Annual Hillside Festival 2019 - 510 Families

Annual Hillside Festival 2019

Explore El Cerrito’s Hillside Natural Area. Hike, play, learn about nature, history, geology, dogs, more. Activities for young and old.

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10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Young Persons’ Nature Hike led by Madera Elementary School PTA and Foundation members. Join Madera parents and students on an enjoyable walk through the Madera Open Space and Hillside.  Meet at Location Two,  Madera Elementary School.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dog Scouts of America — Merit Badges, Community Service and Therapy Work. Co-sponsored by Dog Scouts of America. Meet a Therapy Dog. And learn scent work. It’s a slam-dunk for most dogs, but training is required. Dogs, come and try your sniffing skills. This drop-in event takes place at Location Two, Madera Elementary School. 

Noon to 2 p.m. Geology Walk. Co-sponsored by the Northern California Geological Society, leaders Mark Petrofsky and Bill Motzer. Learn about the geological setting of El Cerrito, the rocks in our city, and faults and landslides. This moderate to strenuous walk will have steep sections. Meet at Location Six, Schmidt Lane trailhead.

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Boy Scouts Nature Hike and Habitat Preservation. Take a short hike with the Boy Scouts and leader Phil Maynard to learn about the Hillside’s native plants and the species that have invaded our Hillside. Meet at Location Four, Regency Gateway.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Beginner-general level Plant Walk. Janet Gawthrop of the California Native Plant Society leads this moderate walk, focusing on native plant restoration. Janet hopes to find Oakland star tulips in bloom. Meet at Location Three, Madera Circle Entry, between 1540 and 1560 Madera Circle.

6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Family-friendly Evening Ramble. Alina Constantinescu leads a steep but relaxing 90-minute to two hour stroll through the Hillside. The hike is about 2.5 miles on trails and sidewalks.  Inclines are generally mild, with a couple of steep uphill sections. We’ll take breaks as needed to enjoy views and conversation. Meet at Location Five, King Court trailhead.

NOTE: This date/event is in the past. Keep browsing.

Date(s) - 05/04/19
10:00 am - 8:15 pm

Free. Donations accepted.

The Hillside Natural Area
7501 Schmidt Ln
El Cerrito

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