Calendar of Events

Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors

Help care for nature in the city with 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 f5creeks@gmail.com or sign up here to be notified of locations. No obligation and no RSVP needed -- just show up when you can!

Thurs., Apr. 27, 10 AM - noon: Enjoy nature, map invasives on Albany Hill

Join a small group enjoying natives and mapping invasives using CalFlora's cell-phone apps and contributing to a statewide database. We'll continue mapping on Albany Hill, an amazing ecological island in the city. To join in this citizen-science effort, email f5creeks@gmail.com. We'll send instructions and directions to the meeting place. Free!

Sat., May 13, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Enjoy and help care for Berkeley's Rock Parks

Years ago, F5C volunteers built a new trail around Berkeley's Grotto Rock Park and cleared ivy that had all but choked Mortar Rock Park -- both part of the ancient volcanics that help make North Berkeley's hills so picturesque and popular. Join us on a "walking work party," giving nature a hand while enjoying views and flowers and learning about the fascinating geology and history of these parks.

Meet at Grotto Rock Park, 879 Santa Barbara (just north of Indian Rock Ave., close to AC Transit 67 on Spruce). We'll remove broom, acacia, and blackberry along with smaller weeds. Then we'll walk down Indian Rock Avenue to Mortar Rock Park, named for deep holes worn by Native Americans pounding seeds. We'll remove small weeds to help the blooming hummingbird sage, iris, and wild strawberry, as well as other natives, continue to flourish and spread.

Tools, gloves, and snacks provided! All ages welcome! Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction. Questions? Email f5creeks@gmail.com.

Thurs., May 18, 9-11 AM: Walk for ages 50+ -- Searching for wildlife in Berkeley's restored grasslands

Walkers age 50+: Join Ranger Bob Flasher searching for ground squirrels, hawks, and creatures in-between in the Berkeley Meadow and Cesar Chavez Park, where something like Berkeley's original grasslands has been restored. This will be an easy but fairly long walk. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes; bring water and sticks if you use them. Meet at the large park signs at University Ave. and West Frontage Rd., across from Sea Breeze Deli, just west of I-880. Easy by new AC Transit 81, or 51B and pedestrian-bicycle bridge over freeway -- check AC Transit's new schedules and maps. Co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center; free, no RSVP needed. Info: rangerdude333@hotmail.com.

Sat., May 20, 11 AM - 1 PM: Cleanup and "Hands Across the Sand" for the environment at Albany Beach. 

Environmental artist Zach Pine shows you how to make sand balls, we pick up trash and generally have fun while supporting clean oceans and clean energy to combat climate change. Info here.

Sun., May 21, all day: Hillside Festival in El Cerrito's Hillside Natural Area

Wildflower and tree walks led by our board members, and our information table, are just a small part celebrating this 100-acre gem that our volunteers have done so much to help! Full schedule on the web site of sponsoring El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. 

Thurs., May 25, 10 AM - noon: Enjoy nature, map invasives 

Join a small group enjoying natives and mapping invasives using CalFlora's cell-phone apps and contributing to a statewide database. Location to be announced. To join in this citizen-science effort, email f5creeks@gmail.com. We'll send instructions and directions to the meeting place. Free!

Sat., June 3: "Bioblitz" in El Cerrito's Hillside Natural Area 

Have fun finding and learning about as many species as you can in El Cerrito's Hillside Natural Area, with I-Naturalist, the City of El Cerrito, F5C, and El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. More information coming! 

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

Sign up here to get our monthly e-news, with notices of our events and those of others. For volunteer opportunities and nature-oriented events Bay-wide, including a clickable map of volunteer opportunities, see the Bay Nature Calendar.