Castro Valley Library Creekside Amphitheater

Located at 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley
(Two blocks from the Castro Valley BART station)

The Castro Valley Creek Daylighting and Restoration project included construction of a creekside amphitheater that’s ideal for use as an outdoor classroom.

To reserve the amphitheater for a field trip, contact the Castro Valley Library.

Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon

Located at 1999 Walnut Avenue, Fremont
(behind the Fremont BART station)

Managed by the Math/Science Nucleus (a nonprofit organization)

Wetlands Education

In the 1990s, the District’s Tule Pond Project converted a 14-acre District-owned parcel in a busy residential neighborhood into scenic wetlands and ponds. The area provides flood protection and pollution control for stormwater flowing to the bay. As an added bonus, the ponds serve as a migratory bird habitat and an area for wildlife and wetland study.

Teachers & Students Welcome!

Students can enjoy educational opportunities offered by the Tule Ponds and its on-site learning lab.

Elementary School (1st through 6th Grades)

Elementary school classes can explore wetland habitat on field trips structured for specific grades by the Math/Science Nucleus. Summer classes are also offered.

Secondary, College, and Professional Groups

The Tule Ponds is also available to students (high school through PhD candidates) and professional groups wishing to conduct more complex study and analysis. Please contact the Math/Science Nucleus for more information.

Teacher Workshops

Teachers can discover how to incorporate the Tule Ponds into their own science classes through workshops offered by the Math/Science Nucleus.

Community Service and Learning Service Groups

High school community service groups, Girl Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and other volunteers can undertake public service projects through habitat creation and improvement, trail upgrades, species monitoring, and native plant maintenance.

Senior citizen groups, other community groups, and individuals are also welcome to help on community workdays.

While community service work helps maintain the Tule Ponds, District maintenance crews regularly assist by removing excess vegetation, keeping the area clean, and bringing in wood chips for weed control.

Annual Open House Events

The Tule Ponds is not open to the general public. However, an “open house” happens every year on a Saturday, and everyone is welcome.  During these one-day events, the public may tour the grounds to learn about the ponds’ pollution and flood control properties and view natural settings for native plants and wetland creatures.

For more information about the Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, contact:

Math/Science Nucleus
Phone: 510-790-6284
E-mail: msn@msnucleus.org
Tule Ponds Tour

Fall at Tyson Lagoon, adjoining the Tule Ponds. Three Tule Ponds collect and filter stormwater and urban runoff before discharging it into Tyson Lagoon.
Fall at Tyson Lagoon, adjoining the Tule Ponds. Three Tule Ponds collect and filter stormwater and urban runoff before discharging it into Tyson Lagoon.
The tule house near the ponds was built from tules (reeds) harvested on-site, and is similar to dwellings once found in Ohlone Indian villages.
The tule house near the ponds was built from tules (reeds) harvested on-site, and is similar to dwellings once found in Ohlone Indian villages.