Save the Date

The Conservancy's annual meeting will be held on Sunday November 12 at 4:00 PM at the Claremont Hotel. Our key speakers this year will be Ken Pimlot, Director of CAL FIRE, the state agency in charge of fighting wildfires, and Robert Doyle, General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District. They will update us on their agencies' coordinated efforts on fire safety in Claremont Canyon and the East Bay Hills. Please join us.

Here's what's happening this month: 

Saturday, October 21, Garber Park, 10-noon 

Please join us as we continue our fall clean-up. We will be removing invasive weeds so natives can grow once the rains begin. We also will be clearing the trails of debris and shoring them up where necessary for easier walking. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance at 10. Our new self-guided trail map and brochure is now available at all entrances to Garber Park. Come, walk the trail and tell us what you think of the brochure. For more information contact Shelagh at From the intersection of Claremont and Ashby, take Claremont .4 miles up toward Grizzly Peak to the parking turnoutand the Garber Park sign.

Saturday, October 21, Gwin Canyon Trail Hike

Come see the newly opened section of the trail that connects UC's Willow Trail at Signpost 29 with the Park District's Gwin Canyon Trail. We will meet at 10 AM at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles  up Claremont from Ashby Avenue. Along the way we will talk about the Conservancy's native plant restoration and trail building efforts in this upper, north-facing slope of Claremont Cnyon. The hike beging with an easy, moderately paced loop of the Summit House-Willow Trails (1.0 miles with some moderately steep terrain--40 minutes. For those who choose to continue there will be an optional hike up the Gwin Canyon Trail to Norfolk Road where you can be met by car or hike back down again to Signpost 29, an additional 1.5 miles of steep terrain--1 hour (or 2 hours up and back). A full description of the walk with a map is available on the Conservancy website under Membership/Schedule. All are welcome.

Saturday, October 28, Stewardship at 9:30

Our upper canyon stewardship day this month will be held in conjunction with Berkeley Day. So Conservancy volunteers will be joined by Cal students. Over the years Cal students have helped build and maintain trails and remove invasive plants. This year will be no exception. We anticipate having activities ranging from removing accumulated debris from trails to identifying and pulling French Broom to widening the new section of the Gwin Canyon Trail and perhaps installing steps along steep portions of the trail. We will meet at 9:30 at Signpost 29.