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