Recent Volunteering

Click on the link below the photo for a slide history of the project. Click here for info on all our projects.
From El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

In March, Prospect-Sierra 8th graders pioneered broom removal above the El Cerrito Recycling Center (above), and volunteers from International Rivers joined us in spring maintenance along Cerrito Creek (below). F5C volunteers have transformed these big urban oases.

From Rescuing Cerrito Creek at Creekside Park
From Strawberry Creek mouth

At our big February work party on the Bay, volunteers planted natives (above) and took out weeds, including nearly all spring sprouts of poison hemlock (below).

From Strawberry Creek mouth

Below: With soil soft and broom under better control, Weed Warriors took on digging fennel in the Hillside Natural Area in February.

Click here for more on these and other 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

Thurs., May 5, 7-9 PM: "Meet the Changemakers: You and Me" with F5C and Transition Berkeley: Friends of Five Creek board members join Transition Berkeley for an evening of short inspirational films and a discussion of citizen activism, at the Unitarian-Universalist Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley. Details on our events calendar

Kids Playing Cerrito CreekSat., May 14, 10 AM - 1 PM: Celebrate F5C's first 20 years at a laid-back picnic on Cerrito Creek at Albany Hill: Old and new Friends, all ages welcome to celebrate our first 20 years of volunteering for nature! Nature walk 10 AM, bug hunt 11 AM, games, candles, bubbles, snacks featuring edible weeds -- "If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em." No speeches! We'll supply cold drinks and goodies. Bring a finger-foot dish to share if you want -- no pressure. There's a kids' play structure and youngsters can splash in the creek. 

Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave., El Cerrito (3488 Santa Clara on Internet maps; easy by AC Transit 25 or 73 or El Cerrito Plaza BART. Map here.    

Thurs., May 9, 9-11 AM: Walkers age 50+: Be a Kid again in Tilden: Join Ranger Bob Flasher to pet the farm animals at the Little Farm (bring celery if you like to feed them), ooh and aah at the Nature Center, stroll around Jewel Lake at Tilden Regional Park. Free! Details on our events calendar

Why save water -- and how: Winter rains have not ended 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.