On March 23, 2012, Orinda Academy put its philosophy of Community Service into action. Students and faculty members braved mud and stinging plants to help out their community by participating in a clean up of San Pablo Creek. Guided by the organization Friends of Orinda Creeks, students and teachers donned work gloves to pull out invasive species, gather trash, and spread mulch.
Orinda Academy students broke into groups that removed non-native and invasive plants like ivy and poison oak, while another group raked, turned, and spread mulch on bare or muddy areas. Still another group picked-up and bagged the usual litter of water bottles and napkins as well as bike parts, a commercial blender and several brand new, left-foot tennis shoes. Students were rewarded for their hard work with a pizza picnic in Orinda Community Park.