Wake Up The Farm: "Little Farmers" can say good morning to the sheep and goats and help prepare a snack for the farm animals. 10:30-11 a.m. March 16 Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Busy Bees: Meet a Queen Bee and learn about her subjects' plant habitats and elaborate comb structure from Judy's Bees at this adult nature program. Noon-1:30 p.m. March 16. Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St., Hayward. $18. 510-881-6700.
Small Animal Play Day: Play with small pets and learn about their individual diet, grooming and habitat needs during Petco's "Meet the Critters" small animal play day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16. For a Petco location, visit www.petco.com.
St. Pittie's Day adoption event: Considering adopting a Pitbull? Meet available dogs and learn more about the breed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17, at the Martinez Animal Shelter, 4800 Imhoff Place. Good Newz Rescue and Berkeley Humane Society will also bring Pitbulls available for adoption. Those adopting a Pitbull on that day will receive five weeks of free dog training. http://ca-contracostacounty.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=59.
Bay Bike Ride: Take an 11-mile bike ride with docent Gregg
Brew at the Zoo: Meet animals, sample beer from local breweries and listen to Irish music. Must be 21 or older. 2-5 p.m. March 17. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. $25. 510-632-9525, http://brewatthezoo.eventbrite.com.
Toddler Time: Kids 1-4 meet and learn all about a new animal friend thorough stories, chores and fun. 11-11:30 a.m. March 19: Goats. March 26: Cows. April 2: Rabbits. April 9: Sheep. April 16: Chickens. April 23: Goats. April 30: Pigs. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Gardening for Native Bees: Celeste Ets-Hokin, native bee garden designer for the Gardens at Lake Merritt, will present images of native bees and discuss their importance, introduce native bee ecology and life cycles, give tips on species identification and discuss plantings to encourage bees. 7 p.m. March 20. Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-501-3672, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animals in Disaster Preparedness: Noell Crosse will discuss the role of county animal control during a disaster or emergency, Winnie Kelly will discuss confining stray/wild injured animals safely and keeping them alive and
Dr. Beth Phimister will cover first-aid, handling injured animals, supplies to have on hand and more. 7 p.m. March 21. Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. Free. Reservations, email@example.com. 510-524-3043.
Discover a Sense of Place: Presented by the Gardens at Heather Farm, this series includes activities and walks to explore watersheds, plants, animals and insects in our area. 9 a.m.-noon March 23, and May 11. Various locations. $20 registration fee, which will be refunded at event. 925-947-1678, www.gardenshf.org.
Little Lambs: See baby lambs play, feed their moms a snack and learn about their wool. 1:30-2:30 p.m. March 24 and 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 13. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797. www.ebparksonline.org.
Pet First Aid and CPR: Learn how to save a pet's life during an emergency, minimize trauma after injury and safely transport an injured pet to the veterinary clinic. For ages 12 and older. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 24. Lake Chabot, 17600 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. $51. Registration required. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Full Moon Walk: Join park rangers for a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike on Mount Wanda to watch the full moon rise over Mount Diablo, listen to the night sounds and keep an eye out for the nocturnal native gray fox. Meet at 7:30 p.m. March 27 at the Caltrans park and ride lot at the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez. Bring water, a flashlight, warm clothes and binoculars. Heavy rain cancels. Reservations are required and limited to the first 150 people. Free. 925-228-8860.
Explore the Bay at Low Tide: See the creatures that normally hide beneath the sea. Wear mud boots or old shoes and search for crabs in the mud. 10-11:30 a.m. March 30. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org.
Gorgeous Goats: Kids can lend a hand with exercising and grooming goats. 11:30 a.m.-noon March 30. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org.
Storytime and Nature Fun: Meet characters like the Lorax, hermit crabs and "Swimmey the Fish" through stories. 11-11:30 a.m. Sundays, through March. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org.
Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals' favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
Loma Vista Farm: Field trips and tours are available for schools, day cares, garden clubs, senior centers and other groups, Monday through Friday throughout the spring and summer. 707-556-8765, www.lomavistafarm.org.
Waterfowl Watch: Learn duck and goose identification then take a leisurely walk to see residing waterfowl. 1:30-3 p.m. March 16. Environmental Education Center, 1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso. Open to all ages. 408-262-5513, ext. 102.
MickaCoo Pigeon and Dove Rescue: For Other Living Things will host MickaCoo birds in their shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23, at 1261 South Mary Ave., Sunnyvale. www.pigeonrescue.org/events/?event_id=25.
Fishing in the City: Learn to fish clinics teach the basics of fishing to children and adolescents ages 5-15. Equipment and tackle are provided. There is no charge for the clinics but there may be a park entrance fee. Each adult may bring two children; a driver's license is required for a rod loan. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog Book Reading Club: Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133, www.hssv.org.
Paws for Tails: Children ages 5-12 can improve their reading skills by reading to a trained therapy dog from the Peninsula Humane Society and the SPCA's Paws for Tales program. 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 19. Belmont Public Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas. Free. 650-591-8286, www.smcl.org/libraries/bel/index.html.
Hoppin' Hounds: You and your dog will hunt through Byrne Preserve in search of dog-healthy Easter Biscuits during this on-leash event. 9 a.m. March 23. Westwind Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos. $5 donation benefits Palo Alto Animal Services. 650-947-2518, www.losaltoshills.ca.gov/announcments/389-hoppin-hounds-2013.
Pawsport Napa Valley: This dog-friendly event includes wine tasting, discounts on wine purchases, food pairings, dog treats, prizes and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 22. Pawsport Napa Valley Wineries, 3265 California Blvd., Napa. $75. Benefits Napa Humane. 707-255-8118, ext. 205, http://pawsportnv.eventbrite.com.
Easter egg Hunt for Dogs: Dogs can sniff out eggs filled with treats and prizes while their owners enjoy food and music. Dog-friendly vendors, photos with the Easter Bunny and other family-friendly activities available too. Proceeds benefit the Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control. Noon-2 p.m. Mach 23. Marx Meadows, 26th and Fulton. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 415-860-4500, http://easteregghuntfordogs-calendar.eventbrite.com.
AROUND THE STATE
Yolo Basin Wildlife Area: Tour the 16,000-acre wildlife area with an experienced field trip leader. View flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests. Depending on the season, look for migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and wading birds. 9 a.m.-noon, second Saturdays monthly, through April. www.yolobasin.org/events.cfm.
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Guided Wetlands Tours: A wildlife naturalist will lead a group (minimum of 18 people) through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Learn wildlife identification and behavior patterns, conservations efforts and more. The experience can be customized to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. For information and scheduling, call 530-846-7505 or email email@example.com. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html.
Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.
MOBILE ADOPTION SITES
Contra Costa County Animal Services
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