Exciting possibilities for the future of the East Bay Regional Park District's Big Break Visitor Center in Oakley were to be discussed in a public meeting Thursday at the center.

Completed in 2012, Big Break's visitor center is the park district's newest. Located at 69 Big Break Road off Main Street, it is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Big Break is a window on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Programs at the center emphasize the Delta's natural and cultural history. Besides the center, Big Break has shoreline hiking trails, a scale model of the Delta on which you can walk, an amphitheater, a kayak launching site and a pier from which you can watch birds and other Delta wildlife.

Morgan Territory: The Wednesday Walkers are an informal, friendly group of hikers coordinated by naturalist Christina Garcia who explore a different regional park on an almost weekly basis. On Wednesday, the group will check out Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, east of Mount Diablo, on a strenuous, 4.5-mile trek. Wear sturdy shoes, bring snacks and water and dress for the weather.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the park entrance on Morgan Territory Road, 9.4 miles south of Marsh Creek Road in Clayton.

For more information on the Morgan Territory hike, or to obtain a hike schedule, call 888-327-2757, ext. 3282, or visit the hiking page on the park district website at www.ebparks.org.


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LAS TRAMPAS: Katie Colbert coordinates Women on Common Ground, a series of hikes in various parks for women who enjoy the outdoors but have concerns for personal safety.

The next hike is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness in San Ramon. It's a six-miler, and some of it is steep.

The hike is free, but registration is required. Call 888-327-2757, select option 2, and refer to program number 4108. Directions to the meeting place will be sent when you register for the program.

Ned MacKay writes a regular column about East Bay Regional Park District sites and activities. Email him at nedmackay@comcast.net.