If you want to learn about “all things Berkeley,” then your first stop should be:
“Berkeleyside is Berkeley, California’s hyperlocal site. We don’t aim to be comprehensive (yet), but we want to show the extraordinary diversity of people, issues, events, food and environment in our city on the Bay.”
Here’s a good starting place for information about hiking in the Berkeley Hills:
Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve
Berkeley Path Wanderers Association
For helpful information about the many wonderful paths and walkways in the City of Berkeley, you should definitely check out the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association web site, which is: “Dedicated to the creation, preservation and restoration of public paths, steps and walkways in Berkeley for the use and enjoyment of all.”
This next site is a treasure-trove of information. Highly recommended!
Wild Life in the North Hills
“This website documents wildlife and wild plants found in the hills on the border between Oakland and Berkeley, California. The area covered is roughly bounded by Tunnel Road, Domingo Avenue, Claremont Canyon, and Grizzly Peak Blvd., with emphasis on Claremont Canyon and the surrounding hillsides.”
Here’s a terrific site for identifying local plants:
California Native Plant Society – East Bay Chapter
“The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) was formed in 1965 in the East Bay region. Today it is a statewide organization with thirty-three chapters. The East Bay Chapter covers Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The state organization and the local chapters work together to increase understanding of California’s native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations.”
Claremont Canyon Conservancy – Oakland/Berkeley, CA Website
“a citizen-based, non-profit organization for long-term stewardship of Claremont Canyon.”
Bay Nature: An Exploration of Nature in the San Francisco Bay Area
The non-profit Bay Nature Institute is dedicated to exploring and protecting the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area. Their website offers a wealth of information about the natural wonders of the Bay Area as well as places to go and things to do.