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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...]

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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
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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 naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info. 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: naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info  or 510-981-6720

     

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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-upsthe third Sat of each month.
     
    *Help in the Adventure Playgroundpassing 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 atnaturecenter@cityofberkeley.info  

     

    What's New?  

    Current Adventure Playground hours: 

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

    OPEN:

    Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm (Nov. 4, 2018 - Mar. 9, 2019) 

    •  Tools are collected 30 minutes before closing.
    •  Zip line is taken down fifteen minutes before closing. 
    CLOSED: 
    • Monday-Friday (including during school breaks)
    • 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 eventwill 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 
      

    BayInterpretive 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.) [more...]

    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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    (510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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