Short Summary

Garber Park is a 13-acre City of Oakland woodland park located behind the Claremont Hotel. The mile long Loop Trail takes us through a forest of oaks, Bay Laurel, Big Leaf Maples and California Buckeyes to the 1920's era stone Fireplace Plaza. 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.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Habitat Restoration Series with Lech Naumovich

Winter Restoration Workshops in Garber Park
(near the Claremont Hotel in Claremont Canyon
Workshop Leader – Lech Naumovich
(Golden Hour Restoration Institute)

The Garber Park Stewards are pleased to be partnering with the Claremont Canyon Conservancy to once again offer a Restoration Planting Series throughout the winter season. Lech Naumovich, botanist and ExecutiveDirector of Golden Hour Restoration Institute, will lead the workshops, which will highlight the ongoing restoration efforts in Garber Park. Come learn about the incredible progress that has been made by a fantastic group of volunteers to restore the native oak woodland understory in Garber Park. 

Saturday, December 6. Restoring and Maintaining Diversity of the Oak Understory: Implications on Woodland Health. Help plant native grass plugs on the hill behind the 1920’s Fireplace for erosion control – and in the gently sloping oak woodland meadow below the Fireplace. We will discuss “lessons learned” from the past 4 years of plantings, and set up a monitoring protocol for the hillside. Other topics include soils and soil amendments, including mychorrhiza.
Saturday, January 24. Passive Restoration Workshop: Using Available Materials on-Site for Restoration. Help us expand the lovely restoration area near the restored drainage of Harwood Creek. All materials for restoration will originate from onsite and will include the basics of monitoring. Learn about in situ propagation techniques for a number of native plants – techniques that are powerful tools for habitat restoration.
Saturday, February 21. Fern ID and Fern Glade Expansion.
Garber is home to many beautiful native ferns, including our well known Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum) and beautiful Wood Fern (Dryopterus arguta). We will continue expanding our newest restoration site, Fern Glade, begun only last year, and an incredible success story!
Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM. Come early to enjoy coffee, snacks and meet fellow workshop participants. 
Questions? or to RSVP  Contact Shelagh or 510-540-1918

Directions. Meet at the Evergreen Lane Entrance to Garber Park. The closest address is 144 Evergreen Lane, Berkeley. From Ashby Ave, take Alvarado Rd to Slater Lane, turn Right onto Evergreen Lane. The park is at the end of the street. For internet directions: Click on directions in the menu bar. 
All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Come to one workshop or come to all! Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle. We provide tools, water and snacks. We work in light rain, downpour will cancel. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Shout-Out to our Volunteers!!!

It was a busy, fun, and rewarding Fall in Garber.  Even with the dry conditions we continued pulling, chopping, and evicting fire prone invasive weeds, and preparing our restoration sites for winter planting and clearing the trails for easier walking.  THANKS EVERYONE – we couldn’t do it without you!  

Working in Fern Glade, our newest restoration site.
The recent light rains have teased the plants into popping up - and us into looking forward to Winter Stewardship.  But before we do, take a look at back at the activities of our hard working and dedicated volunteers in the pictures below.  Then come to Garber, enjoy the trails - and if you see a volunteer, stop to chat and say "Thanks."  And even better - come join us on a workday or a special event!

 Clearing ivy above the Claremont
Avenue Trail at our November 15
Bob is happiest seeking out the broom and Himalayan
Blackberry on the steepest slopes.

Relaxing and sharing stories about the day - here, celebrating
Mark's birthday with cupcakes!  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Creek to Bay Day - an Overwhelming Success!

Thanks to all who came to Garber to help remove invasive weeds on Creek to Bay Day. Some worked in Fern Glade freeing trees and ferns from the ivy that was choking them. Others worked along Harwood Creek removing Himalayan blackberry, Cape ivy, and even cutting up a tree that had fallen into the creek at Bridge One. Still others walked the trail cutting back and pulling the invasive weeds to help keep the trail accessible for all to use. At the end of the day we all gathered together sharing our stories and pleased at the advances we made towards restoring this beautiful native oak woodland park.  Click here to see more pictures.

Sudden Oak Death Treatment Workshop


Saturday, October 4
Attend a 2-hour field treatment session offered by Dr. Matteo Garbelotto, UCCE Specialist in Forest Pathology and Mycology, UC Berkeley. 

Dr. Garbelotto will present and demonstrate the latest methods aimed at the prevention and spread of the SOD pathogen.  For treatment to be effective, a number of factors need to be considered.  Dr. Garbelotto will address these factors and demonstrate application techniques in the lovely outdoor setting at Garber Park's Fireplace Plaza.  

Meet at Fireplace Plaza - accessible from either the Claremont Ave Entrance or the Evergreen Lane Entrance. For a map and directions:    

For questions and more information contact Shelagh  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

UCB New Student Service Day

Today was New Student Service Day at UCB and the Garber Park Stewards were happy to host a group of these energetic and enthusiastic students. Lead by four veteran Stewards we were able to divide into several groups.

One group cleared ivy and expanded the Fern Glade Restoration area. Another group performed trail maintenance, cutting back and removing the invasive weeds that were rendering the trail almost impassable.

A third group hiked to the top of the switch backs, removed broom and spurge resprouts from a corner of the park where a wall of broom once stood. But the really "heavy lifting" was done by the crew that removed the remains of a large acacia tree that had fallen across the trail at Harwood Creek Restoration area. In between the hard work there was a lunch break and at the end of the day - ice cream!  THANK YOU from all the Garber Park Stewards for choosing Garber.  Click here to see more pictures of this hard working group.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Restoration Events in Garber Park

Come join us for a fun morning of restoration activities at the Harwood Creek Restoration Site. 

Five years ago the Harwood Creek Restoration Area was covered in Himalayan blackberries and Cape ivy.  Today, the natives are now dominating, but we need   your help in removing the invasives that keep wanting to invade this lovely area.   Meet at Fireplace Plaza at 9AM for coffee and drinks before walking to Harwood Creek for our morning activities. 

Wear long sleeves and pants and shoes with good traction.  We provide tools, gloves, water and snacks.
Click on the VOLUNTEER and MAP and DIRECTIONS buttons above for full details, including  directions to our new Claremont Ave Entrance.  From there a short, but steep hike on Sylvan Path past Fern Glen takes you to Fireplace Plaza.  For questions and more information contact Shelagh 

Click here to download a Creek to Bay Day flyer
We hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer Restoration a Success

Working in Fern Glade is always a rewarding experience.
Thanks to all who helped make our Summer Habitat Restoration Workdays an overwhelming success.  Throughout July and August volunteers cut and pulled fire prone invasives in our most critical areas for fire safety -  especially along the trails, the perimeter of the park (22 homes have backyards contiguous with the park), and along Claremont Avenue.   

Janet working on the trail at Claremont Avenue entrance. A
year ago this 1920's built trail was smothered in ivy.
We have cleaned up trash and debris along the Claremont Ave entrance parking lot, pulled and chopped ivy from the trees and the steep slopes along the Claremont Spur Trail where the buckeyes, big leaf males, oaks, and understory of ferns are now thriving.  We have removed erhardta grass, ivy, Himalayan blackberry and hundreds of brittle limbs extending to the ground  revealing the beautiful understory of  ferns, snowberry, thimbleberry, ossoberry, and other less fire prone natives. 

But the most difficult task and our BIGGEST THANKS go to the group that cut –up, moved and dispersed the logs and branches from an Acacia tree that had split earlier in the year and fallen across the trail near Harwood Creek.   Heavy lifting indeed.  The logs now line the trail preventing erosion.  And thanks to the City of Oakland for cutting the huge logs into movable sizes.

SAVE THE DATE:  Our next Habitat Restoration Workday is Creek to Bay Day on Saturday, September 20, from 9AM-Noon.    We will shift our focus to the lovely Harwood Creek Restoration Site, an area once covered with 12ft. high Himalayan blackberries but where today the natives are thriving, including milkweed, an important native bee pollinator.  Contact Shelagh for more information and ways you can help.

In the meantime, do visit Garber and enjoy the trails through this gem of a wildland park.   We hope to see you soon in Garber!