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.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Due to Corona Virus Surge Workdays in Garber Cancelled until further notice.

   We resumed our 3rd Saturday of the month Habitat Restoration Workdays on June 20, 2020.  It was a tremendous success.  Keeping new precautions in place, like wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart, and limiting the number of volunteers, we accomplished pulling invasive weeds from both Fern Glade and Evergreen Lane Hillside.  We also had a hard working crew replacing steps on the switch backs on the upper loop trail from Evergreen Lane.  We were really excited about continuing a Summer Program.  However,

 Due to the Corona Virus surge we are announcing instead a halt to all workdays in Garber until further notice.  It is the safest thing to do. 

Thanks, everyone, for your continued support and help in Garber.  We look forward to seeing you all soon.  If you are not on our email list for announcements and would like to be notified when we do resume workdays please contact Shelagh at garberparkstewards@gmail.com.  


Below are some of the projects we were hoping to accomplish this Summer.  We hope we can resume again in the next month and can work through the Fall to accomplish most of these projects.  
       We will be pulling non-native invasive weeds and maintaining the Trails for fire safety.  Several Restoration Sites:  Harwood Creek, Fern Glade, and  Evergreen Lane Hillside need much TLC in removing invasive weeds to enable the natives to grow and be ready for planting this coming Winter after the rains return.  Harwood Creek and Fern Glade are beautiful sites in Garber and good flat areas to work.  In addition we have several special projects:
    Continue the ongoing Cape Ivy removal that Mark has championed and made amazing progress.
    Caging young oaks, buckeyes, and big leaf maples to prevent the deer from eating them. 
    Conduct a French broom sweep and pull any broom we find.  This is a project we do every year since we got rid of all the broom in the park three years ago.  The seeds remain viable in the ground for many years and require us to remove them each year to maintain Garber as "broom free."
   Trail Work:  Many spots along the trail need steps replaced, bridges crossing the creeks replaced, and eroded trails shored up for safe walking.  As many of you know the trails in Garber are steep and narrow, making this hard but very rewarding. 

Please stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and stay 6 ft away from others in public.


Friday, January 31, 2020

Our First Ten Years in Garber - A Fun Celebration



Saturday, January 18:
It was a special day for the Garber Park Stewards to Celebrate 10 years of restoration in Garber.  And, who better to lead us on this walk than Lech Namovich, Golden Hour Restoration, who has been leading workshops and guiding our restoration activities for the past 10 years!  And who better to discuss the successes, the failures (yes, there were a few), and where we should go from here on our next 10 year journey.   It was a fun journey for all who came to see and hear about how our restoration projects have transformed the park to a beautiful native oak   woodland park for all to enjoy!  We all agreed it was a        great day to leave our gloves at home, learn about the evolution of our restoration sites, enjoying the stories, and discussing the future.  A fun day for all.

Sunday, January 19First Workday of 2020
Energized by yesterday’s walk through the park, many of us returned for a work day, beginning our next 10 years restoration.   Today’s effort - beginning with clearing the debris at the Claremont Ave Entrance and the trail to Fern Glade.  Removing invasive weeds is at the core of our work, and Winter is “easy pulling” time.  We concentrated in removing the invasives in Fern Glade so the abundant ferns, trilliums, and other natives can thrive.  





Friday, January 24: Claremont Hotel Employees Volunteer in Garber! 
The Claremont Hotel and Resort has a long history of supporting the Garber Park Stewards restoration efforts in Garber Park.  In 2015 we received a grant from the Sustainability Committee to develop a Self-Guided Nature Trail, and since that time employees from the hotel volunteer in Garber and clean the Evergreen Lane Path Stairway leading into the park several times a year. Today they pulled enough ivy from Fern Glade and the Evergreen Lane stairs to fill a pick-up!   


THANKS TO EVERYONE!  We couldn’t do it without you.   

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Help Celebrate GPS Ten Years in Garber


             Winter Restoration Workshops in Garber Park in 2020
                                        (near the Claremont Hotel in Claremont Canyon)
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 to Celebrate the Stewards 10 years in Garber. Lech Naumovich, botanist and Executive Director of Golden Hour Restoration Institute, will lead the workshops, which will highlight our successes, challenges, and the future for our ongoing restoration efforts in Garber Park.  We invite you to join us.

Saturday, January 18. Celebration of the Garber Park Stewards 10 Years in Garber. Come hike and explore Garber Park, a 13-acre oak woodland in Claremont Canyon and help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Garber Park Stewards, whose on-going restoration efforts have helped transform this park at the edge of the wildland-urban interface.  Led by Lech Naumovich from Golden Hour Restoration Institute, we’ll discuss successes and challenges of this long running restoration project, delving into invasive species control, fuels management, trail improvement, and more.   

Saturday, February 15.  Invasives:  Best Management Practices for Your Worst Problems.  Join the Garber Park Stewards and Golden Hour Restoration Institute for a hands-on workshop on invasive species control.  Learn about best management practices recommended by the California Invasive Plant Council for invasive species such as cape ivy and French broom.  This workshop will be a chance for you to learn and practice invasive species removal with experts and experienced volunteers at a restored oak woodland in the Oakland Hills. 

Saturday, March 21.  Fascinating Fascines and Creek Restoration.  Learn about hillside erosion control and restoration in this hands-on workshop with the Garber Park Stewards and Golden Hour Restoration Institute.  We will cover the use of fascines and on-site vegetation to stabilize steep slopes in restoration sites.  You will have the opportunity to help install fascines alongside restoration experts and volunteers in Garber Park.

Time:  all workshops are from 9:30AM-12:30PM.  Come early, 9:15,  to enjoy coffee, snacks and meet fellow workshop participants.  All skill levels welcome.  Come to one workshop or come to all.

 Meet at the Claremont Ave. entrance to Garber Park, .4 miles up Claremont Ave from the intersection of Ashby Ave/Claremont Ave.  For a map and directions visit garberparkstewards.org.



Monday, October 21, 2019

A Beautiful Fall Day

Taking a break from weeding.
It was a beautiful Fall day for our October Workday.   Meeting at the Claremont Ave entrance we focussed on cleaning up the trash in the parking lot and clearing out the ditch which was covered in leaves.  Once the entrance was cleared we spread out across the park - to attack the Cape Ivy,  clear German Ivy from around the ferns in Fern Glade, and to weed and clear the trail around Fireplace Plaza and the Evergreen Lane Entrance.  A fun time and sense of satisfaction at helping to make Garber more fire safe as well as more enjoyable on your next visit to Garber.

Our next volunteer workday is Saturday, November 16, from 10am-Noon.  We will continue weeding and improving trails to restore the native Oak Woodland Habitat of Garber Park.  We hope you can join us.



Sunday, September 22, 2019

Creek to Bay Day-A beautiful, fun and productive day


It was a beautiful day – warm and sunny.  Garber saw 14 volunteers perform many needed tasks and large projects.  One group worked on the Evergreen Hillside pulling Erhardta and other invasive weeds, another group worked in Fern Glade and along Claremont Ave Trail, and Mark continued his amazing work on the Cape Ivy removal.   Two more groups worked at the Claremont Entrance clearing a huge swath of ivy using the Bradley Method (pulling and cutting and rolling the ivy down the hill).  It took 4 strong volunteers to haul the huge roll of ivy into the bin for final removal.  On your next trip to Garber you will notice a nice “bridge” across the newly cleared drainage ditch at the parking lot, one of many improvements we’re making to the Claremont Ave Entrance for safety for pedestrians as well as cars.  And, then there was the one woman raking crew who managed to rake leaves and loose dirt off the trail from the Evergreen Lane Entrance all the way down to the Claremont Entrance.  THANK YOU to all of you plus a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped organize these projects.  And THANKS to Oakland for sponsoring and supporting this event.  Garber Statistics:  14 volunteers (many who stayed till 1:30pm), for 55 volunteer hours, and over 300 pounds of waste!!  
(estimated to weigh approx. 300 lbs)


Please join us on Saturday, October 19, from 10am-Noon for our 3rd Saturday workday.  We have more trail projects and weeding projects to get the park ready for the Winter and planting time!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

June Workday a FUN Day

Thanks to all the volunteers that made our first Summer Workday in Garber such a success.  We were able to clear erhardta from Bob's place and Harwood Creek, thistle from Horsetail Meadow and Rispin Meadow, and continue with Cape Ivy the Cape Ivy Removal Project.  After the extreme heat of last week it was a pleasure to be under the cool of the oaks, maples and buckeyes (some of which are still blooming).  A few pictures below tell the story:
Removing Cape Ivy off trail - Mark and his team have been so successful
at removing the Cape Ivy from the trail that they're now
continuing in hard to get to places.  Persistence has paid off!

Clearing erhardta along the trail near Bob's Place
Removing invasives from Rispin Meadow.  It's hard to remember
this beautiful meadow 5 years ago with ivy so thick you couldn't see
through the meadow to the trees!



Sunday, February 24, 2019

THANK YOU Claremont Hotel Volunteers!

Mudslide blocking the lower loop trail
from the recent storm this week.
HATS  OFF to the volunteers from the Claremont Resort and Spa who joined the Garber Park Stewards in clearing the trail, shoring it up, and mulching.  And, thanks to Bob Strayer in leading this group of "mud wrestlers."  Thanks to all of you the Loop Trail is once again accessible for walking.

We wish to thank ALL the Claremont Resort Volunteers for a great Stewardship Day.  Besides opening up the Loop Trail for visitors once again our local neighborhood paths have been cleared of debris and weeds and swept - a great day of beautifying the neighborhood.

Please come and walk the paths and especially Garber where the Trilliums are blooming and the maples and buckeyes are ready to show the spring foliage any day.

But, do be careful in Garber - the trails are steep, and still muddy in spots.


A few of the "mud wrestlers" finishing
up the mud slide removal