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Berkeley Waterfront - The Berkeley Marina is an urban retreat, boasting over 100 acres of park space, 7 miles of trails, picnic areas, a 17-acre off-leash dog area, bird-watching, educational programming at the Shorebird Park Nature Center, the nationally celebrated Adventure Playground, unparalleled panoramic views, and amenities for boaters and non-boaters alike. [more...]

Marina Facility Map - Berkeley Marina facility map and information. [more...]

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          Shorebird Park/Strawbale Nature Center information     - Strawbale Visitor and Nature Center                         To get back into the Marina Experience web pages click here

Open to the public -Tuesday -Saturday  9-5
9-1:00 Tues- Fri -Classroom programs may keep us in the other building so if you call first, we can be sure to help you.

The City of Berkeley’s Shorebird Park Nature Center is the first municipal strawbale building in the United States. It has a solar hot water radiant system to provide heating year-round in the cool marina climate, and a solar photovoltaic electrical system to power the aquariums, computers, lighting and other equipment.   Our  Straw Bale building  is  the Nature/Visitors Center and Office. Here you'll find  a 50 gallon salt tank, a 30 gallon fresh water tank and displays on Marine mammals and birds.The building itself is a display on green building.  The Visitors' Center provides information to visitors concerning all areas of recreation and marine conservation and education.  We do group tours which include watching a video on the process of building this building.
Our  phone number is 510- 981-6720,and  the  fax is 510 981-6725
Schools and/ or teachers who would like more information should contact the center's program coordinator Anthony DeCicco.  This is also the office for the Adventure Playground, and we do the Shoreline cleanups year round. We  need volunteers for our Bay Interpretive training program to help with our education programs during the school year. [more...]

Shoreline Clean Up Program -

Third Saturday Shoreline Cleanups  
strawberry cove cleanup

Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join us on the third Saturday of each month for small clean ups that meet here at the Shorebird Park Nature Center

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

Meet at the Nature Center at 9:00am to sign waivers and for the orientation. Cleanups generally end around 11:00am. Directions.  

If you are bringing children or youth under age 18: Children must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Parents can sign at the event or send a signed waiver with the adult bringing their child. Youth cannot stay without an adult unless they are 15 years or older.  
  • If you are leading a group of youth, please email the Nature Center to get the necessary waivers. 

    To RSVP please email Groups, families, and individuals welcome.          
  • Adopt A Beach  
    If you are a group leader or a teacher, your group/class can participate in the Adopt-A-Shoreline Program. This is a worthwhile community service project to learn first hand about the impacts of trash and plastics on the environment. Schools can adopt a shoreline around the Berkeley Marina in one visit. Public transportation: the  AC Transit 81 bus comes here. Check their schedule.   

    For groups of 35 or more:  
    • On the day of your cleanup, when the group arrives, we will start with a presentation on how important the clean-up is.
    • The group will view a short video about the global impact plastic is having on our oceans and waterways. This changes the experience from "Why do I have to pick up other peoples' trash?" to "Wow, I had no  idea! What can I do to help?"
    • We will show them the area they will clean and how to do it efficiently and safely.
    • We provide a map of the location, data cards, bags, gloves, and sharps containers. If your group can provide your own gloves and a reusable bucket it helps even more.

     For groups of 35 or less: naturalist staff will work with your group by providing appropriate waivers as well as data cards, bags, gloves, and sharps containers. If your group can provide your own gloves and a reusable bucket it helps even more. We will also provide a map of the marina and direct your group to a cleanup location.  

    Depending on the size of your group and your needs, we can meet with group leaders prior to the date of the cleanup to walk the site and go over logistics and safety considerations

    We will discuss which trash is recyclable, where to put the filled trash buckets/bags, and how to fill out the data cards. Data cards are what helps us change laws about Marine dumping. Teachers can tie in Math and graphing skills as well as sorting and writing. 

    Email or give us a call to schedule a cleanup:  or 510-981-6720



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    Children of all ages can play in the Adventure Playground. Come visit the Shorebird Park Nature Center. Our straw bale building  shows how beautiful "Green materials" can be for your home and how good they are for the environment. Inside we have a fresh water tank, fish, birds, conservation and marine mammal exhibits.

    The Environmental Classroom is used to teach children, teachers and volunteers about the ecology of the San Francisco Bay Estuary.

    Contact us by phone 510-981-6720 or email  

    What's New?  

    Join us for the Earth Day Shoreline CleanupSaturday, April 20th, 9am-11:30am in Shorebird Park

    Check out our Summer Camp offerings! Summer fun at the Berkeley Marina with Marine Biology programs, Boating, Adventure Playground and more! 

    Current Adventure Playground hours: 

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


    Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm

    •  Tools are collected 30 minutes before closing.
    •  Zip line is taken down fifteen minutes before closing. 


    • Monday-Friday (including during school breaks)
    • When it is raining

    Environmental Education 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 
    The straw bale building is our office and visitors 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, 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.$65. for an hour program and tour. 

     Nature Education Volunteer Training

    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 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 or email for more information. 

    More Volunteer Opportunities

    • Shoreline Cleanups Individuals, families and groups are welcome 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 at the Nature Center 160 University Ave. Berkeley Marina. 9am-11am.
      Email us to register at
    • 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

    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

    Bay Interpretive Training ProgramNature Education Volunteer Training at the Berkeley Waterfront  - Do you enjoy exploring the outdoors with children?
    The Bay Interpretive (Bay IT) training could be for you! 

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    Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-6700
    (510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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