East Bay Regional Park District

East Bay Regional Park District The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails spanning over 120,000 acres in Alameda & Contra Costa counties, California, USA.
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Guidelines for participating in the EBRPD page: https://bit.ly/2JWn9EN The East Bay Regional Park District preserves a priceless heritage of natural and cultural resources open space, parks and trails for the future and sets aside park areas for enjoyment and healthful recreation for generations to come. An environmental ethic guides us in all that we do.

Mission: We will acquire, develop, manage, and maintain a high quality, diverse system of interconnected parklands which balances public usage and education programs with protection and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.

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Start off the new year with the 2021 Trails Challenge! Online guidebooks are now available for download at www.ebparks.o...
01/01/2021
2021 Trails Challenge

Start off the new year with the 2021 Trails Challenge! Online guidebooks are now available for download at www.ebparks.org/tc. Beginning Jan. 9, guidebooks and t-shirts will be available outside our Visitor Centers on Saturdays and/or Sundays from 10am to 2pm while supplies last (one t-shirt per person & one guidebook per family). Visitor Center hours & info: www.ebparks.org/vc

Download the 2021 Trails Challenge Guidebook

Crab Cove Visitor Center
12/31/2020

Crab Cove Visitor Center

City Raptors
There are more birds of prey hunting in urban areas than many people realize. The most common in East Bay cities is the medium-sized Cooper’s hawk.

While larger raptors are more at risk of crashing into buildings, power lines and trees, the Cooper’s hawk is very agile and small enough to navigate the crowded landscape of cities and forests.

Its wings are relatively wide and its tail is long, making it a quick and acrobatic flyer able to change directions and speed easily. Its main prey is other birds, so it needs to be stealthy and fast to catch them. At Crab Cove, we are sometimes alerted to a Cooper’s hawk’s presence by the noisy crows harassing and trying to scare it away.

12/30/2020

It's winter in the parks and while some animals begin their seasonal slumber, others are just waking up. Join Naturalist Alex in Sunol Regional Wilderness as we explore what reptiles and amphibians are doing in the East Bay.

To watch a replay of the full Fireside Chat with introductions by EBRPD Board Directors Beverly Lane and Colin Coffey, g...
12/29/2020

To watch a replay of the full Fireside Chat with introductions by EBRPD Board Directors Beverly Lane and Colin Coffey, go to https://youtu.be/KTrcGhENZYE.

12/27/2020

On this episode, Natty interviews Hoppity to find out why grasshoppers are so important to the east bay parks.

12/24/2020
Seasons Greeting and Winter Crafts

As winter sets in, animals across the east bay are preparing their shelters for the cold months ahead. You too can enjoy the warmth of staying in this season with the crafts features in this video.

12/23/2020
Creature Feature: Cooper's Hawk

Creature Feature: Cooper's Hawk
Join Naturalist Michael to discover these swift fliers that are often found in our neighborhoods, as well as the forest.

General Manager Robert Doyle retiring after 47-year career with District – leaves a lasting legacy, including 65,000 add...
12/22/2020
General Manager Robert Doyle Retiring After 47-Year Career with Park District

General Manager Robert Doyle retiring after 47-year career with District – leaves a lasting legacy, including 65,000 additional acres protected, 20 new Regional Parks, 200 miles of Regional Trails, and $1 billion raised for public access improvements and land preservation through grants, bond measures, and state and federal funding.

As Robert Doyle retires at the end of December 2020 after 47 years at EBRPD, including ten years at the helm as General Manager, he leaves many legacies that will benefit the lives of East Bay residents into perpetuity. Doyle was acknowledged at the Tue...

12/20/2020
Songs and Stories - Hibernation Celebration! (Episode 12)

It's time to join Naturalist Morgan for Songs and Stories from our Regional Parks!

The seasons are changing, and what animals are doing is changing too, as they migrate, hibernate, and adapt! Cozy up and learn more!

Book: Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows, Illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
Song: Safe at Home by Steve Van Zandt (of the Banana Slug String Band)

Harbor Seals Near Encinal Beach in Alameda
12/17/2020

Harbor Seals Near Encinal Beach in Alameda

How many harbor seals do you count in the image below? They are resting and warming up on this floating dock at Encinal Beach in Alameda. Many more seals will arrive as herring, one of their favorite foods, start spawning in the winter. Up to 80 harbor seals have been seen squeezed together on this very same dock! They can easily be seen with binoculars from the nearby Bay Trail.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/alamedaseals1/.

To volunteer and report observations and numbers of seals contact: [email protected]

More general information about harbor seals can be found here:
https://www.marinemammalcenter.org/education/marine-mammal-information/pinnipeds/

12/16/2020

Join naturalist Jenna as she discovers the wondrous and wooly world of sheep!

12/14/2020
Shorebirds 101

Shorebirds 101, Part One: The Larger Shorebirds

Join Naturalist Susan as she teaches us some tips and tricks to identify some of the many shorebirds that make San Francisco Bay home.

Crab Cove Visitor Center
12/10/2020

Crab Cove Visitor Center

The Ladybird has no clothes...

Just kidding! This ladybird is fully dressed even though she has no spots. Her full name is Cycloneda sanguinea and she is native to California. Like many of her 6,000 cousins world-wide, this beetle loves to munch on garden pests like aphids and scale insects. While we don't recommend purchasing ladybirds, we do advise attracting them to your green spaces by leaving leaf litter, avoiding pesticides, and learning to recognize their crocodile-looking larvae...

For more information on attracting ladybirds to your yard, please check out: https://www.gardenmyths.com/buy-ladybugs-garden/

12/10/2020
Lifelong Learners: Zooming in on Nature

Zooming in on Nature

Zoom! Not another Zoom meeting... Join Naturalist Kevin as he zooms on the nature along the Coal Conyon Trail at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve.

Great news! Today the State of California updated its stay-at-home guidelines allowing playgrounds to reopen. The Park D...
12/09/2020

Great news! Today the State of California updated its stay-at-home guidelines allowing playgrounds to reopen. The Park District will be reopening playgrounds as soon as possible.

Parks Are Essential: The Park District reminds visitors that spending time in nature is important for mental and physica...
12/06/2020

Parks Are Essential: The Park District reminds visitors that spending time in nature is important for mental and physical health and wellbeing. During the stay-at-home order going into Sunday Dec. 6, keep yourselves and our staff safe when visiting Regional Parks and trails: wear masks when within six feet of others and recreate responsibly. Keep parks safe for everyone by following all COVID-19 safety requirements. #ParksAreEssential #LoveYourParksSixFeetApart #KeepParksSafe #RockingTheMaskEBRPD

12/06/2020
Observations

Join Naturalist Alex as we learn to make observations in nature!

Parks Are Essential: Due to rise in regional COVID-19 cases, the six Bay Area counties have released a regional health o...
12/05/2020
Some Park District Facilities Closing Dec. 6 Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Parks Are Essential: Due to rise in regional COVID-19 cases, the six Bay Area counties have released a regional health order mandating closure of all campgrounds, outdoor museums (visitor centers), and children’s playgrounds. Effective 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2020, the following East Bay Regional Park District locations and facilities will be closed until further notice:
• Ardenwood Historic Farm
• Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park
• Regional Park visitor centers remain closed, including Black Diamond, Big Break, Coyote Hills, Crab Cove, Sunol and Tilden

Campgrounds Closures Include:
• Del Valle Regional Park (Livermore)
• Anthony Chabot Regional Park (Oakland)
• Robert Sibley Regional Preserve Backpack Campground (Oakland)
Future camp reservations through made through January 4 will be cancelled, including
for the Sibley backpack camp, and customers will receive full refunds.

Effective 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2020, all campgrounds, outdoor museums (visitor centers), and children's playgrounds at East Bay Regional Park District locations will be closed until further notice as mandated by the six Bay Area county regional...

Subterranean Termites!
12/03/2020

Subterranean Termites!

After the first fall rains, when the sun warms the earth, winged western subterranean termites (Reticulitermes Hesperus) emerge from the ground in large numbers and fly away to form new nesting colonies. Birds and other animals gorge on these easy-to-catch wood eaters during the short-term frenzy. Termites are important decomposers crucial to food webs and nutrient cycling, so please observe them with respect unless you know for sure that a colony is eating the wood in your home.

12/02/2020
Mistletoe: Friend or Foe?

Have you ever noticed that large bunch of vibrant green high up in an oak tree? Pacific mistletoe is common around the Bay Area. Join Interpretive Student Aide Stacy as we learn about this storied plant.

11/29/2020

In this episode, Natty interviews a peacock and finds out why he lives at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

Today is Green Friday! Post photos of your Regional Park adventures in the comments below. Regional Parks are a great pl...
11/27/2020

Today is Green Friday! Post photos of your Regional Park adventures in the comments below. Regional Parks are a great place to spend a day off in nature. #EBRPD #GreenFriday #ParksAreEssential #OptOutside 💚🍂🍃🍁🌳

Enjoy your essential Regional Parks on Green Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) with a post-holiday adventure! Green Fr...
11/26/2020

Enjoy your essential Regional Parks on Green Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) with a post-holiday adventure! Green Friday is part of the #OptOutside movement started by REI in 2015 when they closed their doors on Black Friday to encourage employees and the public to explore the outdoors rather than shopping. Now more than ever, Regional Parks are a great place to spend a day off in nature. #EBRPD #GreenFriday #ParksAreEssential 💚🍂🍃🍁🌳

Happy Thanksgiving from the East Bay Regional Park District 💚🍁🌳 #Thanksgiving #ParksAreEssential 📷 Marc Crumpler
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from the East Bay Regional Park District 💚🍁🌳 #Thanksgiving #ParksAreEssential 📷 Marc Crumpler

11/26/2020
Lifelong Learners: Stewards of the Land

Lifelong Learners: Stewards of the Land

Today is a holiday with many meanings to the multitude of cultures that now call this place home. On this day of reflection we wish to recognize the original inhabitants and stewards of these lands.

We strive to honor this land and the indigenous people of the East Bay through partnerships and preservation.

11/25/2020
Creature Feature: Marsh Metaphors

Creature Feature: Marsh Metaphors

Join Naturalist Kristina to discover the wonders of the marsh. What does the marsh do? Why is it so important?

Thanks to diligent follow-up by East Bay Regional Park District Police Officers and Detectives, two suspected serial aut...
11/24/2020
Suspects Arrested In Connection with East Bay Burglary Spree

Thanks to diligent follow-up by East Bay Regional Park District Police Officers and Detectives, two suspected serial auto burglars are in custody. They face numerous felony charges and will face additional charges from crimes committed in neighboring agency jurisdictions.

East Bay Regional Park District Police Department

11/22/2020

Seeds are all around us and come in many different colors, shapes and sizes. Young children will enjoy pretending to float on the wind like a milkweed seed, drilling into the ground like a stork's bill seed, or gathering acorns like a squirrel as they discover the amazing variety of seeds!

Address

2950 Peralta Oaks Ct
Oakland, CA
94605

http://www.ebparks.org/parks/publictransit

General information

From sunlit shores to shade-covered hillsides, the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a system of beautiful public parks and trails spanning over 120,000 acres in Alameda & Contra Costa counties, in California, USA. The mission of the EBRPD is to provide recreational opportunities, protect wildlife habitat, and ensure the natural beauty of the land.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(510) 544-2212

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PRESERVATION

Founded in 1934, the East Bay Regional Park District preserves and protects over 121,000 acres of beautiful open space in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Our 73 Regional Parks include critical wildlife habitats, shorelines, lakes, creeks, ranchlands, and historic sites.

PUBLIC ACCESS

Wherever you live in the two counties, there is a beautiful Regional Park within a 15-minute drive. Our Parks Express bus program brings underserved children, school groups, and seniors to the parks, while the Regional Parks Foundation’s Campership program enables low-income youth to attend summer camps. Many of our paved regional trails connect to public transit hubs and amenities.

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What else do I have to do in 2021?
Are you the heartless inhumane monsters that were actually shooting cats? Did you have fun? Did it satisfy your blood lust?
Are the newts at Sibley this year?
The public deserves to know who is responsible for the cat killings done by EBRPD employees at the MLK shoreline this November and December. This was a managed and well taken care of cat colony. Some cats were abandoned domestic cats. The public demands answers. Thank you.
Shot and killed by park officials, at least a dozen homeless cats needlessly died, according to ABC 7 News, despite local activists and organizations offering to rescue, treat, and rehome the animals. 🤬😡👿
"In a callous and unnecessary move, at least 18 homeless cats have been shot and killed recently by the East Bay Regional Park District in Oakland, California before they were given the opportunity to be rehomed. The Park District has just claimed to have suspended the program following outcry, but has yet to commit to ending it permanently. Join us in calling on officials to develop and implement permanent humane, non-lethal alternatives to protect both cats and wild animals to ensure this never happens again. Caring locals raised concerns about cats in the area after roughly half of the 30-strong cat colony suddenly disappeared overnight. Further digging by investigative journalist Dan Noyes prompted the Park District to admit that it had killed the cats over the past month, without making a reasonable effort to contact their caretakers, or rescues and shelters, who would have been willing to help trap and rehome them. 12 of the cats, many of whom were abandoned by previous guardians, were subjected to “lethal removal” after they wandered onto a nearby marsh in the area, while another 6 were killed elsewhere." Is this your handy work?
Live Q&A with Chief Helmick of East Contra Costa Fire tonight! 6 PM -- also Wednesday at 6 PM. On Facebook Live, YouTube and Periscope!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I'm making a "Bay Area virtual road trip" for my third-grade students, and am including a number of the East Bay Regional Parks. I'm using your videos, and every time a new video starts up and I see familiar or new faces of park rangers, I get all teary. It might be weird for you to make all these videos and not know how or if they are being used on the other end. I'm a teacher who is here to say that I'm using them, and I love them. It also makes me so GRATEFUL that I can show them to kids and then urge them to go to the parks. It's one of the only things kids can do right now, and it's a beautiful thing to do. THANK YOU!!!!!
Shame on you for killing those cats! You could have come up with a humane way of moving them and helping with TNR. I am deeply angered that someone who supposedly helps wildlife turns around and kills ferals. Disgusting!