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June 12, 2018 > Park It

Park It

By Ned MacKay

Dad?s Day in the Regional Parks
Father?s Day is on Sunday, June 17, and the East Bay Regional Park District is offering several opportunities for families to have fun with dad.

?Hugs and Quiches for Dad? is the theme of a program from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 17 at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. Bring dad to the farm?s Country Kitchen to join naturalist Mindy Castle in sampling some food made with fresh farm ingredients. All Ardenwood?s usual activities will also be available: tours of the historic Patterson House, barnyard animals, and train rides.

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


Or you can take father on a Stone Age adventure at Garin Regional Park in Hayward. From 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 17, naturalist Dino Labiste will conduct a fire-making clinic, showing how to create flames without matches, using hand drills or solar power.

Then from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., it?s atlatl time. Dino will demonstrate how ancient hunters created stone points for their darts. And you can try your hand at hitting a target using a dart-throwing atlatl.

Both programs are for ages eight and older. Garin Regional Park is at the end of Garin Avenue off Mission Boulevard. Meet at the Red Barn Visitor Center. For information, call (510) 544-3220.


?Fathers in the Forest? is a program from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 at Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, led by naturalist James Frank. It?s an easy walk on a stroller-friendly paved path through the redwoods in search of plants and animals, ending at the park?s playground.

Meet James at the Canyon Meadow trailhead. It?s at the end of the road that leads into the park from Redwood Road, about two miles east of the intersection with Skyline Boulevard. For information, call (510) 544-3187.


Fishy fathers will be the focus of a program from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 17 at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda with naturalist Susan Ramos. Wear old shoes or boots to look for fatherly critters in the mud and rocks at low tide.

Crab Cove is at the end of McKay Avenue off Alameda?s Central Avenue. Call (510) 544-3187.


Out at Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, you can make a gift for dad just in time for his day. Bring a plain t-shirt in his size to the park on Saturday, June 16. From 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., naturalist Cat Taylor will lead a walk to see some leafy park plants, then help you transform your t-shirt into a tree shirt.

On Sunday, June 17, the park?s interpreters will host a ?plankton plunge? from 2 to 3 p.m. Collect and examine some of the Delta?s smallest creatures and learn their vital role in the ecosystem.

Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road off Oakley?s Main Street. For information, call (888) 327-2757, ext. 3050.

The first day of summer is on June 21. Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley will anticipate it with a ?Sweet and Sour Solstice? program from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, led by interpretive student aide Brianna Contaxis-Tucker. Celebrate with festive arts and crafts, then help press some seasonal fruits for a refreshing drink.

Meet at Tilden?s Environmental Education Center at the north end of Central Park Drive. Call (510) 544-2233.


It?s getting hot out there, so don?t underestimate the power of the sun. Here are some tips for a safe summer experience:

? Take along plenty of water and drink it often. Many regional parks have drinking water available only at trailheads and picnic areas, not in park interiors.
? Don?t forget your dog?s needs. A one-gallon plastic bag makes a good doggie water bowl, or you can get one at a pet store.
? Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face and eyes from the sun. Lightweight pants and long-sleeved shirts are advisable, too.
? Use sunscreen lotion. Nothing spoils a day in the parks like sunburn.
? Take along a park map. They are available at the information panels at trailheads.


There?s lots to do all summer long in the regional parks. Check out the website, You can download park maps from the website, too.

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