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Spring Wildflower Festival returns to Sunol Regional Wilderness: Saturday, April 12, 2014

3/14/2014

Sunol Regional Wilderness will hold its eleventh annual Spring Wildflower Festival on Saturday April 12, 2014 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 Calaveras. Anyone with an interest in wildflowers or nature is encouraged to attend – there is something for all ages and abilities. Interpretive staff and volunteers 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 easy for all ages, kid-friendly, butterflies, wildflower sketching, and ethnobotany, to a longer flower hike to Little Yosemite and its famed seasonal waterfalls. Activities also include arts and crafts, face painting, henna body art, slideshows and music. Local vendors and artisans will also be onsite. There are no food concessions in the park so visitors should bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors.?

Special Guest: California State Senator Ellen Corbett will lead a walk-and-talk; see schedule below.

The event is free to the public, but the usual $5 parking fee will be charged. Please note this is a cash only event. 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.

SCHEDULE OF HIKES

11:15am-12:30pm 
Lazy Daisy Easy Hike 
Bugs and flowers for kids of all ages - not too fast, not too hilly!  
Naturalist Katie Colbert

11:30am -12:45pm 
Butterflies!
Among the many creatures that gain sustenance from the flower (including you), the butterfly is perhaps universally admired by humanity. Take a walk in honor of this most revered insect.
Naturalist Anthony Fisher

11:45am-1pm 
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

11:50-1pm
Town Hall on the Trail with Senator Ellen Corbett
Join California State Senator Ellen Corbett for a stroll among the wildflowers and a conversation about important environmental issues in California and beyond. 
On Stage 11:50 - 12 pm
Town Hall on the Trail 12 pm - 1 pm (15 min. conversation; 45 min. hike)
Senator Ellen Corbett, Acting Supervising Naturalist Eddie Willis

12:30-2pm 
Wildflower Sketching!
Colorful blooms adorn the hillsides!  We'll take the flowers home without picking them by capturing them on paper with colored pencils.  All art materials provided, you provide the artistic touch.  All levels welcome.  Bring a towel, blanket or jacket to sit upon. Best ages 7+.
Naturalist Cat Taylor

1:15-3:15pm 
Flora and Serpentine 
On this two-mile up-and-down hike we will see how rocks and flowers are all tangled up. 
Naturalist Katie Colbert

1:30-4:30pm 
Hike to Little Yosemite
Hike three miles round-trip to Little Yosemite, while enjoying a plethora (hopefully) of beautiful wildflowers.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Note: We will return after the Festival has ended. 
Naturalist Anthony Fisher

2:15-3:45pm 
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

2:45-3:45pm 
Babes in the Blooms!
Younger folk will frolic and romp through fields of wildflowers as we learn their colorful names and discover the reason for a flower.  Best for ages 2-6 and an accompanying taller person.
Naturalist Cat Taylor

The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 114,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning. 


Isa Polt-Jones
(510) 544-2207
cjones@ebparks.org

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