San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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. A habitat steward will guide you through the projects along Sabercat Creek in Sabercat Historical Park.
When: Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 from 9:00am to noon.
Heavy rain 12 hours prior to or during the event will postpone the event.Once registered, look for an email notification of a cancellation/postponement, in case of heavy rains.
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 you will need to have signed.
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 5
Site 5 is located along Becado Place in Fremont, CA. We may be working anywhere from the south bank (behind the white fence - look for the gate) to the long line of logs demarcating the western boundary of the City of Fremont restoration site (the Bart mitigation site is farther west). Look for the red truck with the City of Fremont logo. Those bringing cars can park along the northeast side of the street or in the cul-de-sac at the end of the street. Parking is limited, so please carpool, bike, bus or walk if possible. The nearest bus stops are at the northwest corner of Bryant St. and Pine St. (from the Fremont BART, take AC Transit 212, then 210), and at the northwest corner of Mission Blvd. and Cedar St. (from the Fremont BART, take AC Transit 217). Please check tripplanner.transit.511.org for further details.
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 (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 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.
December 3, 2016 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site 5, Becado Place https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-restoration-days-for-sabercat-creek-in-fremont-ca-july-dec-2016-tickets-26067516644
January 7, 2017 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-restoration-days-for-sabercat-creek-in-fremont-ca-jan-dec-2017-tickets-29058921015
February 4, 2017 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-restoration-days-for-sabercat-creek-in-fremont-ca-jan-dec-2017-tickets-29058922018
March 4, 2017 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-restoration-days-for-sabercat-creek-in-fremont-ca-jan-dec-2017-tickets-29058923021
April 1, 2017 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-restoration-days-for-sabercat-creek-in-fremont-ca-jan-dec-2017-tickets-29058924024
May 6, 2017 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-restoration-days-for-sabercat-creek-in-fremont-ca-jan-dec-2017-tickets-29058925027
June 3, 2017 (1st Sat), 9am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site TBA https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-restoration-days-for-sabercat-creek-in-fremont-ca-jan-dec-2017-tickets-29058926030
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.