Calendar of Events

Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors

Help care for nature in the city with 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. No obligation and no RSVP needed -- just show up when you can!

Tues., Apr. 18, Free Bay Currents talk, "How Rivers and Lakes Work"

Join us for a fascinating and timely evening as Dr. Vince Resh of UC Berkeley vividly explains the interplay of chemistry, geology, hydrology, and biology in our water bodies. Why, for example, can many plants and animals live in either lakes or streams but not both?

Dr. Resh has taught at UC Berkeley since 1975, in a career that has included restoration of Strawberry Creek on the Berkeley campus, working with international agencies on West African river blindness, and studying effects of Chinese dams in Southeast Asia. He remains involved in water policy, and will also talk about the role of monitoring water quality.

Bay Currents talks are second or third Tuesdays, fall-spring, at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis). Talks are free, but seating is limited. Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM. Download full spring schedule here. Sign up for notification here.

Thurs., Apr. 20, 9-11 AM: Albany Hill wildflower hike for ages 50+ 

Walkers age 50+: Enjoy spring wildflowers on Albany Hill, an amazing urban oasis, with Friends of Albany Hill President Margot Cunningham. Meet at 9 AM at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, S. end of Santa Clara, El Cerrito. Map here shows the meeting place and walking routes from AC Transit 72 and 25; also easy walk from El Cerrito Plaza BART.

On this walk you will ford the creek on stepping stones and climb the hill, gaining 300+ feet elevation, some on narrow paths near poison oak. Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Bring water and sticks if you use them. 

Info: FriendsAlbanyHill@gmail.com or f5creeks@gmail.com. Free, no RSVP needed. Co-sponsored with Albany Senior Center. 

Sat., Apr. 22, 9 AM - 11:30 AM: Remove invasives, enjoy views and wildflowers in El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

On Earth Day morning, 9-11:30 AM, join F5C volunteers in El Cerrito's beautiful Hillside Natural Area. We'll enjoy wildflowers and views as we remove invasives along the "high road," starting at the King Court entrance. Tools, gloves, and snacks provided! Plus: this is part of El Cerrito's Earth Day celebration; all volunteers are invited to a free lunch at El Cerrito's Community Center.

Wear long-sleeves shirt, long pants, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Because poison oak is a possibility, this is not suitable for very young children. Meet at 9 AM at the west end of King Court (1190 King Court on Internet maps), below where King and Shevlin Drives meet (north of Moeser). Map here shows meeting place, walk from AC Transit 7, and route to follow if you come late. Questions? Email f5creeks@gmail.com.

Thurs., Apt. 27, 10 AM - noon: Enjoy nature, map invasives on Albany Hill

Join a small group enjoying natives and mapping invasives using CalFlora's cell-phone apps and contributing to a statewide database. We'll continue mapping on Albany Hill, an amazing ecological island in the city. To join in this citizen-science effort, email f5creeks@gmail.com. We'll send instructions and directions to the meeting place. Free!

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

Sign up here to get our monthly e-news, with notices of our events and those of others. For volunteer opportunities and nature-oriented events Bay-wide, including a clickable map of volunteer opportunities, see the Bay Nature Calendar.