How You Can Help

Become a Member
Membership benefits include receiving our monthly bulletin with news about the lake.

The Institute is a 501-C-3 corporation; all contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law. All contributions support the Institute and its programs. Contributions for specific projects are also accepted.

To send in your membership by mail, download the form, print it out, fill it in and send it off to:

James Robinson, Executive Director,
The Lake Merritt Institute
568 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

*Color copy of newsletter via email (we must have your email address)

**Black & white paper copy of newsletter via US mail.

Tubeworms, mussels and barnacles on a Styrofoam cup found floating in Lake Merritt. This is not an ice cream sundae.

Volunteer Schedule
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. If you see the duck pond, you have gone about 100 yards too far.

  • Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

We usually work for 2 – 3 hours or more. Gloves are provided. Individuals can also work alone using one of the four “U-Clean-It” boxes around the Lake where you will find gloves, trash bags, barrels, nets, directions and sign in sheet.

We maintain four bulletin boards
The Institute’s floating Christmas tree

The lock combination is 1-6-1-6. The boxes are located near: 

  • The Grand Avenue & Harrison intersection
  • Between the Lake Chalet restaurant and the Cameron Stanford House along Lakeside Drive
  • At the E. 18th St. and Lakeshore Drive dock
  • By the columns structure, at the end of the Lake between Grand Avenue and Lakeshore Drive.

Reservations are not required for most events; just wear old clothes, meet us at the office, or work on your own.