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.

Volunteer Opportunities



         Note on Corona Virus and Garber Park Habitat Restoration Volunteer Workdays

      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  

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. 

To keep everyone safe we are limiting the numbers.  RSVP  I will email each week what activities we are planning to tackle.  If you are particularly interested in any specific activity please join our email list by contacting Shelagh at the above email.  

What to wear: a mask,  long sleeves, long pants, and good shoes or boots for trail (no open toes).  

What to Bring gloves, a water bottle, snacks,  You can use our tools if you don't.  

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

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