Recent Volunteering

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Chevron volunteers took out a big stand of French broom in Tilden

Volunteers from Chevron plus our Weed Warriors all but completed removing a huge stand of invasive, fire-prone French broom above Quarry Picnic Area in Tilden Regional Park. The firm's Week of Caring volunteers launched this project last year.  

Oceanview students on Codornices Creek field trip

Above and below: F5C's Ranger Bob Flasher and Susan Schwartz led four classes of Oceanview Elementary School students on field trips to Village and Codornices Creeks in September and October. Fun for all!  

Oceanview students enjoying creekside nature

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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., Oct 19, 9-11 AM: Walk for ages 50+ -- Greening Emeryville

Emery Station Roof GardenWalkers age 50+: Join Susan Schwartz and Sheryl Drinkwater of F5C and special guest Peter Schultze-Allen -- our November Bay Currents speaker, see below -- exploring how little Emeryville, once known for heavy industry and gambling, is moving toward becoming a dense, walkable "city of the future," with urban gardens and trails, public art, free transit, re-purposed "brownfields" sites, and innovative pollution treatments. This is an easy, level, one-way walk with return on free Emery Go-Round, followed by optional lunch at a local restaurant. Meet at 9 AM at 65th and the Emery Greenway, between Hollis and Vallejo (AC Transit 72 or 59, or park where you can and take the free Emery Go-Round shuttle on Hollis to 65th, walk east. See Info: Co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center; free, no RSVP needed. Info:

Sat., Oct. 28, 10 AM - 1 PM: Remove invasive French broom in newly restored Eastshore State Park

Oct. 28 is Berkeley Project Day and national "Make a Difference Day" celebrating volunteering. Join F5C and UC Berkeley student volunteers removing fire-prone French broom in the newly restored Eastshore State Park south of University Avenue -- an area still closed to the public to give natives a chance to get established. Wear clothes that can get dirty and shoes with good traction -- long pants and long sleeves strongly recommended. Tools, gloves, bags, water, snacks and good company provided. Details on our events calendar.

Peter Schultze-AllenTues., Nov. 14: Free Bay Currents talk: Greening the Gray, with Peter Schultze-Allen

In the face of the extremes of climate change, the Bay Area is working to slowly make paved-over cities into green spongy habitats. Learn about how rain gardens, trees, and soils can benefit water, wildlife, and people, even in dense urban areas, from Peter Schultze-Allen, who brought "low-impact development" of Emeryville's legacy of heavy industry and pollution. Bay Currents free talks have refreshments at 7 PM, talks 7:30 - 9 PM at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington Ave. (one block north of Solano), Albany. Free, but seating is limited. Fall schedule of Bay Currents talks here.

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

Citizen science:

This fall, help us start using cell phones to report how climate change affects plants (phenology monitoring). Get in touch at for more info