Every October, MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY activities are held throughout Fremont, for the community to participate in. This year, one of the locations will be at Sabercat Historical Park for Habitat Restoration.
This year, we're asking volunteers to sign up via the local Fremont Make a Difference Day website and online registration form. There is a place where you can say whether you want to volunteer for a particular project. If you still want to help at Sabercat Creek (after having seen all of the other options), then please note that on the form. It will also be possible for me to inform the organizer, Christine, of how many people have signed up here on Eventbrite (this event has a lot of useful information for you, too). However, if you are one of the first 500 people to sign yourself up via the Fremont MADD site, you'll be able to request a snazzy MADD T-shirt. Also, you can put yourself on the list to be updated about the Volunteer Appreciation Event on Nov 1 at 6pm, if you wish.
Activities for the day may include: care of native trees, shrubs, and perennials; refilling dri-water canisters to help new plants until they become established; weeding around native plants; removing invasive (aggressively opportunistic exotic) plants; sheet mulching; building or expanding cages to protect native plants from being eaten by deer or other wildlife before they become established; and cleaning up trash found in the area.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome. A signed waiver is required for each participant. Children under the age of 12 require an accompanying adult unless prior approval is obtained from the workday supervisor. This volunteer opportunity will fulfill community service hours. Please bring any forms you will need to have signed.
Site 5 is located along Becado Place in Fremont, CA. We may be working closer to the entrance to Becado Place (and the creek's entrance onto the site), or even on the south bank, instead of at the cul-de-sac end of the site... 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: 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.
- 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). Extra tarps and buckets - or even a wheelbarrow, if you happen to live nearby Sabercat - might be especially useful for this event.
- Community service hours forms, if applicable.
- Printed map to confirm exact site location.
- All participants must sign a waiver form. Even if you handed a waiver form in for a previous volunteer event, we need a new waiver form for each new date.
- Minors under 18 must bring a waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian.
- 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. Additionally, Site 5 has a very active honeybee hive in a hollow log. If you have an allergy to bee stings, it might be wise to bring your epi-pen. The site is very large, so we should be able to have sensitive individuals work on the other side of the site, but it never hurts to be prepared.
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.
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.
October 22, 2016 (4th Sat), 9am-noon, Make a Difference Day - Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site 5 Info here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/make-a-difference-day-2016-habitat-restoration-at-sabercat-creek-tickets-27202249661 Register here: http://makeadifferencedayfremontca.com/online-sign-up/
November 5, 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-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.