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!
Friends of Five Creeks is a small, all-volunteer group. At this time, we are accepting only a very few volunteers, located very close to our sites from North Berkeley to El Cerrito, working fairly independently in stable pairs. Email email@example.com for information, but don't expect much.
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
June 23, 2020
Whatever you want as you enjoy the healthy outdoors!