Recent Volunteering

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Removing big broom from Grotto RockM

Above: With help from high-schoolers from Pleasanton, Piedmont, and San Lorenzo, F5C volunteers did great work on invasives in Berkeley's historic Grotto and Mortar Rock Parks May 13.

Painting fish at Albany Arts and Green festival

May was a month for celebrations, too. Above: Kids of all ages learned to appreciate fish at our table at Albany's Arts and Green Festival. Below: With other groups, we joined hands supporting clean energy at Hands Across the Sand at Albany 

Joining hands for clean energy


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Helping Nature in the East Bay – Hands On

All-volunteer Friends of Five Creeks works hands-on for clean water and healthy watersheds. We protect and restore natural areas that welcome both wildlife and people, from Berkeley to Richmond on the urbanized east side of San Francisco Bay. See map and slide shows of some of our restoration projectsPlease join us in:

  • Work parties restoring native vegetation and wildlife habitat, lessening erosion and flooding, providing trails and green corridors.
  • Free guided walks open to all.
  • Tuesday morning weekday weed warriors in varied natural areas.
  • Public education including free Bay Currents talks, e-newsletter, signs, publications, web sites, appearances at festivals, and more.
  • Advocating, participating in political processes, and partnering with agencies and other groups.

For information or to arrange a work party for your group, contact or (510)848-9358. Click here to subscribe to our e-newsletter. Click here to donate or join!

New and Seasonal: 

Do the water-bug boogie: Help us monitor water quality!

Girl Scout Troop 300392 helped us check water quality in Codornices Creek May 6! Email if you can help with another session Wed. morning, May 31.

Sat., June 10. 10 AM-noon: For Invasive Species Week, bash broom in El Cerrito's Hillside Natural Area

For California's Invasive Species Action Week, help keep El Cerrito's 100-acre natural area full of diverse habitats and safe from fire! We'll take a walk with beautiful views to pull out invasive, fire-prone French broom. Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. We supply gloves, tools, water, and snacks, Meet at 10 AM at the main, Schmidt Lane, entrance, east of Navellier and west of the El Cerrito Recycling Center (opposite 7500 Schmidt Lane). Questions? Email

Thurs., June 15, 9-11 AM: Walk for ages 50+ -- Exploring charming small gardens

Walkers age 50+: Join F5C Vice President Shirley Jowell on an easy, level walk discovering charming small gardens in Albany and Northwest Berkeley. Meet at Berkeley Bagels garden, 1281 Gilman (at Santa Fe). Easy by new AC Transit line 12 -- check AC Transit's new schedules and maps. Co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center; free, no RSVP needed. Info:

Details on these and other F5C events on our calendar page.