California Nursery Historical Park 

36501 Niles, Boulevard, Fremont
510-790-2049 (onsite) / 510-790-6084 (information) / 510-494-4322 (registration)
The Office/Museum is open every Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with docent-led tour held at 2:00 p.m. 
Free Parking / Suggested donation of $3.00 per person

A joint project of the City of Fremont and Math Science Nucleus where History Comes Alive!

  • Learn about the 100 years of the Roeding Family in Fremont
  • View the "Fig Man" video and learn the story of young George Roeding
  • Tour the 21-acre park and see the inside of the Vallejo Adobe
  • Take a scavenger hunt (for children), and the earn a packet of wildflower seeds
  • Learn about the 1830's Vallejo Adobe from the Rancho Era
  • See tools from the 1860's
  • View a video on the California Nursery Historical Park and it's impact in California (15 minutes)

Spring Classes 2017

Kids Learning Fremont History Series - Make, Take, and Explore
Sunday, April 9 - Trees 
Sunday, May 7 - Rancho
Sunday, June 11 - Ohlone
Meets at the Vallejo Adobe
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $19 per child (includes materials)
Register at

Owl on the Prowl - Critters at Night
Wednesday through Saturday, April 19, 20, 21, and 22
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15 per person
Ages 6 to adult; fun family event. 
Register at

Walking through Time - History of California Nursery
Workshops on Saturdays - April 29, May 20, and June 17
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $15 per person
This is an adult tour; children 10 & up may attend. Register here!
Register at

Summer Camps

Four (4) Exciting Summer Camps will be offered in summer 2017. Check back on March 1, 2017 for more information or visit OR

Master Plan 
The California Nursery Historical Park Draft Final Master Plan is tentatively scheduled to be presented to the Recreation Commission on March and to the City Council in mid-April for adoption. Drawings for the park design can be found at

Mailing List
If you haven't attended, or signed in with your email address at any of the community meetings, please provide your email address to the City via this 
email.  We will add you to our future information mailing list.

Self-guided Walking Tour and Landmark Tree Map
The first page of the document is a self-guided walking tour of the CA Nursery.  The second page is a map of the Landmark Trees that are on the property.  The Landmark Trees are noted by white circles. "Notable" trees are marked by the blue circles. Download map here.

Tree Survey completed by HortScience
HortScience, Inc, a leading horticultural consultancy company from Pleasanton, completed a pro bono tree survey for the City, assessing all of the 756 trees at the CA Nursery.  The survey matches up with the numbers on the trees on the Self-Guided Walking Tour and Landmark Tree Map noted above. Download survey here.
Historical and Landmark Trees
The City of Fremont places great value in promoting and protecting its historical or landmark trees. In the early 1970s, a group called the City Beautiful Committee gathered information and documented various tree species and their locations which were published by the City of Fremont in 1973 in a booklet titled Landmark Trees City of Fremont. This booklet has recently been updated to "retire" trees which have not stood the test of time, and to include new landmark trees. This new publication is available online in its entirety here:  Landmark Tree Publication

Park Hours
7:00am to 30 minutes past sunset

Staffed Hours

The Office/Museum is open Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For information call, (510) 790-2049.
A Docent Guided Tour is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. each Sunday. 

History of the CA Nursery
The 20-acre property is the last remnant of the original 463 acre California Nursery Company, a once grand nursery operation that brought national attention to the East Bay and was significantly associated with the evolution of the nursery industry on a statewide level.  

The story of the California Nursery site involves great personalities such as Jose de Jesus Vallejo, John Rock, George Roeding, and Luther Burbank and associations with historical events such as the 1893 Columbia Exposition, development of Golden Gate Park, the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and the Golden Gate International Expositions of 1939 and 1940.

The location of the Nursery site in the historic Niles District adds further distinction to the area, which is already rich in its cultural and commercial historical assets.  The California Nursery site is poised to accentuate the existing Historic Niles District, as well as stand on its own as a significant historical asset and statewide destination.

For more information on the CA Nursery Master Plan process, contact the Recreation Services Division: email Irene Jordahl or email Kim Beranek.