Wilderness Awareness

The East Bay Parks District and Two Day Town have agreed to a number of guidelines pertaining to the use of this beautiful area. Everyone must abide by these, so that Two Day Town can continue to happen. Your cooperation is essential to our event being a success. Being mindful of our proximity to the Ohlone Wilderness around us, our impact on it, and it upon us, we attempt to respect our coexistence in the following ways:


Recycling & Leave-No-Trace

If you had room to pack it in, you have room to pack it out. Don’t leave your waste behind for someone else to deal with. Start with a philosophy and aim for a practice by developing recycling and reuse habits in your lifestyle.


Fires

Weather permitting, fires are allowed only in fire pits. Starting fires elsewhere leaves unsightly marks on the landscape. Keep your fires under control & watch out for the kids! Do not put glass, metal, or plastics in the fires. They either don’t burn or they dump nasty stuff into our air.


Native Animals and Plants

This is 365 Day Town for them. We are invading their space and must respect it. The area around the park is home to deer, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, mountain lions, wild boar, turkeys, rattlesnakes, eagles, hawks, scrub jays, bugs, and humans, too.

The plants and trees surrounding Two Day Town are a big part of what makes it such a nice place to visit. Don’t cut branches or otherwise cause damage to trees, and avoid crushing plants if you venture into the woods. Be aware or be square. If you have questions about anything alive in the park, ask Doc Hale. He knows.


Poison Oak

There is poison oak in many areas so make sure that you can identify it. It can cause a great deal of grief. We want you to have lasting memories, but not of how bad your itch was. Click the pic for a large image.

poison oak


Beach & Water Safety

If no lifeguard is on duty, swim & wade at your own risk. No one should swim alone, and please help keep an eye on young children. Park rules require that all boats must be off the lake by dusk.


Leave No Trace

When we venture out, it is always nice to find a site that has seen minimal adverse impact by people. Two Day Town strives to leave Del Valle in better condition than when we arrived, and this effort is part of why East Bay Parks continues to allow us to use the area. It takes effort to keep places in good condition, and we can all help by having a Leave No Trace philosophy.


Plan on taking home every non-consumable thing that you bring to Two Day Town

Be responsible for your own stuff! If you had room to bring something, then you have room to leave with it. There are almost no trash cans at Two Day Town, so be prepared to take your waste stream with you.


Do Not Throw Anything ‘Away’

There is no such place as ‘away’. It all has to go somewhere, so the less you bring into your life the less you have to find a place for it to go. The financial and environmental costs of waste are large, so please do your part to reduce your impact on the planet.


Do Bring Reusables Instead of Disposables

Bring washable, reusable plates, cups, bowls, and flatware. Bring cloth napkins & towels. Bring durable storage containers for leftovers. Avoid disposable products like paper plates, cheap plastic cups, paper napkins & towels, and one-use plastic utensils.


Do Recycle or Reuse Everything You Bring That Is Recyclable or Reusable

Just because a utensil is plastic doesn’t mean it can’t be washed and reused. It makes no sense to use these items one time and discard them, only to grab another identical one later. Plastic water bottles can be refilled many times, at a tiny fraction of the original cost. The bottlers want you to use them only once, simply because they want to sell you more. Most bottled water is simply filtered tap water, no better or worse than what comes from your home faucet.


Be Aware of Over-packaging

Avoid products with excessive packaging. You are paying for all that waste and it won’t stop if you continue to support it. Save money on food by avoiding single serving convenience packaging when you can make your own single servings in reusable containers. It is usually much less expensive to dish out your own than to have someone do it for you. Buy consumable products in bulk when possible, to save cash and reduce waste.


Are You an Environmentalist?

If you like like to breath clean, fresh air, drink clean water, and eat healthy, safe food, that is free of pesticides and added hormones then you are an environmentalist.


It Takes Awareness From Everyone to Preserve Our Planet, and Every Little Bit Helps

Please do your part to provide our families with a sustainable environment. You will be doing yourself and your progeny a favor.


Want to Learn More?

There are innumerable sources for information available on the internet, and most Bay Area communities have web sites with specific information about services in the area. Spend some time finding out more about recycling, freecycling, reuse, composting, and proper disposal of hazardous wastes such as pesticides, motor oil, batteries, paints, cleaners, and fluorescent light bulbs. A few links are listed on the Two Day Town Contact Us page, and a quick google or yahoo search will yield many more.


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