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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

INTERPRETIVE BROCHURE DESIGN WORKSHOP



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


  

 WORKSHOP LED BY LECH NAUMOVICH
GOLDEN HOUR RESTORATION INSTITUTE


              SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016
                      9:30AM-1:00PM

MEET AT THE EVERGREEN LANE ENTRANCE 
                      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 garberparkstewards@gmail.com or visit our web site www.garberparkstewards.org.  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 www.garberparkstewards.org.  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.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Springtime in Garber


Thanks, Lech, for a successful Erosion Control
Workshop on April 2.  
Before we jump into our Spring Workdays I want to give a shout-out to our many volunteers who pulled weeds, and then pulled more weeds to give the natives a chance to grow – and grow they are.  A walk through Garber  - up the Claremont Ave Trail and around the Loop Trail is full of wonderful reminders of our successes – Harwood Creek was a mass of Himalayan Blackberry six years ago – today  the blackberry is mostly gone; in its place snowberry, ossoberry, thimbleberry, cow parsnip, miner’s lettuce, and other natives are thriving.  Walk along the Lower Loop Trail and fields of vetch, false solomon’s seal, and abundant ferns greet you at every step.  And then there’s Fern Glade – three years ago a sea of Algerian ivy knee deep and climbing into the tallest trees – is now a magnificent site of ferns, false solomon’s seal, and trillium.   Come and see for yourself – and join us for a workday or one of our workdays or Restoration Workshops led by Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute.

Saturday, April 16 , 10-Noon.  Volunteer Workday in Garber.  
Join us as we return to tackle the ivy along the Claremont Trail and Fern Glen.   In the parking lot entrance is a green bin – we want to fill it up before Oakland takes it away at the end of April – and we need your help.  We have easy ivy pulling in Fern Glade as well as the more difficult task of removing large swaths on the steep hillside.  Wear long sleeves, long pants and shoes or boots with good treads.  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. 


Meet at the Claremont Ave. Entrance, .4 miles up Claremont Ave (towards Grizzly Peak Blvd) from the intersection of Claremont Ave/Ashby.  For more information, a map and directions visit our website garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh garberparkstewards.org.   

Friday, March 18, 2016

Erosion Control Workshop



2016 RESTORATION SERIES in GARBER PARK
(Located in Claremont Canyon near the Claremont Hotel)
Bioengineering Tools for Erosion - April 2, 9:30am-12:30pm
Workshop with Lech Naumovich
 Golden Hour Restoration Institute

WE WILL TAKE A PRAGMATIC LOOK AT AN ERODING SLOPE IN GARBER PARK AND PLAN REHABILITATION EFFORTS FROM SITE ANALYSIS TO MONITORING OUTCOMES. THE WORKSHOP WILL INTRODUCE A FEW METHODS FOR SOIL STABILIZATION,  AND WILL COVER TOPICS LISTED BELOW.

WORKSHOP TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
Define the problem -> Introduce the site: the selection process -> Goals and Success Criteria-> Regulations and Permits -> Bioengineering Techniques (Spiling, Living Facines, Willow/Perennial Staking, Erosion fabrics) -> Native Mulching -> Monitoring Approaches


TIME: 9:30AM-12:30PM. COME EARLY TO ENJOY COFFEE, SNACKS AND MEET FELLOW WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS.

RSVP: to Shelagh garberparkstewards@gmail.com or 510-517-1918 


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. A MAP AND DIRECTIONS CAN BE FOUND AT garberparkstewards.org. CLICK ON DIRECTIONS IN THE MENU BAR.



ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME AND NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.  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.

The 2016 workshop series in Garber is generously sponsored by the Claremont Club and Spa.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

January - A Great Start to the New Year!

RAIN, a fabulous workshop in Garber on Fern ID and Propagation Techniques by Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute, and the announcement that the Claremont Hotel will be sponsoring several restoration projects in Garber made a truly WONDERFUL start to the new year.  

The Garber Park Stewards are especially excited and honored that the Claremont Club and Spa, through the Fairmont CARE's grant program will be a partner with us in Garber this coming year. The grant will sponsor our Winter Restoration Workshop Series with Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute, provide money for trail improvement and signage, development of a trail map and self-guided trail, as well as other activities in support of of our efforts to restore and maintain the native habitat in this most beautiful wildland park.  The announcement from the hotel:  Claremont Club and Spa, A Fairmont Hotel is pleased to partner with Garber Park Stewards by donating $10,000 for various projects to improve the park. The hotel has been a part of the community for 100 years and is excited to have Garber Park continue to be a place for hotel guests and club members to visit.


There's not one among us that isn't rejoicing at the rain.  A cold and rainy morning couldn't dampen the enthusiasm for the first Winter Workshop in Garber this season.  Cancel? Absolutely not - Lech brought the outside in - and we all enjoyed learning about Fern ID and in-Situ Propagation while warm and dry inside.  Lecture and demonstrations over, and coffee finished, we all were ready for some time outside, even though it was still raining. Garber abounds in several native species of Ferns, so we didn't have to walk far to find a few ferns to dig up, divide and plant in some good spots near the trail.  We didn't get a lot of field time due to the rain, so we're all looking forward to many stewardship days in the next couple of months where we can practice our skills.  
We hope you can join us.  
Contact Shelagh garberparkstewards@gmail.com for more information and to join our listserv for workday and future workshop anouncements.  

Click here to see more pictures of the workshop.










Monday, December 7, 2015

Winter Restoration Events

 FERN ID, IN-SITU PROPAGATION and FERN GLADE EXPANSION
January 16, 2016, 9:30AM-12:30PM. 

Workshop presented by Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute

RSVP:  garberparkstewards@gmail.com

Join us for our first Winter workshop of the 2016 Season.  We will take a walk on the Loop Trail through Garber while identifying the many native ferns and discussing habitat.  You will learn key anatomical terms and a bit about reproduction  Then we will head over to Fern Glade, remove ivy, flag any native plants that we find, and learn about in-situ propagation of Garber’s native ferns.  Trilliums abound in Fern Glade; if we’re lucky we will see many beginning to pop up.
Dress in layers for the changing weather, wear boots with good sturdy shoes, and be ready to have fun while Learning with Lech about ferns, monitoring, Healthy Forests, and Phytophthera.  Coffee, tea, and breakfast rolls will be ready by 9:15am (under Shelagh’s carport at the Evergreen Lane Entrance to Garber).  Workshop begins at 9:30.

What to bring:  We provide gloves, tools, and snacks, but if you have a sharp tool such as a hori hori, trowel,  or clippers please bring them.  Also bring a water bottle to fill up from our water container.  

Directions: 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 a map and directions can be found our website www.garberparkstewards.org.  Click on Directions in the Menu Bar at the top.  We 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 are at the top of the stairs which is the Evergreen Lane Entrance. 

To RSVP – workshop is limited to 12 participants - or for more information contact Shelagh garberparkstewards@gmail.com.