Park Hours 10:00 am to 5:00
pm Tuesday through Sunday
Discovery Center 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday through Sunday
Sulphur Creek Nature Center is a wildlife education and rehabilitation facility
whose mission is to promote the conservation of local environmental resources
by fostering an appreciation and understanding of the animals in the world around
us, and encouraging peaceful coexistence between people and native wildlife
by serving as a community resource for wildlife issues.
If you are interested in becoming a Sulphur Creek volunteer, please visit
the center where you can pick up a volunteer application or download
one here. Part of the application will ask for the days and times you are
available to volunteer as well as the area you are interested in volunteering
in (see areas of interest below). We make calls back to applicants when openings
come up in the schedule or when a need arises. You need to be at least 13
years old to volunteer, and you also need to commit to one year of volunteer
service. If you have any questions about the volunteer program, please call
us at 510-881-6747 or send us an email. Thank you again for your interest
the Animal Care staff care for both resident animals and injured or orphaned
wildlife being rehabilitated in our hospital. Up to 900 animals are
treated in our hospital each year and our volunteers help them along the
road to recovery. Wildlife volunteers complete a wide variety of tasks,
including: diet preparation, feeding, cleaning enclosures, animal enrichment,
restocking supplies, and assisting the public with the Lending Library. Wildlife
volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly 4 hour shift for a minimum of
Discovery Center Volunteers care for the reptiles, amphibians, fish, and
arthropods in our museum. Their duties include: cleaning enclosures,
food preparation and feeding, setting up displays, and animal enrichment. Discovery
Center Volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly shift for a minimum of
docents play a vital role at Sulphur Creek Nature Center by helping to share
knowledge about local wildlife with the community. A series of classes
will help prepare you to assist the naturalists with school programs, community
fairs and festivals, and in educating the general public. Docents will
learn the natural history and ecology of local wildlife, how to handle wild
and domestic resident animals used in educational programs, and to use professional
interpretive techniques to convey information and enthusiasm to others. If
you are interested in teaching, and learning, call Sulphur Creek for a Docent
Application to participate in the next docent training. Our
next annual docent training will be held Monday evenings, January 3, 10,
24, 31, and February 7 from 6:30-9:00pm. Call for an application (510)
Hospital and Assisted Living Docents
Animals seem to bring out the best in everyone and through Sulphur Creek's
Convalescent and Assisted Living Program we are able to bring cheer and a
smile to those that need to reside away from home. Join this extraordinary group
of dedicated docents as you learn how to handle, present, and share
some of our special domestic critters. Convalescent Hospital volunteers
typically commit to one 4 hour shift each month.
Rest Home Volunteers - Share Your Love of Animals
There are many wonderful benefits to volunteering. HARD has two outstanding Senior Centers where volunteer opportunities abound. Volunteers help with special events, social services, tax assistance, luncheons, classes, bingo, driving van excursions and reception work. There are many opportunities to choose from.
The Hayward Senior Center is located at 22325 North Third Street in Hayward. The Kenneth Aitken Senior and Community Center is located at 17800 Redwood Road in Castro Valley.
Sulphur Creek relies heavily on the financial support of the community. Fundraising
volunteers help organize and staff fundraising events, as well as, solicit
donations for our programs.
Clerical Volunteers assist staff with mailings, record keeping, computer
data entry, and general office tasks.
Volunteers help keep our park beautiful by maintaining our native plant garden
and other landscape areas in the park.