SCHEDULE of CLASSES
for
2016


The following classes are held at either:
Coyote Hills Regional Park
8000 Patterson Ranch Road
Fremont, California

Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks
1320 Garin Avenue
Hayward, California

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area
2250 Isherwood Way
Fremont, California

Mission Peak Regional Preserve
East end of Stanford Avenue, off Mission Boulevard
Fremont, California

 

Registration is through the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD).
Registration information:

If registration is required in the class information, please register with EBRPD Central Registration by phone. Call 1-888-327-2757 (option 2). If there is a fee, phone registration requires a credit card. Call between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Fridays. The Central Registration office is closed on weekends and holidays.

Some of the classes will be at locations other than the parks mentioned above. See the "Location" description in the text of the class.

 

CALIFORNIA KNAPPERS
Join us for a day of flintknapping. The knapping get-together is open to novice, intermediate and advanced knappers. Anyone who is interested in the skill of making stone tools is more than welcome. Come and work on your lithic project or practice the art of flintknapping and learn practical advice from fellow knappers.


Date: February 28, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Beard Staging Area, Fremont, CA
Beard Staging Area is along the Alameda Creek Regional Trail in Fremont. Parking is free.
Access the California Knappers webpage for more information and directions: California Knappers

 

OHLONE VILLAGE SITE TOUR
Learn about Ohlone cultures as we tour a diorama of village life at the Visitor Center. Walk to a 2,200-year-old Tuibun Ohlone village site in the park, see replicated structures and examine reproductions of artifacts. Along the trail, we’ll identify plants that provided food, medicine and tools for the first people of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Date: March 13, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Coyote Hills Visitor Center at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

WILD EDIBLES AND PLANT USES HIKE
The Ohlone Peoples and European settlers gathered wild plants for food, medicine and tools. Identify edible plants on a springtime hike. Gather Miner’s lettuce for a tasty salad, process Manzanita cider, snack on Black Walnut and sample other savory wild foods.


Date: March 20, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Min/max Age: 18-yrs-old and older
Location: Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park, 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544
Meet at the Garin Barn Visitor Center (red barn).
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: FIRE MAKING
Ever wondered how fire was created before matches or a lighter? Unravel the secrets of fire-by-friction, fire-by-percussion and fire-by-compression. Discover the various fire making techniques around the world to produce a glowing ember. We'll practice our fire making skills through hands-on activities and demonstrations.


Date: March 27, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 16-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center.
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: CORDAGE MAKING
The ability to twist, twine or braid fibers into cordage allowed indigenous cultures to tie their world together. Learn the various techniques of gathering, preparation, extracting and plying of plant materials to create cordage. Practice the efficient method of leg rolling dogbane fibers.


Date: March 27, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 9-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center.
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: ATLATL THROWERS
Before the bow and arrow there was the atlatl, or dart-thrower, a prehistoric hunting tool that could cast a dart (or spear) with enough force to penetrate a mammoh's hide. Learn about the ancient atlatl and watch a demonstration on how to create a Paleolithic stone point. Try your skill at hitting a target with an atlatl dart. Come and participate in the atlatl contest. Stone points will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.


Date: April 2, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 8-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center. The atlatl activity will be located at the Hoot Hollow picnic area..
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

CALIFORNIA KNAPPERS
Join us for a day of flintknapping. The knapping get-together is open to novice, intermediate and advanced knappers. Anyone who is interested in the skill of making stone tools is more than welcome. Come and work on your lithic project, meet new friends and practice the art of flintknapping. Learn practical advice from fellow knappers.


Date: April 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Beard Staging Area, Fremont, CA
Beard Staging Area is along the Alameda Creek Regional Trail in Fremont. Parking is free.
Access the California Knappers webpage for more information and directions: California Knappers

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: WILLOW BASKET
Willow was used by California Natives for various utilitarian baskets. What makes this versatile plant of the wetlands so unique? Learn more as we create a traditional style basket from whole shoot willow.


Date: April 30, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Fee: $35 ($39 for non-resident of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties) + $5.00 parking fee/vehicle
Min/max Age: 18-yrs-old and older
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center.
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

5 INDIGENOUS FIRE MAKING METHODS
Explore five different fire making techniques other than the hand drill and the bow drill. Learn how to create flames using the fire plow, fire saw, flint & marcasite, fire piston and the fire thong. There will also be fire demonstrations and hands-on activities with contemporary methods utilizing a soda can, plastic water bottle or cotton ball. Practice the fire roll. Join us for a day of pyro mania.


Date: May 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Fee: $5.00
Location: Fremont, California
Registration Required: Contact Dino Labiste at kahikoarts@yahoo.com. Driving directions will be sent via e-mail.

 

BERRY PICKING BASKET
Tule was used by California Natives for various utilitarian items, like mats, duck decoys, boats, houses, as well as baskets. The rhizomes were also eaten for food. Learn more about this multipurpose marsh plant as we create a berry picking basket from tule.
Participating in the tule gathering on June 12 is required to do the basket on June 26.


Date: June 12, 2016 - Gather Tule
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Date: June 26, 2016 - Make the Tule Basket
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 18-yrs-old and older
Fee: $15 ($17 for non-resident of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties) + $5.00 parking fee/vehicle
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

OHLONE VILLAGE SITE TOUR
Meet at the Visitor Center and visit the Ohlone exhibits and displays. Then, we'll walk 1/4 of a mile through vibrant marsh habitat to a 2,200-year-old Ohlone village site. Along the trail, we’ll identify plants that provided food, medicine and tools for the Ohlone Peoples. Tour reconstructed structures, like a tule house, shade shelter, sweat house and a circular subterranean house. You'll also get the opportunity to examine reproductions of artifacts of the first people of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Date: June 12, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Coyote Hills Visitor Center at 2:00 pm.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

FATHER'S DAY ADVENTURE: FIRE MAKING
Learn how to start a fire without matches or lighters. Unravel the science behind how the bow drill produces an ember. Generate solar power to create a hot coal using an aluminum can or water bottle. Acquire the skill to build a safe and efficient campfire.


Date: June 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 8-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks, 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544
Meet at the front entrance of the Garin Barn Visitor Center at 10:00. The fire making activities will be at one of the picnic tables in the immediate area near the back of the barn.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

FATHER'S DAY ADVENTURE: ATLATL THROWERS
Join us for a day of Stone Age activity using a prehistoric dart thrower. Altatls were utilized by hunter/gatherer societies. Watch a demonstration on how to create a Paleolithic stone point. Try your skill at hitting a target with an atlatl dart. Join in on the atlatl contest and win a stone point.


Date: June 19, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 8-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks, 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544
Meet at the front entrance of the Garin Barn Visitor Center at 1:30. The flintknapping demonstration will be at one of the picnic tables in the immediate area near the back of the barn. The atlatl activity will be located along the hillside behind the barn area.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

CALIFORNIA KNAPPERS
Join us for a day of flintknapping. The knapping get-together is open to novice, intermediate and advanced knappers. Come and work on your lithic project and learn practical advice from fellow knappers.


Date: July 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Beard Staging Area, Fremont, CA
Beard Staging Area is along the Alameda Creek Regional Trail in Fremont. Parking is free.
Access the California Knappers webpage for more information and directions: California Knappers

 

OHLONE VILLAGE SITE TOUR
Meet at the Visitor Center and visit the Ohlone exhibits and displays. Then, we'll walk 1/4 of a mile through vibrant marsh habitat to a 2,200-year-old Ohlone village site. Along the trail, we’ll identify plants that provided food, medicine and tools for the Ohlone Peoples. Tour reconstructed structures, like a tule house, shade shelter, sweat house and a circular subterranean house. You'll also get the opportunity to examine reproductions of artifacts of the first people of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Date: September 4, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Coyote Hills Visitor Center at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: FIRE MAKING
Ever wondered how fire was created before matches or a lighter? Unravel the secrets of fire-by-friction, fire-by-percussion and fire-by-compression. Discover the various fire making techniques around the world to produce a glowing ember. We'll practice our fire making skills through hands-on activities and demonstrations.


Date: September 18, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 16-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center.
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: CORDAGE MAKING
The ability to twist, twine or braid fibers into cordage allowed indigenous cultures to tie their world together. Learn the various techniques of gathering, preparation, extracting and plying of plant materials to create cordage. Practice the efficient method of leg rolling dogbane fibers.


Date: September 18, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 9-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center.
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

7th ANNUAL STONE AGE OLYMPICS
Join us for a day of primitive technology contests and stone tool making demonstrations. Cast a prehistoric dart thrower called an atlatl, create fire by rubbing two sticks together, throw a rabbit stick, fling a bolas and participate in other age appropriate primeval activities. Watch skilled knappers transform rocks into functional tools. There will be an atlatl International Standard Accuracy Competition (ISAC) scheduled in the morning. The ISAC Competition will end at noon. Stop by, if you want to compete for ISAC scores. Plaques will be awarded for 1st place winners in the Men's Divison, the Women's Division and the Youth's Division.


Date: September 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Organizer: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the event (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the Dairy Glen campground (8 minutes walk on the Bayview Trail towards the bay from the Old Quarry parking lot).
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.
Open to the general public. The event is family-friendly.

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: ACORN SOUP
Acorns were, and still are, a nutritious food of California Native Americans. Watch and participate in the techniques of acorn processing. Stone tools, as well as modern tools, will be used to shell, pound, leach and cook the acorns into a meal.


Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Fee: $5.00 ($7.00 for non-residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
$5.00 parking fee/vehicle
Meet at the entrance of the Visitor Center.
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: BASIC FLINTKNAPPING
Unearth the art of transforming a stone into a functional obsidian tool. Learn about prehistoric equipment, such as hammerstones, and use modern materials, like copper pressure flakers. Practice beginning skills to create a Stone Age microblade or shape an arrowhead.


Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center.
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

 


 

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