Calendar of Events

Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors

Join Friends of Five Creeks Weekday Weed Warriors, 10 am - noon at varied East Bay restoration areas -- including others' projects -- for a couple of hours' outdoor work. Email f5creeks@gmail.com or sign up here to be notified of locations.

Dec. 27 (Sat.,) 10 AM - noon: Pilot a new activity -- easy, beautiful walks to map plants

Try out a new way to enjoy nature while helping the environment: Walking beautiful trails to map plants, mostly invasives, but some natives as well. We will contribute data and photos to the statewide CalFlora online database (www.calflora.org). Great way to learn about plants, too!

For this first walk, meet at 10 AM Sat., Dec. 27, at the Nimitz Way trailhead in Tilden Regional Park for an easy stroll with great views. Map here. If you like, bring a camera; (especially if it has GPS). If you are knowledgeable about natives, you can register as a CalFlora contributor and download their cell-phone app at http://www.calflora.org/phone/. Because this is a pilot, please RSVP to f5creeks@gmail.com. We hope to host these walks monthly, probably on weekdays in future.

Jan. 4 (Sun.), 2-4 PM: Movie, Dancing with Thoreau, at Edith Stone Room, Albany Community Center

Transition Albany and Berkeley and Friends of Five Creeks co-sponsor a free showing of a new feature-length film on the value of connecting with nature, Dancing with Thoreau, followed by discussion with folks working on broading these connections locally. Share your favorite way to connect! Refreshments, too! Join us 2-4 PM Sun., Jan. 4, at the Edith Stone Room, Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin (at Masonic).

Jan. 13 (Tues.), 7 PM - 9 PM. Bay Currents talk: Groundwater -- California's Real Buried Gold

California stores far more water than falls as rain or snow, or can be held in reservoirs. But this hidden treasure has been treated first-come, winner-take-all. California's new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and just-passed Proposition 1 bring opportunities to use groundwater more wisely. Environmental attorney Tina Cannon Leahy, Principal Consultant to the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and the Assembly's primary water law and policy expert, outlines the value and complexity of groundwater, along with opportunities.

Join us in the beautiful St. Albans Parish Hall, 1501 Washington at Curtis, Albany (one block north of Solano).  Refreshments 7 PM, talks begin at 7:30 PM. Free!

Jan. 19 (Monday), 10 AM - noon: MLK Day King Tides shoreline walk

MLK Day this year brings the highest winter tides -- a look at a future of rising sea levels. On a shoreline walk from Pt. Isabel north, we'll explore history including Native Americans and dynamite making, enjoy thriving restoration, see how rising sea levels threaten infrastructure and wildlife, and talk about possibilities for using wetlands to buffer some of the effects. If you like, bring binocs for bird viewing (high tides force shorebirds to mass in tiny refuges), and a camera to contribute to the California King Tides Photo Initiative, documenting changing conditions.  Meet at the north end of Rydin Road (entrance to Pt. Isabel Regional Park). Take Central Avenue west, cross both I-80 and I-580, and turn right on Rydin Road. Parking may be limited; allow time for a 5-minute walk from Central. Free! Co-sponsored with Citizens for East Shore Parks.

Jan. 19 (Thursday), 9-11 AM: Walk for Ages 50+: Nature and the War that United America

Join Ranger Bob Flasher for a special program at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front Museum and an easy, level walk along Richmond's beautifully restored Marina Bay, enjoying wintering waterbirds and fascinating interpretive exhibits about theRosies and Wandas who helped win WWII. Meet at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Ccenter, 1414 Harbour Way S., #3000, Richmond. (From I-580, take Harbour Way S. almost to the end. Turn left into the parking lot. Directions and map here. Information: rangerdude333@hotmail.com.

Jan. 24 (Sat.), 10 AM - noon: Broom bash in newly acquired property in El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area with El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. Watch for details!

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.