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February 11, 2011 > Shoreline Interpretive Center celebrates 25th anniversary

Shoreline Interpretive Center celebrates 25th anniversary

Submitted By HARD

The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center (HSIC), which introduces visitors to the ecology of the San Francisco Bay Estuary, opened to the public in 1986. Celebrations are planned throughout 2011 to honor its silver anniversary. There will be special programs, art shows and new interpretive exhibits.

"My Shoreline Valentine" (class #10721, $5) will feature an artists' workshop; participants will hike the trail and join local artists, Will Tait and Rebecca Fogg, in an art project using color, line, shape and size to express their connection with the shoreline and its flora and fauna. Each child will have artwork to take home as a memento of their day.

"Gateway to the Salt Marsh: the History of the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center (Saturday, May 21 - Sunday, July 31) -Exhibit Opening and District Acknowledgements" is an opportunity for the public to meet Hayward Area Recreation & Park District (HARD) Board Members, administration and current and past staff naturalists at a reception marking the anniversary and opening of the history of HSIC exhibit. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibition will run until July 31, 2011, and highlights the HSIC's contributions and achievements. Visit the "recording booth" and contribute to HARD's oral history.

During "Shark Encounters" (Saturday, July 9) naturalists will offer the public the chance to get up close and personal with sharks, the Bay's most misunderstood and feared animals. There will be craft activities, live animal exhibits and a fishing clinic for all participants. Registration is required, beginning in summer 2011.

The "Educational Open House" (Friday, September 23) is a night for teachers, educators and other organizations to learn more about the growing number of educational opportunities available at HSIC. Dinner will be provided.

"Sea-Level Rise - Stakeholders Discussion" (October 2011) will feature presentations from organizations, including the Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency (HASPA), about planning ideas to address sea-level rise based on prevailing projections.

More details about celebrations at the HSIC, 4901 Breakwater Avenue, Hayward, will be available as each event approaches.

My Shoreline Valentine
Saturday, February 12
1 - 4 p.m.
Fee: $5

For more information visit, call Adrienne de Ponte at (510) 670-7270 or email

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