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Get your hands dirty removing invasive plants, sheet mulching and providing care for native plants. Your work will help stabilize soils and creek banks, filter pollutants, increase native plant diversity, and improve food and shelter for wildlife. No experience is necessary. Habitat stewards will guide you through the projects to enhance wildlife habitat along Sabercat Creek in Sabercat Historical Park, in Fremont!
When: Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 from 9:00am to noon.
Heavy rain 12 hours prior to or during the event will postpone the event. If you have registered, please look for an email notification of a cancellation/postponement.
Who: Volunteers of all ages are welcome; however children under the age of 12 require an accompanying adult.
This volunteer opportunity will fulfill community service hours. Please bring any forms you will need to have signed.
Groups: Can contact Barbara Silva by email or via phone (510-494-4575) to coordinate for a larger group.
Where: Site 4
If bringing a car, please 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. Come through the cattle gate. We will start by removing invasives along the trail from the cattle gate down to the main trail. Later, we will proceed to Site 4. (Turn left onto the main trail, and go through the cattle gate. Site 4 will be to your right, where you'll see plants in cages.)
If you have registered for the event, you'll receive an email including the mobile phone number for the workday supervisor, in case additional directions are needed on the day of the event.
RESTROOMS: Currently, the closest 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. (The new restroom at the Via Orinda trailhead is not yet open.)
- 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.
- 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 are recommended; a long-sleeved shirt is desirable, since there are lots of prickly plants).
- You are welcome to bring your own gloves and tools (if so, please label them).
- Community service hours forms, if applicable.
- Printed map to confirm exact site location.
Required: All participants must sign a waiver form (please click on the underlined phrase to the left, which is a hotlink to the form); minors under 18 years of age must bring a waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Even if you handed a waiver form in for a previous volunteer event, we need a new waiver form for each new date. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you complete your registration for this event, you DO NOT need to print a receipt or ticket. You DO need to BRING A SIGNED WAIVER! No Waiver, No Participation.
Please note that we have 5 different locations where we are working on restoration, and sometimes we may not know definitively which site we'll be working on until a week or so before the work party, at which point we will share that information through Eventbrite. If you have already registered for an event, you should receive a notification of any changes in location or schedule (e.g., due to heavy rain) via an email from Eventbrite.
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!
Schedule of future work parties, so far…
We'll be having Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration work parties on the 1st Saturday of most months (except July and September, when it'll be the second Saturday), from 9am-noon. We'll also add other work parties to the schedule as the needs of the plants/sites demand them.
November 5, 2016 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site 4 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-restoration-days-for-sabercat-creek-in-fremont-ca-july-dec-2016-tickets-26067515641
December 3, 2016 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-restoration-days-for-sabercat-creek-in-fremont-ca-july-dec-2016-tickets-26067516644
When & Where
City of Fremont Environmental Services Division
The Environmental Services Division administers more than 30 garbage, recycling, and stormwater programs for Fremont residents and businesses.