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Habitat Restoration Days for Sabercat Creek in Fremont, CA (Jan-Dec 2017)

City of Fremont Environmental Services Division

Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

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Volunteer Habitat Restoration - Free; Bring signed waiver! (No need to print ticket)
No Waiver, No participation!!! Bring a waiver form (if under 18 years of age, waiver must be signed by a parent/guardian). Please print out the map and note the work site number(s)/ location(s) to help you find the right work site!
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Join us for a morning of habitat restoration. Your work will help increase native plant diversity and improve food and shelter for wildlife. We plan to remove invasive plants and to sheet mulch a large swath of site 3. Additionally, we may weed and refresh plant basins, and repair, remove, or expand browse protection cages. No experience is necessary. A habitat steward will guide you through the projects along Sabercat Creek in Sabercat Historical Park. 

When:  Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 9:00am to noon

Heavy rain 12 hours prior will cancel or postpone the event. Once registered, look for an email notification of a cancellation/postponement, in case of recent rain. 

Who: Volunteers of all ages are welcome! Children under the age of 12 require an accompanying adult. 

Mandatory: A signed waiver form is required for each participant. No Waiver, No Participation!!! 

This volunteer opportunity will fulfill community service hours. Please bring any forms needed to be signed.

Contact Information: 

Workday Supervisor: Sabrina Siebert by email or via phone (510-494-4589) 

Program Manager: Barbara Silva by email or via phone (510-494-4575) to coordinate larger groups. 

Where: Site 3

There are two ways to get to site 3:

You could park along Quema Drive, off of Paseo Padre Parkway. The trailhead starts at the southwest corner of the intersection of Quema Drive and Paseo Padre Parkway. Go through the cattle gate, take the trail down the slope, then where it forms a T, turn right and walk west. When you see a mulch pile and some caged plants to your left, you will be at Site 3. It looks like the closest bus stop to the Quema Drive trailhead is at Washington Blvd. and Palm Ave. For those coming from the Fremont BART station, you could take AC Transit 212 and 210, or 217 and 210.

You could alternatively park on Luzon Drive, then walk along the southeast side of Via Orinda until just before it becomes Castillejo Way (the street for the new development). There is a trail coming down the steep slope. (You'll probably notice a building along the way for the future public restrooms. I don't think they're open yet, though, so the closest public restrooms will be a drive away in Old Mission Park.) Site 2 is at the bottom of that first trail, where it forms a T with the main trail along the length of the creek. To get to Site 3, turn left at the T and follow the trail until you see an area to your right (south) with metal chicken wire cages around many of the shrubs on the south side of the creek. There may also be a mulch pile along the trail on the near (north) side of the creek. The nearest bus stops are the northeast corner of Washington Blvd. and Weigand Ct. (from the Fremont BART, take AC Transit 217, then 210), and at the southeast corner of Washington Blvd. and Luzon Dr. (from the Fremont Bart, take 212, then 210).

 Please check for further details.

 Sabercat Creek Map 2016 satellite data


RESTROOMS: A public restroom is located at Old Mission Park, on Ibero Way off of Pine Street. It's advisable to use a restroom before you arrive on site.


  • Tools and a small supply of thorn gloves (the smallest we have is a small adult size, so kids might prefer another option).
  • Water to refill bottles.
  • Rubbing alcohol or Tecnu.

Please bring:

  • A signed waiver form. No waiver, no participation.
  • A reusable water bottle.
  • Outdoor work attire (hats, sunscreen, sturdy closed-toe shoes/boots and long pants and a long-sleeved shirt ).
  • You are welcome to bring your own gloves and tools (please label them).
  • Community service hours forms, if applicable.
  • Printed map to confirm exact site location.

Required: All participants must sign a waiver form; minors under 18 years of age must bring a waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian. A new signed waiver is required for each event. Children 12 or under require an accompanying adult.

Caution: Our sites include some invasive poison hemlock, which is poisonous if eaten, and skin contact with it may result in a rash. There is also a lot of native poison oak around the edges of some sites, and in some cases in areas where we might be walking. Most of it was marked with red marking flags and/or red flagging tape this spring.  Some sites have native stinging nettle, although most of it is marked with flagging tape, too. Contact with this plant might result in stings and temporary discomfort. It should be possible for those who are sensitive to these plants to avoid them. We will have rubbing alcohol and Tecnu along to remove oils/irritants from poison oak and poison hemlock. There is a honeybee hive present in one area of site 5.

There are 5 different restoration sites located along Sabercat Creek. Once you are registered  you will receive a notification of any changes in location or schedule (e.g., due to heavy rain) via an email from Eventbrite.


Please check this Eventbrite page for volunteer events hosted by the City of Fremont Environmental Services

Please visit our Sabercat Creek Riparian Habitat Restoration Google Site. (We hope to add more info about the native and exotic plants on our restoration sites soon).

The Friends of Sabercat Creek Facebook Group is a social forum for those interested in the goings on at Sabercat Creek to share photos, thoughts, and more!

City of Fremont Volunteer Opportunities (including Environmental Services)


Schedule of future work days:

Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration work parties are scheduled for the 1st Saturday of the month (except July, September, and October, when it'll be the second Saturday), from 9am-noon. There will be additional work days as needed. We will also be holding occasional creek clean-ups.


August 5, 2017 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site 3


Sept 9, 2017 (2nd Sat - No work day on Labor Day weekend), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA


Oct 14, 2017 (2nd Sat - No work day on Oct 7), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA


Nov 4, 2017 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA


Dec 2, 2017 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA



Also save the dates for these events (Eventbrite registrations will be added later for the Sept 16 and Oct 28 events.):


Sept 16, 2017 (3rd Sat), 9am-noon, Coastal Clean-up Day, Sites TBA (Litter Hotspots around Fremont; not Sabercat Creek)


Oct 28, 2017 (4th Sat), 9am-noon, Make a Difference Day, Sites TBA (Will probably include Sabercat Historical Park)

Have questions about Habitat Restoration Days for Sabercat Creek in Fremont, CA (Jan-Dec 2017)? Contact City of Fremont Environmental Services Division

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Sabercat Creek Site 3
37°31'36.3"N 121°56'09.8"W
(enter into GPS: 37.526747, -121.936060)
Fremont, CA 94539

Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

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