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May 8, 2018 > East Bay Regional Park District news

East Bay Regional Park District news

By Ayn Wieskamp

Volunteers Sought for Coyote Hills Project
Volunteers are a tremendous help to the East Bay Regional Park District in its efforts to maintain quality parklands for public enjoyment. You can help to enhance the beauty of Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont by volunteering for a project from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12.

Volunteers will plant willow, cottonwood and sycamore saplings under the direction of ?Doc Quack,? aka Dave Riensche, the park district?s certified wildlife biologist. The Doc is renowned for his enthusiasm and energy. It should be a fun morning. Participants will earn a ?Wetland Partners? patch.

Meet in the overflow parking lot adjacent to Coyote Hills? entrance gate kiosk on Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. Registration is required. To register, call (888) 327-2757. Select option 2 and refer to program number 21343.

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Memorial Day, which is on May 28 this year, marks the start of the summer season in the East Bay Regional Parks. Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont will celebrate the holiday with free entry to all. Parking is free, too.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the farm will bustle with activities including farm chores, train rides, tours of the Patterson House, old-time lawn games and visits with the farmyard animals.

Ardenwood also plans Katie Train Activities Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Katie is the park?s little green locomotive, and the event is designed especially for children ages 2 to 6 years. The kids will be able to ride the train, play engineer, operate wooden train layouts, color a picture of Katie, and build using child-sized tools, among other activities.

Fee for the event is $7 each for ages 2 and older, free for age one and under. This is in addition to Ardenwood?s regular admission fee. Parking is free.

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

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Back at Coyote Hills, don?t miss the Butterfly and Bird Festival, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3. Besides up-close interaction with the birds and ?flying flowers,? the festival will offer information on how to create a wildlife-friendly habitat in your backyard, educational speakers, photo presentations, family hands-on activities, garden tours and music. Call (510) 544-3220. Since this year is the 50th anniversary of Coyote Hills Regional Park, there will be cake.

Coyote Hills also has Discovery Days, a drop-in program from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in May. Because of the 50th anniversary, there?s a special exhibit honoring the park?s rich history. At 10:30 a.m. there?s a presentation on the park?s early days.

Come at 1:00 p.m. over Memorial Day weekend for guest speakers focusing on different aspects of the park?s history. Learn about the area?s salt production history on Saturday, ecology on Sunday, or Ohlone involvements on Monday.

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Mother?s Day is May 13, and Sunol Regional Wilderness will mark it with a ?Marvelous Moms? hike from 10 a.m. to noon, led by naturalist Ashley Adams. This is a moderate, three-mile walk for the whole family, during which Ashley will talk about nature?s marvelous moms.

The park is at the end of Geary Road off Calaveras Road, about five miles south of I-680 and the town of Sunol. There?s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle; the program is free. Call (510) 544-3249 for information.

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There are lots of other programs scheduled as spring turns into summer in the regional parks. For a complete listing, check out the park district website, www.ebparks.org.

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