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.

Garber Park Habitat Restoration Events

A Garber Park Stewards have resumed workdays every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to Noon! Due to the Corona Virus surge, we are continuing workdays in the safest manner possible.

MAY VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS 


SATURDAYS, May 7 and 21 FROM 9:00AM - NOON
MEET AT EVERGREEN LANE 


Thanks, everyone, for your continued support and help in Garber. We look forward to having you join us in our May Volunteer Days! If you are not on our email list for announcements and would like to be notified of workdays and special events please contact Wyllie at gpstewards@gmail.com.  

Below are some of the projects in Garber. We have been working on these projects throughout 2021 and will be working through 2022 to make Garber as Fire Safe as possible, and the trails safe and enjoyable for your walking pleasure. 
  • Several Restoration Sites: Harwood Creek, Fern Glade, Alvarado Rd Entrance and Evergreen Lane Hillside need much TLC in removing invasive weeds to enable the natives to grow. Harwood Creek and Fern Glade are beautiful sites in Garber and good flat areas to work. 
In addition we have several special projects:
  • Continuation of Fire Place Plaza Restoration
  • Continue removing Cape Ivy - a project championed and led by Steward Volunteer Mark.
  • 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 four 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.
What to wear: a mask, long sleeves, long pants, and good shoes or boots for trail (no open toes).  

What to Bringgloves, a water bottle, snacks, You can use our tools if you don't have them. 

Where to meet:  Evergreen Lane Entrance to Garber Park. 
Directions: From Ashby Ave take Alvarado Rd to Slater Lane, Slater Lane to Evergreen Lane, turn Right onto Evergreen Lane. Garber Park is at the end of the street. You can park on the side of the street but please do not park in any driveway or individuals parking pad.  For those who don't mind a short, but steep walk up the hill you can park at the Claremont Ave parking lot and walk up the trail. A map and directions to both entrances can be found at garberparkstewards.org.

Everyone welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a WAIVER signed by their parent or a responsible adult.