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From Tilden

Above: In August, incoming grad students from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health volunteered at Tilden and talked about the importance of nature and the outdoors to human health.

From Strawberry Creek mouth

Above and below: In August, high-schoolers from around the national and abroad, from Northwestern University's leadership program, joined us on the waterfront near the mouth of Strawberry Creek.

From Strawberry Creek mouth
From Tilden

Above: In July, volunteers from Wells Fargo did great work removing invasive cape ivy in Tilden Regional Park. Below, our July work party continued our big project of removing invasive, fire-prone French broom from the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area.

From El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area
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:

Oct. 14 (Tues.), 7 PM - 9 PM. Bay Currents talk: Extreme Adaptation: The Bay Area Adapts to Climate Change

Our free Bay Currents talks on nature and the environment, with an emphasis on positive solution, have moved move to a new night -- second Tuesdays -- and a new, larger venue: the beautiful parish hall at St. Albans Church, 1501 Washington at Curtis, Albany (one block north of Solano). 

For October 14: The Bay Area, with its history of environmental  leadership, is not standing idly by in the face of  drought and climate change. Kathleen M. Wong and Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, authors of  Natural History of San Francisco Bay, inspire with  examples of how scientists, local communities, and  ordinary people are striving to ensure that San  Francisco Bay and its watershed remain healthy for  people and wildlife – from research to restoring  wetlands to resolving conflicts. Refreshments 7 PM, talks begin at 7:30 PM. Fall schedule here. Sign up to get email notices here.

Join us Sat., Sept. 20, with El Cerrito Green Teams on Cerrito Creek  -- 30th Anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day. Details on our events calendar.

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 turning. 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

Friends of Five Creeks, founded in 1995, is a citizens group operating under the fiscal sponsorship of 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.

Meetings: 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.