The hillsides are abloom, and it’s time to celebrate! Spend a beautiful day outdoors welcoming spring at the Sunol Spring Wildflower Festival. The festival will take place on Saturday April 9, 2016 from 11 am – 4 pm, 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, nature, or the outdoors is encouraged to attend – there is something for everyone. Naturalists and volunteers will provide fun and easy ways to identify wildflowers, and information on the best places to spot the abundant varieties.
The day will begin with a traditional spring performance by Japanese Wadaiko drummers, followed by music with the all-women Americana group Extended Roots. Lots of crafts, hikes, nature slideshows, and exhibits will be offered throughout the day. Hikes range from all-ages and kid-friendly, to butterfly- and ethnobotany-themed, to a longer hike to Little Yosemite, a picturesque natural gorge. Local vendors and artisans will also be onsite. This year we will have a barbecue food truck with lunches for purchase (including a veggie option), but visitors are always welcome to bring their own lunch and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors.
California Native Plant Society
Zone 7 Water Agency
Alameda Creek Alliance
UC Berkeley Bee Lab
Alameda County Clean Water
Alameda County Dept. of Agriculture
EBRPD Integrated Pest Management
Leave No Trace
The event is free to the public, but the usual $5 CASH parking fee will be charged. Carpooling is encouraged.
Call (510) 544-3249 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.
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 120,000 acres in 65 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.
Photos below by Greg Steffes.