Calendar of Classes & Events
for 2017

 

 

BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOPS WITH CHARLES KENNARD
Sunday Basket Series - February 12, March 5, April 9, May 7, 2017
Pine-Needle Basket - May 6, 2017
Small Willow Fruit-Gathering Basket - June 25, 2017
Sunday Basket Series - June 11, July 16, August 13, September 10, 2017
Southern California Open-Weave Rush Basket - August 6, 2017
These are classes for adults and teens; beginning and experienced weavers are welcome.


Access the PDF file Basket Workshops_2017.pdf for registration information and details about the workshops.
Contact Charles Kennard at charleskennard@comcast.net for more information.

 

WINTER COUNT
This premier event focuses on primitive technology. The Winter Count gathering has a varitety of workshops that will be familiar and will also introduce you to many new and different formats, skills and personalities. Experienced instructors, with diverse primitive skills, will teach you how to brain tan deer hide, create pottery, learn fire-by-friction methods, ply cordage and many other utilitarian skills.
Date: February 12 - 18, 2017
Location: Maricopa, Arizona
For info & registration: Contact Backtracks at http://backtracks.net/RSWC.html

 

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 12, 2017
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

 

BUCKEYE GATHERING: BELTAINE
Ancestral Arts & Primitive Living Skills

The gathering is an educational event that will consist of teachers hosting classes ongoing for five days, on a variety of topics including: hand-drill fire making, plant fiber cordage, stone tools, buckskin, basket weaving, nature awareness, pottery, local flora and fauna identification, food preparation (acorns!), primitive weapons including bows and arrows, fiber arts, herbalism, shelter building, and storytelling. We are excited to have local Native American involvement in both the planning process and the event itself. We will encourage a family-oriented, all-ages event and will emphasize skills and materials indigenous to California, while welcoming students and instructors from all over the map. There will be activities interspersed throughout the week such as a marketplace, panel discussion, and dance night. We will provide breakfast and dinner. Participant camping will consist of cars, tents, tipis, and trailers.


Date: April 30 – May 6, 2017
Fee: Access http://buckeyegathering.net for fee prices.
Location: Lake Concow Campground, Butte Co., CA
Contact califorigin@gmail.com for more information.

 

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. Or you can twine a tule basket to cover your contemporary water bottle or container.

Participating in the tule gathering on June 11 is required to do the basket on June 25.


Date: June 11, 2017- Gather Tule
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Date: June 25, 2017 - 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 11, 2017
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 18, 2017
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 18, 2017
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.

 

KIDS CAMP: STONE AGE TIME TRAVELERS
Practice skills once needed to thrive in the ancient wilds. Recognize useful plants. Learn to create shelter, fire, cordage, tools and many more prehistoric activities. Play games of the past and visit an Ohlone village site. Step back into modern times and become an archeaologist, discoverning clues about people who lived in the Stone Age. Embark on a fun-filled journey through hands-on wilderness skills and nature awareness practices.


Dates: June 19, 2017 to June 22, 2017 (4 days)
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste (Naturalist) + park staff
Ages: 9 to 13-years-old
Fee: $200 for residents of Contra Costa & Alameda counties / $220 for non-residents
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2 or go online at http://www.ebparks.org/registration
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for more information: (510) 544-3215

 

COYOTE HILLS KNAP-IN
Join us for our 24th annual gathering of flintknappers and observe how stone tools and arrowheads were made, or if you’re 16 or older, give it a try yourself! If you have tools and safety gear (eye protection, leather pads, etc.) bring them along. Otherwise, we usually have plenty to share.


Date: August 26 & 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (both days)
Instructor: Ken Peek and Friends
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Camping will be available for knappers wanting to attend both days.
Contact Ken Peek for more information: (510) 537-1215

 

TULE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION
Lend a hand as we reconstruct an Ohlone style ruway or tule house. Come for one, some or all of our work sessions and take pride in the final structure . . . . a ruway which will be on exhibit at the Visitor Center and used in our cultural history programs for years to come.


Date: September 3, 4 and 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and/or 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm (for all 3 days)
Organizer: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 8-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

RABBITSTICK RENDEZVOUS
The Rabbitstick Rendezvous is a totally unique learning experience of various primitive technology and wilderness skills. This premier event focuses on hands-on classes that will introduce you to many new and varied formats, skills and personalities. Rabbitstick will provide you with an unparalleled chance to learn from both journeyman and master teachers. This gathering of experienced instructors and eager participants is made available to you from Backtracks. The Rabbitstick Rendezvous is one of the largest and oldest of the comtemporary primitive skills gatherings.
Date: September 10 - 16, 2017
Location: Rexburg, Idaho
For info & registration: Contact Backtracks at https://www.rabbitstick.com/

 

OHLONE VILLAGE SITE TOUR
Experience the Ohlone culture as we tour a diorama of village life at the Visitor Center. Stroll 1/4 mile through vibrant marsh habitat to a 2,200-year-old Ohlone village site in the park. Along the trail, we’ll identify plants that provided food, medicine and tools for the first people of the San Francisco Bay Area. See replicated structures and examine reproductions of artifacts at the village site.


Date: September 24, 2017
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 or 1:30 pm.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

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, 2017
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. After a brief introduction, we will drive to the Old Quarry parking lot and walk to the Dairy Glen campground.
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: September 22, 2017
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 22, 2017
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

 

VARGAS PLATEAU HIKE
Experience the panoramic views of a park that rises steeply over the bay plain. The plateau offers beautiful rolling hills, wooded canyons and a diverse array of wildlife habitats. Join us on a hike through unique topography and cultural history of the past.


Date: October 8, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 9-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program
Location: Vargas Plateau Regional Park, 2536 Morrison Canyon Rd, Fremont, CA 94539
Meet at the Vargas Plateau Staging Area parking lot.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

OHLONE VILLAGE SITE TOUR
Learn about Ohlone culture as we tour a diorama of village life at the Visitor Center. Walk to a 2,200-year-old 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: December 2, 2017
Time: 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 2:00 pm.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

SEDGE ORNAMENT
Learn about the marsh plants called sedge. We'll create a small decorative sedge ornament that can be given as a gift or hung on your Christmas tree. Come and join us as we discover the various cultural uses of this versatile plant family.
Date: December 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 14-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

 

WILLOW PRUNING & GATHERING
Find out about Ohlone land management techniques to tend nature, then apply those methods to increase the health, extent and habitat potential of a lakeside willow patch. Help us prune and gather willow for use in next year's cultural programs at Coyote Hills Regional Park.


Date: December 9, 2015, Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: December 16, 2015, Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 16-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program
Location: Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, 2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont, CA 94536
Meet at the parking lot located near the back of the entrance kiosk booth. Please arrive on time. We will all walk together to the willow patch.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 


 

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