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Recreation Services and Programs

The 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.
Information on class times, fees, and locations, visit:

FREE Outdoor Movie Nights

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.

Special Interest Classes

Below are listed the various types of classes the district offers. To find our current offerings check out the “Regional in Nature” publication or explore here online:

District Programs


colleen.milerknoxWe offer a variety of kayaking programs for all ages, from skill-building to nature tours, taught by trained, friendly instructors. All classes include instruction on basic paddling techniques and are offered at various parks throughout the District. If you are interested in booking your own trip, fill out our online form: Custom-Tailored Group Boating Trips.


bikes-on-ridgeOur biking classes explore our accessible paths and trails, as well as, quiet local streets  in the East Bay Park system.  We teach safe riding basics, provide experienced guides, quality bikes, and a variety of themed rides. .


Explore remote areas of the East Bay hills! Experienced recreation staff lead the hikes, teach the basics of gear packing & safety, and facilitate a variety of wonderful experiences along the way. No experience necessary.


fishingmiddleharbor2Beginning 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.  

Partner Programs


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.  

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.

Llama Experience

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.

Pet Programs

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.

Fly Fishing

Geared toward the beginning angler, these classes include casting practice at Lake Anza and classroom instruction about knots, fly selection, reading the water, and more.

Off Leash Dog Recall and Safety

Metro Dog teaches valuable skills to train your dog to hike off-leash. Class suitable for social dogs. Offered in a variety of parks.

Day Camps

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 Operators

Both 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. 

Trails Challenge

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.

Kids Challenge

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!

Community Outreach Programs

Day Camp Partnerships

Our Park'n It Day Camp teams up with local schools and non-profit organizations 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, under the caring supervision of our trained Recreation Leaders. If you work for a school or community-based organization that serves kids who have socioeconomic, transportation, or other barriers to outdoor recreation, please contact Recreation Coordinator Philip Coffin at or (510) 544-2566, for a partnership application.

Past and Current Partners Include:

  • Bowman Elementary School, Hayward
  • City of Richmond Parks & Recreation
  • Community United Elementary School, Oakland
  • Coronado Elementary School, Richmond
  • Family Support Services of the Bay Area
  • Grant Elementary School, Richmond
  • Harder Elementary School, Hayward
  • Hillview Crest Elementary School, Union City
  • Lazear Elementary School, Oakland
  • Monument Crisis Center, Concord
  • Parkside Elementary School, Pittsburg
  • YES Nature-to-Neighborhoods

Community Outreach Outdoor Program (CO-OP)

The Community Outreach Outdoor Program (CO-OP) is a three-year partnership program with local non-profit organizations that features an annual camping trip and three day trips to the Regional Parks. Working closely with our partners, we engage under-served communities; educate staff and participants on how to plan and lead day trips and camping trips; equip our partners with buses, food, and gear; and empower our partner staff and participants to explore their Regional Parks on their own. Annual camping trips may feature hiking, field games, fishing, boat rides, and great campfires with s’mores. Day trips may feature hiking, biking, environmental education, swimming, and other fun activities. We provide campsite reservations, buses, food, equipment, recreation leaders to lead the activities, and lots of training and coaching for partner staff. We also provide access to our extensive camping gear library so that they can lead their own trips in the future. Partner staff commit to helping plan trips, promoting trips, completing trip paperwork, and supervising campers.

If this partnership looks like a good fit for your community organization, please contact Recreation Coordinator Philip Coffin at or (510) 544-2566 for more information.

Partnership applications:

The application deadline for 2016 partners is January 31st, 2016

Past and Current Partners Include:

  • Acta non Verba
  • Alternatives-in-Action
  • Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Programs (BORP)
  • City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation
  • Family Support Services of the Bay Area
  • Lincoln Child Center
  • YES Nature-to-Neighborhoods
  • YMCA of the East Bay

Recreation Department Staff

Colleen Massey     Recreation Supervisor     (510) 544-2558
Philip Coffin    Recreation Coordinator   (510) 544-2566
Kelsey Gielen     Recreation Coordinator   (510) 544-2567
Victor Sanchez    Recreation Coordinator   (510) 544-2554
Rose Schwarz    Senior Office Assistant   (510) 544-2557