Above: In January 2015, families from Congregation Beth El weeded, planted natives, and picked up litter near the mouth of Strawberry Creek. Below: Our Weed Warriors control re-sprouts in parts of the Hillside Natural Area that were dense, fire-prone thickets before our work parties.

Above: In December and January, we piloted a new project -- mapping invasives with cell-phone apps. Below: In early January 2015, our Weed Warriors were joined by Japanese students from English Studies International in a weeding session on the old Santa Fe Right of Way, a rails-to-trails project.

Click here 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 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:

King Tides are here -- The handout for our Mon., Jan. 19, King Tides/MLK Day walk along the shoreline from Pt. Isabel north is here -- Fascinating history and background on what rising sea levels may mean for the Bay Area. For details on the walk, see our events calendar. You can help document threats and changing condition with the California King Tides Photo Initiative during daytime high tides Jan. 18-21 and Feb. 17-19.

Celebrate purchase of 8 acres linking the two parts of the Hillside Natural Area at our Sat., Jan. 24, work party, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. From the King Court entrance, we'll enjoy beautiful views on our way to light weeding in an area cleared of fire-prone French broom, with great views. Then we'll walk to the new linking property. Details on our events calendar. Donations to help with the purchase are still welcome; info here.

Join us Tues., Feb. 10, for our next free Bay Currents talk, "Greening Wine" -- fascinating moves toward sustainability in California's vineyards!

Bay Currents talks are second Tuesday, fall-spring, at the beautiful St. Albans Parish Hall, 1501 Washington, Albany (one block north of Solano). Refreshments 7 PM, talks begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Full spring schedule here. Sign up to get email notices here.

What will California Proposition 1, the water bond just passed by California voters, pay for? See our best try at an unbiased outline, with background and detail.

Our Bay is a major route and destination for wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. Check out our videos on the Shorebird Diner at the Mouth of Schoolhouse Creek and Wintering Ducks, Jewels of the Bay.  

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.