Skyline Gardens Restoration

Hi Service Scouts!

Need your dose of fun and sustainable service?! Cal Rotaract is teaming up with Berkeley Rotary to kick off a multi-year project that focuses on botany education and restoration of Skyline Gardens. Transportation and lunch will be provided!

Please meet on Sproul at the Telegraph and Bancroft intersection at **9:15AM**! Drivers our expected to transport volunteers from the garden to campus by 1:00-1:30pm.

Volunteer sign-up link here: (http://tinyurl.com/F16SkylineGardens)

=========WHY?============
The Berkeley-Oakland hills area is one of the most botanically rich areas of its size in California, with over 230 native plants identified to date. The project involves removing the non native exotic plants and restoring this area to its natural state.
So far, 232 native species have been identified in the mile-and-a-half corridor, making it a great place to botanize, learn, and observe – not only species, but also intact plant communities.

Invasive plants such as thistles, hemlock, Euphorbia and weedy grasses are also eagerly trying to establish themselves with these new plant species. Thus, our restoration work involves removing invasives before they go to seed, and letting the natives gradually reoccupy liberated space through natural increase.

==========AGENDA=========
For the first hour, we will botanize and observe, learning together about the species history of Skyline Gardens with project leader and naturalist, Glen Schneider.
Then we will follow with restoration/weeding for two hours, having gained a clearer view of who we are protecting. This is a new multi-year project, so Berkeley Rotary and Cal Rotaract will be co-creating this approach together.

* Volunteers should bring water, hats, boots, and long pants and shirts; a hand lens if you have one.

As with any outdoor activity, there are inherent risks in participating. By attending the event, you agree that you are 100% responsible for your own safety, health and well-being.

We hope to see you there!
If you have any questions/concerns, please contact ipham@calrotaract.org!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/309834782716829/

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