Ride free on antique trains on Easter Sunday in Fremont

At the time, railroads connected many towns and farms in East Bay, including what is now historic Ardenwood Farm in Fremont. Thanks to the Society for Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources, the Ardenwood Railroad has been restored and you can ride it for free when you visit the park.

Among other times and dates, train journeys will be available from 10:20 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. on Friday and Easter Sunday April 17. The journey passes rows of crops and through groves of aromatic eucalyptus. Check the daily schedule and meet the train at Arden Station or Deer Park. No registration is required. The train journey is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

After the train ride, you can dye Easter eggs the natural way on a program from 1-2pm on Easter Sunday with naturalist Mindy Castle. Find out which plants and spices are ideal for dyeing eggs and take home a finished product. This is a walk-in program; registration is not required. Meet in the attic. Ardenwood Farm is at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. in Fremont, just north of Highway 84. For more information on activities and admission fees, call 510-544-2797. Parking is free.

Also in Fremont: The colors of spring are the theme of a 10-11 a.m. program on Easter Sunday at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont with naturalist Maeron Yeshiwas. Designed for ages 5 and up, the program will explore associations of different colors and how some animals use color to thrive in spring. Then participants can create their own color-inspired painting.

The program is walk-in; No registration necessary. For information, call 510-544-3220. Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road near Paseo Padre Parkway. There is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.

Alameda: As befits Easter, eggs are the focus of a free program led by naturalists from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday and again Easter Sunday at the Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda . Learn about all the different animals that lay eggs. It’s free and no registration is required. Crab Cove is at the end of McKay Avenue, off Alameda Central Avenue. For information, call 510-544-3187.

Berkeley: Or you can get your feet wet during an 11 a.m. to noon stream and pond study program on Easter at Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley, led by naturalist Trent Pearce. Trent will lead a safari in search of the animals that live in the streams and ponds of Tilden.

And winged animals are the focus of a 9 a.m. to noon birding program on April 18 with naturalist Anthony Fisher. All ages are welcome. Both programs are free and no registration is required. Meet at the Environmental Education Center, which is at the north end of Central Park Drive. For information, call 510-544-2233.

Online from Antioch: You can learn about the world of flowers without leaving home by participating in a virtual program led by naturalist Ashley Adams. It’s from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday on the Facebook page of the regional reserve of black diamond mines in Antioch (facebook.com/BlackDiamondMines).

The idea is to buy a daffodil from your local supermarket or florist, then follow online as Ashley dissects a flower and explains pollination. Anyone can participate and, of course, it’s free.

Also online: This is just one example of East Bay Regional Park District programs. For a complete list, visit the district’s website at ebparks.org.

Ned MacKay writes about the sights and activities of the East Bay Regional Park District. Email him at nedmackay@comcast.net.

Alicia R. Rucker