We need volunteers!
If you're interested in volunteering, to learn about the native diversity of the area or questions about the trail itself, please fill out the form below.
We hope to see you out on the trail!
There is a lot of work to do clearing out the invasive species to allow the native plants to flourish.
We have outings twice a week for about 3 1/2 hours each: Sunday mornings at 9:30 am and Wednesday afternoons at 2 pm. Since May 2016, 88 volunteer workdays have been held, involving 142 people in some 550 volunteer shifts totaling over 1600 hours on site.
Each outing combines botany and restoration. For the first portion, we botanize & observe, learning together. Then we shift into restoration and weeding for two hours. The project is open to anyone with interest and commitment, regardless of background. Because of the nature of our permit from EBMUD, each outing is limited to 15 persons, so RSVP is mandatory. Larger groups can be coordinated for special events.
Water, hats, gloves, boots, and long pants and shirts are a necessity; a hand lens is also helpful. Hand tools are provided.
The project is led by naturalist Glen Schneider, an East Bay native. He grew up in a local nursery family and has been a native plant garden landscape designer/builder for over 40 years. His own garden in Berkeley is on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour every year. The Skyline Gardens Project is an ongoing , multi-year project dependent upon a regular core of volunteers. Please join us and help love this beautiful land back to wholeness!