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All Abilities Day Coming Soon to Oakley’s Big Break

Nature exploration for all ages and ability levels is on the agenda for All Abilities Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28 at the Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley.

Aided by staff or exploring at their own pace, visitors can navigate paved trails with stations to touch fur, listen to birds, draw wildlife, watch the water in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta for the animal activity or paint the view. The program will offer indoor and outdoor options, all wheelchair accessible.

It’s free and visitors can come anytime during program hours. No registration required. Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road, near Oakley’s Main Street. For information, call 510-544-3050.

Fremont: Reptiles will be the stars of the show at a 10-11 a.m. Reptile Rendezvous on June 26 at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, featuring naturalist Maeron Yeshiwas.

This is your chance to get a close and safe look at some of the park’s reptile “animal ambassadors”, learn more about their adaptations and where they live, and then create your own reptile-inspired crafts. The program for all ages (with parent participation for young people) is free and no registration is required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road near Paseo Padre Parkway.

The day before the reptile program, Maeron will also host a campfire program, “Animal Myths,” from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Dumbarton Quarry Campground on the shore of the bay. The topic is how some of our favorite animals are portrayed in different stories and movies.

You do not need to be camping to participate in the program. It’s for ages 5 and up with parent participation, and parking fees apply. For information and guidelines on reptile and campfire programs, call 510-544-3220.

Also in Fremont: At nearby Ardenwood Historic Farm, providing a welcoming environment for bees is the theme of a program from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, led by naturalist Chris Garcia. Find out how we can help precious pollinators survive in our urban and suburban world.

Or you can experience what it’s like to be taller by trying the stilts in a program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The stilts weren’t just toys; farmers used them for various tasks.

Both programs are walk-in; no registration required. Ardenwood admission fees apply. The park is located at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., just north of Highway 84 in Fremont. For information, call 510-544-2797.

Alameda: Terns, the endangered seabird, will take center stage during a program from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. Find out all about these beautiful birds and the life they live.

Three separate bus trips will be offered to view the tern colonies, and registration is required. This is the only time the public can see the nests. To register and get informed, search for the program online at or call 888-327-2757 and select option 2. Crab Cove is located at 1253 McKay Ave. near Central Avenue of Alameda. For information, call 510-544-3187.

Martinez: Birdwatchers of all skill levels can enjoy an 8-11 a.m. walk on June 27 at Fernandez Ranch with naturalist Anthony Fisher. It is a walk-in program; No registration necessary. Fernandez Ranch is on Christie Road off Interstate 4 between Martinez and Interstate 80. For more information, call 510-544-2233.

Berkeley: Wednesday walks are informal hikes led by naturalists to explore various regional parks. There’s one at Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 29, led by “Trail Gail” Broesder.

Meet at Inspiration Point on Wildcat Canyon Road. This is a hilly hike to Vollmer Peak and back, during which Gail will talk about the park’s fascinating history. For information, call 510-544-2233.

Richmond: Next in the Park District series, “People of Color: Evening Walks & Talks” is a 2½-mile walk through fragrant eucalyptus groves and coastal views of the regional coastline from Point Pinole to Richmond. It’s from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 30.

The program is bilingual in English and Spanish, led by naturalist Claudia Muñoz. It’s walk-in; no registration is required. Meet at the park’s Giant Highway staging area at 5551 Giant Highway near Richmond Parkway. For information, call 510-544-3176.

On line: This is just a sampling of the programs available at regional parks. For the complete schedule, visit

Ned MacKay writes about the sights and activities of the East Bay Regional Park District. Email him at [email protected]