Recent Volunteering

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Weed warrior in Hillside Natural Area

Our Weed Warriors are busy keeping invasive, fire-prone French broom from coming back in the Hillside Natural Area (above) and Tilden Regional Park. Below: Another project is our monthly walks mapping invasives in Tilden, using CalFlora's cell-phone apps.

Mapping invasives in Tilden with cell phones

.Below: Our June work party curbed invasive perennial pepperweed on the Bay shore near the mouth of Strawberry Creek.

Pulling pepperweed on Bay shore

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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

Sat., Aug. 20, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Help reduce fire danger in Tilden Regional Park --and ride the historic carousel!

Join us Sat., Aug. 20, 10 AM - 12:30, to keep fire-prone French broom under control near Berkeley's Park Hills neighborhood and in the heart of Tilden Park, near Lake Anza and the merry-go-round. We've done a great job pulling broom in this area -- but it will re-sprout for more than a decade, and winter rains gave it a boost. Meet at beautiful Acacia Picnic Area,, on Lake Anza Road. Map here. Enjoy nature while you help out -- afterwards, we'll treat volunteers to a merry-go-round ride! Or bring a picnic, swim in Lake Anza, or take a nature walk. Details on our events calendar.  

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.