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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

Marine Environmental Education Programs- Our innovative hands-on programs have been developing since 1979.  The unique locations of rocky shore, docks, pier, and the open Bay found at the Marina are used to provide Marine Environmental Education to school children and classes from all over the Bay Area. Each program instills a conservation message empowering the students to help the environment.  - Classes taught by experience naturalists and strong, experienced Docent volunteers. Our quality verses quantity programs, promote the highest quality experience you can get for your field trip experience. Our ratio of adult teachers to children is almost 1:3.
We run our programs in our "green" building, which has the microscope lab and two 200 Gallon aquariums. These are used in our fish, Bay Scientist , and low tide programs

If you are interested down load this application  /lottery form or subscribe to this web site to be sent information about the dates and a form for this year.  Groups are also welcome to sign up for our Adopt a shoreline clean-up program and to tour our building to l
earn more about our  demonstration "green" office  and our  green portable.  To learn more, please go to Straw Bale Building page.

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Marina Directions -  Visiting Us - Berkeley Marina Experience Program/ Shorebird Park Nature Center is located at 160 University Avenue of the City of Berkeley, on the south side of the Berkeley Marina area.  The office phone number is (510) 981-6720. [more...]

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