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September 12, 2017 > Park It

Park It

By Ned McKay

Coastal Cleanup
Every fall at about this time, East Bay Regional Park District volunteers participate in the annual California Coastal Cleanup, a statewide effort to collect litter and recyclables from public shorelines.

This yearÕs cleanup will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. Volunteers will convene at Carquinez Strait and Martinez Shoreline in Martinez, Point Pinole and Point Isabel in Richmond, Crown Beach in Alameda, Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline in Oakland, Hayward Shoreline in Hayward, and Lake Del Valle south of Livermore.

The Park District will provide snacks, water and trash bags. ItÕs a great family activity; volunteers 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration is required. For information and registration, call (510) 544-2515.

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Also at Carquinez Strait, naturalist Kevin Dixon will lead a ÒFamily NightÓ stroll from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, starting at the Nejedly Staging Area, which is on Carquinez Scenic Drive just past Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery in Martinez.

ItÕs a chance to meet your neighbors and enjoy an easy walk, suitable for strollers, wheelchairs and all ages, with beautiful views of the strait. For information, call (510) 544-2750.

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Along with turning leaves and cooler weather, another harbinger of fall in the natural world is spider activity. Naturalist Trent Pearce will explore the phenomenon with a series of spider safaris, all from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in various regional parks.

The group will search for orb weavers, wolf spiders, mygalomorphs (another kind of spider), and the ever-popular tarantulas.

ThereÕs a safari on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley, starting at the Environmental Education Center. Another is on Sept. 30 starting at the Crockett Ranch Staging Area of Crockett Hills Regional Park in Crockett, led by Anthony Fisher. ItÕs back to TildenÕs Environmental Education Center on Oct. 1, and the last safari starts at the Tilden Steam Train on Oct. 29.

For information on any of the spider safaris, call (510) 544-2233.

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Astronomically speaking, another sign of fall is the autumnal equinox, when the sun is over the equator and the day and night are of equal length. It occurs this year on Sept. 22.

Naturalist Trail Gail Broesder will lead a hike in search of signs of impending fall from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 at Briones Regional Park near Orinda. Meet at the Alhambra Staging Area on Reliez Valley Road near Martinez.

The hike is for ages eight and older. For information, call (510) 544-2233.

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The biggest trees in the world are the subject of a program by naturalist Michael Charnofsky from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 17 at Roberts Regional Recreation Area in the Oakland hills.

On a 1.5-mile walk, Michael and the group will search for evidence of a redwood tree that was 32 feet in diameter, and visit the site of the Blossom Rock Trees that were visible from San Francisco Bay.

Meet at the parkÕs main entrance, which is on Skyline Boulevard about a mile north of the intersection with Joaquin Miller Road. For information, call (510) 544-3187.

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ThereÕs a hide and seek of sorts in the works at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, orchestrated by naturalist Kristina Parkison.

KristinaÕs Curiosity Cart, filled with wonders of cultural and natural history, will be hidden somewhere within the park during programs from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, and 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. Find the cart and enjoy learning about its contents.

Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. ThereÕs a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For information, call (510) 544-3220.

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And thereÕs all kinds of information about East Bay Regional Park District programs and facilities at the district web site, www.ebparks.org.

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