Habitat Restoration Volunteers

The East Bay Regional Park District manages thousands of acres of land and maintains over 1,250 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.

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:

Big Break Dunes Days

Help restore a small piece of the Delta sand dunes as we battle invasive plants and re-establish native ones! Restoration includes intermittent weeding, seed collection, and planting. Bring water, work gloves, hat, & dress for inclement weather. Contact the Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta for more information at bigbreakvisit@ebparks.org or (510) 544-3050.

  • Please check back for schedule and updated information.

Save The Bay – Shoreline Cleanup Volunteer Events

  • Contact information: (510) 463- 6850
  • Scope of work: Planting native plants and weeding invasive species.
  • Location: Damon Marsh Trail
  • How to register: Save The Bay
  • 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 third Sunday of each month from 9:30am to 1pm 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
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline - Oakland, CA
    10:00am to 12:00pm, second Saturday of each month.
    Looking for 30 volunteers. Registration is required
    Call (510) 544-2229 for more info.
  • McLaughlin Eastshore State Park
    • Saturday mornings, February 1, February 29, March 28, April 25
       Emeryville 9:00-noon, meet at Powell Street near the fire station
    • Sunday mornings, February 2, March 1, March 28, April 26
       Hoffman/Stege/Meeker area 9:00-noon, meet at Rydin Road Point Isabel
    Contact park staff one week prior to the work project day.
    Call (510) 544-3108 or email spossin@ebparks.org.
  • Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, - Richmond, CA 
    10:00am to 2:00pm, first and third Saturday of each month. 
    Contact park staff one week prior to the work project day. 
    Call (510) 544-3108 or email spossin@ebparks.org.
  • Point Pinole Regional Shoreline - Richmond, CA
    9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., fourth Saturday of each month.
    Looking for 20 volunteers. Registration is required
    Call (510) 544-3063 for more info.
  • Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
    French Broom Removal/Restoration Project
    • 9am-1pm, 1st Sat., of the month. Feb. 1, meet at Pinehurst Gate off Pinehurst Rd.
    • 9:30am-1:30pm, 2nd Sun of the month. Feb. 9 meet at the Wayside lot in Redwood Canyon off Redwood Rd.
    Help remove invasive French Broom at various locations in the park. Tools, protective equipment and snacks will be provided. Rain cancels. No registration required. For groups of 10 people or more, please contact the park.
    Info: (510) 544-3127, redwood@ebparks.org
  • Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve - At the Bay Area Ridge Trail gate, near the Old Tunnel Road staging area. Monthly invasive plant removal and grassland restoration work on the second Saturday of each month, from 9am to 1pm
    Call (510) 544-3112 or email Sibley@ebparks.org for more information and to register.

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.