Calendar of Events

Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors

Join Friends of Five Creeks Weekday Weed Warriors, 10 am - noon at varied East Bay restoration areas -- including others' projects -- for a couple of hours' outdoor work. Email or sign up here to be notified of locations.

Aug. 22 (Sat.) 10 AM- 12:30 PM: Help nature by removing invasive, fire-prone broom at the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

Help native plants and reduce fire danger in the 100-acre El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area. We'll work in the beautiful Central Meadow, with great views and light and heavy work for all. Tools, gloves, and snacks provided. No RSVP needed -- just show up! For more information, email

Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Meet at 10 AM at the Douglas Drive entrance, between 1520 and 1524 Douglas Drive, south of Potrero. Map here. A short, almost level walk through beautiful oak woodlands takes you to the site.

No August walks!

Bay Currents talks resume Tues., Sept. 8 -- "New Bay Pollutants -- Meeting the Challenge."

Our free fall-spring Bay Currents talk series resumes Sept. 8 at the lovely St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis), Albany; refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM. Dr. Rebecca Sutton, Senior Scientist with the San Francisco Estuary Institute, starts the season with "New Bay Pollutants -- Meeting the Challenge." While our Bay is much healthier now than a few decades ago, Dr. Sutton will outline proactive solutions needed before new pollution problems can cause harm. Full fall schedule here. Sign up here to get notices or our monthly e-news that includes them.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 9 - 11 AM: Nature Island in the City -- Exploring Albany Hill

 Explore Albany Hill’s plants and animals, past and future with Margot Cunningham, head of Friends of Albany Hill.  You will ford the creek on stepping stones and gain 300+ ft. elevation, some on narrow trails with nearby poison oak. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring water and sticks if you use them. Meet at Creekside Park, S. end of Santa Clara Ave., El Cerrito (AC Transit 25 or 72, El Cerrito Plaza BART). Info: 

Sat., Sept. 19, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: F5C, Albany Parks, and El Cerrito Green Teams on Cerrito Creek for Coastal Cleanup Day!

For International Coastal Cleanup Day, Friends of Five Creeks, Albany Parks Volunteers, and El Cerrito Green Teams get together to clean and weed on Cerrito Creek at the foot of Albany Hill. Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, S. end of Santa Clara Ave., El Cerrito. Tools, gloves, snacks, and good company provided. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty!

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.