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From El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

Above: at our June work party, volunteers continued removing broom, and lessening danger of wildfire, in the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area's beautiful Central Meadow. Below, we got a big hand with pepperweed on the Bay shoreline from middle schoolers from a service camp at Berkeley's All Souls Church, for four local Episcopal congregations.

From Strawberry Creek mouth

Below: F5C's Weekday Weed Warriors also kept up pressure on invasive perennial pepperweed along the Berkeley shoreline in May.

From Tilden
Click here for more on these and other projects.

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

New and seasonal:

  • July 19 (Sat.), 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Join our multi-year effort to remove invasive, fire-prone French broom from the beautiful El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area. Wear long pants and long sleeves. Tools, gloves, and snacks provided. Meet at the Douglas Drive entrance, between 1524 and 1526 Douglas Drive, south of Potrero. Details on our events calendar. Information on the Hillside Natural Area, including plant list, slide show of wildflowers, and photos of F5C's work here.
  • Help complete the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area: 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.
  • Late summer wildflowers are blooming on the Bay shore. See our slideshow here.
  • Thanks for a great first year of free Bay Currents talks! We'll resume on second Tuesdays in September in a larger room -- the beautiful parish hall at St. Albans Church, Washington at Curtis, Albany. Sign up to get email notices here.

  • 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.

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.