Berkeley Marina
Berkeley Marina

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 quanity ideals, promote the highest quality experience you can get for your fieldtrip experience. Our ration of adult teachers to children is almost 1:3.
We run our programs in our "green" building, which has the microscope lab and two 180 Gallon aquariums. These are used in our fish, Bay Scientist , and low tide programs
If you are interested please call or subscribe to this web site to be sent information about the dates and a form for next year.  Groups are 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
  • Low Tide Programs- explorations on the rocky shoreline, and dock.
     Animal  Programs- separate programs on fish, birds, marine mammals and being a bay scientist.
  • Research / Sailing Boat Trips
  • Summer Classes Marine Biology,  canoeing, boating & water skiing 
  • Shoreline cleanups- Plastics and our Bay- Shoreline clean-ups

    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
    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 $194.    9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Teacher inservice
     :March 25. Class dates April and May

     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 $194   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 anchovie. add to the aquarium observations andviewing scales and gills under a microscope.Wrkshp. Oct. 22. Class dates Nov.
  • BIRDS (K-12)This program  focusues on what makes a bird a bird through multimedia presentations and hands-on activity stations: feathers, conservation, sounds, eggs and nests. Inadvertantly teaches the life skill of bird watching.  We'll take a practice walk to identify local marine and land birds. Teacher inservice Nov.   Class dates: Dec. 
  • 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. Inservice Dec. Class dates Jan.
  • 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. Inservice date  Jan. Class dates: Feb.
 Bay Scientist program      fish program dissection   Rocky shore   
patty's way to teach school teachers about sharks' life 
Research programs
For  fifth grade through high school classes.  This programs is two days 9:30-2:00 p.m. Day one:We study the shoreline  dock and pier inhabitants. Day two:  We go out on the bay to collect samples of Bay water, plant and animal life. Scientific equipment used are peterson mud grab, ottertrawl, and a plankton nets. $194 Maximum class  27 students.Teacher inservice dates Feb 25. Lowtide trip dates: March and May

Sailing Boat Trip Programs
 The Pegasus a 51 ft. Wooden Sailing Ketch helps us  provide this unique experience. We take a class of 30 and rotate 15 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. $245.  This is a 4.5 hour field trip. 9:30a.m. - 2 p.m. (Wrkshp. April 5. Class dates   April and May 

 Volunteers 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. For the Coastal Conservancy's' Resource Directory. Hundreds of groups that do marine science and ocean related teaching. We are in here too!

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