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Community Outreach

East Bay Regional Park District’s Interpretive and Recreation programs offer resources and services that are consistent with the District's mission and appeal to diverse ages, abilities, cultures and economic backgrounds. Our interpretive and outdoor recreation staff offer unique opportunities to explore the natural and cultural history of the East Bay and to participate in exciting recreational activities in our parks.

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Outreach Programs

To apply for an outreach program you can:
  > Apply Online or Download Application Adobe Acrobat PDF
  > Call 510-544-2546 or e-mail jrizzotti@ebparks.org to request an application be mailed or emailed to you.
  > Download the Outreach Programs Brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF

OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Naturalist-Led
Interpretive Programs
Complete description
of programs
 Adobe Acrobat PDF
     

Northwest Sector
Explore Tilden at Tilden Nature Area (Berkeley)
Nature Walk at Various Parks (Pinole, Martinez, Lafayette, Richmond)

Northeast Sector
Mine Tour at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve and Visitor Center (Antioch)
Shoreline Exploration at Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline or Bay Point Regional Shoreline

Delta Sector
Meet the Delta at Big Break Regional Shoreline and Visitor Center (Oakley)

Central Sector
Cove Days at Crown Beach and Crab Cove Visitor Center (Alameda)
Redwood Forest Day at Redwood Regional Park (Oakland)

Southwest Sector
Ohlone Cultures Indian Program at Coyote Hills Regional Park and Visitor Center (Fremont)
Nature Walk at various parks (Hayward, Castro Valley, Fremont)

Southeast Sector
California History at Sunol Regional Wilderness or Del Valle Regional Park (Livermore)
Nature Walk and Talk at Sunol Regional Wilderness or Del Valle Regional Park (Livermore)

Ardenwood Historic Farm
Explore Ardenwood at Ardenwood (Fremont)

Can’t make it to a park?  Have a naturalist come to you!

Mobile Education Programs
Nature to You Have a Naturalist come to you with our Mobile Visitor Center. 

Outdoor Recreation
Field Trips

 

The Outdoor Recreation Department' provides affordable biking, canoeing, and fishing field trips for schools and community organizations. Our knowledgeable and engaging Recreation staff provide the gear; meet your group at the park; and lead a safe and organized trip at our beautiful Regional Parks, Lakes, Trails, and Shorelines. Trips can range from 1.5 to 3 hours, and costs vary, depending on group size and duration. However, we can accommodate larger groups if we split into two rotations. More information, and apply for a Field Trip.

Day Camp and
Camping Trip Partnerships

 

The Outdoor Recreation Department works closely with many local organizations and schools to break down barriers to outdoor recreation, and help all of our communities enjoy safe, fun, and uplifting experiences in the great outdoors. First, we offer a 2-year partnership with Alameda and Contra Costa County schools and non-profits, where 50 elementary-school aged children can enjoy a free week of Day Camp in the Regional Parks. Second, we offer a 3-year partnership program to local non-profits where our staff provide one free camping trip + three day trips to your organization for three consecutive years. More information about these free opportunities.

Aquatic Programs 
  Learn to swim or become comfortable in the water during group or private lessons in one of our pools or lakes. Adaptive swim lessons and certified lifeguarding courses available. 
Police Programs
 
  Spend some time with an EBRPD police officer to learn about: social responsibility and preserving the environment through law enforcement, personal safety and protection from thieves, careers in law enforcement careers, or request a specific topic.
 
School Field Trips  

A wonderful resource for teachers who want to bring their students to the East Bay Regional Parks for field trips. Please apply for school field trips HERE.

Public Programs       View programs in the Activity Guide or search online for Activities, Events and Programs.
 

Free Shoreline programs for Hayward, San Leandro, Alameda, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond Non-Profits

Through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Outdoor Recreation Department offers free canoeing, biking, and fishing programs for schools and non-profits in the six shoreline communities impacted by the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill. These trips are for 8 to 17 year olds, and trips can range from 2 to 4 hours. For more information, call Recreation Coordinator Megan Seccombe at 510.544.2554. Apply for a free shoreline Field Trip.

Who Qualifies for an Outreach Program?

Anyone interested in visiting an East Bay Regional Park is welcome to apply for a program. It is our goal to raise awareness of all the opportunities happening in the Regional Parks and to make it as easy as possible to schedule a program.

What is the cost of an Outreach Program?

The cost for an Interpretive Program is $61/hour for each district employee involved. Fees for recreation programs and special events vary. We understand barriers, such as transportation and program fees, make it difficult to coordinate a program, and we’re here to help!

> Non-profit Organizations and Government Agencies: 501(c)(3) status non-profit organizations and area municipalities that serve groups from Alameda or Contra Costa Counties from low income families, seniors, or people with disabilities that cannot afford fees are eligible to apply for a fee reduction. (Applying doesn’t guarantee a fee reduction will be granted.) For information and to apply for a fee reduction please click HERE. Adobe Acrobat PDF

When can I apply for an Outreach Program?

You may apply for an outreach program at any time. Once your application is received, staff will contact you to schedule a program based on your needs and staff availability.

Transportation Opportunities

Parks Express:
Low cost transportation is offered to school groups and non-profit groups that qualify through the Parks Express program.
Information may be obtained by calling Parks Express at 510-544-2205 or by reviewing the Parks Express page.
Note: Transportation and program reservations must be made separately. Reservations for one does not assure reservations for the other.

Transportation Assistance:
If you meet the eligibility requirements for Parks Express, but your organization is unable to pay the copay, please call 510-544-2546 or e-mail jrizzotti@ebparks.org for information on transportation assistance.

Public Transportation:
Public transportation to the parks may also be available. Please visit our Public Transit page for details.

Cancellation

Please call the program coordinator or visitor center where your program is scheduled immediately if you find it necessary to cancel. Rain will not cancel scheduled programs. We may have to alter your program, but we will be here to meet your group.

Contact information

For information on outreach programs please call 510-544-2546 or e-mail: jrizzotti@ebparks.org

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