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Berkeley Waterfront
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Berkeley Marina Experience Programs

Many of the Berkeley Marina Experience Programs continue to be suspended due to COVID-19 including:

  • Environmental Education Programs
  • Straw Bale Building & Visitor’s Center
  • Bay Interpretive Training Program

Contact us by phone 510-981-6720 or email 

What's New?

Join us for Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday September 18th 2021 from 9:00am-12:00pm!  

This is an incredible volunteer opportunity and a wonderful way to care for our bayfront habitat. All ages are encouraged to attend, this is a great family event! Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate.    

More information about Coastal Cleanup Day including how to register here. 

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*Updated 8/26/2021

Adventure Playground

 Children of all ages can play in the Adventure Playground. School Year Hours are in effect August 14, 2021- June 2022.


  • Saturday: 11am-5pm 
  • Sunday: 11am-5pm 


Adventure Playground is hiring! Please check the Adventure Playground page for a detailed job description and instructions to apply.
Environmental Education Programs

 *This program is currently suspended.

Environmental Education Programs are offered on topics such as: birds, fish, bay scientist, low tide, marine mammals, and sailing programs. 
For more information about our Environmental Education Programs click 

Shorebird Park Nature Center and Classroom

 *This program is currently suspended.

Shorebird Park Nature Center
The shorebird Park Nature Center is closed until further notice. Below are some of the building's features.
Here is an informational brochure about the Shorebird Park Nature Center classroom which is a green portable. The 200 gallon tanks have Nature Bay and lake fish and invertebrates. The microscope lap offers an inside look at Bay invertebrates and plankton for classes, teachers and students who participate in our programs.

Straw Bale Building

The straw bale building is our office and visitor's center and features a tropical fresh water tank, a fish and bird exhibit, marine mammal exhibit and a conservation exhibit to teach how trash and plastics are affecting the wildlife in and around the Bay and ocean. 

A full photo documentary and examples of green materials are available to see inside the building. 

Nature Center Education Volunteer Training   

 *This program is currently suspended.

Bay Interpretive Training Program: Do you enjoy exploring the outdoors with Children? The Bay Interpretive Program could be for you! 

Click on this link to find answers to the most asked questions, see the program description for the 2019-2020 trainings, and download an application. We instruct volunteers on how to help us as we teach the classes. Your minimum commitment is 14 hours a month, including the trainings. Call 510-981-6720 or email for more information. 

Monthly Shoreline Cleanups

Individuals, families and groups are invited to join us on the third Saturday of each month for small cleanups that meet at the Shorebird Park Nature Center. 

These events feature a service learning presentation/ safety talk on the impact of trash and plastics in our oceans and waterways, and how we can help. Bring your own buckets and gloves, or borrow ours.

We meet in Shorebird Park: 160 University Ave. Berkeley Marina. 9am-11am.
Email us to register at

Who We Are

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

Phone (510) 981-6720 

TDD (510) 981- 6903 

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