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Berkeley Waterfront

Shorebird Park Nature Center and 
Adventure Playground Summer Programs 
  

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      Summer 2019 Marine Biology and Boating Classes

Registration for summer Marine Biology and On the Water classes begins   
March 9th, 2019 at 9:00am and will continue until classes are full.   

Location: Shorebird Park Nature Center: 160 University Ave. Berkeley Marina, 94710. 
For directions click here.
 Come with emergency contact numbers and be prepared to sign forms and waivers for your child. You can only register children for whom you are the legal guardian. Bring exact change or a check. We cannot take credit cards, we do not have change. 

After March 9th, check this page for available space. Please call the office (510) 981-6720 to make sure we are available to help you before you come. We teach classes from 9am-2pm on some days. 
 
Sessions     Age     Dates   Times     Cost     Spaces Left
Boating     9-16yrs      Jun 25-28     9:30-12:30     $150  FULL
    Marine Biology  11-16yrs  Jul 16-19 9:30-12:30      $75 FULL
    Marine Biology   8-10yrs  Jul 23-26 9:30-12:00      $75 FULL
    Marine Biology   8-10yrs Jul 30-Aug 2 9:30-12:00      $75         FULL
    Marine Biology   5-7yrs  Aug 6-9 9:30-11:30        $75 FULL
Canoeing   9-16yrs  Jul 10-12 9:30-12:00        $55 FULL

Spaces Updated 5/29/19

Marine Biology Classes for 5-16 years
Classes are held in the Nature Center and run by naturalist staff. Indoor prep and outdoor hands on exploration of the rocky shore, dock and pier habitats. Microscopes and marine sampling equipment will help us identify local plants and animals. Fantastic class for young explorers who want to learn more about the world around them.

Boating
Children must be 9-16 years old, and have a current 2019 proof of swim ability of at least a low level 4 from a certified Water Safety Instructor. All children will wear personal flotation devices we provide and will be supervised by leaders with a first aid and CPR certification. We spend one day each canoeing, paddling a dragon boat, sailing on a large sail boat and on a small sail boat. Here is the swim form for this program. 

Canoeing
Children must be 9-16 years old, and have a current 2019 proof of swim ability of at least a low level 4 from a certified Water Safety Instructor. All children will wear personal flotation devices we provide and will be supervised by leaders with a first aid and CPR certification.Three days of canoeing fun! We will learn basic canoeing strokes as we paddle in shorebird cove and in the Berkeley Marina's harbor basin. We will even practice a canoe over canoe rescue! Current swim form must be turned for this class. 

Full day program option for marine bio and boating students 7 years or older. Enroll your child in Marine Biology or Boating for half the day and Adventure Playground for the other half. Best for children who are self-motivated. Children must be picked up by 4:30 pm. Pick up time is 3:30 pm on staff meeting days: 6/25,7/9,7/23,8/6. More information about the drop-in program here. 

Adventure Playground Summer programs 

 Summer Hours: 6/17/19 thru 8/16/19:  
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm

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The Adventure Playground is FREE to the general public. Children must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times. Groups need prior reservations to visit the playground. Group info here. Children age seven or older are eligible for the drop-in program. 

Marina Adventures:

Each summer Adventure Playground offers a variety of special activities. 
 These
Marina Adventures Programs are offered on a first come first served basisChildren under seven years must be accompanied by an adult. Limited number of participants and age restrictions may apply to specific activities. Registered drop-ins have first preference. Marina Adventure Programs are for individuals and families, not for groups of 5 or more children 

Sign up in the Adventure Playground on the day of the program, 30 minutes before it starts. 

Check out our June Activity Calendar here!

Drop-In Program:

If you would like to leave your child (7 years or older child ) in the playground for up to 3 hours, you need to have a current registration form on file. The cost for drop-ins is $10. Payable in the Nature Center in Shorebird Park. Prepaid "playment tickets" are available for $10 a visit and up to 5 visits on each card. Once the registration form is on file in the playground, sign your child in at the front desk and show the staff your receipt or playment ticket. Drop-ins are eligible to participate in Marina Adventures programs listed above. More information about the drop-in program here. There is no charge for children whose parents are participating. 

Contact us:

Phone: 510-981-6720
Email: naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info
Address: 160 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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