Recent Volunteering

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Cub Scouts removing ice plant

Above, Cub Scouts from Albany Den 3 and Berkeley Girl Scout Troop 33531 enjoyed our January 14 work party in the Brickyard Cove area of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. Volunteers removed ice plant and Pampas grass seedlings as well as planting about 200 starts of native grasses. Below, our Tuesday morning Weekday Weed Warriors pulled invasive, fire-prone French broom on a misty morning in Tilden Regional Park.  

Weed Warriors pulling broom on a misty morning

Japanese students from ESI explore Native American mortar rocks

Also 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. 

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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:

Thurs., Jan. 18, 9-11 AM: Shoreline walk for ages 50+

Walkers age 50+: Explore birds, history, and how people are helping nature return to the Berkeley shoreline at McLaughline East Shore State Park. Led by F5C's John Kenny and Susan Schwartz. Meet at Sea Breeze Deli, 598 University Ave., south side of University Avenue just west of I-80. Easily reached by AC Transit 81 or 51B, or walk or bike via the Bay Trail. Sorry, no dogs on this walk. Easy, level walk, but some trails may be muddy or slippery. Heavy rain cancels. Co-sponsored with Albany Senior Center.  Info: Free, no RSVP needed.

Thurs., Feb. 15: Open Space and Skyscrapers walk

Discover lush gardens, waterfalls, exciting art, and welcoming plazas amid booming San Francisco’s skyscrapers.  Architectural expert David Weinstein leads this joint walk with El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. Meet at 10 AM at the Crown Zellerbach Building, 1 Bush Plaza at Market St., 2 blocks east of Montgomery St. BART. 

Sat., Feb. 17, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Pull invasive, fire-prone French broom in beautiful El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

Join F5C and El Cerrito Green Teams reducing fire danger and encouraging natives in the 100-acre El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area, with great views. Meet at the north end of Regency Court (1591 Regency Court on Internet maps). Map here. Tools, gloves, snacks, and good company supplied. Dress in layers for changing weather, with long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction -- poison oak is always a possibility. Bring a re-usable water bottle. Info: Groups of more than 5 please RSVP; otherwise, just show up.

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.

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