California Nursery Historical Park

Joint project of  the City of Fremont and Math Science Nucleus
REGISTER ONLINE starting in Feb (through City of Fremont)

Walking through Time
History of California Nursery

April 29, May 20, June 17, Saturday
1:30-3:30 pm
(I hour lecture; 1 hour tour)
where (start):
  California Nursery Office Museum
cost:  $15.00 per person
Adult tour (children 10 and above may attend)

The importance of this site spans from the Ohlone, Mission and Rancho Era. The people associated with this site helped to transform the State of California into an agricultural giant.  Learn how Niles agriculture had a strong tie to San Francisco and Fresno.

Lecture will go over the buildings that are still on the property and the people associated with them.  Talk will highlight California Nursery's role in the Panama Pacific International Exposition (1915)Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) (1939 and 1940); the people that made the California Nursery grow into the largest nursery along the West CoastTour will go through the exhibits and walk on the property to point out historic trees and how they shaped agriculture in California.

Kids Learning Fremont History Series
Make, Take and Explore (7-10 yrs)

April 9, May 7, June 11, Sunday
$19.00 per child (includes materials)
1:30-3:30 pm
(lecture, tour, make and take)
where (start): 
meet at Vallejo Adobe

April 9: Trees for a Growing California - Students will learn how to identify trees and to discover the uses of the different trees within the park.  They will make palm frond art, compare needle leaf and broad leaf trees.  Students will collect different parts of a tree.  They will never look at a tree the same way again. 
May 7: Vallejo Adobe and Rancho Era - Students will learn the history of the Fremont area after the collapse of the Missions in California.  They will learn about the vaqueros and their way of life in the Fremont area, including horse, cattle, and wheat.  Students will learn how to make adobe bricks.
June 11:  Growing up Ohlone: Native Americans lived on this land because it was near to Alameda Creek where they could fish and go to the hills to find acorns.  Learn about how California Live Oak and other trees that they depended on for food.  Dissect tules and make different models that young Ohlones would play with.

Owl on the Prowl
Critters at Night (6-adult;family event)

April 19,20,21,22 (Wed - Sat)
(Spring break)
cost:  $15.00 per person
start:  6:30-8:30
where (start):
  California Nursery Office Museum

California Nursery Historical Park has many old trees that are ideal for Owls and other Raptors to roost, nest and hunt in search of food. Bring your flashlight and  walk through the grounds at dusk,  this is a good time to spot an owl in the trees or hunting for prey.

Meet at the California Nursery Office for an introduction to owls and then walk at the sun goes down you will look and listen for the raptors that hunt at night.  Discover owl pellets and the bones of what the owls ate at the Vallejo Adobe. Other family members (adults and kids) are invited to register.  Other night birds will also be seen in this forest in a park. 

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36501 Niles Blvd, Fremont
(entrance Nursery Ave and Niles Blvd)

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