Habitat Restoration Volunteers

The East Bay Regional Park District manages more than 114,000 acres of land in 65 parks and maintains over 1,200 miles of trails. Maintenance and rehabilitation of the parks is an ongoing process. In order to protect the parks resources, volunteers are needed to provide labor. In return, volunteers learn about land stewardship and resource conservation while giving back to the parks they enjoy. Help improve the quality of life for people and our wildlife treasures.

Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve
Broom and non-native removals 
Saturday, April 26 and Saturday May 24
10am – 2pm
Volunteers needed: 10-15 per event
Contact info: Janet Gomes; phone: (510) 690-6675; email: JGomes@ebparks.org 
Meeting place: Parking area off of Keller/Campus Drive
Directions: Google Map

Habitat Restoration Projects

Ongoing Projects

The East Bay Regional Park District is currently looking for volunteers to participate in several ongoing habitat restoration projects, which are part of its invasive plant removal outreach program.  Projects are listed below:

  • Crown Memorial State Beach - Alameda, CA 
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., last Saturday of each month.
    Contact park staff one week prior to the work project day.
    Call (510) 544-3171 or email Crownsup@ebparks.org.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline - Oakland, CA
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., second Saturday of each month.
    Looking for 30 volunteers.
    Call (510) 544-3115 or email Mlking@ebparks.org.
  • Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, - Richmond, CA 
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., first Saturday of each month.
    Contact park staff one week prior to the work project day.
    Call (510) 544-3108 or email spossin@ebparks.org.
  • Redwood Regional Park - Canyon Meadow Staging Area, 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA
    Park Restoration French Broom Removal: on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Call (510) 482-6024 or email redwood@ebparks.org for more information or to register.
  • Redwood Regional Park - 7867 Redwood Rd., Wayside Picnic Area in Oakland, CA
    Riparian Restoration Volunteer Project: on the second Sunday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Call (510) 482-6024 or email redwood@ebparks.org for more information or to register.
  • Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve on Skyline Boulevard in Oakland, CA
    Located 2/3 mile south of Grizzly Peak Boulevard, past Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.
    Monthly weeding sessions on the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Space is limited; large groups should call in advance to ensure participation.
    Call (510) 544-3112 or email Sibley@ebparks.org for more information or to register.
  • Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve - At the staging area at 6800 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA (just east of Skyline's intersection with Grizzly Peak Blvd.). Monthly invasive plant removal and grassland restoration work on the third Sunday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Call (510) 544-3112 or email Sibley@ebparks.org for more information and to register.

Background: The East Bay Regional Park District faces many challenges in managing nearly 113,000 acres of open space. One of the greatest challenges is the threat of invasive plants such as French broom, yellow starthistle, fennel, iceplant, pampas grass, and oblong spurge, just to name a few. Invasive plants are harmful, non-native plants that are introduced into an environment in which they did not evolve. "Invasives" often have no natural enemies allowing them to out-compete native plants. The spread of invasive plants is profound and rapid, negatively changing the landscape and environment. The district uses several methods to control invasive plants such as prescribed burns, but for obvious reasons like urbanization, this method is limited. Another way to control this spread is to pull the invasive plants before they can get established, and for this the District is indebted to its hardworking volunteers.

The Park District hosts several invasive plant removal projects at various parks throughout the winter and spring. Currently, the District is expanding these projects and designing a new volunteer program and education series specifically aimed at removing invasive plants and restoration projects in the regional parks. This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a volunteer group, become active in the community, develop new friendships, and do something important for the environment!

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Other Projects

Other projects may be available as needed by the parks.

Other Habitat Restoration: Building and placing butterfly, bat, bird, and duck boxes; planting trees and shrubs to attract wildlife; planting butterfly gardens; installing drip systems.

  •  Trail Repair: Repairing trail tread; brushing back vegetation; installing drainage systems and check dams.

  •  Resource Protection: Planting native trees and shrubs; installing barriers to protect restored areas; stabilizing shorelines, creeks and trails; installing erosion control measures; marsh restoration.

  •  Facility Maintenance: Fence building; rock wall construction; picnic site refurbishing; barbed wire fence removal; general park clean-up.

Volunteers of all ages have something to offer and are welcome. Volunteer projects for school groups, individuals, students, corporate groups, scout groups, service clubs, and Eagle scouts. Work may also be arranged for court referrals. Children under the age of 18 must have a signed permission by parent or legal guardian. Children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on these volunteer projects contact the Operations Volunteer office:
East Bay Regional Park District, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, P.O. Box 5381, Oakland, CA 94605-0381.