Back to the Roots of Oakland Hills -- Literally!

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Perhaps you already know our region's plant kingdom well, or maybe you're new to the area and wonder "What smells so good?!" "What are those graceful trees with the red trunks? "What was here before the houses?" "Where can I walk in the shade?"

In any case, you'll find both familiar and surprising things in the Huckleberry Botanical Preserve. Come and stroll in this protected native landscape to meet some of our local plants and have a bit of creative fun.

Madrone, Chinquapin, Manzanitas, Oaks, Bay-Laurel, Sword Ferns, and other plants thrive along a shaded trail that's about a mile round-trip, and mostly level. Yum! Dogs and bicycles are not allowed on this trail so it's less impacted by visitors.

We'll meet in the parking area (with bathrooms and drinking water) at 9 a.m. and head out to encounter plant beings of the Oakland Hills, including a rare type of manzanita! We might also encounter Fox Sparrows, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Juncos, Stellar's Jays, and other avian residents. Along the way, we'll pause several times to more fully experience what's around us by doing some creative activities that connect us to this special place. We'll arrive back at the parking lot at noon.

-Lorrie