Recent Volunteering

Click here for info and slide shows on our projects.

Girl Scouts on Cerrito Creek

In November, Girl Scouts helped us pick up trash, weed, and plant at Cerrito Creek at Adams Street, in Albany (above) and at the mouth of Strawberry Creek in Berkeley (below).

Girl Scouts at Strawberry Beach

Prospect Sierra 8th grade volunteers

Also in November, Prospect-Sierra 8th graders helped remove fire-prone invasives from the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area (above). 

UC Berkeley service groups Cal Rotaract and Circle K helped remove fire-prone French broom in Tilden Regional Park (below).

UC Berkeley Circle K and Rotaract volunteers

Click here for more on F5C volunteer projects.

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:

Read our new 2017 newsletter and help us keep volunteering for creeks, watershed, and nature in 2018!

Our annual fund drive is on! Please consider donating to Friends of Five Creeks as part of your annual giving. We ask just once a year. Click here to donate by check or online by credit card.

Sat., Dec. 2, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Remove invasive French broom, enjoy great Bay views in the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area 

Join F5C and El Cerrito Trail Trekkers removing invasive, fire-prone French broom in the beautiful El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area. A beautiful walk in is followed by work with magnificent Bay views. We supply tools, gloves, snacks, water, and good company. Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Bring a re-usable water bottle, and dress in layers for changing weather. We work in a drizzle, but heavy rain cancels.Meet at the King Court entrance to the Hillside Natural Area (1200 King Court on Internet maps, just below the intersection of King and Shevlin Drives, north of Moeser. Map including AC Transit access here. Details on our events calendar. Info:

Thurs., Jan. 1, 10 AM - noon or 12:30 PM: New Years Day King Tides Walk

During one of the year's highest tides, explore the history, recent restoration, and a future of rising sea levels on the Berkeley waterfront. Meet at Sea Breeze Deli, S. side of University Ave. at W. Frontage Rd., just west of I-80 -- plenty of parking, and easily reached by bicycle or AC Transit 81 or 51B. Feel free to bring binocs to see wintering waterforl or a camera to snap photos for the California King Tides Project (

Easy, level, 2-mi. walk, but some trails may be slippery, muddy, or flooded. We walk rain or shine! Dress for changing weather, including wool or similar socks and water-resistant footgear. Warm drinks, snacks, or lunch available at Sea Breeze Deli. Co-sponsored by Friends of Five Creeks and Berkeley Path Wanderers Assn. Info: Free, no RSVP needed.

Tues., Jan. 9, 7-9 PM, free Bay Currents talks resume

Laura Cunningham, artist, paleontologist, biologist, naturalist, and author of State of Change (winner of the 2011 California Book Award) and The Bay Area through Time brings a beautifully illustrated understanding of how our area has changed through deep time. Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis, one block north of Solano), Albany. Talks are free but seating is limited. 

Details on these and other F5C events on our calendar page.