Our Interpretive and Recreation programs offer resources and services that are consistent with the District's mission and appeal to diverse ages, abilities, cultures and economic backgrounds. Our staff offer unique opportunities to explore the natural and cultural history of the East Bay.
- Community Outreach Programs | All Programs
- Who Qualifies for an Outreach Program?
- What is the cost of an Outreach Program?
- When can I apply for an Outreach Program?
- Transportation Opportunities
To apply for an outreach program you can:
Naturalist-Led Virtual Interpretive Programs
Join a naturalist for a virtual program exploring the East Bay’s natural and cultural history! Program topics range from Redwoods to Ohlone Culture, from bird migrations to 1890’s farm life! Enjoy one of our pre-existing programs, or work with a naturalist to create a program that fits your group’s interests.
Outdoor Recreation Field Trips (Biking / Boating / Fishing)
The Outdoor Recreation Department provides affordable biking, boating, and fishing field trips for schools and community organizations. Our knowledgeable and engaging Recreation staff provide the gear; meet your group at the park; and lead a safe and organized trip at our beautiful Regional Parks, Lakes, Trails, and Shorelines. Trips can range from 1.5 to 3 hours, and costs vary, depending on group size and duration. However, we can accommodate larger groups if we split into two rotations. More information, and apply for a Field Trip.
Day Camp and Camping Trip Partnerships
The Outdoor Recreation Department works closely with many local organizations and schools to break down barriers to outdoor recreation, and help all of our communities enjoy safe, fun, and uplifting experiences in the great outdoors. First, we offer a 2-year partnership with Alameda and Contra Costa County schools and non-profits, where 50 elementary-school aged children can enjoy a free week of Day Camp in the Regional Parks. Second, we offer a 3-year partnership program to local non-profits where our staff provide one free camping trip + three day trips to your organization for three consecutive years. Outdoor Recreation Opportunities.
Learn to swim or become comfortable in the water during group or private lessons in one of our pools or lakes. Adaptive swim lessons and certified lifeguarding courses available.
Spend some time with an EBRPD police officer to learn about: social responsibility and preserving the environment through law enforcement, personal safety and protection from thieves, careers in law enforcement careers, or request a specific topic.
School Field Trips
A wonderful resource for teachers who want to bring their students to the East Bay Regional Parks for field trips. Apply for school field trips.
Anyone interested in visiting an East Bay Regional Park is welcome to apply for a program. It is our goal to raise awareness of all the opportunities happening in the Regional Parks and to make it as easy as possible to schedule a program.
Alameda and Contra Costa County public schools, non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, and government agencies are eligible to receive Interpretive programs at no charge. For all other groups, interpretive programs are $61 an hour for each District employee involved. Fees for recreation programs and special events vary. Eligible groups can Apply or a Fee Reduction (PDF). (applying does not guarantee a fee reduction will be granted).
You may apply for an outreach program at any time. Once your application is received, staff will contact you to schedule a program based on your needs and staff availability.
Low cost transportation is offered to school groups and non-profit groups that qualify through the Parks Express program. Information may be obtained by calling Parks Express at (510) 544-2205 or by reviewing the Parks Express page.
Note: Transportation and program reservations must be made separately. Reservations for one does not assure reservations for the other.
If you meet the eligibility requirements for Parks Express, but your organization is unable to pay the copay, please call (510) 544-2546 or e-mail email@example.com for information on transportation assistance.
Public transportation to the parks may also be available. Please visit our Public Transit page for details.
Please call the program coordinator or visitor center where your program is scheduled immediately if you find it necessary to cancel. Rain will not cancel scheduled programs. We may have to alter your program, but we will be here to meet your group.