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November 7, 2017 > Park It

Park It

By Ned MacKay

Butterfly Programs at Ardenwood
Monarch butterflies are making their annual appearance at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, where they overwinter as part of their multi-generational migratory life cycle.

ArdenwoodÕs naturalist staff has scheduled lots of programs through which the public can observe and learn about these beautiful insects. It all starts with ÒMysterious Monarchs,Ó a program from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25, and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26. Find out if the butterflies are returning, learn about their life cycle, and make a colorful monarch caterpillar to take home.

Ardenwood is located at 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, just north of Highway 84. For information, call (510) 544-2797.


Nearby at Coyote Hills Regional Park, you can search for the Cart of Curiosities, a display of cultural and natural history hidden somewhere within the park. Find it and its secrets will be revealed.

Naturalist Kristina Parkison and the cart will be out in the park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The program repeats from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Parent participation is required.

Coyote Hills also has a reconstructed shade structure, pit house and sweat house at the site of a 2,000-year-old Ohlone village. There are tours of the site from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, starting from the visitor center.

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


Elsewhere in the regional parks, Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda will host a Veterans Day open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, honoring those who served in the military and merchant marine.

From 10 a.m. to noon thereÕs a history walk. From 1 to 2 p.m. you can help to construct a wreath and place flowers on the memorial at the park. From 2 to 3 p.m. itÕs crafts time, and from 3 to 4 p.m. thereÕs a flag retirement ceremony.

Crab Cove is at the end of McKay Avenue off AlamedaÕs Central Avenue. For information, call (510) 544-3187.


Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley offers seasonal programs about its flora and fauna. For instance, bobcatsÑseldom seen but always aroundÑare the focus of a program from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 12. Or you can make a miniature boat out of tule reeds during a program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. And itÕs fireside story time from 11 to 11:30 a.m. every Sunday in November and December. Plus, autumnal afternoon nature walks are scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 12 and 19.

ItÕs all based at TildenÕs Environmental Education Center, which is at the north end of Central Park Drive. Call (510) 544-2233 for information.


Wednesday Walks are a series of naturalist-led hikes of varying difficulty that explore a different regional park each time. Everyone is welcome.

ThereÕs a walk starting at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 at Sobrante Ridge Regional Park in El Sobrante, led by ÒTrail GailÓ Broesder. ItÕs a hilly 5.5-miler in search of the rare Alameda manzanita.

Meet Gail at the parkÕs Conestoga Way entrance. For information, call (510) 544-2233.


Out at Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, fall foliage is the theme of a walk from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. Enjoy the DeltaÕs fall colors and learn about the trees within the park.

Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road off OakleyÕs Main Street. Call 888-327-2757, ext. 3050 for information.


And there are lots of other activities planned in the regional parks as autumn progresses. You can check it all out at

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