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 projects. Please join us in:
New and Seasonal: Celebrate nature with us in May
Sat., May 13, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Enjoy and help care for Berkeley's Rock Parks
Join F5C volunteers on a "walking work party" sprucing up Berkeley's beautiful Grotto Rock and Mortar Rock Parks, sites of big past projects. Enjoy views and learn about the fascinating geology and history of these bits of old volcanos. Meet at Grotto Rock Park, 879 Santa Barbara (just north of Indian Rock Ave., close to AC Transit 67 on Spruce). We'll remove broom, acacia, and blackberry along with smaller weeds. Then we'll walk down Indian Rock Avenue to Mortar Rock Park, named for deep holes worn by Native Americans pounding seeds. We'll remove small weeds to help the blooming hummingbird sage, iris, wild strawberry, and other natives continue to flourish and spread.
Thurs., May 18, 9-11 AM: Free walk for ages 50+: Searching for wildlife in Berkeley's restored grasslands
Join Ranger Bob Flasher searching for ground squirrels, hawks, and creatures in-between in the Berkeley Meadow and Cesar Chavez Park, where something like Berkeley original grasslands has been restored. This will be an easy but fairly long walk. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes; bring water and sticks if you use them. Meet at the large park signs at University Ave. and West Frontage Rd., across from Sea Breeze Deli, just west of I-880. Easy by new AC Transit 81, or 51B and pedestrian-bicycle bridge over freeway.
Sat., May 20, 11 AM - 1 PM: Join us at Albany Beach for cleanup and Hands Across the Sand for the environment
Learn how to make "magical" balls from beach sand, pick up trash and generally have fun while showing support for clean oceans and opposition to filthy fossil fuels and climate change. Info here.
Sun., May 21, all day: Celebrate nature at El Cerrito's Hillside Festival
Wildflower and tree walks led by our board members and wildflower info at our info table are just a small part of celebrating this 100-acre El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area, where our volunteers have done so much to help! Full schedule on the web site of sponsoring El Cerrito Trail Trekkers.
Details on these and other F5C events on our calendar page.