Marina Topic Listing
Berkeley Marina - The Marina's 52 acres of water and 1100 berths can accommodate some 1100 crafts from 16' to 110'. Surge and rough water are eliminated by an entrance breakwater. Berths have storage lockers, water, electrical outlets, night lighting, parking, restrooms and showers, and locked gates. Attractive restaurants offer a splendid variety of dining facilities. On the north shore is located a launching ramp, an area for car and boat trailer storage, and a marine fueling facility. On the south are a free 3000' public fishing pier -- no license required. [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 Patty Donald. 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 Ups & Adopt a beach programs - The International Shoreline Clean Up took place in Berkeley on Saturday, September 21. [more...]
Berkeley Marina Lien Sales - Information regarding lien sales held at the marina [more...]
CESAR CHAVEZ PARK WORK ALERT - click links below for more information [more...]
Berkeley Marina Experience Programs -
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The City of Berkeley Marina Experience and Adventure Playground Programs delight over 56,000 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:
1. "Adopt a beach" and join our Shoreline Clean-Ups.
2. 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.
3. Help in the Adventure Playground passing out tools and paint and making it safe.
Please go to the sub-pages of these sites below for more information. Please feel free to contact us.
Teacher lottery forms available for programs Nov. - June . Dead line extended only for our bird and marine mammal and sailing programs- get your form in soon.
Bay Interpretive training for volunteers to learn to be docents. Down load flier and application form here.
International shoreline clean-up is September 21. Groups of 10 or more call 981-6720
Now interviewing for Adventure playground jobs. Adventure Playground Recreation Leader Part-time (6.25/wk) $12.17-17.33/hour (depending on experience). Application and Questionnaire Do you love working outdoors with kids? Like to build, paint and get really dirty? Come work at the Adventure Playground this summer!
The Adventure Playground is a one-of-a-kind facility where staff encourage children to play and build creatively using tools and donated materials. We are looking for hard working people who enjoy helping children to use their imaginations to play
and create projects using a variety of tools and techniques in a safe, resourceful and creative way.
We are looking for people with sharp eyes, a willingness to take initiative, positive communication skills, and a great attitude.
Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have at least two years of progressively responsible experience in
recreation, education, child development or related field. One year of college education can be substituted for one year of work experience.
School Year Programs
Teachers, the lottery for the school year 2013 & 2014 is still open. You can download the lottery form information from this link for the programs November-Feb. Join us for what has been called the "Best field trip ever!": birds, marine mammals, and sailing programs still open until Full.
Volunteer Bay Interpretive Training Program. Click on this link to find out the most asked questions and download an application. We instruct you how to help us, as we teach the classes. or specialize and help with the burrowing owls, Saturday hands on docent led programs, Pier walks and more. Your minimum commitment is 14 hrs a months- including the trainings. A PDF flier with the program description for the 2013 -2014 trainings Or Call 510-981-6720 and a form and brochure will be mailed to you.
Shorebird Nature Center & Classroom
Here is information about this green portable. Our tanks are up and running with Native Bay and lake fish and invertebrates. The microscope lab offers an inside look for classes who participate in the Bay Scientist program.
Shorebird Nature Center
Open to visitors Tuesday - Saturday, 9am-5pm. Unless we are teaching, then we are open 1-5pm.
If you would like to schedule or plan to visit us to take a self guided tour, please call 510 981-6720. Inside our Straw bale building, we have a Bay aquarium, a fresh water tank, a fish and bird exhibits and more. For more info see this link. STRAW BALE BUILDING. This eenvironmentally 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, Call us let us know how we can design the talk to meet your needs.$62. for an hour program and tour.
Earth day Shoreline clean-up is Sat. April 26th.2014 From 9-12 p.m. You may preregister by email to Naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info and we will send you information about the day and what to bring. Show up between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. for the safety talk and to get supplies. Groups of 5 or more please call or email ahead so we can accommodate you. 510 981-6720
Shoreline Clean-up Year round: We offer an educational program for your group's service learning project. We will provide you or your group with a viewing of Synthetic Sea's DVD, and a discussion about plastic impact on the environment. For your clean-up 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. Call us if you or your family or group is interested. The Third Saturday of each month. All of us ( animals) need your help!
The next international clean-up event will be Sept 20th, 2014. It is the largest research project in the world. The data collected 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. Come help us with this international event.
Berkeley Bay Festival
Berkeley Bay Festival- April 19th- 11am-4pm. Music, food, environmental education, green products and more information here
Adventure Playground - is open 11-4 pm on weekends. Please leave your cell phone in your pocket and come and play with your child. Adults have fun too! Closed when raining. Groups of 5 or more need to make reservations at least a month in advance. Come join the fun! Want to drop your child and his friend off? Fill out the registration form for children 7 yrs and older who "drop in" the Adventure Playground for three hours only without a parent- For $10.00. Pick up is at 3:30. Have their parents fill out the form and sign the waiver which you need to bring when you come- No waiver, no drop off. If you signed one in the summer, we require a new one filled every summer. "Playment" cards are available in the Nature Center Tues.- Sat. for drop-ins for 5 visits each card. Helpful for Sundays when the Nature Center is closed.
Registration for summer 2014 SUMMER Marine Biology & Boating programs will be March 15th. Come to the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave. Berkeley, CA 94710. Sign up for the full day option of using Adventure Playground after the class. You must register your own child only and the legal guardian needs to sign the waiver. Bring your emergency contact numbers for our forms. We take checks or exact change only.
Who We Are
The Marina Experience Programs are under the City of Berkeley's' Recreation Division of the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department. The programs are run by two full-time staff, Patty Donald, Coordinator, and Assistant Coordinator Tomas Flores. We welcome our new Naturalist Loren Rasmussen.
Patty Donald, Naturalist Coordinator and creator of these programs was awarded the 2008 Jefferson Award and the Coastal Hero Award in 2009.
*(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) 981-5150, or TDD (510) 981-6903.)
Bay Interpretive Training Program- BayITVolunteer training for the Education Programs - Information regarding adult volunteer training and education programs that help us teach students 5yrs - on up
Docent Training Program (Bay IT)
The Bay Interpretive Training Docent program (Bay IT) trains volunteers to help lead educational programs for children and adults at the Berkeley Marina.. A formal, fun, hands-on training for docents happens October through March. We train for a program, teach that program to kids, then train for the next program.
If you are interested, please fill out the application and send it in. Docents are now required to have a current T.B. test and be fingerprinted. We will pay for the fingerprinting and give you paperwork when you sign up. So don't wait! Start the process! Working with us will be really fun and educational!
Bay Interpretive training applications can be downloaded at this link here:
If you would like to email us we can be found at email@example.com [more...]