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Park It: Don’t worry if you’re caught knapping at Fremont’s Coyote Hills

For thousands of years before the discovery of metallurgy, people fashioned tools and weapons from stone.

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This ancient skill will be demonstrated by skilled stone tool makers during a “knap-in” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. Knapping is the process of chipping chert, obsidian and other stones into spear points, arrowheads and other tools.

The program will be at the park visitor center. All ages are welcome to watch the demonstrations and learn more about stone tool making from the park’s interpretive staff. The program is free; no registration is required.

Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway, and there’s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For information, call 510-544-3220.

Pittsburg: Beating the heat is the plan for a stroll from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Bay Point Regional Shoreline near Pittsburg, led by supervising naturalist Ashley Adams. Along the way, Ashley will talk about the animals that inhabit the marshland and relate some nearby military history.

The walk is free, and no registration is necessary. Meet Ashley at the Trojan Road staging area. It’s a left turn off McAvoy Road just before the entrance to McAvoy boat harbor. For information, call 510-544-2751.

Berkeley: Reaching the top of Wildcat Peak in Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley is the goal of a hike from 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 21, led by naturalist “Trail Gail” Broesder. Rewards for the effort include possible wildlife sightings and panoramic views of the Bay Area from the summit.

The hike is free, and no reservations are necessary. Meet Gail at the Environmental Education Center, which is at the north end of Tilden’s Central Park Drive. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. For information, call 510-544-2233.

Sunol Regional: You can also try another ascent, this one on Saturday at Sunol Regional Wilderness in southern Alameda County. Naturalist Erica Stephens will lead a slow-paced climb from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. to the top of Flag Hill, with stops along the way to view oak woodlands and sandstone geology.

The round-trip is just 3 miles, but it’s strenuous, on a narrow, steep, rocky trail with a 960-foot elevation gain. Wear closed-toe shoes, dress in layers, bring water and snacks. The hike is free, but registration is required and space is limited. To register, call 888-327-2757 and select option 2.

Livermore: Bugs, the flying and crawling varieties, are the focus of a family-friendly program from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 21 at the campground amphitheater of Del Valle Regional Park south of Livermore.

Naturalist Alex Collins will chat about dragonflies, damselflies, beetles and other insects that live at Del Valle. Then the group will go on a bug hunt. Parking for the program is available at the overflow lot behind the campground store. From there it’s a short downhill walk to the amphitheater.

The program is free. Del Valle Regional Park is at the end of Del Valle Road off Mines Road about 9 miles south of Livermore. There’s a parking fee of $6 per vehicle. For more information, call 510-544-3146.

Oakley: If you don’t see the animal itself, you can still identify it by clues left behind. Naturalist Wyatt Moore will show how during a program from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley.

The group will listen for bird calls, examine chewed branches, and look for animal tracks. You may even see the animals themselves. Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road off Oakley’s Main Street. The program is free. For information, call 510-544-3050.

Online: This is just a sample. For the full list of upcoming programs in the regional parks, visit ebparks.org/things-to-do online.

Ned MacKay writes about East Bay Regional Park District sites and activities. Email him at [email protected].



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