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In partnership with Friends of Five Creeks and River of Words
Berkeley, CA; March 18, 2006

A dozen Berkeley High School Environmental Science students, along with their teacher Mardi Mertens and her family, joined me at the headwaters of Berkeley's Codornices Creek. After Friends of Five Creeks President Susan Schwartz introduced the site, we explored, collected trash, and created art together.

The sloping site is dry at the top, moist in the middle, and has a spring-fed rivulet at the bottom. Adjacent to the site runs the Lower Glendale Path, renovated by the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association. This map shows our site, which is in the midst of a residential neighborhood.

For more photos, see the event photo gallery.

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photo of swale
photo of spring in a ring of leaves
photo of woman hanging trash on a tree
photo of trash hung on a tree
photo of men building a tower of rocks
photo of a tower of rocks
photo of woman posing on muddy ground
photo of muddy footprints
photo of two women in a tent of sticks
 photo of two women in a tent of sticks

Mud, Garbage, Rocks, Plants and Art

The headwaters of Codornices Creek was muddy,
It looked chaotic and cruddy,
We cleaned up the garbage, and had a good time,
Made art out of rocks and sticks that were divine,
Out of unrefined nature art makes it a habitat for humanity,
And all human kind.

-Evan Mertens, 3/18/06