Half-day Trip: Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward - 510 Families
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Half-day Trip: Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward

Set in a beautiful 10-acre canyon, Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward is a little tucked away animal welfare oasis. The mission of the Center is to care for and rehabilitate wild animals, while also doubling-up as an educational center for the public.

Child holding a tarantula at Sulphur Creek Hayward
Your child can get up close and personal with a tarantula at Sulphur Creek Hayward | Photo: Linda Bernardi ANatureMom.com


In the outdoor space at Sulphur Creek, animals are on display – rabbits, foxes, coyotes, raven, owls, and eagles – each with a placard that teaches guests about the species. When we visited, it wasn’t busy, so we were able to get really good views of the animals as they had breakfast and moved around their caged homes.


After seeing all the outdoor animals, we headed into the Discovery Center, where we met more animals – snakes, a newt, a spider – and learned about different animal nests, compared skulls and much more. Although Sulphur Creek Nature Center isn’t big, the center kept us more than busy as my kids had access to toys, books, hand puppets, and theater – at which they spent ages, perfecting a little puppet performance for us to watch! At times, a docent brings animals out and shows the children how to handle them.


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Pro tip: Pack a lunch for this half-day trip as there are ample picnic tables, trees to provide shade, and space to run around (although don’t head into the overgrow as there is poison oak).

A birthday party was taking place while we were visiting Sulphur Creek. The kids sounded like they were having fun and with their private live animal presentation, they probably were! Throughout the year the center offers many events including toddler and youth programs, at very affordable prices.



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One of the really cool things about this center is its animal lending library. If your kids are requesting a pet, this is a great way for your family to have a test run. For $25 you can borrow, for up to one week, a guinea pig, rat, mouse, or hamster!

We will certainly visit again, as it is a great fun and educational place to pop to for the morning before heading back home for nap time!

1801 D Street
Hayward, CA 94541

Daily 10am-4:30pm

Parking and Admission Free

[Photos by Linda Bernardi ; Minna Kane and Carol Burton; all rights reserved]

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1 thought on “Half-day Trip: Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward”

  1. We love sulfur creek. It’s also a great place for a hike. There is a small loop on the big hill that the kids love. Its all fenced in and the kids and you can’t get lost. It’s a great first beginner hike that take about 10 minutes. Then the kids like to do it on their own. Watch out for poison oak off the trail.

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