Recent Volunteering

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Cerrito Creek cleanup April 2016

In April, volunteers removed litter and removed invasives along Cerrito Creek for our Earth Day work party. Staff from real-estate company Jamestown pulled a mountain of weeds on lower Codornices Creek on Earth Day.

Mapping invasives with cell phones

.We continued mapping invasives in Tilden Regional Park using CalFlora's cell-phone apps. These monthly, small-group walks are really filling in the map!

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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., May 5, 7-9 PM: "Meet the Changemakers: You and Me" with F5C and Transition Berkeley: Friends of Five Creek board members join Transition Berkeley for an evening of short inspirational films and a discussion of citizen activism, at the Unitarian-Universalist Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley. Details on our events calendar

Kids Playing Cerrito CreekSat., May 14, 10 AM - 1 PM: Celebrate F5C's first 20 years at a laid-back picnic on Cerrito Creek at Albany Hill: Old and new Friends, all ages welcome to celebrate our first 20 years of volunteering for nature! Nature walk 10 AM, bug hunt 11 AM, games, candles, bubbles, snacks featuring edible weeds -- "If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em." No speeches! We'll supply cold drinks and goodies. Bring a finger-foot dish to share if you want -- no pressure. There's a kids' play structure and youngsters can splash in the creek. 

Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave., El Cerrito (3488 Santa Clara on Internet maps; easy by AC Transit 25 or 73 or El Cerrito Plaza BART. Map here.    

Thurs., May 9, 9-11 AM: Walkers age 50+: Be a Kid again in Tilden: Join Ranger Bob Flasher to pet the farm animals at the Little Farm (bring celery if you like to feed them), ooh and aah at the Nature Center, stroll around Jewel Lake at Tilden Regional Park. Free! Details on our events calendar.

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.

Enjoy the new signs and the Bay Trail on Hands Across the Sand Day, Sat., May 21, 11AM - 1 PM on Albany Beach, foot of Buchanan Street. Learn to make sand globes -- you really can toss them around! Join hands for a photo showing we care about ocean pollution -- especially the threat from rail shipments of coal and oil along the Bay. Details on our events calendar.

 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.