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The City of Berkeley Marina Experience and Adventure Playground Programs  delight over 80,500 adults and children each year.

Children of all ages can come to play in the Adventure Playground. Come visit the Shorebird Park Nature Center. Our Strawbale building  shows how beautiful "Green materials" can be for your home and how good they are for the environment. Inside we have a Bay Aquarium, a fresh water tank, fish, birds, and exhibits. The new Classroom area is used to teach docents, teachers, and school children about the ecology of their estuary, watershed, and the Bay.

 Volunteers are encouraged to:
 * "Adopt a beach" and join our  shoreline clean-ups the third Sat of each month.
 
*Help in the Adventure Playground passing out tools and paint and making it safe. If you have a skill in wood working, enjoy making toys or just offering to assist young carpenters, please come.

* Help us maintain our new native plant garden. We need help weeding and watering. 

Help us teach our education programs. We provide a Volunteer Bay Interpretive Training Program  for interested adults to help provide teachers and students with high quality environmental education programs. Gain skills in teaching outdoor environmental education.   Brochure available here   

 Please go to the sub-pages of these sites below for more information. Please feel free to contact us at 981-6720 or email at naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info  

 

What's New?  

Current Adventure Playground hours: 

School year hours are in effect August 18, 2018 thru June 16, 2019

OPEN:

ATTENTION: Due to poor air quality, Adventure Playground will be CLOSED Saturday 11/17 and Sunday 11/18. 

Sat-Sun 11:00am-4:00pm (11:00am-4:00pm Nov. 4, 2018 - Mar. 9, 2019) 

Tools are collected one half hour before closing.
 Zip line is taken down fifteen minutes before closing.
 

CLOSED: 

  • Monday-Friday
  • Saturday 11/17 and Sunday 11/18
  • When it is raining
 

School Year Programs

Teachers, the application for the school year 2018-2019 is available now! 

We offer programs November-June. Join us for what has been called the "Best field trip ever!":  birds, fish, bay scientist, low tide, marine mammals, and sailing programs. 
 
For more information about our Environment Education Programs click here.  

Shorebird Nature Center &  Classroom

 
Shorebird Nature Center 
Open to visitors Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Unless we are teaching in the classroom on Wed- Friday 9-1, then we are open 1-5 p.m.
 If you would like to visit these unique buildings, you may take a self guided tour. 

Here is an informational brochure about the Shorebird Park classroom which is a green portable. The 200 gallon tanks have Native Bay and lake fish and invertebrates. The microscope lab offers an inside look at Bay invertebrates and plankton for classes, teachers and students who participate in our programs.


 
STRAW BALE BUILDING.Inside our Straw bale building, we have a small Bay aquarium, a  tropical fresh water tank, a fish and bird exhibit and exhibits about how trash is affecting the wildlife in and around the Bay and ocean.  This environmentally sensitive building is our  office and visitors center. Check this link for information and pictures. The full photo documentary and green items are available to see inside the  building, or see our new Wind turbine generator working outside.
For a guided  tour of our straw bale building and the "green" components and to see the DVD of how it was made, Please call 510 981-6720, let us know how we can design the talk to meet your needs.$62. for an hour program and tour.

 

 Shoreline Cleanups

 The  International Clean-up event will be Sept 16th, 2017. It is the largest research project in the world. Come help us with this international event.

Third Saturday Cleanup

Join us the third Saturday of each month. We will provide you or your group with a viewing of our plastics education presentation and have a brief discussion about plastic impact on the environment. (This will meet your group's service learning project requirements.) We will also have you sign a waiver, give you a safety talk and lead you to the clean-up site.

As you clean you will collect data that will help change the law about marine dumping. 80% of the debris we clean-up comes from off our streets. We need you and your groups to help pick it up. Plastic is impacting the oceans globally. Learn how you can help the marine mammals, birds and turtles who are affected by this.  For more info see the web site here! 

We encourage you to bring your own bags and reusable buckets, but if you don't have them we can supply bags and gloves. Bring your own personal non-disposable water bottle. 

We meet at the Nature Center 160 University Ave. Berkeley Marina. between 9 &10 a.m. All of us (animals) need your help! Email us to register at Naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info 
  

Bay Interpretive Training Program

Volunteer Bay Interpretive Training Program Do you enjoy exploring with children in the out of doors? Helping them to discover and appreciate their natural environment? Come help us do that! Sign up anytime. 

Click on this link to find answers to the most asked questions, see the program description for the 2018 -2019 trainings, and download an application. We instruct you on how to help us as we teach the classes. Your minimum commitment is 14 hrs a month- including the trainings. Call 510-981-6720 for information or to have a form and brochure mailed to you.

Adventure Playground


 Adventure Playground - Closed when raining. 

School year hours 
11am-5pm Sat & Sunday ----- Aug 18, 2018 thru June 19, 2019
11am-4pm Sat & Sunday ----- Nov 4, 2018 thru Mar 9, 2019
 
 Tools are collected one half hour before closing
  Zip line is taken down fifteen minutes before closing
  Drop ins must be picked up one half hour before closing

Weekday reservations are available for summer and  during the school year for large groups (5-40) depending on weather and staff availability.

Adults have fun too! Please leave your cell phone( and work) in your pocket and come and play with your child. Your job is to encourage, be a gofer and make safety suggestions if they forget. Please help reread the safety rule on the zipline with them. Do not help them on and off, if they cannot do it themselves, they are NOT ready yet.  Ask staff to demonstrate how to ride, if they want to land with style.

Groups Groups of 5 or more need to make reservations at least a month in advance. Weekend dates available. Come join the fun! 

Drop-in option Want to drop your child and a friend off weekends during the school year? Children 7 yrs and older may be dropped off in the Adventure Playground for up to three hours without a parent for $10.00. Pick up is at 4:30p.m. (3:30p.m. when closing time is 4:00p.m.) To register fill out the registration form and waiver. Want friends to come? Have their parents fill out the form and sign the waiver which you need to bring when you come- No waiver, no drop-in. If you signed one in the summer, we require a new one filled for the 2017-18 school year. "Playment" cards are available in the Nature Center Tues.- Sat. for drop-offs for 5 visits each card. No expiration date. Card is needed on Sundays because the Nature Center office where you pay for the drop-ins is closed on Sundays.

Who We Are


The Marina Experience Programs are part of the City of Berkeley's Recreation Division of the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department.


*(pdf) This is a pdf format, if you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, please download from City's download site. If you are unable to access this information online, please participate by contacting us via email Naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info, telephone (510) 981-6720, or TDD (510) 981-6903.)



 

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