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This is your source for information about classes, workshops, and exhibits that EBMUD is offering directly or in partnership with others. EBMUD believes in helping people learn ways to conserve water, so conservation topics are typically highlighted. Please check back often for the latest information.





Discovering a Sense of Place

This 2015 series of talks and field trips will cultivate a true appreciation of the importance of protecting the land, watersheds, and wildlife that reside in our “backyard home.” Sponsored by The Gardens at Heather Farm and City of Walnut Creek’s Clean Water Program. The series includes a talk by EBMUD Water Conservation Rep Scott Sommerfeld.

This year’s topics include Integrated Pest Management, Water Conservation, Pollution Prevention, the Secrets of Composting, and Watersheds and Creeks. 

Date Series

Gardens at Heather Farms, Walnut Creek

Time Variable times. More information.


Ruth Bancroft Garden Lecture Series

This exciting set of author events, seminars, and workshops highlight topics including growing vegetables, herbs, and cutting flowers; choosing colors for your garden that work together; and creating stunning succulent gardens and great plant combinations using water-wise plants. Learn more about water-wise and sustainable gardening in the Bay Area.

For more information or to register, please visit the Ruth Bancroft Garden website.

Lose Your Lawn, Gain a Garden

Host a sheet mulching party in your own neighborhood. makes it easy through their Lose Your Lawn, Gain a Garden program. Included: a sheet mulch kit, free consult, and a sign for your yard that reads: "We Turned Our Yard into a Garden with Sheet Mulch." Nursery Talks and Garden Events

An offering of talks and how-to workshops, ranging from plant choice and garden design to composting. More info.

Plants & Water - Sustainability and Landscape Design

Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition presents two Bay Area events with Robert C. Perry, celebrated author of Landscape Plants for California Gardens. He will highlight successful plant combinations that are both water-efficient and beautiful. EBMUD is a co-sponsor of these talks.

Dates &


Wednesday, February 11 - San Francisco

Thursday, February 12 - Oakland

Time 6 - 9 pm

$20 - Tickets

12th Annual Water Conservation Showcase

Local and national experts come together to address water conservation topics including policies, rebates, business case studies, treatment innovations, storm-water management, low impact development, water supply history and future, and water reuse solutions. EBMUD partners with PG&E and the U.S. Green Business Council to bring you this annual event.


Tuesday, March 24

Location PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., San Francisco
Time 9 am - 6 pm


Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

This one-of-a-kind, inspiring tour of East Bay native plant gardens is an annual favorite not to be missed. Stops on the Tour range from well-established gardens to brand new installations, from large lots in the hills to small front-yard gardens. EBMUD is a sponsor.

Date Sunday, May 3

Various East Bay gardens

Time 10 am - 5pm  More information


Bringing Back the Natives 2015 Spring Workshops

This series of workshops covers the nuts and bolts of lawn removal, sheet mulching, installation of a home irrigation system, and gardening with nature in mind.

Date Series

Varying Locations

Time Variable times. More information.



Business Forums

Contract Equity Program Business Forums are an opportunity for business owners to learn how to do business with East Bay Municipal Utility District, meet EBMUD staff, and network with other business owners.

EBMUD Art Exhibit

EBMUD hosts a rotating art exhibition in its Administration Building lobby in downtown Oakland. The shows are free and open to the public.