Welcome Lake Merritt in Oakland, California is one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States. Its 3.4 mile heart-shaped shoreline in the center of an exceptionally diverse city is the place for man and nature to migrate, meet and mingle daily. This tidal lagoon is also home to the oldest designated wildlife refuge (1870) in the United States.
lakemerritt.org is an independent, ad-free site with current information about Lake Merritt and links to the volunteer groups and advocacy agencies working for the common good of the lake and the lake area community. It also serves as the portal for the LM Advocates, a coalition of LM organizations.
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News, Updates, & Upcoming Events:
Upcoming Events Next 30 days
see Calendar for on-going events
Oakland Running Festival returns to the lake area March 25. Marathon, Half Marathon, 4 Person Relay, 5k, Kids Fun Run.
To register & more information go to oaklandmarathon.com
Volunteers needed , March 23-25.
Bird Walk Free Lakeside Park bird walks the fourth Wednesday of each month. Lead by knowledgable and experienced Audubon guides. Meet at geodesic dome near the Nature Center, March 28, 9:30 a.m.. Birding list in Birds
Lake Merritt Weed Warriors are a volunteer group that helps the city maintain and improve the lakeside grounds. Next meeting March 31, Site to be announced. Contact: email@example.com
Rotary Nature Center reopening, see Community for Lake Merritt, updates.
Park Rules & Fees. Oakland Parks permit and rental phone contact is 510-238-3187. Inquiries about Lakeside Park issues visit/contact the City of Oakland's website www2.Oaklandnet.com
Port of Oakland Day at Fairyland. April 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join the Port of Oakland at Children's Fairyland for a fun-filled day of activities and games! Discover a new book at Toddler Storytime (10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.); Operate the Port of Oakland mini container crane; Explore tabletop science activities; Make a craft-project boat or fish
24th Annual Oakland Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Projects planned for the event include litter removal, habitat restoration, urban greening, and beautification. General volunteering for those looking to join rather than lead projects will be posted at www.oaklandearthday.org.
Spring Rose Show, sponsored by the East Bay Rose Society,
Sunday May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.. Lakeside Park Garden Center.
Orchid Show and Sale, May 12 & 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Presented by the Orchid Society of California. Free admission.
Displays, sales, raffles... Lakeside Park Garden Center.
Turn The Page, Children's Book Festival at Fairyland.
Saturday May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join Fairyland for 3rd Annual celebration of locally made children's books and their creators! Enjoy read-alouds by authors and live art demonstrations by illustrators; Meet more than 25 authors and illustrators and ask them about their craft; Buy books from Oakland's own Laurel Bookstore and have them signed; Celebrate young authors and their work at our Kid Author table; Make a book or button with librarians from Oakland Public Library. Free with park admission! This is a family event: no child without an adult, no adult without a child.