Recent Volunteering

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Japanese students digging big weeds

Starting the New Year, intrepid Japanese students from English Studies Institute dug out big weeds near the mouth of Strawberry Creek (above) and our Weed Warriors mountaineered on the steep banks of Cerrito Creek (below).

Weeding on steep bank

Below: Weather was dry and sunny for our MLK Weekend work party in the Hillside Natural Area, removing fennel from a wildflower meadow, with grand views.  

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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

"Love Letter to Mt. Diablo,"our free Bay Currents talk Feb. 14: One of the Bay Area's greatest conservation triumphs has been "Re-assembling the Diablo Wild Lands" -- Save Mount Diablo's expansion of protected lands from 6,800 to more than 110,000 acres of open space. Seth Adams, longtime land-conservation director , tells the fascinating story first-hand, with breathtaking images that bring to life the mountain's importance and its rich natural and cultural history.

Join us at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington, Albany -- refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM. Bay Currents talks are free, but seating is limited.

Click here for Spring 2017 schedule for Bay Currents free talks on natural history and environmental issues, emphasizing positive solutions!

Plant natives on beautiful Cerrito Creek at Albany Hill Sat., Feb. 11: Rain means this is the time to plant, so roots can get established before summer's drought. Join us planting resilient and beautiful natives along Cerrito Creek, 10 AM - 12:30 PM Sat., Feb. 11. Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave. All ages welcome -- gloves, tools, water, and snacks provided. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and dress in layers for changing weather. We'll work in a drizzle, but heavy rain postpones to Feb. 18. Full details on this, our February Lake Merritt walk for ages 50+, and more on our events calendar.

New: Our 20th year in photos in our 2016 Annual Newsletter! See what volunteers can do -- and please donate to help us continue to weave green threads into our urban fabric.

New: Background documents on Albany Hill and Albany creeks funding: The City of Albany is considering how to spend remaining funds earmarked for creeks and Albany Hill from Measure R, a 1998 levy that ends in 2019, when bonds it sold also mature. This new section of our website has plans and other documents showing ideas for creeks and the hill back to the 1990s, as well as current ideas. We plan to add many more documents to this new part of our site. If you have an idea on what should be there, please let us know.