Recent Volunteering

Click here for info and slide shows on our projects.
Chevron volunteers removing broom

In September, our Weed Warriors partnered with Chevron Week of Caring volunteers to remove broom from Tilden Park (above). They also worked with staff from Urban Adamah and Japanese students from English Studies International on Codornices Creek (below).

Urban Adamah's urban farm on Codornices should open soon!

ESI and Urban Adamah volunteers on Codornices Creek

Below: On Coastal Cleanup Day on Cerrito Creek, more than 40 volunteers joined F5C, Friends of Albany Hill, El Cerrito Green Teams, and El Cerrito Trail Trekkers removing trash and invasives. Best news: much less trash than the year before! 

High school girls remove trash for Coastal Cleanup
Click here for more on F5C volunteer projects.

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

KristinaHillTuesday, Oct. 18, Bay Currents free talks present "Future Shorelines" 

Dr. Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, introduces exciting ideas from the world on how the Bay Area can adapt to rising seas in the face of climate change. Join us for fresh and fascinating views! Bay Currents talks are second or third Tuesdays at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington, Albany -- refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM. Full fall schedule here; sign up for notification here.

Pulling broom in Tilden

Sat., Oct. 22, help remove invasives in Tilden with UC Berkeley volunteers 

For our October work party, we'll lead UC Berkeley students and community volunteers removing invasive, fire-prone French Broom in beautiful Tilden Regional Park. Watch for details on our events calendar.

Keep California's ban on plastic carry bags!  

Friends of Five Creeks volunteers know from experience how local bans on plastic carry bags have cut down on litter in and along our creeks! In November, please vote "yes" on Proposition 67 to keep our statewide ban on these bags. Info and text of measure here. Endorse or support the campaign here

Why save water -- and how: Last winter's rains did not end the drought -- and we are facing 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.

Updated: Who Ya Gonna Call about Water Pollution? A guide to reporting problems.

Updated: Climate Charities -- Ideas for giving to combat global warming.