Recent Volunteering

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Civic Education students build brush pile

Above: High school students from around the world, visiting Berkeley through Northwestern University's Civic Education Project, helped build brush piles for habitat on Cerrito Creek at Albany Hill.

Pulling broom in Hillside Natural Area

Removing invasive, fire-prone French broom was a big part of our focus in August. We have cleared the big shrubs from large swaths of the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area and Tilden Park, but need to keep clearing re-sprouts for at least 10 years. Above: Weed Warriors in the Hillside Natural Area. Below: Volunteers including California Center for Natural History in Tilden.

Pulling broom in Tilden
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Helping Nature in the East Bay – Hands On

All-volunteer Friends of Five Creeks works hands-on for clean water and healthy watersheds. We protect and restore natural areas that welcome both wildlife and people, from Berkeley to Richmond on the urbanized east side of San Francisco Bay. See map and slide shows of some of our restoration projectsPlease join us in:

  • Work parties restoring native vegetation and wildlife habitat, lessening erosion and flooding, providing trails and green corridors.
  • Free guided walks open to all.
  • Tuesday morning weekday weed warriors in varied natural areas.
  • Public education including free Bay Currents talks, e-newsletter, signs, publications, web sites, appearances at festivals, and more.
  • Advocating, participating in political processes, and partnering with agencies and other groups.

For information or to arrange a work party for your group, contact or (510)848-9358. Click here to subscribe to our e-newsletter. Click here to donate or join!

New and Seasonal

Tuesday, Sept. 13, Bay Currents free talks resume with "Extreme Conservation"

Hear tales of the elaborate and imaginative things done to save endangered species from Susan Euing, research biologist at our local preserves for least terns in Alameda and Lange's metalmark butterflies and rare wildflowers at Antioch Dunes.  Bay Currents talks are 7-9 PM second or third Tuesdays at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington, Albany. Full fall schedule here; sign up for notification here.

Sat., Sept. 17, help spruce up Cerrito Creek on Coastal Cleanup Day 

Friends of Five Creeks and El Cerrito Green Teams partner to remove trash and invasives along beautiful, historic Cerrito Creek, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave. Details on our events calendar.

Why save water -- and how: Winter rains have not ended the drought -- and we are facing climate change. California needs to curb use of water and water-related energy. Our information sheet outlines why you should save water and how to do your part-- from tips with links, to rebates and free stuff, to background with links to research, position papers, and current issues.

Updated: Who Ya Gonna Call about Water Pollution? A guide to reporting problems.

Updated: Climate Charities -- Ideas for giving to combat global warming.