From Rescuing Cerrito Creek at Creekside Park

In September, Eagle candidate Sam Gessow and Troop 19 put up birdhouses on Cerrito Creek and Albany Hill (above). More than two dozen volunteers pitched in on Coastal Cleanup Day (below).

From Rescuing Cerrito Creek at Creekside Park
From Schoolhouse Creek mouth

Above, high schoolers from around the national world, in Northwestern University's Civic Leadership Institute, joined us in August at the mouth of Schoolhouse Creek. With drought increasing fire danger, we tackled fennel jungles as well as broom. Below, Hillside Natural Area.

From El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area
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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 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

David McGuireLeopard sharkFree Bay Currents talk Tues., Oct. 13: A Shark's-Eye View of the Bay. The Bay's murky waters are home to 11 varied species of shark. Broadnosed sevengill sharks cruise boldly; ray-like shovelnose guitarfish lurk in ambush; soupfin sharks depend on warm shallows as a safe nursery. In a talk with vivid video, explore the lives of these fascinating and ancient creatures and how we can and should protect them. Our speaker is marine biologist, ocean advocate, dive master, and filmmaker David McGuire is the founder of Shark Stewards and undersea-media provider Sea Stewards. With the California Academy of Sciences, he has researched the population and movements of sharks in the Bay, and how fishing impacts them. His varied efforts for sharks range from fighting shark-finning to seeking a Marine Protected Area in the Bay and establishing the citizen-science Shark Watch.

Fall schedule here! Talks are on second Tuesdays in the beautiful St. Albans Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis), Albany. Refreshments 7 PM, talks begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Talks are free, but seating is limited. Sign up here to get notices or our monthly e-news that includes them.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 9 - 11 AM: Shoreline and bird walk for ages 50+, followed by optional lunch or coffee in Berkeley's new South Fourth Street neighborhood. Details on our events calendar!

Sat., Oct. 24, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Join UC student volunteers improving habitat and safety in Tilden Regional Park. Details on our events calendar!

Thursday, Oct 22, 10 AM - noon: Small-group walk to map invasives in Tilden Regional Park. Details on our events calendar!

Fall shoreline wildflowers are in bloom, and migrant shorebirds are returning. See our slideshow and video here.

Why save water -- and how: Facing drought and 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.

About Us

Friends of Five Creeks, founded in 1996, is an all-volunteer 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.

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.