Sulphur Creek Nature Center
Sulphur Creek Nature Center is a wildlife rehabilitation and education facility situated in a serene 10-acre canyon near downtown Hayward, California. Each year, the center focuses on preserving the wildlife of today by caring for over 900 injured and orphaned wild animals while working to preserve the wildlife of tomorrow through over 1000 educational programs. Operated by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.
Low key atmosphere with abundance of native animals and educational exhibits. Naturalists and docents provide classes for adults and children. Volunteer opportunities too. Great for connecting with nature quietly or with a group. You can be up close with coyotes and foxes as well as hawks, falcons, owls and an eagle. Inside museum has turtles, snakes and amphibians. It's an island of nature surrounded by the community. And yes there is a creek, and some easy trails.
This is a fun free place to take the family on an afternoon where you're trying to figure out what to do. I love seeing the coyotes and foxes up close. They usually have a big selection of reptiles, spiders and insects. I think one of the best attractions are the birds, though. It's impressive to see those raptors so close.
My son and I love to go here! It's nice and quiet, never crowded (for me at least, not saying that they won't be crowded at singer point), free, and they care about animals! What else could you ask for? It's not a huge place, but that isn't a bad thing. You can tell that the animals that are there are taken care of, and that is a good thing 😄 we will definitely be back!
Great little place to take kids, lots of birds and other animals. They have a big picnic area kids can run around in. Best for days without rain. However, there is a decent sized building with exhibits inside too. If you're in the area and need an indoor activity I would come to let the littles run off energy, look Kat snakes, etc.
Very nice center. My kids loved it. Lots of cool birds, reptiles, coyotes and foxes. Totally free! They accept donations.