UN honors East Bay parks for essential pandemic services

In recognition of its leadership role in providing essential services during the pandemic, the East Bay Regional Park District received the 2021 Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association.

The award was presented by the association’s East Bay and Silicon Valley chapters and recognizes the park district’s commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that the United Nations adopted in 2015 as a guide to creating a more equitable world, inclusive and sustainable for all peoples.

“We are honored to be recognized for our contributions to physical health, stress relief and mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Park District Board Chair Dee Rosario. “The parks provided an essential public service. We’re proud that when the public needed us most, we answered the call and kept the parks open and safe.

The award was presented in a virtual ceremony Oct. 24 to Rosario and Park District General Manager Sabrina Landreth.

Solol: Live turkeys seem to be everywhere these days, except around Thanksgiving. You can learn more about these ubiquitous birds during a 9-10 a.m. program Saturday at Sunol Regional Wilderness in South Alameda County with naturalist Kristina Parkison, who will talk about natural history and the cultural importance of birds, then will lead a research walk. wild turkeys. The program is free and no registration is required.

Sunol regional staff also schedule a self-guided scavenger hunt on the same day. Stop by the Visitor Center between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., pick up an activity sheet, and head out to explore the park. Naturalist Erica Stephens will chair. Sunol Regional Wilderness is at the end of Geary Road off Calaveras Road, approximately 8 miles south of Interstate 680 and the town of Sunol. There is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For information, call 510-544-3249.

Alameda: From 3 to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday except Christmas, it’s fish feeding time in the aquarium at the Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. You can watch as the staff feed the crabs, fish, and other San Francisco Bay denizens. While you’re there, check out the California Coast and Ocean Photography exhibit, as well as photos and artifacts from Alameda’s past.

The Visitor Center is located at 1252 McKay Ave., near Central Avenue. Parking is $5 per vehicle when the booth is occupied; admission to the visitor center is free. For information, call 510-544-3187.

Oakland Hills: Saturday walks are a series of moderate hikes led by naturalists exploring various regional parks. There’s a 2-mile walk from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday at Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland Hills. It’s free and no registration is required. The entrance to Huckleberry is on Skyline Boulevard, about a mile south of the intersection with Grizzly Peak Boulevard. For information, call 510-544-3187.

Berkeley: Little kids will enjoy tending to the little animals at Tilden Nature Area’s Little Farm near Berkeley. See you at the hutch for this free program from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on November 7. Masks are mandatory; No registration necessary. The small farm is at the north end of Tilden’s Central Park Drive, accessible via Canon Drive from Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley. For information, call 510-544-2233.

Antioch: You can see a tame local snake and learn about all the snakes that live in regional parks during a program from 11 a.m. to noon on Nov. 7 at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Reserve in Antioch.

Meet Naturalist Kevin Dixon in the upper park parking lot at the end of Somersville Road, 3½ miles south of Highway 4. This is a walk-in program; no registration is required. Black Diamond Mines has a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For information, call 510-544-2750.

In line: This is just a sample. For a complete list of programs, visit the Park District website at ebparks.org.

Ned MacKay written about the sites and activities of the East Bay Regional Park District. Email him at nedmackay@comcast.net.

Michelle J. Kelley