Calendar of Events

Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors

Join Friends of Five Creeks Weekday Weed Warriors, 10 am - noon, followed by coffee and chat. Meet at varied East Bay restoration areas -- including others' projects -- for a couple of hours' outdoor work, followed by coffee. Email to be notified of locations.

April 24 (Thurs.), 9-11 AM: Wildflowers and views in Hillside Natural Area -- walk for ages 50+

El Cerrito’s Hillside Natural Area offers 83 acres of grasslands, creeks, and oak forests with spectacular Bay views. Wildflowers should be at their peak in April. On this walk for ages 50+, we’ll avoid the steep routes, but expect ungroomed trails and some ups and downs. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water and sticks if you use them. Meet at the stub end of King Court (1190 King Court on Internet maps), below King and Shevlin. Information: Walks are free, but please   register at Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic, 510 524 9122.

April 26 (Sat.), 9 AM - 11:30 AM (note early time): Broom bash at Hillside Natural Area for El Cerrito Earth Day

Join us as we continue to wrench out invasive, fire-prone French broom in El Cerrito's beautiful Hillside Natural Area. Gorgeous views and great fun! We'll partner with El Cerrito Trail Trekkers in the "Motorcycle Hill" area north of Potrero. This work party starts and ends early because afterwards, all volunteers are invited to free lunch at the El Cerrito Community Center.

Meet at the the service road north between 7701 and 7705 Potrero. If you come late, follow the road until you find us. There's a map of trails in the Hillside Natural Area on our web site

Tools, gloves, snacks, and lotions against poison oak provided. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction, long pants, and long sleeves. Much of the work is on steep slopes, but we will have some lighter-duty tasks as well.

May 5 (Mon.), 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. 

May 10-11 (Sat. - Sun.): Annual Sudden Oak Death Bioblitz

 Your help is needed to track the fungus-like pathogen that is killing many of our beautiful Coast Live Oaks. All it takes is a one-hour training on Saturday, May 10, and then, on Saturday or Sunday, gathering sample leaves from suspect Bay trees (the main carrier) when and where you choose. Survey your back yard, take a stroll, or enjoy a challenging hike! Sign up here.

We host many volunteer work parties for youth, company, religious, and other groups, on their schedule. Contact us for information.

For volunteer opportunities and nature-oriented events Bay-wide, including a clickable map of volunteer opportunities, see the Bay Nature Calendar.