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April 3, 2007 > Spring has sprung at Ohlone-Sunol

Spring has sprung at Ohlone-Sunol

Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness presents the fifth annual Spring Wildflower Festival

The cold, blustery winds and rain of winter have departed; as days lengthen and sunshine prevails, local hills are alive with the colors of spring wildflowers. In celebration of this joyful time, bushes and trees begin to cover bare branches with blossoms of multicolor finery. Festivities at Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness Park pay tribute to the rites of spring with activities for the whole family - from athletic outdoor enthusiasts to those who choose to admire nature's glory from a comfortable easy chair.

Join naturalists and volunteers as they gather in the bucolic setting of the Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness to enjoy the rebirth of the land. Activities include face painting, arts, crafts, games, flower dissecting, traditional Irish, butterfly and wildflower slide shows, and nature exhibits. Adding a musical flavor to the sights of spring, Celtic, Bluegrass and Folk music, by "Extended Roots," will fill the air.

Naturalist-led wildflower hikes, geared for different ages and hiking levels, are offered throughout the day. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors. (The closest food is in Sunol, 7 miles from the park.) Join us for all-day family fun for all ages! The event is free to the public, but the usual $5 parking fee will be charged.

Scheduled Hikes:

Buzzing Bees & Balancing Butterflies 11:15-12:15
(Ages 3+) Naturalist Katie Colbert

Flower Dissection 11:30-1:00
(All ages) Naturalist Anthony Fisher

Botanical Wanderings 12:00-1:30
(Ages 12+) Naturalist Erica Herron
& Docents Helen Hancock & Mary Ann Hannon

Calling All Flower Floozies! 1:00-3:00
(Ages 7+) Naturalist Katie Colbert

Mother Nature's General Store 1:30-3:00
(Ages 7+) Naturalist Anthony Fisher

Blooms for Beginners 2:00-4:45
(Ages 7+) Naturalist Cat Taylor

Spring Wildflower Festival
Saturday, April 7
11 am-4 pm
Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness
Geary Rd., Sunol
From the Fremont/Milpitas area, drive north on I-680 and exit at Calaveras Road. A trip east through Niles Canyon to Sunol will lead to the intersection of Calaveras Road and I-680 as well. Turn right on Calaveras and proceed to Geary Road, which leads directly into the park.
For more information, call Cat Taylor, Naturalist at (925) 862-2601 or visit

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