Shorebird Park Nature Center - Marine biology and boating programs and Adventure Playground Summer Programs
Registration for summer Marine Biology and On the Water classes started on
March 12th, 2016 there are still spaces left in some programs see below
You cannot sign up on-line, you need to come down in person to 160 University Ave. Berkeley Marina.
Call us if you are planning on coming down so we can be sure to be available. 510 981-6720
Check or exact change only.
June 20th - Aug 19th, 2016 Directions
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. Use of microscopes and marine sampling equipment will help us identify local invertebrates as well as vertebrates. Fantastic class for your explorers who want to learn more about the world around them.
On the Water Classes
Children must be 9-16 years old, and have a current 2016 proof of swim ability of at least a low level 4 from a certified Water Safety Instructor. All children will wear personal floatation devices we provide and will be supervised by leaders with a Red Cross and C.P.R. certification. Here is the swim form for this program.
Updated website 4/20/16
Nature Center Summer
Marine biology and boating classes for 2016
| Marine Biology
|| 8-10 years
|| July 26-29
|| 9-16 years
|| June 28-30
|| 6 spaces left
| Marine Biology
|| 11-16 years
July 5-8 &12-15
|| full - 3 spaces left on waiting list
|| 9-16 years
|| August 2-5
|| full- 1 waiting space left
| Marine Biology
|| 5-7 years
|| July 19-22
|| full 1 spot on waiting list
The Boating Program 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. We spend one day each learning to canoe, Dragon Boat, large sail boat and sail small boats. Limit 14 .
Canoeing - 9:30a.m.-12 p.m. Learn basic canoeing skills, paddling strokes to canoe over canoe rescue. Limit 8.
Full day program options for marine bio and boating students 7 years or older. Enroll your child in Marine Biology or Boating for 1/2 day and Adventure Playground for the other half. Best for children who are self motivated. Children must be picked up by 4:30 p.m. Pick up times are early 3:30 only on staff meeting days on 6/28, 7/12, 7/26, 8/9.
Adventure Playground Summer Hours
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
These Marina adventure programs here are not for groups of 5 or more children. Groups need prior reservations to visit the playground, please call three weeks or more ahead, dates fill fast. See group information on the Adventure Playground page.
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 summer registration form (available beginning June 1) on file. The cost for dropins in $10. Payable in the Nature Center office next to the restrooms and classroom in Shorebird Park. Playment tickets are for sale there for $10 a visit 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 number or playment ticket. Your child is then available to be left to participate in the Marina Adventures programs below. There is no charge for children whose parents are participating.
Marina Adventures MIDWEEK Drop in Summer Programs in Adventure Playground
Each of the programs listed below are offered on a drop-in basis, from 1-2 hours each day.
Sign up in the Adventure Playground on the day of the program, 1/2 hour before it starts. ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Children under seven years must be accompanied by an adult. NO GROUPS. Limited participants and age restrictions may apply to specific activities. Great fun! Registered drop-ins have first preference.
Pick up our calendar when you come in. Check this link for pictures of a fort building activity.
Our fun summer programs offered by Adventure Playground staff are:
Nature - Mondays 2-3:30 p.m. Classes include Nature skills, campfires, whittling, crafts, hikes and gardening. Crab club and trash catchers.
Games Tuesdays 10:30-12. games will include; capture the flag, obstacle course, hunker hauser, minute mysteries, Hunker Hawser and Lucky Ducky, water play, to name a few.
Creative Building -Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m. Classes include: tool workshop , learning to demo safely, building a wide variety of large and small things.
Crafts Thursdays 2-3:30 p.m. Classes include; making instruments, recycled art, candles and more.
Special Activities Fridays 2:30-3:30 Join the fun, Treasure Hunt , Kite making, cook-outs, egg drop and more.