Going to see Rosie the Riveter on October 25

What makes a national park anyway? There are actually tons of ways a place can be part of the National Park Service, and they’re all not the kind of park you typically think of.

Here’s the thing. There are four national parks in the east bay, but they’re not the Yosemite kind of national parks. They’re sites of historical importance. And they’re taken care of by the National Park Service.

Over the next few months we’re exploring the east bay’s national parks because of this. The first one we’re going to go to is the Rosie the Riveter visitor center which is part of the WWII National Home Front Historic Site. All kinds of thing happened there – good, bad, impressive, interesting. The visitor center has films and hands-on exhibits and a gorgeous view of the bay. And it’s free – FREE! – to 4th graders and their friends! Yes!

Join us on Sunday, October 25 as we go explore this place and the history there. Here’s how we’re going to do it. You've got choices:
  • Ride your bike there. Park at Emeryville, Berkeley Marina, Albany Bulb, or Point Isabel and ride north on the Bay Trail. This option is self-guided and self-timed.
  • Walk a mile through the Richmond harbor. We’ll meet at the Barbara and Jay Vincent Park at 10am. The park is at the end of Peninsula Drive in Richmond. Map is here.
  • Meet us at the Rosie the Riveter visitor center at 11am. Driving directions are here.

We will explore the visitor center, watch a film, and have lunch at the Lucretia Edwards Shoreline Park, just a bit down the way from the visitor center. Then we’ll go back the way we came, however that was. Bring lunch, water, sun/wind protection, and some curiosity. And if you have a 4th grader, get your free passport.

See you on the 25th!

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