Links (underlined) to Lake Merritt organizations
Visit websites to see updated schedules
Visit websites to see updated schedules
Alameda County Master Gardeners
The certified on-site volunteers answer gardening questions and offer free workshops inside the Gardens at LM.
Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt
home to some of the finest Bonsai on the West Coast. Built, staffed and maintained by volunteers.
19th Century Victorian House on Lake Merritt, open for tours and special events..
Children's Fairyland is a 10-acre outdoor park located at the entrance to Lakeside Park. Admission includes themed storybook sets to explore, kid-size rides, friendly animals, and puppet shows. Fairyland is designed to delight visitors of all ages, especially those under eight.
Fairyland was chosen as the top children's attraction in all of California by Buzzfeed.
Park Hours (vary, check link)
site includes a history and updates of community upkeep of this
Lake Merritt stairway/cascade.
Community for Lake Merritt
is a friends group with a mission to protect, improve and promote the Rotary Nature Center and Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge.
Junior Center of Art and Science
The Junior Center, located inside Lakeside Park, offers classes, workshops, exhibits, and events that integrate art and science.
The Gardens at Lake Merritt
primarily maintained by the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt volunteer organization. Volunteers needed 1st & 3rd Saturdays each month. FGLM sponsors the annual Autumn Lights Festival.
Lake Merritt Breakfast Club
Social club responsible for raising funds for the Necklace of Lights, the Sensory Gardens at the park, the Oakland Municipal Band concerts, and the creation of Children's Fairyland... LM Breakfast Club meets weekly, every Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 Special guest speakers each session.
Lake Merritt Commons
Facebook page focusing on the improvement of LM water quality. Look for photos & charts and up-to-date water quality data. Use this site to share your thoughts on improving water quality at LM
Lake Merritt Community Alliance
Advocating for the health and safety of LM residents, visitors, and the environment.
Lake Merritt Institute
maintains the aeration fountains, offers community education about the lake, and with volunteer assistance helps to keep the lake clear of debris... Volunteers needed Saturdays at 10 a.m.; Tuesdays 10:30.
Lake Merritt Weed Warriors
volunteer group helping the city maintain and improve the lakeside grounds. Next meet-up Contact: email@example.com
Lakeside Park Garden Center
hosts garden shows, public and private events and numerous volunteer activities and services. Supported by City of Oakland & the Oakland East Bay Garden Center Inc.
Oakland Parks and Recreation
offers background information about the lake, the park, its history, and current Lake Merritt projects. Oakland Parks Reservation form. Permit and rental phone contact is 510-238-3187.
Oakland Parks&Rec Foundation
provides financial and volunteer resources and advocacy for recreation programs and parks in Oakland.
Oakland Public Library
There are two libraries at Lake Merritt.
Main Library 125 14th Street
Saturday & Sunday: 10 - 5:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 12 - 5:30pm
550 El Embarcadero
Monday & Thursday 10:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am - 8:00pm
Friday: 12 - 5:30pm Saturday: 10 - 5:30pm
Environmental Stewardship Program designed for volunteers to improve and maintain public spaces.
creates pollinator-friendly landscaping and fosters appreciation of local ecosystems... Projects include The Bee Hotel and Pollinator Garden in the Gardens at Lake Merritt.
Rotary Nature Center Friends
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) happenings at the lake. Natural history & environmental education at LM.
Splash Pad Forum website is for
Grand Lake Neighborhood info, including Grand Lake Farmer's Market.
Walk Oakland / Bike Oakland
pro-actively involved in making walking and biking in Oakland safe, accessible & fun.
Wholly H2O offers educational activities that inspire environmental stewardship with local watersheds