From Rescuing Cerrito Creek at Creekside Park
From El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

At our June work party on Cerrito Creek, wolunteers got close to nature digging out re-sprouting invasives (above) and cleaned lots of trash from the banks (below).

From Rescuing Cerrito Creek at Creekside Park
From Strawberry Creek mouth

Above and below, Weed Warriors and Japanese students from English Studies International worked at the mouth of Strawberry Creek in June. Above, weeds and trash together -- roots grew throught an old sneaker.

From Strawberry Creek mouth
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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

July 4 (Sat.) Join us at El Cerrito's Independence Day WorldOne celebration, 10 AM - 6 PM at Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona, at Moeser!

July 24 (Fri.) Moth night in the Hillside Natural Area! As part of International Moth Week, discover the magical nighttime denizens of El Cerrito's amazing 100-acre urban oasis. Potluck 7:30 PM, a nature walk as it gets dark, and then safe catch-and-release of moths. (Did you know that moth species outnumber butterfly species 10 to 1?) More on our events calendar!

Sun., July 26, and Sat., Aug. 22, 10 AM- 12:30 PM: Help nature by removing invasive, fire-prone broom at the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area. Great view, light and heavy work for all. Tools, gloves, and snacks provided. Details on our events calendar!

Bay Currents free talks on natural history and environmental issues, with emphasis on positive solutions, resume Sept. 10. Talks are on second Tuesdays in the beautiful St. Albans Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis), Albany. For fall: "New Bay Pollutants: Meeting the Challenge," "A Sharks-Eye View of the Bay," and "Zombees"! Free! Sign up here to get notices or our monthly e-news that includes them.

Why save water -- and how: Facing drought and 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.