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The City of Berkeley Marina Experience and Adventure Playground Programs  delight over 75,000 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.
4.
Help us maintain our new native plant garden

Please go to the sub-pages of these sites below for more information. Please feel free to contact us

 

What's New? 

Registration for Summer Marine Biology and Boating is March 15th starting at 9:30 p.m. You must come to 160 University Ave. Berkeley CA 94710 register your child. Cash or check only. You can only sign up your child not a friends. Bring emergancy numbers for the registration forms. Check our website after this date to see what spaces are available.

Bay Festival April 12th- 11-4pm

Earthday Shoreline clean-up April 26th- 9-12pm

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 closed. Next year, 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.

Shoreline Clean-ups

 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 12th- 11am-4pm. Music, food, environmental education, green products and more information here

 

Adventure Playground

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.) [more...]

Marine Environmental Education Programs- dead line for forms extended for animal and sailing programs! Lowtide and Bay Scientist programs full - 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. We are excited about offering programs in our new building, the microscope lab and two 180 Gallon aquariums are up and running. These are used in our fish, Bay Scientist , and low tide programs.  Our lottery is open now for the 2013-2014 school year: call or subscribe to this web site to be sent information about the dates and form for next year.  Groups are welcome to sign up for our shoreline clean-up program and to tour our building to learn more about our  demonstration "green" office  and our new green portable.  To learn more, please go to Straw Bale Building page.

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(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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