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 email@example.com
to be notified of locations.
Mar. 15 (Saturday), 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Spruce up Cerrito Creek at Albany Hill
F5C and El Cerrito's Green Teams partner for a spring spruce-up, weeding and picking up trash, on both sides of Cerrito Creek at the foot of Albany Hill. (Trash pickup may also go into surrounding neighborhoods.) This is a family-friendly event; all ages welcome. Tools, bags, gloves, and snacks provided. Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave., El Cerrito.
Mar. 27 (Thursday), 9-11 AM: "Nature's Gym": Berkeley historic stair walk for ages 50+
50+: At 9 AM Thursday, Mar. 27, join Ranger Bob Flasher on a two-hour loop walk up and back down some of Berkeley’s most beautiful and historic hill paths and stairways. We won’t walk fast, but steps offer aerobics as well as great views and glimpses of lovely gardens! Wear sturdy shoes; bring water and sticks if you use them. Meet at the Rose Garden overlook, 1200 Euclid Ave. south of Eunice (AC Transit 65). Information: firstname.lastname@example.org. The walk is free, but please register with
co-sponsor Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic, 510 524 9122.
Mar. 29 (Saturday), 8:30 - 9:30 PM: Earth Hour starlight stroll and gathering in Hillside Natural Area
On March 29 between 8:30 and 9:30 PM, people around the world will turn off lights and unneeded appliances to show the urgency of curbing human-caused climate change. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share time at home with your family, talk, play games, sing – or get out to discover the nature around you at night. Friends of Five Creeks, El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, and the El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee invite you to take a short, level stroll in the Hillside Natural Area to great views, refreshments, and discoveries.
About 8:15 PM, take the service road north between 7701 and 7705 Potrero (someone will be there to point the way). Bring a flashlight, although part of the fun is to keep it off and let your eyes adapt to dark. A short walk brings you to the end of the road, where we'll have stargazing, refreshments, information ranging from global warming to exciting future prospects for the Hillside Natural Area, and more. Bring a camera for night photography, and binoculars or a portable telescope if you have them. Measure light pollution -- an exciting citizen science opportunity. Info on our citizen science page.
Dress in layers, for changing weather. Park carefully on Potrero, with wheels to the curb and brake set. Rain or high fire danger cancels.
April 7 (Monday), 7 PM: Bay Currents talk: Our East Bay Geoheritage
Our Bay Area has a dramatic and complex geologic past. It changes, which continue today, help shape our lives and future. We can see this "deep present" in rocks, fossils, and landforms around us. Join us as Andrew Alden, geology expert for About.com, takes us on an illustrated exploration of these signposts to the past that surround us -- and discusses how we could better celebrate our fascinating geoheritage.
Currents talks on Bay Area natural history and environmental issues are
held fall-spring in the 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.
Complete spring schedule here.
April 26 (Saturday), 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 walk in from Douglas Drive, enjoying the beautiful oak forest, and work in the sunny "central meadow," an important fire break that has been overrun by the twiggy shrub. 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 Douglas Drive entrance, south of Potrero, between 1522 and 1524 Douglas. We'll leave someone to guide latecomers, but if you find yourself on your own, follow the service road south into the woods. Cross the steep east-west service road and stay on the trail, which curves to cross a creek but remains fairly level. You'll see us when you come out into the clearing. There's a map of trails in the Hillside Natural Area on our web site.
gloves, snacks, and lotions against poison oak provided. Wear
closed-toed shoes with good traction, long pants, and long sleeves. Due to poison oak, this
is not a great work party for kids.
We host many volunteer work parties for youth, company,
religious, and other groups, on their schedule. Contact us for
For volunteer opportunities and nature-oriented events Bay-wide, including a clickable map of volunteer
opportunities, see the Bay Nature Calendar.