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Sierra Club Walking Tour of Knowland Park

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Presented by: N Alameda County Group
Leader: Kent Lewandowski - 510-759-6646 kentlewan@yahoo.com
Level: Easy
Location: Malcolm Avenue & Cameron Avenue, Oakland, CA 94605, USA

Join the Sierra Club and the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society for a walking tour of the western highlands of Knowland Park. Knowland Park is a 500-acre wildland park in the hills of Oakland, home to diverse native plant communities and wildlife. We'll tour the native grasslands, wildflower displays, fairy rings of puffballs, oak woodlands, lichens, and rare maritime chaparral. While we're there, we'll talk about the Oakland Zoo's plans to expand upon 56 acres of this park and why we believe that this development would be a disastrous mistake. DIRECTIONS: Take 580 to the Golf Links Road exit. Turn east on Golf Links and follow it until you reach Grass Valley. Take the first right onto Caloden, then right onto Malcolm. Continue uphill and turn left onto Cameron. We'll meet on Cameron Avenue--a cul-de-sac off of Malcolm Avenue that dead-ends at the park. Park on Cameron or any of the neighboring cul-de-sacs but please be sure not to block neighbors' driveways. BRING: sturdy hiking shoes, long pants and a long sleeved shirt to protect yourself from poison oak, and a hat. Bring water, binoculars and a hand lens (if you have them). There are no bathroom facilities in the park. Trip will be at a leisurely pace over 1.5-2 miles with elevation change of 200 feet. CONTACT: Kent Lewandowski, kentlewan@yahoo.com or 510-759-6646 (Sierra Club Northern Alameda County Group) and Laura Baker, Lbake66@aol.com (East Bay Native Plant Society)