Creating Our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step One, Provide Food

Today my son and I began working towards making our backyard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat, per the guidelines provided by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). I figured it would be best for my four-year-old if we only focus on one aspect of certification at at a time. Our focus today? Step one: Provide Food for Wildlife. Certification requires that the backyard provide three food … Continue reading Creating Our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step One, Provide Food

Attract Wildlife to Your Home – Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

After struggling with what to do with our little backyard for the last several years, I think I’ve finally found a solution. The main constraint for us is an oak tree that covers our entire yard with shade, making vegetable gardening difficult. The only plant thriving in our yard is rosemary. Kale does pretty well, but that’s about it. Lately, I’ve been considering creating a … Continue reading Attract Wildlife to Your Home – Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Walk, Run, Bike, Scooter….Alamo Creek Trail, Dublin

I found the Alamo Creek Trail in the center of Dublin when my son was about four months old, and this great little trail has grown along with him. While he was a baby, I would put my son into the ERGObaby carrier and walk around, showing him the little things we saw along the trail (geese swimming in the creek, smooth manzanita branches, turkeys, … Continue reading Walk, Run, Bike, Scooter….Alamo Creek Trail, Dublin

Scooters at the Skate Park (Val Vista, Pleasanton)

Simple park play… ride scooters at the skate park! We like to go when the park is quiet, when the big kid skateboarders aren’t there.  And safety always comes first.. notice my son has on a helmet and both elbow and knee pads. Photos from our outing yesterday to Val Vista Community Park in Pleasanton, California… Related articles More Scooter Fun at the Skate Park, … Continue reading Scooters at the Skate Park (Val Vista, Pleasanton)

Fun! Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Children’s Fairyland is a storybook park that’s been around longer than Disneyland.  In fact, it inspired Walt Disney to create his Magic Kingdom.  Fortunately, Fairyland has maintained it’s small size and original charm since it opened in 1950.  I have fond memories of visiting the park when I was a child, during visits to see my grandma, who lived in Oakland.  If you have a … Continue reading Fun! Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Visit Report: Lindsay Wildlife Museum

For those kids (and adults) who love animals, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek is a must-visit. The facility is beautiful, but what they do here is even more incredible. The wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center within the museum is the oldest in the United States. The veterinarians, staff, and volunteers treat more than 5,000 (sometimes up to 6,000) injured animals every year. The … Continue reading Visit Report: Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Look for Lizards

As the weather has been warming up, we’ve been seeing more and more lizards on our walks.  I believe these little guys (they are about 3-5 inches long) are Western Fence Lizards.  We have them all over the place here in the East Bay. Maybe your child(ren) would like to go on a walk to search for lizards?  We usually find them soaking up the … Continue reading Look for Lizards

Family Hike, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Oakland

After several days stuck home due to sickness, my husband, son, and I headed out today for a short hike through the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland Hills.  The 1.7 mile Huckleberry Path seemed about the right distance, and I’ve heard from many sources that it’s a great hike to do with a kid.  Another bonus?  The trail is also mostly in the … Continue reading Family Hike, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Oakland

Book Recommendation: Best Hikes with Kids, San Francisco Bay Area

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area (or plan to visit) and you have kids and enjoy hiking, you should have Laure Latham‘s (aka Frog Mom) book, Best Hikes with Kids, San Francisco Bay Area, in your personal library.  When this book first came out last year, I checked it out from the library.  After only a few days, I realized I had … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Best Hikes with Kids, San Francisco Bay Area

Earth Day 2012

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day this weekend? Assuming my son is feeling better (he has a horrible sore throat today), on Saturday we will head to Crissy Field in San Francisco for Earth Stroll 2012.  Sounds fun… “Adventurous activities and games, hosted by some of the Bay Area’s leading environmental organizations, will engage the hearts, minds and bodies of the whole family. … Continue reading Earth Day 2012

Thank You! Liebster Award & Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve recently been given two blogging awards by fellow bloggers, and I want to give a big thank you to the two bloggers who thought of me. First, I want to thank Family Outdoor Adventures for recognizing my blog with the Liebster Award.  Even more, I want to thank them for writing their blog about enjoying the outdoors as a family.  I enjoy following your … Continue reading Thank You! Liebster Award & Versatile Blogger Award

Amazing Animals Scavenger Hunt, Oakland Zoo

We’ve had a membership to the Oakland Zoo for over three years now.  We visit frequently, as it is a beautiful place to run around, with a great Children’s Zoo for the kids.  And what better way for a child to see, in relatively close and safe proximity, wild animals from around the world.  Usually when we visit the zoo, I ask my son what … Continue reading Amazing Animals Scavenger Hunt, Oakland Zoo

Take a “Signs of Spring” Walk

The wildflowers are starting to bloom, new leaves are growing on the tips of branches, gardens are beginning to sprout…  this is the time to take the kids out for a walk to look for the signs of spring.  This can be a quick walk around the neighborhood or the park, an exploration of your backyard, an excursion into a local nature area, a trip … Continue reading Take a “Signs of Spring” Walk

Tartan Day Scottish Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm

Sunshine and warmth… much appreciated after a week of storms! And a beautiful day to celebrate our Scottish heritage. We attended the Tartan Day Scottish Fair, held today at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. The bagpipes, the fiddlers, the people walking around in traditional dress, the highland games, and historic reenactments were all interesting, but the highlight for my son was the Children’s Glen. To … Continue reading Tartan Day Scottish Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm

Family Bike Ride, Bayview Trail, Coyote Hills Regional Park

The 3.5 mile, paved Bayview Trail in Coyote Hills Regional Park is perfect for the beginning cyclist.  I consider a good bike route for my son to be relatively flat, separate from cars, and under five miles.  This trail seemed about right.  My four-year-old had a little trouble with a slight hill at the beginning of the ride (he had to get off and push … Continue reading Family Bike Ride, Bayview Trail, Coyote Hills Regional Park

This Saturday… Sunol Wildflower Festival!

One of our favorite Bay Area festivals, the Sunol Wildflower Festival, is being held this Saturday, April 14th.  We attended this the last two years, and my son (then age 2 and 3) and I both loved it.  Unfortunately, we won’t be able to attend this year, but I’ve been telling everyone I know to check it out.  This is not a kid-only event.  The … Continue reading This Saturday… Sunol Wildflower Festival!

Urbia Adventure # 1: Treasure in the Hills of San Francisco

Aargh, Batman… there’s treasure in yonder hills!  OK, so pirate speak and Batman don’t really go together, but I can’t seem to get my little one out his Batman raincoat these days… not even for a bit of treasure seeking.  We had an unexpected break in the rain today, so we drove into San Francisco to experience our first Urbia adventure.  For those who missed … Continue reading Urbia Adventure # 1: Treasure in the Hills of San Francisco

Solo Hike, Rocky Ridge View Trail, Las Trampas, San Ramon

With summer only a couple months away, it’s time to begin training for summer hiking in the Sierras.    Also, after the social and kid-oriented Easter festivities yesterday, I really needed to regroup this morning with a little alone time.  I also felt the need for some exercise after the feast at my parent’s house yesterday.  For these reasons, I decided to head out for a … Continue reading Solo Hike, Rocky Ridge View Trail, Las Trampas, San Ramon

Urbia Adventures: Exploring Nature in San Francisco

A friend recently told me about some fun-looking educational treasure hunting booklets created and sold through the Urbia Adventure League. These booklets were created based upon the concept of letterboxing (which I wrote about last week), but add so much more. Each booklet has at least ten pages packed full of information and activities designed to provide the child (family or class) with a two-hour … Continue reading Urbia Adventures: Exploring Nature in San Francisco