In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, the East Bay Regional Park District has scheduled all kinds of activities and programs on the theme of "Healthy Parks Healthy People," encouraging everyone to engage in healthy outdoor recreation.
Well, the big top, center ring event takes place June 22. It's the free Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival at Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area in Fremont, celebrating National Get Outdoors Day.
From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Quarry Lakes will host a family-friendly, something-for-everyone special event featuring entertainment, information from health and recreation organizations, kids' activities, giveaways and food vendors. It's all about discovering outdoor recreational opportunities while enjoying a great day in the park.
Entertainers will include Ballet Folklorico Nacional Mexicano, Golden Lion Martial Arts Academy, Laughter Yoga with Annie Goglia, Peruvian singer and puppeteer Susy Dorn and Zhumba dancing. Exhibitors will include park district firefighters and aquatic services, Save Mt. Diablo, the National Park Service and the Tri-City Health Center, among others.
Quarry Lakes is located at 2100 Isherwood Way in Fremont. Many additional sponsors are helping to make the event possible. For more information on the Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival, call 888-327-2757 or visit the park district website at www.ebparks.org.
Coyote Hills: If you can't make it to the festival, there are plenty of activities at other regional parks to entice you outdoors:
At Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, there's a volunteer work day at the Ohlone village site scheduled for 2 to 4:30 p.m. June 23. It's a chance to learn about Native American cultures while caring for a village site that's more than 2,000 years old.
Snacks, gloves and tools will be provided. Naturalist Dino Labiste will give a presentation about the site's cultural and historic significance.
The program is free, designed for ages 12 and older; registration is required. To register, call 888-327-2757. Select option 2 and refer to program 2146. Meet at the front entrance of the visitor center.
Coyote Hills is located at 8000 Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. There's a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.
CRAB COVE: The family nature fun series at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda continues with a pond walk to see turtles, birds and bugs. Crafts and games are on the agenda, too. It's from 2 to 3 p.m. June 22 and repeats June 23.
Crab Cove is at 1252 McKay Ave. The program is free. For information, call 510-544-3187.
TILDEN: A salad made of ingredients from the Kids Garden is on the menu for June 30 at Tilden Nature Area in Berkeley.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. naturalist James Wilson will preside over creation of a huge salad made from freshly picked vegetables. You can learn a bit about each ingredient and make your own dressing. Forks and plates provided.
The program is free. Meet James at the Environmental Education Center, located at the north end of Tilden's Central Park Drive. For information, call 510-544-2233.
Roberts Regional: For the energetic, there's a free, naturalist-led Sunday Stroll from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Roberts Regional Recreation Area in Oakland. It's a moderate but hilly loop hike of a bit more than 3 miles through the redwoods. Meet at the Redwood Bowl staging area. It's on Skyline Boulevard just south of the Chabot Science Center. For information, call 510-544-3187.
HUMP DAY HIKES: The Wednesday Walkers will explore a shady canyon on a moderate, four-mile walk starting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Garin Regional Park in Hayward.
The walk is free of charge and everyone is welcome. Meet at Garin's Red Barn Visitor Center, located near the park entrance at the end of Garin Avenue. For information, call 510-544-3282 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLACK DIAMOND: Underground programs continue on weekends through the summer at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch. It's a way to beat the heat, because the temperature in the mines is always in the mid-50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ninety-minute tours of the underground mining museum are offered at various times between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost is $5. Tours are restricted to ages 7 and older for safety reasons. Tour tickets are available at the underground Greathouse Visitor Center, which is open to all ages free of charge.
Black Diamond Mines is located at the end of Somersville Road, five miles south of Highway 4 in Antioch. For information on mine tour times and reservations, call the park at 888-327-2757, ext. 2750 or e-mail email@example.com. Or call the park district reservations office at 888-327-2757 and select option 2.
Ned MacKay writes a regular column about East Bay Regional Park District sites and activities. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.