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Sycamore Grove - Livermore
April 19, 20, & 21

Alum Rock Park views


Project Background

Sycamore Grove Park is recognized as one of Livermore’s most important and well-used resources. The Park borders on miles of unbroken wilderness to the south. Though relatively small with respect to other open space parks, Sycamore Grove benefits from a wide variety of wildlife – deer, elk, mountain lions and raptors of all kinds are just some of the critters you may encounter. Native grasses and a showy display of wildflowers are also benefits of the park’s proximity to large areas of this undeveloped wilderness.

Another highlight of the Park is the mature Western Sycamore trees that occupy the flood plain along Arroyo Del Valle. With recent rains and warm temperatures, we expect to have a carpet of wildflowers throughout the park.

Trail Description

V-O-Cal and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) present an opportunity to install a half mile of new trail to an overlook above the Arroyo Valle/Arroyo Road Staging Area property. Initial visits showed spectacular views and varied terrain and vegetation with little to no poison oak. We’ll be parking at camp and hiking a short distance to the trail work.

Level of Effort
Hiking: moderate
Manual Labor: mixed

We will camp in a pretty lawn area by the LARPD Ranger Office. This area is used for children's summer camp.  We will have access to free parking during the entire weekend.  See the attached map. Camping is open to volunteers Friday and Saturday nights. Food is also provided for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. While camping is optional and participants are able to participate for one day, this will be a unique opportunity to relax after the work day and camp in a festive atmosphere with other volunteers.

Carpooling, Public transportation and Parking
We encourage participants to carpool to this project. If you need a ride, or have space in your car, please try and carpool. A carpool meeting has been set up at: Please RSVP if you need a ride or if you can provide one.

V-O-Cal will provide limited shuttle service to and from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. The V-O-Cal shuttle (orange V-O-Cal sign in the front wind-shield) will leave from the south taxi stand area at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station (NOT West Dublin) to return to camp at the following times: Friday 7:30 pm and Saturday 7:15 am. Arrange your return trip with your driver or ask around at camp.

Please come prepared for a variety of weather conditions (think layers!). Unless there is
a serious storm predicted, we will work drizzle or shine.

Driving Directions

Head East on Hwy 580 Towards Livermore.
Take Exit 52 for N. Livermore Ave. toward Livermore.
Turn Right onto N. Livermore Ave., go South 1.1 miles.
N. Livermore turns into Arroyo Road.
Go another 12 min. (4.9 miles).
Turn Right on Veterans Road.*
Take a Left into the first driveway. Continue to the parking lot behind the Ranger offices. Look for orange signs.

* Using Navigation Software: Look for the intersection of Veterans Road and Arroyo Road in Livermore. On Mapquest Veterans Road is labeled Palm Drive.

Preliminary Schedule
5pm - Registration and camping opens
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm - Head back to camp.
4pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm - Dinner and entertainment.
8am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes.

What to bring and wear
For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:

  • Water, sun hat, and sunscreen. You will NOT be allowed on the trail without a water container.

  • Plates, utensils, coffee mug and a cup.
  • Work Gloves (if you do not have work gloves V-O-Cal can provide a pair to use).
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with tread. Working in sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted.
  • Day pack to carry water and lunch.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • IF CAMPING: bring a tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, flashlight, and other camping gear. A coffee mug is also necessary. Also bring a change of clothes.
  • Meals
    V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

  • Please bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. To minimize waste from our projects, we ask that you bring your own dishes. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trails. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available at 4pm after the work day on Saturday. Dinner will follow at 6:15pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday.
  • Hazards
    HYDRATION/SUN EXPOSURE: The work site is exposed and it may be HOT. Wear a sun hat! Please drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.
    POISON OAK: There is a risk of exposure to poison oak at at the work site. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don't know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu after the workday and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes.
    SNAKES: Snakes are present on the property. Use caution when walking the trails and when picking items up off the ground.
    TICKS: Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.
    SHARP TOOLS: Please listen to your crew leaders tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.

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