Learn to Row Day at Aquatic Park

BPRC Saturday, June 07, 2008 , 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn to row at Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club’s free drop-in clinic for community members of all ages and skill levels. On- and off-water training, safety tips, lingo and etiquette included, along with light refreshments. Information at 510-913-3669, caltekruse@caconsult.org . Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club is a community-based non-profit established to promote rowing and paddling fitness in Berkeley.

Recommended to bring: comfortable clothes (not baggy), shows to slip out of, extra socks, sun protection, hat and sunglasses, and a lawn chair.

Location: 2851 Bolivar Dr., south end of Aquatic Park, Berkeley (full directions at website)

URL: http://www.berkeleyrowingclub.org

Bring Back the Natives Garden Tour

Register at www.bringingbackthenatives.net for the Sunday, May 4, Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, with more than 60 pesticide-free, predominantly native-plant gardens in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties . The event again includes a May 3 and 4 Native Plant Sale at various locations, and possibilities for private guided tours on other weekends, including a gourmet bicycle tour and a Berkeley walking tour.

Spring work groups at Aquatic Park

It’s been a busy early spring for Aquatic Park EGRET. Plenty of planting, weeding, and cleaning.


  • March 2008 75 young people coordinated by EarthTeam gathered to commemorate the life and purpose of Cesar Chavez Chavez. The large group split into three smaller ones and tackled Shoreline trash pickup, removal of invasive vegetation, and spreading woodchips around native plantings (woodchips help the soil retain moisture while also keeping weeds from growing).
  • April Head-Royce 6th graders participated in a service learning project and spread woodchips along shoreline plantings, including three Cyprus trees that had been planted by 4th graders from Rosa Parks one year ago.


  • On Wednesday, April 30, 15 high school students from College Prep will spread woodchips along Western shore of Middle Pond.

Come on down to see the results of all this work. If your group would like to help, contact Mark Liolios at mark AT lmi DOT net.

Schoolhouse Creek Common Workday

Schoolhouse Creek Common Update
The first weekend in January this year, the Schoolhouse Creek Common crew installed a couple of boulders that will serve as the entrance (and additional seating) to a meeting area at the east end of Schoolhouse Creek Common. The plan is to finish the project on the second Saturday in March at 10am, the usual work day (rain day the following Saturday). It should be fun, with folks passing boulders along, mixing cement, quaffing coffee and croissants, sowing wildflower seeds, and getting Schoolhouse Creek Common ready for the Native Garden Tour later in spring. We will also be installing a bulletin board. You don’t have to be a neighbor to participate. Come join the fun and see the native plants and wildflowers. Mark your calendars.
For more information, please call Jamie Day, 559-8368, day7715@sbcglobal.net.