Recent Volunteering

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Berkeley Project Day kids from community working

On Berkeley Project Day, Mar. 18, 26 student volunteers from UC Berkeley were joined by community members, removing invasive French broom of all sizes from Tilden Regional Park's merry-go-round to Lake Anza.

UC students with giant broom bush

Below: Prospect-Sierra 8th graders again helped out in the El Cerrito Hillside Natural area, where our Weed Warriors also made great progress in April. 

 Prospect-Sierra 8th graders in Hllside Natural Area 

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

New and Seasonal

Berkeley Bay Festival Sat., April 8, 11 AM - 4 PM,  and Albany Arts and Green Festival Sun., May 7, 11 AM - 4 PM!

Dr. Vince Resh

Tues., Apr. 18, 7-9 PM: Free Bay Currents talk: How Rivers and Lakes "Work"

Arroyo Viejo CreekJoin us for a fascinating evening as Dr. Vince Resh of UC Berkeley vividly explains the interplay of chemistry, geology, hydrology, and biology in our water bodies. Why, for example, can many plants and animals live in either lakes or streams but not both?

Dr. Resh has taught at UC Berkeley since 1975, in a career that has included restoration of Strawberry Creek on the Berkeley campus, working with international agencies on West African river blindness, and studying effects of Chinese dams in South-east Asia. He remains involved in water policy, and will also talk about the role of monitoring water quality.

Bay Currents talks are second or third Tuesdays at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis, one block north of Solano), Albany. Talks are free, but seating is limited. Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM. Download full spring schedule here. Sign up for notification here. 

Thurs., Apr. 20, 9-11 AM: Albany Hill wildflower hike for ages 50+

Walkers age 50+: Enjoy spring wildflowers on Albany Hill, an amazing urban oasis, with Friends of Albany Hill President Margot Cunningham. Meet at 9 AM at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, S. end of Santa Clara, El Cerrito. Map here shows the meeting place and walking routes from AC Transit 72 and 25; also easy walk from El Cerrito Plaza BART. On this walk you will ford the creek on stepping stones and climb the hill, gaining 300+ feet elevation, some on narrow paths near poison oak. Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Bring water and sticks if you use them. Info: FriendsAlbanyHill@gmail.com or f5creeks@gmail.com. Free, no RSVP needed. Co-sponsored with Albany Senior Center. 

Sat., Apr. 22: On Earth Day, remove invasives, enjoy wildflowers in El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

On Earth Day morning, 9-11:30 AM, join F5C volunteers in El Cerrito's beautiful Hillside Natural Area. We'll enjoy wildflowers and views as we remove invasives along the "high road," starting at the King Court entrance. This is part of El Cerrito's Earth Day celebration; all volunteers are invited to a free lunch at El Cerrito's Community Center afterwards. Details on our calendar page

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