Events & Meetings

Participate in activities and events surrounding our creeks, including, but not limited to :

*The SCEQC meets once per semester and is comprised of faculty, staff, and students. 

Contact us if you are interested in participating in any of these events or meetings.

Upcoming Events & Meetings



For up-to-the-minute postings of events hosted by the Strawberry Creek Restoration Program interns (including weeding, trash pickups, native plantings, and creek tours), please visit their Facebook page.  Also, the interns host open hours at the Native Plant Nursery by Giannini Hall every Wednesday 11am -1pm  (Spring 2018 semester). Contact them directly at



Past Events & Meetings


Trash Pick Up Day

Sunday, April 22, 2018 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Meet at the Native Plant Nursery in the Wellman Courtyard by Giannini Hall

Contact with any questions.

Planting Day

Saturday, April 15, 2018 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Meet at the Native Plant Nursery in the Wellman Courtyard by Giannini Hall

Bring water, a hat and close-toed shoes. We will provide tools and gloves! Contact with any questions.

Rain Garden Planting

Sunday November 19, 2017 / 10 am - 12 pm

Meet at the Native Plant Nursery in Wellman Courtyard by Giannini Hall

Plant a rain garden in the Grinnell Natural Area. Bring water, a hat and close-toed shoes. We will provide tools and gloves! Contact with any questions. 

Strawberry Creek Walk - Hosted by the 22nd Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Saturday October 7, 2017 / 10 am - 12 pm

Meet at the southeast corner of Oxford and Center streets, near the Globe sculpture.

Enjoy Strawberry Creek with a guided walk, led by poet/eco-educator Chris Olander with readings along the way by poets Raphael Block, Tiffany Higgins, Jahan Khalighi, Maw Shein Win, El Cerrito Poet Laureate, nature commentary by Tim Pine, UC Berkeley Environment, Health & Safety, and naturalist Glen Schneider. For more information about the day's events, go to the poetry flash website.

Strawberry Creek Fall Clean Up!

Sunday September 10, 2017 / 10 am - 12 pm
Meet at the Native Plant Nursery in Wellman Courtyard (next to Giannini Hall)

Join the Strawberry Creek Restoration Program student leaders for a Fall creek cleanup event.  This will involve picking up trash and doing some casual weeding along the way. (Picking up trash before the rains come is extremely important for freshwater and marine species.)

Trash bags and gloves will be provided, just bring water and/or sunscreen!

Please send any questions to:

Earth Week Creek Tour and Weeding Event

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 10 am - 12 pm
Meet on Memorial Glade

Learn about the history and ecology of Strawberry Creek with a guided creek tour hosted by the Strawberry Creek Restoration team, followed by hands-on environmental restoration weeding.
Bring water, closed-toed shoes and a friend!

We will provide gloves and tools.

Please send any questions to:

The Big Dig - Plant Native California Plants and Remove Invasives!

Saturday, November 19, 2016 / 9 am - 12 pm​
Meet at the Native Plant Nursery on the west side of Giannini Hall

Join the Strawberry Creek Restoration Team in the BIG DIG where we will plant native California plants like Red Flowering Currant along the banks of UC Berkeley’s Strawberry Creek! We will also be pulling out invasive plants including Algerian Ivy! 

This is a hands-on volunteer opportunity! We will teach you the best planting and weeding practices for creek restoration.

- Bring water, sunscreen, wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

- We will provide gloves, tools, and plants!

Please RSVP and send any questions to:

Restoring an Urban Creek: Do's and Don't's

Presentation by Dr. Ann Riley, San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board

Monday, August 29, 2016 / 2 pm - 3:30 pm 
Room 150, University Hall (big building on Oxford St, between University and Addison)

This presentation is organized around photos of the Do’s and Don’t’s of urban stream restoration. The topics covered will include the basic needs for quasi- stable channel dimensions and flood plain space and revegetation methods in order to achieve an ecologically functioning stream that can also enhance our urban environments. This presentation has been prepared for those who are planning a stream restoration project and need to know what the California resources agencies will permit. It is a good introduction to project design processes and methods.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Presenter

Dr. Ann Riley organized, planned, designed, constructed and funded stream restoration projects during a period of 12 years as Executive Director of the Waterways Restoration Institute in California and other regions of the country. Her involvement with non-profit work at the community level countrywide spans over thirty years. She has also worked  for  local, state and federal agencies for a total of 31 years in watershed  planning, water quality, water conservation, hydrology, flood management, stream science  and restoration. Her career includes public policy work for the National Academy of Sciences and the  John Heinz Center For Science, Economics and the Environment .  A feature of both her private and public sector work has been to provide jobs and training for conservation and youth corps. In 1982 she co-founded the Urban Creeks Council in California and in 1993 was instrumental in  organizing  the first conference of the Coalition to Restore Urban Waters, a national network of urban stream and river organizations.  She began a program in the California Department  of Water Resources in 1984 that continues to provide grants to support urban stream restoration. Awards recognizing her work include an American Rivers award in 1993 for her leadership in establishing  a national urban river movement, the California Governors’ Environmental and Economic Leadership  award in 2003, and the Salmonid Restoration Federation Restorationist of the Year Award in 2004.  She began her association with river scientist Luna Leopold in Washington D.C. in 1971 and completed two graduate degrees under his direction at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an urban farmer at her residence in Berkeley, California  raising chickens, bees,  growing food, and brewing  county - and- state- fair- awarded mead and beer.