Above: In November, our 50+ walking group braved welcome rain to enjoy Creekside Park and Albany Hill, a welcoming urban oasis thanks to 12+ years of work by F5C volunteers. Below: UC students volunteers from Berkeley Project planted native grasses near the mouth of Strawberry Creek in November. They, too, welcomed rain!

In the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area in November, UC students from electrical-engineering fraternity HKN hauled out big broom despite poison oak (above), and 8th graders from Prospect Sierra School pulled out more invasive, fire-prone broom despite showers(below).

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 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 F5Creeks@gmail.com or (510)848-9358. Click here to subscribe to our e-newsletter. Click here to donate or join!

New and Seasonal:

Our free Bay Currents talks resume Tues., Jan. 13, with "Groundwater -- California's Read Buried Gold." In February: "Greening Wine" -- fascinating moves toward sustainability in California's vinyards.

Full spring schedule here. Sign up to get email notices here.

Bay Currents talks are second Tuesday, fall-spring, at the beautiful St. Albans Parish Hall, 1501 Washington, Albany (one block north of Solano). Refreshments 7 PM, talks begin promptly at 7:30 PM.

King Tides are here -- Winter's highest tides are a foretaste of rising sea levels due to global warming. You can help document threats and changing condition with the California King Tides Photo Initiative during daytime high tides Dec. 21-23, Jan. 18-21, and Feb. 17-19. Monday, Jan. 19, 10 AM - noon, join us on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day - King Tides shoreline walk along the shoreline north of Pt. Isabel, co-sponsored with Citizens for East Shore Parks. We'll explore history including Native Americans and dynamite making, enjoy thriving restoration, see how rising sea levels threaten infrastructure and wildlife, and talk about possibilities for using wetlands to buffer some of the effects. If you like, bring binocs for bird viewing (high tides force shorebirds to mass in tiny refuges), and a camera to contribute to the California King Tides Photo Initiative, documenting changing conditions. Meet at the north end of Rydin Road (entrance to Pt. Isabel Regional Park). Take Central Avenue west, cross both I-80 and I-580, and turn right on Rydin Road. Parking may be limited; allow time for a 5-minute walk from Central. Free!

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.

What will California Proposition 1, the water bond just passed by California voters, pay for? See our best try at an unbiased outline, with background and detail. And plan to come to our January 13 talk on groundwater -- Prop 1 is a key opportunity to steward this vast resource wisely!

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.

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 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 1996, is an all-volunteer 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.

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.