Above: On March 1, 50 varied volunteers -- from UC Berkeley students to "Yelpers" (reviewers for Yelp) joined us removing invasive broom and spurgein a beautiful meadow in Tilden Regional Park.
In February, weed warriors were joined by native-plant expert Margot Cunningham (yellow jacket), who is working with us to GPS natives to help with stewardship on Albany Hill.
Above and below: Both Weekday Weed Warriors and volunteers at our February work party pulled French broom in the Hillside Natural Area, as deepening drought led our focus to lowering fire danger.
for more on these and other projects.
Helping Nature in the East Bay – Hands On
Friends of Five Creeks is an all-volunteer group working hands-on for
clean water and healthy watersheds. We protect and restore natural
areas that welcome both wildlife and people on the urbanized east side
of San Francisco Bay. See map and slide shows of some of our restoration projects.
Please join us in:
- Work parties
restoring native vegetation and wildlife habitat,
lessening erosion and flooding, providing trails and
- Free guided walks and talks open to all.
- Tuesday morning weekday weed warriors in varied natural areas.
- Public education including 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 F5Creeks@aol.com
or (510) 848-9358. Click here to subscribe to our e-newsletter. Click here to donate or join!
New and seasonal:
- Why save water -- and how: With
little recent rain, and growing climate change, California needs to
curb use of water and water-related energy. Our new 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.
- Bay Currents talk Mon., Mar. 3: "New Safe Havens for California Sea Life" -- New protected areas for California's rich marine life, and how volunteer scuba divers are helping. Full spring schedule here. Sign up to get email notices here.
- Help complete the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area: Friends of Five Creeks is partnering with other groups to help the City of El Cerrito buy 8 acres linking the two parts of El Cerrito's 100-acre Hillside Natural Area. Information and donations for the campaign here. Information on the Hillside Natural Area and our work there here.
- Earth Hour starlight walk in the Hillside Natural Area March 29: 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. Join Friends
of Five Creeks, El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, and the El Cerrito
Environmental Quality Committee in the Hillside Natural Area to enjoy nighttime views, refreshments, and
nature-related activities. Details on our events calendar.
- Track the turkeys: A few years ago, turkeys were common only on the holiday table. Now they seem to be everywhere! But where do the wild turkeys go when they aren't roosting in your yard or waddling across your street? With our new citizen-science project, "Track the Turkeys,” you can help learn more about our new feathered neighbors.Click here to sign up to report your sightings and see the developing map. Upload photos, too!
Friends of Five Creeks, founded in 1995, is a citizens group operating under the fiscal
sponsorship of Berkeley Partners for Parks,
a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Our decisions are governed by bylaws and made by a board drawn from our volunteers.
Meetings: Our meetings, talks, and walks are open to all. Check our events calendar for schedule.
Mission: Friends of Five Creeks believes that the health of creeks and watersheds supports the health of urban
Friends of Five Creeks mobilizes volunteers of all ages to restore, maintain, and enjoy the creeks and watersheds of the East Bay
from North Berkeley to Richmond. In year-round work parties, we help revitalize creeks, improve habitat and water quality, eliminate
invasive plant species, and increase public access and stewardship.
We prune, weed, dig, plant, and remove trash from creek sites and their watersheds. In collaboration with like-minded civic
organizations, we assist and advocate for restoration projects, and build and maintain paths. To increase public
understanding of environmental processes, we publish and post information, design and install interpretive signs, and host speakers and events.