From Strawberry Creek mouth

Above and below: on April 13, almost 40 volunteers from UC Berkeley's Alpha Phi Omega dug a huge solid patch of pepperweed on Berkeley's Bay shore. But this invader will come back; this is a project of many years.

From Strawberry Creek mouth

Above: F5C board members Stephanie Antalocy and Shirley Jowell at our table at the Berkeley Bay Festival.Below: on April 1, volunteers from UC engineering honors society HKN helped F5C remove a patch of really big, dense French broom from Tilden Regional Park. This twiggy, fire prone shrub is of particular concern in the current drought.

From Tilden
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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 and talks open to all.
  • Tuesday morning weekday weed warriors in varied natural areas.
  • Public education including 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:

  • Why save water -- and how: With little recent rain, and growing climate change, California needs to curb use of water and water-related energy. Our new 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.
  • May 5 (Monday), 7 PM: Bay Currents talk: Hunters in our Back Yards: Mountain lions, coyotes, raptors, bats.... these and other hunters live with us as cities and wild lands merge. Jim "Doc" Hale has tramped the East Bay wild for more than 40 years, as naturalist, researcher, and consultant. Join us as he introduces the diverse and abundant hunting species that interact with us; brings us his latest adventures with research, rescue, and consulting with property owners to head off conflicts; and gives us useful background on how Native Americans used our area for thousands of years.

    Edith Stone Room, Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin (at Masonic). Refreshments at 7 PM; talk begins promptly at 7:30. Talks are free, but seating is limited. This is the final talk in our spring series (schedule here). Talks will resume in fall on second Tuesdays in a larger venue, the lovely parish hall at St. Albans Church. Sign up to get email notices here.

  • Help complete the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area: Friends of Five Creeks is partnering with other groups to help the City of El Cerrito buy 8 acres linking the two parts of El Cerrito's 100-acre Hillside Natural Area. Information and donations for the campaign here. Information on the Hillside Natural Area and our work there here.
  • Track the turkeys: A few years ago, turkeys were common only on the holiday table. Now they seem to be everywhere! But where do the wild turkeys go when they aren't roosting in your yard or waddling across your street? With our new citizen-science project, "Track the Turkeys,” you can help learn more about our new feathered neighbors.Click here to sign up to report your sightings and see the developing map. Upload photos, too!

    About Us

    Friends of Five Creeks, founded in 1995, is a 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.

    Meetings: 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.