Recreation Services and ProgramsThe Recreation Services Unit provides resources and services that are consistent with the District mission and that appeal to diverse ages, abilities, cultures and economic backgrounds. We strive to be the public resource for learning and experiencing new outdoor-based recreational activities.
Below, you will find a general listing of our programs.
For information on current class times, fees, and locations, please visit EBParksOnline
FREE outdoor movies are shown in various parks throughout the summer. All movies shown on our giant outdoor screen are G or PG rated. Come early to secure a seat and join the pre-movie activities. Movie begins at sunset. We suggest participants bring warm layers, flashlights, chairs, and snacks. Parking fees may apply. No pets allowed. Rain will cancel.
An introduction to archery is taught by Redwood Bowmen Association in beautiful Roberts Regional Park in Oakland. Topics covered include recreational archery, safety and terminology followed by hands-on practice out on the range.
We offer a variety of kayaking programs for all ages, from skill-building to nature tours, taught by certified instructors. All classes include instruction on basic paddling techniques and are offered at various parks throughout the District.
Explore remote areas of the East Bay hills! Experienced recreation staff and Park naturalists lead the hikes and teach you the basics of this challenging, yet rewarding activity. No experience necessary.
Beginning anglers can learn the basics of trout fishing, cat-fishing, bass fishing, or fly-casting at various District lakes or piers. Courses include instruction on fish habitat and ecology, knot tying, rigging, casting and gear selection.
Float Tube Fishing is designed for the intermediate to advanced angler, however, beginners are also welcome. This popular class includes on-land instruction followed by instructor-guided fishing on the water.
An Introduction to Golf class is taught at Tilden Golf Course, Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley. Learn pre-shot and full-swing fundamentals, and become familiar with terminology and equipment.
Hiking with Poles
Learn how to use your upper body strength to help preserve your joints, improve your balance, improve your endurance and flexibility, and your overall mobility on the trails while enjoying the beauty of the parks with like minded individuals and professional guidance. Classes vary in focus from endurance, technique, and mobility.
Ready for a new experience? Learn from a Llama Michie the secrets to the llamas, you'll get to know these wonderful creatures as you feed, groom, and handle them on the trails of the Regional Parks.
Our Pet First Aid/CPR class focuses on how to save a pet's life during an emergency, minimize a pet's trauma after injury, and safely transport an injured pet to the veterinary clinic, and more! Classes are held at Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley.
Learn about Basic Land Navigation while using a map and compass for on-trail navigation or if traveling to a desolate location. No experience in the outdoors is necessary. Classes held at various District parks.
Park'n It Summer Day Camp
Our highly-trained and caring staff lead hikes, field games, fishing, arts + crafts, environmental education activities, and swimming. This camp runs Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm at various parks. Ask about our family discount (not available online).
Leaders in Training
This program gives teens an opportunity to learn what it takes to be a Recreation Leader. They receive hands-on training, skills workshops, and community service hours while assisting our camp staff during Park'n It Summer Day Camp.
Find out more about Park’n It and our other Park District day camps.
Day Camp OperatorsBoth for-profit and non-profit day camps must have a permit in order to operate in the East Bay Regional Park District. Please visit our Permit Page for more information.
This annual program challenges participants to hike 5 of the 20 trails, or 26.2 miles, listed in the Trails Challenge guidebook by December 1 and receive a Trails Challenge commemorative pin. For special online registration through the Regional Parks Foundation.
This annual program is for children ages 17 and under. Our Kids Challenge guidebook is filled with 10 fun activities and one bonus trip for kids in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. Take this great opportunity to experience the Regional Parks with your child(ren) through hiking, camping, swimming, and more!
Day Camp Partnerships
Our Park'n It Day Camp teams up with local schools and service providers for a week-long summer day camp experience in the Regional Parks. Kids enjoy activities including, boating, hiking, environmental education programs, arts and crafts, field games, swimming and more, all while learning about the natural environment.
Current partnerships are:
- Community United Elementary School, Oakland
- Futures Elementary School, Oakland
- Grant Elementary School, Richmond
- Hillview-Crest Elementary School, Union City
Overnight Camping Partnerships
Through the generous support of the Regional Parks Foundation, our Community Overnight Camping Program provides outdoor experiences to underserved populations. Through various activities, participants become more aware of their natural surroundings and of the benefits of outdoor recreation.
Current partnerships are:
- Family Support Services of the Bay Area
- City of Oakland Parks & Recreation Inclusion Program
- Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Programs (BORP)
- Lincoln Childcare Center
- YMCA of the East Bay
- Youth Enrichment Strategies
Our Community Outreach program activities support the California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. Funding support is made possible by the Regional Parks Foundation. Outreach is focused on schools with 90% or higher kids on lunch assistance programs as well as non-profit community organizations that exclusively serve under-served populations.
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