Recent Volunteering

Click here for info and slide shows on our projects.

Above, teens from Berkeley, El Cerrito, and Irvington (Fremont) High Schools help remove invasive, fire-prone French broom from the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area at our February 17 work party. Below, on February 18, members of Berkeley Girl Scout Troop 33531 refreshed chips covering tarps that control invasive pepperweed on the Berkeley shoreline.   

Japanese students from ESI explore Native American mortar rocks

Above: In January, Japanese students from English Studies International explored Native American grinding rocks after helping plant natives and remove invasives along Cerrito Creek at the foot of Albany Hill. Below: In January and February, our every-Tuesday Weekday Weed Warriors removed smothering Cape ivy in Tilden Regional Park.

Weed warriors in Tilden

Click here for more on F5C volunteer projects.

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:

Tues., Feb. 20, 7-9 PM, free Bay Currents talk: Climate, Fire, and the Future of our Forests 

Dr. David AckerlyWe all know the earth is warming -- but what do we know about how that may affect California's varied plants and animals, including humans? Learn about recent findings, including what is known so far of impacts of the recent North Bay fires, from Dr. David Ackerly, UC Berkeley Professor of Integrative Biology. Dr. Ackerly's work focuses on how climate change is affecting California's biodiversity. Much of his research is carried out at Pepperwood Preserve near Santa Rosa. Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis, one block north of Solano), Albany. Talks are free but seating is limited. Full spring schedule here.

Tues., Mar. 13, 7-9 PM, free Bay Currents talk: East Bay Fish Stories

Did you know that the East Bay is home to North America's largest freshwater fish? vampire fish that evolved before animals had jaws? fish built to vacuum? tiny fish whose males dance for females, build nests, and tend young? A minnow that can weigh 30 pounds, once the top predator? Joe Sullivan, Fisheries Manager for the East Bay Regional Park District, brings us fascinating life histories and news of how local fish are faring -- from extinction to recent gains. 

Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis, one block north of Solano), Albany. Talks are free but seating is limited. 

Thurs., Mar. 15, 9-11 AM: Walk for ages 50+: Albany's Street Trees, Natural History and More

Alan Kaplan, longtime East Bay Regional Park District naturalist, shares his legendary knowledge and curiosity on this leisurely, level stroll around town. Meet at Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic (AC Transit 18). Free, no RSVP needed. Co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center. Info:

Sun., Mar. 18, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Help tend newly restored McLaughlin Eastshore State Park on a hidden beach not yet open to the public.

Join in light, fun, but important control of invasives at "Brickyard Cove," south of University Avenue in McLaughlin Eastshore State Park -- a lovely beach and important bird habitat not scheduled to open to the public until 2019. Meet at the gate at the south end of Sea Breeze Deli parking lot, just west of I-80, near the touchdown of the pedestrian-bicycle bridge over the freeway. Easy by AC Transit 81 or 51B. Map here. Tools, gloves, snacks, water, and good company provided. Dress in layers for unpredictable weather; wear closed-toed shoes with good traction. Tools, gloves, snacks, and good company supplied. Info: Groups of more than 5 please RSVP; otherwise, just show up. 

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