While we shelter in place to avoid spreading COVID-19, it's important for mental and physical health of all ages to get outdoors, get exercise, and enjoy nature. You can help the environment and feel connected and productive at the same time!
All-volunteer Friends of Five Creek, with sites from North Berkeley to El Cerrito, s has several kinds of opportunities in along creeks and shorelines, and in parks, in beautiful urban nature:
Individuals or families can "adopt" a small site to maintain and beautify, working with guidance but independently, on their own time.
A few people can join our "weekday weed warriors," working with safe spacing.
We have part-time, short-term paid internships for students close to graduation or recently graduated, and seeking environmental careers.
As school settles down, we will be seeking a few high-school interns working part-time and short term. Ideally, these high-school interns:
will be able to work semi-independently (we try to set up stable pairs),
will be able to reach our sites on their own (by foot, bicycle, or transit),
will have a demonstrated interest in the environment,
will be significantly helped by the experience, e.g. through income and/or help with college admission or a future job. ill as well as real need.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information, telling something about yourself and what you are looking for.
You can help the environment wherever you live, on your own or with family or a close friend.
Anyone can help clean the environment, in your neighborhood or in beautiful natural areas. The coronavirus crisis has greatly decreased litter -- when this is over, let's keep it this way! You need gloves, bags, a grabber (available at hardware stores), and common sense -- don't pick up anything sharp or disgusting. (The California Coastal Commission's guidelines are at https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/Guidance.pdf.)
Many very young children love picking up trash. Older ones, and adults, can have contests, like who can find the weirdest thing (post on social media?) You also can record your results with the Ocean Conservancy's free Clean Swell app, contributing to knowledge worldwide.
Myriad citizen-science projects let you enjoy the outdoors, learn about nature, contribute to knowledge, and help the environment. The free iNaturalist app, from San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences, lets you photograph and report wild plants and animals, and helps you identify them, so you learn while you contribute to knowledge. A kid-friendly companion app, Seek, makes this great for families. Projects that use iNaturalist to contribute to much-needed environmental knowledge include Redwood Watch and the California Pollination Project. Other projects with valuable environmental goals include the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper, CalDNA (soil samples), the Cattail Monitoring Project (with the US Geological Survey) Green Watch (reporting state of outdoor places and transit), and Sky at Night (measuring light in the night sky, with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory). A good way to find the project that suits you is SciStarter.org. There are thousands: Set it to look for projects in your area, choose a topic from the menu, and look for projects with stable sponsors and clear scientific or environmental goals.
REMEMBER TO KEEP SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCES! Pick uncrowded times and places.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Friends of Five Creeks
1236 Oxford St., Berkeley, CA 94709, US
Friends of Five Creeks is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1996, working hands-on to protect and restore creeks, watersheds, and nature in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and south Richmond, on the east shore of San Francisco Bay.
Besides frequent volunteer events, for the general public and for school, religious, business, or other groups, we lead walks, host free Bay Currents talks on nature and environment, publish a monthly e-newsletter on Bay Area environmental news, and advocate for political action on creek and watershed issues.
Find out more about us at www.fivecreeks.org!
We'll work with your schedule.
Berkeley, Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito,Albany, CA94706
January 18, 2021
Whatever you want as you enjoy the healthy outdoors!