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.

At the meeting, park district staff were to discuss exhibit design concepts and future program possibilities. For more information, call 888-327-2757, ext. 3050.

REDWOOD: If you're up for a twilight hike, there's a sunset-to-full-moon walk from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, led by naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embry.

Meet Sharol at the Trudeau Staging Area at 11500 Skyline Blvd., just south of the intersection with Joaquin Miller Road, for a moderate, 3.75-mile hike into the woods, culminating with a view of the setting sun and rising moon. Rain cancels. This is part of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People program, designed to encourage regular use of the regional parks to improve personal health and fitness. For more information on Sharol's hike, call 510-544-3187.


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Tilden: There's always something interesting going on at the Environmental Education Center in Berkeley's Tilden Nature Area, and now is no exception.

From 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, it's reptile rendezvous time, hosted by interpretive student aide Tricia Radis and Cera, the center's box turtle resident. Learn about Cera's habitat and diet.

And from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, there's a program titled "Fire: Friend or Foe?" It's an interactive lesson on fire ecology and history in California, led by Tilden's supervising naturalist, Dave Zuckermann, and Sasha Berleman, a UC Berkeley fire science researcher. They will discuss fire's role in our natural environment.

California Indians made shelters, basketry and even boats out of tule reeds. At the center, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23, naturalist "Trail" Gail Broesder will help participants make Ohlone-inspired berry baskets out of the versatile plant material. Registration is required, and there's a fee of $10 ($12 for nondistrict residents). To register, call 888-327-2757. Select option 2 and refer to program 4090. To reach the center, park at the end of Lone Oak Road off Tilden's Central Park Drive and follow the directional signs on a short walk. For information, call 510-544-2233.