groups.

 Most of us worked in Fern Glade weeding among all the ferns and pushing back the ivy increasing Fern Glade.  Lots of bare ground waiting for the rains and new ferns and other natives to pop up in this phenomenally successful and popular restoration area on the Claremont Ave Trail.

Another group spent the morning on the other side of the park at Horsetail Meadow pulling and cutting invasive thistle and poison Hemlock.  A tough job - we're lucky to have volunteers willing to go after these invasive species.

And if you find yourself at Fireplace Plaza you should thank Mark who stayed several hours longer than the rest of us cleaning up the area for all of us to enjoy.

Thanks to all who came today.   Our next volunteer workday is Saturday, August 20 from 10am to Noon.  We hope to see you as we continue pulling fire prone invasives and maintaining the trails.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Volunteer Workday, Saturday, May 21, 10am-Noon

Our Third Saturday Workday on May 21 will have one major focus - TRAIL WORK - from easy weeding along the trails to the more heavy lifting work of shoring up the trails from winter erosion, fixing/adding new steps in the more steep sections of the trail.  Meet at the Claremont Ave Entrance.
Click on Volunteer Opportunities above for more information. EVERYONE WELCOME!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Workshop Launches Self-Guided Interpretive Trail Map Project

THE GARBER OAK - the anchor to Garber's Oak Forest
Today's workshop - Lech's third in this year's Garber Park Restoration Workshop Series - was a departure for the Garber Park Stewards.  The purpose of today was the Kick-off to  creating a map of Garber which will highlight some of the unique and interesting aspects of the park along the trails.  And who better to become the Mapping Garber Team than the group assembled today - long term volunteers who know and love Garber  and/or have knowledge of creating just such a map.  After a brainstorming session with coffee and breakfast rolls to fuel our creativity we came up with a general plan on what should be in the brochure and what to highlight on the map.

Our Leader, Lech Naumovich, in Fern Glade along the
Claremont Ave Trail.  
Then the REAL fun began - a long, show purposeful walk to think about the best places to highlight.  What a treat it was for most of us - no tools, no digging, chopping or planting - just a chance to talk about all the transformations that have taken place in the past six years of restoration work in Garber. This year's rains - and it was a light rain as we walked through the park - wiped out the browns of the drought.  The park has never looked so beautiful and lush.
Three years ago this beautiful scene along the Lower Loop
Trail did not exist - it was blanketed in Himalayan Blackberry
and Cape Ivy.  
As we refine our plans to create the final product - a brochure for a self guided walking tour of Garber - we could still use your help.  If you are interested in being a member of the team or would like to just talk about your ideas or you're just curious about what we are all about please contact Shelagh at  I'd love to hear from you.
Why are these two smiling?  Because there is new growth
on plants they put in the ground at an erosion control
workshop in March.  

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Help Design an Interpretive Brochure
for a Walking Tour of Garber Park



              SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016

                      TO GARBER PARK

This 3.5 hour Community-Based workshop will communicate information about interpretive brochure design, planning and writing. The first portion of the workshop will present strategies and ideas on interpretive brochures from the National Park Service and California State Parks. Then we will work as a team to synthesize our local experience, passion, and creativity and begin designing (outlining) a brochure for a self-guided walking tour of Garber Park, Oakland. This workshop will direct the production of a future interpretative brochure which will be available at the park entrances. 

To RSVP or for more information contact Shelagh or visit our web site  Limit 20.

Directions:   Meet at the Evergreen Lane Entrance. Many of you have been to Garber before and have your own favorite way of getting here, but for those who aren't familiar with the park directions can be found on our website  Click on Directions in the Menu Bar at the top.  I recommend parking at the Claremont Ave Entrance and walking up the trail, which takes you past Fern Glade and Fireplace Plaza to the Evergreen Lane Hillside Stairs. Coffee and snacks - available at 9:15 - are at the top of the stairs which is the Evergreen Lane Entrance. 

This workshop is led by Golden Hour Restoration Institute and Garber Park Stewards, and

generously funded by Claremont Club and Spa.