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Spring Wildflower Festival returns to Sunol Regional Wilderness: Saturday, April 14, 2012

3/19/2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012
11 am – 4 pm

Wildflower Festival

Sunol Regional Wilderness will be holding its ninth annual Spring Wildflower Festival on Saturday April 14, 2012 from 11 am – 4 pm. The festival will take place near the Old Green Barn Visitor Center at Sunol Regional Wilderness at the end of Geary Road off of Calaveras. Anyone with an interest in wildflowers or nature is encouraged to attend – there is something for all ages and abilities. Interpretive staff will provide fun and easy ways to identify wildflowers and the best places and times to see different varieties.

Nature slideshows, exhibits, and hikes of various lengths and subjects will be offered throughout the day. Hikes range from kid-friendly, seniors, tots in strollers, butterflies, and ethnobotany, to longer flower hikes to Little Yosemite and its famed waterfalls. Activities also include arts and crafts, face painting, henna body art, slideshows and music. There are no food concessions in the park so visitors should bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors.
The event is free to the public, but the usual $5 parking fee will be charged. Shuttle service is available once parking lots are full, but carpooling is encouraged. Call 1 (888) 327-2757 or visit www.ebparks.org for more information.

TO REACH THE PARK
From the Fremont area, drive north on I-680 and exit at Calaveras Road. Turn right on Calaveras and proceed four miles. Turn left on Geary Road, which leads two miles directly into the park.

From the Oakland / Berkeley area, drive east on I-580 to the junction with I-680 in Pleasanton. At the junction, go south on I-680 and exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 south of the town of Pleasanton. Turn left onto Calaveras Road and proceed four miles to Geary Road on the left, which leads two miles directly into the park.

Download > Sunol Wildflower Festival Event Flyer [PDF]

Schedule of Hikes

11:15am-2pm
Little Yosemite Flower Hike
Join us on a saunter to Little Yosemite as we explore the spring wildflowers that dot the landscape. Marvel at the geologic wonder that moved huge boulders and created the scenic waterfalls of Little Yosemite. Bring a picnic lunch and water for the hilly but leisurely trip. 3 miles.
Naturalist Dino Labiste

11:30am-1pm
Sketchike – Drawing On The Artist Within
We’ll stalk the elusive wildflower and capture a bloom without picking. Learn to observe the intricate colors, patterns and parts of a flower during this illustrative hike. All materials provided. Ages 7+.
Naturalist Cat Taylor

12-1pm
Flower Floozies
Bugs and flowers for small people and their adults.
NATURALIST KATIE COLBERT

12:30-2pm
Butterflies Aren’t Free!
Explore the crazy co-evolution of advertising, trickery and bribery in the interaction between flowering plants and their “pollinators”.
Naturalist Anthony Fisher

1-2pm
Wildflowers For A Lifetime: Senior Stroll
Stroll with senior friends or families at a leisurely pace on flat and gradual inclines. We’ll stop often to smell spring’s bounty. Less than 1/2 mile.
Interpretive Student Aide Nancy Ceridwyn

2pm-4:45pm
Little Yosemite: Blooms For Beginners
Along this moderately strenuous 3-mile hike, we’ll enjoy the best that nature has to offer – from stunning hillsides of wildflowers to the pools and waterfalls of Little Yosemite. Bring water, be prepared for some uphill hiking. Children must be closely supervised. Best for ages 7+. Note: We will be returning after the festival is over.
Naturalist Cat Taylor

2:15-3:15pm
Wildflowers On Wheels: Stroller Walk
Meander through the meadow sharing the beauty of spring with wee ones on wheels. 1 mile. 
Interpretive Student Aide Terri Bostater

2:30-4pm
Flora And Serpentine
A two-mile up- and down-hill hike to see how geology and flowers are all tangled up.
Naturalist Katie Colbert

2:45-3:45pm
Butterfly Search
Butterfly, O Butterfly, Won’t you flutter by my way?
Butterfly, O Butterfly, You brighten up my day!
All ages.
Naturalist Anthony Fisher

3-4pm
Ethnobotany Adventure!
The Ohlone Peoples and European settlers gathered wild plants for food, medicine and tools. Learn to identify edible and useful plants and discover the age-old relationship between plants and cultures.
Naturalist Dino Labiste.


Isa Polt-Jones
1 (888) 327-2757
ipjones@ebparks.org

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