Strawberry Creek Restoration Program

Strawberry Creek Management Plan

Habitat Restoration Projects

Invasive Plants Removal

Funding for the Creek

Get Involved


Strawberry Creek Management Plan

Strawberry Creek Management Plan cover

The Strawberry Creek Restoration Program began in 1987 with the adoption of the Strawberry Creek Management Plan. The goals of the program at that time were prioritized as follows:

  • identify harmful releases from the Campus

  • eliminate these harmful releases

  • re-introduce native fish species to the creek

After a lot of work repairing sanitary sewer and storm lines to eliminate harmful releases, the Office of Environment, Health, and Safety successfully re-introduced three native fish species to the creek in 1988. The offspring of these initial populations still live in Strawberry Creek today.


Habitat Restoration Projects

Strawberry Creek is the focus of many restoration efforts on campus, including the following projects:

students in the plant nursery


2008 - current

The Native Plant Nursery and Demonstration Garden 

Student interns and volunteers propagate native plants from seeds, cuttings and donations, which are then planted in the natural areas on campus. The nursery is located on the western side of Giannini Hall.

biodiversity creek sign


2012 - 2016

The Strawberry Creek Watershed Stewardship Program 

Students and staff surveyed Fire Trail users to help inform policy and planning for the area, resulting in the development and installation of beautiful interpretive signage on the Fire Trail.

prairie parcel


2013 - current

Berkeley's Prairie Restoration and Commemoration Project

Students, staff and volunteers are restoring patches of coastal prairie to the Berkeley campus and exploring the condition of the remaining prairie ecosystem in the hills east of the central campus.

looking upstream

2013 - 2015

The Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project 

Students, staff and contractors designed and installed ecologically-functional grade control structures for a degraded section of Strawberry Creek and planted the banks with native vegetation.


Invasive Plants Removal

ivy removal

Over the years, the Grinnell, Goodspeed, and Wickson Natural Areas on campus became heavily invaded with ivy and other non-native vegetation that suppress the biodiversity that once existed within the riparian zone of Strawberry Creek. Many student and community volunteers continue to donate labor and funds to remove invasive vegetation in the natural areas. This work is ongoing - join us for an event!

Funding for the Creek



The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) was created in 2007 via a student fee referendum, and renewed in 2016. TGIF is a major supporter of the creek and is responsible for many of the restoration efforts on campus today.

Steve Maranzana


In December 2014, EH&S staff member and creek champion Steve Maranzana died in a tragic bike accident. His family created the Steve Maranzana Fund for the Environment, which funds two student interns per year to manage the plant nursery and organize volunteer and outreach events for the creek.

Donate to Strawberry Creek

Anyone can give a tax-deductible donation to the Strawberry Creek Fund.

Get Involved

Help us with our current creek restoration efforts!


Strawberry Creek