Recent Volunteering

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In May, our Weed Warriors did great work at the mouth of Strawberry Creek (above), the Hillside Natural Area, and Codornices and Cerrito Creeks. We also mapped invasives in Tilden.

.Above: Our 20th Anniversary Picnic in May 14 was fun for all -- games, fish painting, bug hunt, nature walk, and weed snacks! Below, Hands Across the Sand on May 21 brought folks together for an Albany Beach cleanup and learning to make sand globes with environmental artist Zach Pine. See our Facebook slideshows on these events!

Click here for more on F5C volunteer projects.

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

Sat., July 16, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Help reduce fire danger and encourage natives in the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area.

Since 2011, we've done a great job removing the broom forests that increased fire danger in this amazing 100-acre urban oasis, with beautiful oak groves and meadows. But broom will re-sprout for more than a decade. For this work party, we'll take a short, mostly level walk to remove re-sprouts in shady oak woodlands. Enjoy nature while you help out! Meet at the Douglas Drive entrance, between 1520 and 1524 Douglas Drive, south of Potrero. Details on our events calendar.  

A major coal-shipping terminal at the closed Oakland Army Base would affect Berkeley, Albany, and Richmond as well.  See our Facebook page for photos on where trains would rumble. See our handout and how to take action here.

Thanks to the Cities of Albany and El Cerrito for proclamations honoring F5C for 20 years of service! Certificates were presented at Albany's City Council meeting Mon., May 2, and El Cerrito's Council meeting Tues., May 3. See them here. Reflections on 20 years of F5C here. A mini-slideshow from our May 14 celebration picnic on our Facebook page. From the picnic bug hunt, see bug expert Eddie Dunbar's guide to insects of Cerrito Creek. Contribute your own photos of "What Lives on Cerrito Creek and Albany Hill" here

Interpretive signs along Albany's Bay Trail have been replaced, a project we led. Thanks to the Albany Community Foundation for sharing our costs  of replacing seven deteriorated signs, and to the City of Albany for installation.

 Why save water -- and how: Winter rains have not ended the drought -- and we are facing 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.

Updated: Who Ya Gonna Call about Water Pollution? A guide to reporting problems.

Updated: Climate Charities -- Ideas for giving to combat global warming.