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Exploration Backpacks offered during tours of Alviso Adobe

Backpacks come loaded with information about historical area

Young visitors to Alviso Adobe Community Park in Pleasanton can check out a new Exploration Backpack at no cost during their visit to the park, which spans several distinctive time periods of the Amador Valley: the native Ohlone Indians, the Spanish Californios, and the Meadowlark Dairy.

Backpacks can be checked out anytime during park operating hours at the park's Milking Barn and include themes such as the Californio and rancho period, the Meadowlark Dairy period, and animal tracking and birding. Each backpack includes games, activities, and fun information about the park and its past history and inhabitants.

The park is staffed each Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., during which times backpacks may be checked out.

The Dairy Discoveries Exploration Backpack is loaded with information about the Meadowlark Dairy period of the park at the turn of the century, when it was home to one of California's first certified dairies. Information about cows, the milking and pasteurization process, and much more are included in this special backpack.

The Californio's Exploration backpack guides young explorers through the park to learn about rancho life here on the Santa Rita Rancho that was given to Jose Dolores Pacheco by the Mexican government in 1839. Also included is information about the cattle brands used in the Amador Valley, an opportunity to try their hand at lassoing like a vaquero, and background about some famous local banditos of the time.

An animal and bird tracking backpack gives young visitors some insight about the local wildlife of the area, along with a pair of borrower binoculars to take a better look.

For more information about Exploration Backpacks, call (925) 931-3479.

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