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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...]

Adventure Playground -   [more...]

          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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    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: parks@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-6700
    (510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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