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 or sign up here to be notified of locations. No obligation and no RSVP needed -- just show up when you can!

Thurs., Jan. 18, 9-11 AM: Shoreline walk for ages 50+

Explore birds, history, and how people are helping nature return to the Berkeley shoreline at McLaughline East Shore State Park. Led by F5C's John Kenny and Susan Schwartz. Meet at Sea Breeze Deli, 598 University Ave., south side of University Avenue just west of I-80. Easily reached by AC Transit 81 or 51B, or walk or bike via the Bay Trail. Sorry, no dogs on this walk. Easy, level walk, but some trails may be muddy or slippery. Heavy rain cancels. Co-sponsored with Albany Senior Center.  Info: Free, no RSVP needed.

Thurs., Jan. 25, 10 AM - noon: Map invasives using cell phones

Join a small group mapping invasive plants -- and some natives -- with CalFlora's cell-phone app. No experience needed -- we will teach you. Contact for instructions and meeting place. 

Thurs., Feb. 15: Open Space and Skyscrapers walk

Discover lush gardens, waterfalls, exciting art, and welcoming plazas amid booming San Francisco’s skyscrapers.  Architectural expert David Weinstein leads this joint walk with El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. Meet at 10 AM at the Crown Zellerbach Building, 1 Bush Plaza at Market St., 2 blocks east of Montgomery St. BART.

Sat., Feb. 17, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Pull invasive, fire-prone French broom in beautiful El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

Join F5C and El Cerrito Green Teams reducing fire danger and encouraging natives in the 100-acre El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area, with great views. Meet at the north end of Regency Court (1591 Regency Court on Internet maps). Map here. Tools, gloves, snacks, and good company supplied. Dress in layers for changing weather, with long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction -- poison oak is always a possibility. Bring a re-usable water bottle. Info: Groups of more than 5 please RSVP; otherwise, just show up.

Tues., Feb. 20, 7-9 PM, free Bay Currents talk: Climate, Fire, and the Future of our Forests. 

We all know the earth is warming -- but what do we know about how that may affect California's varied plants and animals, including humans? Learn about recent findings, including what is known so far of impacts of the recent North Bay fires, from Dr. David Ackerly, UC Berkeley Professor of Integrative Biology. Dr. Ackerly's work focuses on how climate change is affecting California's biodiversity. Much of his research is carried out at Pepperwood Preserve near Santa Rosa.

Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis, one block north of Solano), Albany. Talks are free but seating is limited. Please note: This month's talk is on the third Tuesday of the month, not the usual second Tuesday.

Thurs., Feb. 22, 10 AM - noon: Map invasives using cell phones

Join a small group mapping invasives with CalFlora's cell-phone app. No experience needed -- we will teach you. Contact for instructions and meeting place.

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

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