Rattlesnake Advisory

Rattlesnake Safety in the Regional Parks Spring and Summer are active snake seasons in parks and open spaces. As the weather heats up, rattlesnakes especially become more active. They, like humans, like to explore when the weather gets warm. The East Bay Regional Park District is advising the public take snake safety precautions when visiting […]

Beautiful Briones

Beautiful Briones By Beverly Lane; If you’re looking for a regional park that’s convenient to urban areas, but nevertheless has a wild and remote sense to it, Briones is the place to go. With more than 6,000 acres of grassy ridgelines and forested canyons, Briones Regional Park is a nearby wilderness surrounded by the towns […]

EBRP News—early fall colors

Park It Aug. 7, 2015 If you’ve noticed trees turning color already, you are not imagining things. California buckeyes, alders, big-leaf maples and other native deciduous trees – as well as many non-natives – are dropping their leaves early this year due to the drought. East Bay Regional Park District biologists have noted the phenomenon […]

Regional Parks Offer Riot of Spring Flowers

by Beverly Lane Spring starts officially with the vernal equinox, which comes on March 20 this year. It’s the date when day and night are of equal length, after which the days grow longer. And with spring comes spring wildflowers. It’s always hard to predict how profuse the flower displays will be, because so many […]

Hiking — Regional Parks in the rain

by Beverly Lane Seasonal rains bring green to the grasslands in the East Bay Regional Parks, with a promise of springtime wildflowers. But the rains also bring muddy trails that fill the lug soles of hard-to-clean hiking boots. There’s a lot to be said for winter season hiking. The air is fresh, cool and energizing […]