Calendar of Events

Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors

Join Friends of Five Creeks Weekday Weed Warriors, 10 am - noon, followed by coffee and chat. Meet at varied East Bay restoration areas -- including others' projects -- for a couple of hours' outdoor work, followed by coffee. Email f5creeks@gmail.com to be notified of locations.

July 17 (Thurs.), 9-11 AM:  Old and New in Point Richmond -- Walk for Ages 50+

Walkers age 50+: Meet at 9 AM at Mechanics Bank (historic trainmasters' building), 4 W. Richmond Ave. at S. Garrard (AC Transit 72M))  to explore nature and history in quaint Pt. Richmond. Discover a former beach resort, a new segment of Bay Trail, remnants of the industrial past at Ferry Point and the Brickyard, the restored Richmond Plunge, and much more. Easy. level walk; bring water and sun protection. Optional lunch follows at one of Pt. Richmond's many restaurants.  Information: rangerdude333@hotmail.com. Co-sponsored with Albany Senior Center.

July 19 (Sat.) 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Help preserve the Hillside Natural Area

El Cerrito’s 100-acre Hillside Natural Area is an amazing urban oasis, with grassy ridges dotted by wildflowers separated by small creeks in oak-shaded canyons. Join our multi-year effort to preserve this treasure by removing invasive, fire-prone French broom. We have made huge progress -- native grasses and wildflowers are re-sprouting, and walks are edged by wood fern and honeysuckle, not broom thickets.  But years of work remain!

On Saturday, July 19, we'll continue work in the beautiful "central meadow," formerly dense broom, now with great Bay views (thanks to the City of El Cerrito for mowing). Meet at 10 AM at the entrance between 1524 and 1526 Douglas Drive. (Douglas Drive is a short loop south of Potrero). We'll enjoy an easy walk through beautiful oak forest, now cleared of broom through our work, to reach the site. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Gloves, tools, snacks, and water provided.

August: No walk, no work party -- summer break! Join us for Bay Currents talk Sept. 8, at the Solano Stroll Sept. 14, and more!

We host many volunteer work parties for youth, company, religious, and other groups, on their schedule. Contact us for information.

For volunteer opportunities and nature-oriented events Bay-wide, including a clickable map of volunteer opportunities, see the Bay Nature Calendar.