Links (underlined) to non-profit Lake Merritt organizations
Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt
home to some of the finest Bonsai on the West Coast. Built, staffed and maintained by volunteers.
Non-profit that does a lot of Environmental Education for Urban Adults. Projects include Barcode the Lake which is designed to help document the organisms of Lake Merritt using DNA Sequencing.
19th Century Victorian House on Lake Merritt, open for tours and special events. Photos
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)
Download Fairyland map
sponsors annual Drawn Together (Art Fundraiser)
and "Turn The Page" Book Festival
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
is a volunteer organization that helps to maintain the gardens in Lakeside Park. Volunteers needed 1st & 3rd Saturdays each month. Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt sponsors the annual Autumn Lights Festival.
Lake Merritt Breakfast 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 a.m. at the LM Garden Center. Special Guest speakers each session.
Lake Merritt Breakfast Club Charitable Foundation Founded in 1973, its mission is to develop, manage and disburse charitable funds in support of programs, maintenance projects and capital projects in and about Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park
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 permit and rental phone contact is 510-238-3187.
Oakland Parks & Recreation 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
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Monday & Tuesday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday & Thursday:12:00 - 8:00pm
Friday: 12 - 5:30pm Saturday: 10 - 5:30pm
Lakeview Branch 550 El Embarcadero
Sunday & Monday closed.
Tuesday: 12:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Friday: 12 - 5:30pm Saturday: 10 - 5:30pm
Oakland Public Works Adopt-a-Spot
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.
Splash Pad Forum website is for
Grand Lake Neighborhood info, including Grand Lake Farmer's Market.
STEM at Lake Merritt
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math happenings at the lake. Natural history and environmental education at LM.
Walk Oakland / Bike Oakland
pro-actively involved in making walking and biking in Oakland safe, accessible & fun. Sponsor of "Love Our Lake Day"
promotes public access to the Oakland-Alameda Estuary and Lake Merritt through public awareness, education, and direct action.