From Tilden

For April's annual "blitz" survey of Sudden Oak Death, we recruited 80+ volunteers, including over 50 from UC Berkeley Engineering Honor Society HKN.

From Rescuing Cerrito Creek at Creekside Park

Above: For El Cerrito's 2015 Earth Day, we picked up trash along Cerrito Creek and did the spring weeding. Below: 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 Schoolhouse Creek mouth
From El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

Above, Prospect Sierra 8th graders continued their work in the Hillside Natural Area in March.

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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

Bay Currents free talks on natural history and environmental issues, with emphasis on positive solutions, resume in September. Talks are on second Tuesdays in the beautiful St. Albans Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis), Albany. For fall: "New Bay Pollutants: Meeting the Challenge," "A Sharks-Eye View of the Bay," and "Zombees"! Free! Sign up here to get notices or our monthly e-news that includes them.

Give nature a hand in drought at a family-friendly, drop-in broom pull with great views, at the beautiful El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area, 10 AM - 1 PM Sun., May 17. Walk in from the entrance at 7501 Schmidt Lane. Stay as little or as long as you like. Learn about the beautiful oak groves and meadows of this 100-acre urban oasis! Tools, gloves, snacks, and water provided. This volunteer event is part of the annual Hillside Natural Area festival. Full schedule with nature and history walks, kids' activities, and a pop-up bike park 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.