Discover & Explore Your Local Parks

What do libraries and parks have in common? Aside from being century-old institutions, they embody the values of education, exploration, and inclusivity. That's why we've partnered with the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) to bring you Discover & Explore.

Discover & Explore is a new backpack lending program that connects families with opportunities to explore local parks and outdoor activities. The pilot program offered at the Fremont Library provides families with free access to more than 65 parks and over 1,200 miles of trails, along with opportunities for swimming, boating, and camping.

Through the backpack lending program, families get to check out a backpack that contains items to help maximize the experience of exploring the beauty of their local parks.

Alameda County Library cardholders can check out a backpack for 1 week. The first 120 patrons who check out a backpack will receive a free Nalgene water bottle.

The full contents of the backpack include:

Fully waterproof bag
EBRPD Parking Pass
EBRPD Family Entrance Pass
Digital (weatherproof) Camera & SD card
Binoculars
3 folding Sibley guides
Where can I check out a backpack?

Backpacks are part of Discover & Explore, a pilot program currently available at the Fremont Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538.

Who can check out a backpack?

Alameda County Library cardholders in good standing with a current address may borrow a backpack.

What is the cost?

The backpack lending program is free thanks to funding by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD).

How long can I keep it?

A backpack can be checked out for 1 week; backpacks may not be renewed.

How do I return it?

Backpacks can be returned to the circulation desk of any branch in the Alameda County Library system during that library's open hours. Backpacks should not be placed in the book return slots. You must return the backpack with all its items.

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