Lake Merritt Institute link to website
What We Do
Lake Merritt Institute is 501-C-3, non-profit charity, founded in 1992. We are supported and sponsored by the City of Oakland and members like you. Who We Are
Keeping the Lake clean depends on you. Each month, thousands of pounds of trash accumulate in Lake Merritt. It is removed by retired folks, professionals, housewives, school children, civic organization members, and people just like you and your friends with the help of our staff.
NOTE: VOLUNTEERING IS CLOSED DURING COVID. Will update when available
Clean Up Days
Volunteers meet at the Institute office, on the 2nd floor of the Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Avenue, next to the parking lot, in Lakeside Park. Go up the stairs at the end of the parking lot.
Call (510) 238-2290 or schedule an event for your group online. You can also come as an individual on any Tuesday at 10:30 or Saturday at 10 am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
To aid in removing trash from the water, we have established four "U-Clean-It" stations around Lake Merritt. Each box contains nets, two trash barrels, trash bags, gloves, instructions and sign in sheet. They are located near: