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February 6, 2008 > Naturalist Programs at Coyote Hills

Naturalist Programs at Coyote Hills

There are plenty of things to explore in Coyote Hills' nearly 978 acres, and there is a naturalist program for every age.

By Brittney Hansen
Photos By Don Jedlovec

There's always something fun and interesting going on over at East Bay Regional Park's Coyote Hills. Last month was chock full of naturalist programs, hikes, and special activities for younger children to enjoy...and February is no different.

Nature Bytes, a program for all ages, was held on Saturday, Feb. 2, and allowed kids and their parents to learn fun facts about nature through hands-on observation, games and activities. Every Saturday this month there will be a new topic: Squirrels, Birds, Animal Tracking, and Adaptations. All of these events are free, and take place in and around the Coyote Hills Visitor Center.

For younger children, Coyote Cubs is a monthly program that features a new subject every month. For February, pre-schoolers and their parents get to learn about coyotes! This class is on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and costs only $6 per child ($8 for non-residents). For the older children in the family, there is the Junior Naturalists Program. 7-12 year-olds will learn about salamanders, reptiles, and wetlands, and even get to hold a snake! This event is on Saturday, Feb. 9, and registration is required with a fee of only $6 per child and $8 for non-residents.

Adults interested in working with nature are encouraged to meet with Kristina Parkison, a Coyote Hills naturalist, who is organizing a Docent Training Program. Those attending will learn about Coyote Hills and the surrounding wildlife during a five week course, and share their discoveries with children and adults when assisting at naturalist programs. To learn more, contact Kristina at the Coyote Hills Visitor Center at (510) 795-9385.

Along with these are many other exciting programs including bird watching, basket weaving, discover tiny, microscopic marsh creatures and even explore Coyote Hills with your canine companion. There's a nature program for everyone in the family, so be sure to check them all out and participate in the topics that interest you!

To see a list of programs and learn more about Coyote Hills and other East Bay Regional Parks, visit www.ebparks.org. Questions can be answered by personnel at the Coyote Hills Visitor Center Tuesdays through Sundays 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., (510) 795-9385.


Upcoming Naturalist Programs:

Junior Naturalists
Saturday, Feb. 9
1 - 3 p.m.

Coyote Cubs
Tuesday, Feb 19
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Coyote Hills Regional Park
8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont
(510) 795-9385

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