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From Rescuing Cerrito Creek at Creekside Park

Above: In September, we again partnered with El Cerrito Green Teams for Coastal Cleanup on Cerrito Creek.

From Tilden

At Tilden, incoming UC students (above) and Japanese students from English Studies Internional (below) started on new areas. F5C volunteers have transformed so much in this park!

From Tilden

Above: Our "rot score" game was a hit with all ages at the September Solano Stroll. Below: We played a key role in organizing the We Love Water event as part of Berkeley's Watershed Poetry Festival and Berkeley Farmers' Market.

Click here for more on these and other projects.

Helping Nature in the East Bay – Hands On

Friends of Five Creeks is an all-volunteer group working hands-on for clean water and healthy watersheds. We protect and restore natural areas that welcome both wildlife and people on the urbanized east side of San Francisco Bay. See map and slide shows of some of our restoration projects.

Please join us in:

  • Work parties restoring native vegetation and wildlife habitat, lessening erosion and flooding, providing trails and green corridors.
  • Free guided walks and talks open to all.
  • Tuesday morning weekday weed warriors in varied natural areas.
  • Public education including 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 F5Creeks@gmail.com or (510) 848-9358. Click here to subscribe to our e-newsletter. Click here to donate or join!

New and seasonal:

New: What will California Proposition 1, the water bond on the November, 2014, ballot, pay for? See our best try at an unbiased outline, with more background and detail than you are likely to find elsewhere.

Nov. 11 (Tues.), 7-9 PM, Bay Currents talk: Thirty Ways to Be a Shorebird Rusty Scalf

In the last talk in our fall season of free Bay Currents talk on nature and the environment, noted expert and birding instructor Rusty Scalf is our guide in the ever-changing world of 30 species of shorebirds that live by time and tides along the Bay, moving and feeding in patterns that reflect their physical attributes, some local and others from half a world away.

Bay Currents talk are second Tuesdays in the beautiful parish hall at St. Albans Church, 1501 Washington at Curtis, Albany (one block north of Solano. Refreshments 7 PM, talks begin at 7:30 PM. Talks resume in January -- sign up to get email notices here.

New: Tips and ideas on leading volunteers are a big part of our report on a survey of 75 leaders of volunteers working on invasives. Prepared for a discussion group led by F5C President Susan Schwartz for the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Oct. 2014 meeting in Chico.

Help complete the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area: Help the City of El Cerrito buy 8 acres linking the two parts of El Cerrito's 100-acre Hillside Natural Area. Information and donations for the campaign here.

Late summer wildflowers are blooming on the Bay shore, and migrant shorebirds are returning. See our slideshow and movie here.

Why save water -- and how: With little recent rain, and growing climate change, California needs to curb use of water and water-related energy. Our new information sheet outlines why you should save water and how to do your part-- from tips with links to rebates and free stuff to background with links to research, position papers, and current issues.

About Us

Berkeley Partners for Parks, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Our decisions are governed by bylaws and made by a board drawn from our volunteers.

Our meetings, talks, and walks are open to all. Check our events calendar for schedule.

Mission: Friends of Five Creeks believes that the health of creeks and watersheds supports the health of urban environments.

Friends of Five Creeks mobilizes volunteers of all ages to restore, maintain, and enjoy the creeks and watersheds of the East Bay from North Berkeley to Richmond. In year-round work parties, we help revitalize creeks, improve habitat and water quality, eliminate invasive plant species, and increase public access and stewardship.

We prune, weed, dig, plant, and remove trash from creek sites and their watersheds. In collaboration with like-minded civic organizations, we assist and advocate for restoration projects, and build and maintain paths. To increase public understanding of environmental processes, we publish and post information, design and install interpretive signs, and host speakers and events.