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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8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Early Morning Bird Walk led by Golden Gate Audubon Society member Tara McIntire. Explore the Hillside Natural Area with its magnificent views and grasslands covered with beautiful, native, tangled oak forests, creeks and BIRDS! The terrain can be steep and difficult. Wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars if you can. Meet at Location Six, Schmidt Lane Trailhead.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Family Friendly Geology Stroll. Geologist Gary Prost offers an easygoing walk introducing young people to the wonders of rocks and the earth beneath their feet. People of any age are welcome too! Meet at Location Six, Schmidt Lane Trailhead.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Preventing wild land fires walk. The Hillside Natural Area is a place of beauty and value for people, wildlife and native plants. But it also presents fire danger. How do the city and volunteers work together to reduce this danger? What more can be done? How can you help? The city’s fire marshal Dave Gibson leads. Meet at Location Five, King Court trailhead.

Noon to 3 p.m. Nature Scavenger Hunt. Learn about the plants, birds, animals, rocks, and creeks in the Hillside Natural Area. Parents enjoy helping their children in this fun event. Find the things on your list (no actual collecting please), take photos, and then return to talk with others about what you found. Meet at Location Six, Schmidt Lane trailhead.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Insect hike. Eddie Dunbar, founder and president of the Insect Sciences Museum of California, will lead a family-friendly yet erudite hike revealing secrets of the Hillside’s tiniest animals. Meet at Location Four, Regency Gateway.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Easy Wildflower Walk. Join Susan Schwartz from Friends of Five Creeks to enjoy wildflowers and more in this hike aimed both at young people and the general public. Meet at Location Five, King Court.

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hidden Poetry/Geocaching Hike.  Join Jenny Hammer for a 90-minute family-friendly hike in search of hidden geocaches, both officially-registered and ones containing poems. Coordinates of the caches will be supplied. Bring a GPS device if you have one; if not we can share! . (You can learn more about geocaching at: Meet at Location Six, Schmidt Lane Trailhead.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy the view, snacks, and good company.


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

Date(s) - 05/05/19
8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Free. Donations accepted.

The Hillside Natural Area
7501 Schmidt Ln
El Cerrito

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