The Outdoor Recreation Department, based out of the Tidewater Boating Center in East Oakland, provides a rich variety of outdoor programs throughout the Park District for youth, families, adults, and community partners.
Redwood Bowmen Archery Club instructors teach safety, proper gear care, aiming, and shooting technique, in beautiful Roberts Regional Park, high in the Oakland Hills. The club provides bows, arrows, and gear, and after a thorough introduction, students practice shooting under the careful coaching of certified instructors.
Bikes are a great way to get to and ride through your beautiful Regional Parks. Join Recreation staff on a weekend ride, and learn basic bike maintenance, bike safety, safe group riding skills, and more as you get a good workout.
Boat Trips to Brooks Island
Join seasoned Dolphin Charters skipper Ronn Patterson aboard Delphinus for a relaxed, narrated boat ride to Brooks Island. Once on the island, enjoy a naturalist-guided, two mile hike around this beautiful preserve. Trips are offered in spring and fall.
Join Recreation staff on a challenging and rewarding paddle and experience your Regional Parks, Lakes, and Shorelines from a whole new angle! Highly-trained staff teach water safety and basic canoeing technique, and we provide all gear as well as lifevests. Some trips also feature a naturalist.
Park’n It Day Camp is a safe and fun day camp in the Regional Parks for 5 to 12 year olds. Our highly-trained and caring staff lead hikes, field games, fishing, arts + crafts, environmental education activities, and swimming. Camp runs Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm at various parks. Ask about our family discount (not available online). For more information and to register, please visit our Day Camp and Leaders-in-Training page.
Beginning anglers can learn the basics of trout fishing, cat fishing and bass fishing at various District lakes or piers. Courses include instruction on fish habitat and ecology, knot tying, rigging, casting and gear selection.
Fish First! instructors teach this exciting introductory class geared toward the beginning angler. Learn the basics of fly-casting from certified instructors followed by classroom instruction. You will be introduced to knots, fly selection, reading the water, and more.
We offer a variety of kayaking programs for all ages, from skill-building to nature tours, taught by trained, friendly instructors. All classes include instruction on basic paddling techniques and are offered at various parks throughout the District.
This program gives teens an opportunity to learn what it takes to be a Recreation Leader. They receive hands-on training, skills workshops, and community service hours while assisting our camp staff during Park’n It Summer Day Camp. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit our Day Camp and Leaders-in-Training page.
Under the guidance of George Caldwell, a “Llama Michie” with over 25 years’ experience, come meet the llamas and learn how to groom, lead and interact with these specially trained animals.
FREE movies are shown in various parks in the spring and summer on our giant outdoor screen and all movies shown are G or PG rated. Come early to secure a seat and join the pre-movie activities. Movies begins at sunset. We suggest participants bring warm layers, flashlights, chairs, and snacks. Parking fees may apply. No pets allowed. Rain will cancel. Check our Activity Calendar for dates and locations.
Pet First Aid/CPR: Join instructor Peter Pay to learn how to save a pet’s life during an emergency, minimize a pet’s trauma after injury, and safely transport an injured pet to the veterinary clinic. Learn basic first aid, including wounds, fractures, and more. Booklet and certificate included.
Pole Walking and Pole Hiking
Learning how to use poles helps walkers and hikers improve endurance, posture, balance, confidence and strength and enhances your enjoyment of the outdoors. All class levels focus on anatomically-optimal techniques to achieve your desired performance while learning how to avoid joint stress or strain. Instructor Jayah Faye Paley, an AFAA & ACE certified Personal Trainer, is the creator of the only comprehensive educational media on how to use poles, including two award-winning DVD’s.
Biking / Boating / Fishing
Outdoor Recreation Department offers affordable Boating, Biking and
Fishing field trips for schools and community organizations.
Knowledgeable Recreation staff provide the gear, meet your group at the
park, and lead a safe trip at our Regional parks, lakes, trails and
shorelines. Fees vary depending on group size and program duration.
Trips must be requested at least 60 days prior to the trip date and paid
in full at least 30 days prior to the trip date.
If you need more information on Boating and Biking field trips, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, for Fishing field trips, contact email@example.com.
Community Outreach Outdoor Program (CO-OP)
The Community Outreach-Outdoor Programs (CO-OP) is a three-year partnership with local non-profit organizations. Our goal is to equip, educate and empower partners to independently lead day activities and camping in their beautiful parks, by the end of the partnership. Three day trips and one camping overnight are facilitated each year. We provide campsite reservations, buses, food, equipment, and recreation leaders to lead the various activities (such as hiking, fishing, boat rides, field games, environmental education, and more!); as well as training and coaching for partner staff. Partners must commit to recruiting participants, helping plan trips, promoting trips, completing paperwork, and supervising campers.
If this partnership seems like a good fit for your community organization, please contact Recreation Coordinator Megan Seccombe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 544-2554 for more information. You can also complete the web-based application at the link below. This program is supported by the Regional Parks Foundation and focuses on communities that face socioeconomic, transportation, or other barriers to accessing outdoor recreation.
CO-OP Partnership applications:
CO-OP Past and Current Partners Include:
- Acta Non Verba
- Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Programs (BORP)
- Brothers on the Rise
- City of Richmond Parks and Recreation
- Family Support Service of the Bay Area
- Lincoln Families, Kinship Support Services
- Latino Outdoors
- Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development
- Rich City Rides
- The Radical Monarch
- YES, Nature-to-Neighborhoods
- YMCA of the East Bay
Day Camp Partnerships
Our Park’n It Day Camp teams up with local elementary schools and non-profit organizations for a week-long Summer day camp experience in the Regional Parks. Kids 5 to 12 enjoy activities including, boating, hiking, environmental education programs, arts and crafts, field games, swimming and more,under the caring supervision of our trained Recreation Leaders. If you work for a school or community-based organization that serves kids who have socioeconomic, transportation, or other barriers to outdoor recreation, please contact Recreation Coordinator Morgan Evans at email@example.com or (510) 544-2566, for more information. You can also complete the web-based application at the link below.
Day Camp Partnership applications:
Past and Current Partners Include:
- Bowman Elementary School, Hayward
- Brothers on the Rise
- City of Richmond Parks& Recreation
- Community United Elementary School, Oakland
- Coronado Elementary School, Richmond
- Family Support Services of the Bay Area
- Grant Elementary School, Richmond
- Harder Elementary School, Hayward
- Hillview Crest Elementary School, Union City
- Lazear Elementary School, Oakland
- Monument Crisis Center, Concord
- Parkside Elementary School, Pittsburg
- YES Nature-to-Neighborhoods
Do you know somebody who is passionate about outdoor recreation and skilled in backpacking, biking, canoeing, fishing, or kayaking? Most of our programs are led by our team of Recreation Leaders and we are always looking for new guides to join our team!
To apply for a position as a Recreation Leader, please visit: GovernmentJobs.com/ebparks
Our schedule is flexible, and we provide thorough training. The pay ranges from $12.48 to $23.97 per hour, depending on experience. To learn more about part-time jobs leading these exciting programs, please call the Outdoor Recreation Department at (510) 544-2553.