April Trekker Events

Photo by David Weinstein.

Plant walking: A Healing Ritual. Alan Siegel, a volunteer with Tilden Botanic Garden, will teach us to Identify edible and medicinal plants in the El Cerrito Natural Area. We will learn interesting stories about how native plants have been used over the centuries and currently for food, medicine, and crafts by Indigenous peoples. Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m. to noon, Schmidt Lane trailhead of the Hillside Natural Area, 7501 Schmidt Lane.

Hillside Natural Area, 7501 SPlants of Canyon Trail Park, a walk. 
Did you know Canyon Trail Park has more than 40 kinds of trees and shrubs, more than half native to California? Join this (very) short walk to learn about this diversity, and appreciate the restored pond on Baxter Creek and a rock with Native American petroglyphs. The main path is paved, for those who prefer, with excursions around the pond and up the hillside as desired. Walk leader: David Ackerly, Dean, Rausser College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley. 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9Meet at the Conlon Ave. entrance, at the lower end of Canyon Trail Park. 

Haiku Contest, Part of the the Hillside Festival. As part of the festival we will hold a haiku hike and award winners in the haiku contest for poems inspired by the Hillside.

Focus your poems on your experiences in the Hillside Natural Area. Celebrate the annual El Cerrito Trail Trekkers Hillside Festival.

Classical Japanese Haiku includes: the season; the place, the transitory nature of life, the suffering, the surprise moment.  17 syllables in 5-7-5 format is not strictly followed Inspiration should come from the Hillside. El Cerrito residency not required. Age categories: 18 and over;13-17; 12 and under. First prize in each age category: $50. Second and third prize in each age category: $30. Judges are Evelyn Mitchell, Maw Shein Win and Melissa Hobbs

Winners receive gift certificates to El Cerrito Natural Grocery and/or Jenny K Gifts. Include your name, email, phone number, and age if 12 or under, or 13- 17. Children 12 and under, please ask your parent or guardian about entering the contest beforehand. Submit up to three poems to email: ECTTHaiku@gmail.combetween 3-1-22 and 4-15-22.

Entries and poets’ names posted weekly. Children listed by first name & first letter of last name. Please go to website for more details.

Winners announced April 25, 2022. Winners featured on the website and in the El Cerrito Trekker Newsletter. Awards will be given out and poets read their haiku on the 
haiku hike noon on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Take part in the next Baxter Creek Work Party on Sunday, April 3 10 a.m. to noon. Please joincity staff and other volunteers at Baxter Creek Gateway Park in this jewel on the Ohlone Greenway. The activities will include litter removal, invasive plant removal and native plant care. 

All ages are welcome (under 18 with guardian). Please wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. Bring water. The city will provide tools, bags, gloves, and sanitizer. There are no bathrooms at the park. We will meet at 10 a.m. at Conlon Avenue and the Ohlone Greenway. RSVP by email or phone:  or 510-215-4350
Baxter Creek Gateway Park Volunteer Days take place on the first Sunday of each month, except during major holiday weekends, in which case we will meet the following Sunday. 

Subsequent dates for 2022 are: May 1, June 5, July 10 (2nd Sunday due to Fourth of July holiday), August 7, September 11 (2nd Sunday due to Labor Day holiday), October 2, November 6, December 4.

El Cerrito Trail Trekkers board of directors:

Dave Weinstein, president,
Wade Huntley, vice president
Barbara Lass, secretary
Pam Austin, treasurer,
Clare Sheridan, member at large,
Melissa Hobbs, member at large,

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