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Berkeley Waterfront
Berkeley Waterfront

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.

The Marina Experience Environmental Education Program: 

New microscopes

  • Teacher In-service Training
    Each program requires a mandatory teacher's IN-SERVICE training workshop during which teachers preview the site, update staff for their current science program, and naturalists add to it with a packet of informational lesson plans for pre- and post-trip lessons geared to their class' grade level.  These lessons were written by our staff, and correlate with the California State Science Framework and include 47 large animal identification cards and pictures. 

    This crab is your program host!Low Tide Programs
    for K-3rd graders. When the children arrive for their three hour Low Tide program, they meet in the Nature Center for a 40 minute interactive multimedia presentation, to review and learn about the marine inhabitants along the Berkeley waterfront.  They observe the aquariums, the touch table and then depending on the tide, they explore the rocky shore, return for a break, and then explore the dock.  Cost for three hours and packet materials is $200.00 9:30am.-12:30pm. 

  • Research Low Tide Programs
    For 4th- high school- This more advanced course includes the history of the Bay and hydrology as well as observation of the plankton and animals under the microscope after lunch. The students arrive for their four hour Low Tide program, they meet in the Nature Center for a 40 minute interactive multimedia presentation, to review and learn about the marine inhabitants along the Berkeley waterfront.  They use quadrants on the rocky shore, return for a break, and then rotate through stations the dock Station include :hydrology, observing invertebrates under a float and under the dock, collecting plankton.  Cost for four hours and packet materials is $200. 9:30am.-1:30pm. 

     Animal Programs
     There are four animal programs on the following topics: fish, birds, marine mammals and being a bay scientists.  The class programs are three hours and consists of informational power point and videos, and two hours of interactive stations.  When the children rotate through hands-on stations, we utilize real artifacts or live animals if possible. Cost $200.00 for three hours and packet materials. See what a teacher has to say about our fish program.
  • FISH.  (2nd- 12th grades)We will explore the ins and outs of fish and sharks that live in the Bay. Hands on experience through fish printing and dissecting a Northern anchovy. add to the aquarium observations and viewing scales and gills under a microscope.
  • BIRDS (K-12)This program  focuses on what makes a bird a bird through multimedia presentations and hands-on activity stations: feathers, conservation, sounds, eggs and nests. Teaches the life skill of bird watching.  We'll take a practice walk to identify local marine and land birds. 
  • MARINE MAMMALS  (K-12) Marine mammals off the California Coast are our focus in the slides and hands on artifacts here. Sounds, Feeding, Conservation and Insulation are the four stations offered to K-12th grade. 
  • BAY SCIENTIST, (3rd-12th) A field and lecture class exploring marine life of the rocky shore and docks. We  handle a wide variety of invertebrate marine life,utilizing our wonderful projecting microscopes. Students do water chemistry, and explore the world of plankton.
  •  Sailing Boat Trip Programs
     The Pegasus a 51 ft. Wooden Sailing Ketch helps us  provide this unique experience. We take a class of 28 and rotate 14 out sailing while the other half of the class learns the ropes with volunteers from the Cal Sailing Club, with a small sailboat on a trailer. Class includes learning about  Geography, sailing terminology, compass work and the history of ships on San Francisco Bay. $255.00  This is a 4.5 hour field trip. 9:30a.m. - 2 p.m. 
 Bay Scientist program      fish program dissection   Rocky shore   
Sailing program


 Volunteers are needed to help teach classes see the volunteer page

Summer Classes
If you would like information sent to you for programs in the future.  Registration is here  in the Shorebird Park Nature Center Office in March.  160 University Ave. Berkeley Marina

Parents or guardians must sign up their own children. 
Full day care available in combination with the Adventure Playground for 7 years and up. 

 http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/directory/resdirectory/rdindex.html. For the Coastal Conservancy's' Resource Directory. Hundreds of groups that do marine science and ocean related teaching. We are in here too!

To get back into the Marina Experience web pages click here 

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