California Nursery Historical Park
project of the City of Fremont and Math Science Nucleus
through City of Fremont
(click on "register online" below)
History of California
April 29, May 20,
June 17, Saturday
(I hour lecture;
1 hour tour)
California Nursery Office Museum
$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 Coast. Tour
will go through the exhibits and walk on the
property to point out historic trees and how they
shaped agriculture in California.
Fremont History Series
Make, Take and
Explore (7-10 yrs)
April 9, May 7, June 11,
$19.00 per child (includes
(lecture, tour, make and take)
(start): meet at Vallejo Adobe
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
||May 7 (code
252085): 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.
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
April 21, Fri
June 24, Sat (code 252938)
July 15, Sat (code 252939) start 8:00
Aug 12, Sat
(code 252940) start 8:00
cost: $15.00 per
(start): California Nursery Office
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.
SCIENCE HANDS-ON CAMPS WITH HISTORY
CAMP CNHP (California
Nursery Historical Park)
Resident) all classes are 9:30 am-12:30 pm
July 10-14 (code
252933): Trees of Time -
Learn about the different trees at
California Nursery Historical Park and their
Which types of trees were around
during the days of the dinosaurs?
What can you use Palm trees for?
Why do squirrels like pine cones?
Which are the largest and oldest
trees in Fremont?
Why do owls like certain trees to
roost during the day?
Class includes a walk, play and
various adventures throughout the 20 acre
California Nursery Historical Park which has
examples of trees throughout the world.
Students will learn about different seeds
and how to grow plants.
17-21 (code 252934): Bugs,
Burrows, and Birds
California Nursery once was a large growing
field for trees.
Some of the trees that are within the
park are home to many different types of
bugs, birds, mammals, and reptiles.
They will learn the sounds of birds
using different bird calls. This class will
focus on how these animals can live in this
type of park.
Students will learn about their life
cycles and look for creepy crawlies.
Students will also learn about how
leaf litter can turn into compost and help
return nutrients to the soil.
||August 7- 11
Dig it! Archaeology (9-12 years)
Spend the week being an archaeologist and
learn how to interpret clues from the past.
Students will learn the basics of scientific
excavation including how to set up an
excavation unit, best excavation techniques,
how to record and photograph findings plus
how to map ancient sites.
Students not only learn about
archaeology but use important skills in
logic, math, statistics and mapping.
In this hands-on class you will work
on a piece of land at the California Nursery
Historical Park and uncover the history back
to prehistoric Fremont.
taught by an archaeologist.
August 14- 18 (code 252085):
Life in Early California (6-8 years)
Students will learn about the early days of
Fremont starting when Native Americans made
the area their home.
They will learn about how the Ohlones
used nature to live off the land, as well as
using tule reeds to make toys.
will experience the Mission Period and learn
how adobe homes were made by
They will also learn about the early
life of the “Californios” and how they used
cattle, horses and wheat to live.
Students will explore how the trains
influenced early agriculture in Niles
Students will live history through
drama and play!
36501 Niles Blvd, Fremont
(entrance Nursery Ave and Niles Blvd)
powerpoint presentation on history