From Schoolhouse Creek mouth

Above: In March, Weed Warriors and students from English Studies International tackled fast-spreading, poisonous oblong spurge, a serious new threat in Eastshore State Park north of the mouth of Schoolhouse Creek.

From El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

Above, Prospect Sierra 8th graders continued their work in the Hillside Natural Area in March. Below, Bentley School 9th graders tackled cape ivy and broom in Tilden Regional Park.

From Tilden
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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 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 F5Creeks@gmail.com or (510)848-9358. Click here to subscribe to our e-newsletter. Click here to donate or join!

New and Seasonal:

Don't miss our final spring Bay Currents talk! Tuesday, April 14, retired East Bay Regional Park Assistant Manager Jerry Kent tells us "How the East Bay Got Its Forest" -- the fascinating tale of how one man transformed grassy hills to a forest of non-native and eucalyptus and pine, and what it means today.  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! Sign up here to get notices of free Bay Currents talks, 7-9PM second Tuesdays fall-spring. Or sign up for our e-news, with talk notices and much more!

Your help is needed for the 2015 Sudden Oak Death blitz survey, April 11-12. Help nature by taking a walk to collect samples of leaves infested with Sudden Oak Death, the pathogen that is decimating tan oaks and our beautiful Coast Live Oaks. Survey where you like, or we will recommend routes for you! Return suspect samples to a drop box by Monday. Great way to help out and enjoy nature! One-hour trainings  at 10 AM at the Orinda Library and 1:30 PM in Rm. 159 Mulford Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Sign up here for the Berkeley training. Sign up for the Orinda training or find out about surveys elsewhere here. General information on SOD or past surveys here.

Why save water -- and how: Facing drought and 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.

About Us

Friends of Five Creeks, founded in 1996, is an all-volunteer 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.

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 environments.

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.