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 f5creeks@gmail.com or sign up here to be notified of locations.

 

Dec. 18 (Thurs.), 9-11 AM: The Creek that Brought Us UC Berkeley -- Walk for Ages 50+

Explore the leafy UC Berkeley campus with an eye to how its founding and growth are closely tied to lovely Strawberry Creek. You’ll also see how students and staff are restoring the creek and nature. F5C Vice President Shirley Jowell leads. Meet at the globe sculpture just east of Oxford at Center. Heavy rain cancels. Info: sjowell@sbcglobal.net. Free!

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.

No December talk or work party. Enjoy the holidays!

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!

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.