The Gardens at Lake Merritt

Volunteer/Donate

 

We are looking for interested, qualified people to join our Volunteer Leadership Team. Click below to learn more about these exciting opportunities and to apply! UPDATE: Currently these positions are filled, but we are always looking for new candidates who can be trained, provide back up and potentially move into the positions when and if the current coordinators “term out” of their assignments.

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Our current workday volunteer offerings for individuals and small groups are:

  • First Saturday of the month – Mediterranean Garden  - 9am – noon
  • Third* Saturday of the month – Sensory Garden – 9am – noon, *in April, it will be the 4th Saturday of the month
  • Weekday morning volunteer events (and other fun pastimes) will be announced on our Facebook page.

On gardens work days, please bring your gloves, and your favorite small garden tools if you have them, and a friend. We provide gloves and garden tools as well.

Tell the parking attendant at the kiosk you are with the Friends of the Garden at Lake Merritt and volunteering at the Gardens at Lake Merritt so you can park for free.

Thank you for your continued hard work and support!

Fill out this form to get in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator

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 Help Our Gardens Grow

If you’ve visited the Gardens at Lake Merritt for an event, for a respite from the rush of everyday life or to give your time as a volunteer, you know this civic gem, situated in Oakland’s Lakeside Park, is a special place.

In the past, the Gardens were supported by a professional staff that helped keep the grounds beautiful. Unfortunately, municipalities can no longer hope to maintain these treasures without partners in the community.

The Herculean efforts of the Gardens’ dwindling and overextended staff, assisted by a corps of stalwart volunteers, have not only kept the Gardens vibrant and vital—they have worked a miracle—the renaissance of this city’s green heart.

The Friends of the Gardens of Lake Merritt, a volunteer group, is dedicated to the stewardship of this resource, helping to maintain the Gardens, while advancing a vision of educational and cultural capacity-building.

Your involvement and support is crucial to helping the Gardens continue to represent the best of who we are as Oaklanders.

Last year, the Gardens were named “Oakland’s Hidden Oasis” by ABC Local News, and “The People’s Garden” by Oakland Magazine.

Your online tax-deductible donation will help sustain this treasure, bolster facility improvements, support educational programs, and help carry the Gardens into the future.

To make your tax-deductible gift in support of the Gardens at Lake Merritt, you can donate online today through our 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsor Oakland East Bay Garden Center, Inc.’s Causes page.

Thank you for helping Oakland’s green heart beat stronger for years to come!

Do you know someone who loves the Gardens at Lake Merritt as much as we do?  You can give the gift of the Gardens and make a donation in honor of a loved one, too.

For your tax-deduction purposes, please note that the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt (FGLM) is a grassroots volunteer group fiscally sponsored by 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Oakland East Bay Garden Center Inc. (OEBGCI). Your donation is tax-deductible and will support FGLM though our OEBGCI sponsorship.

The Green Heart of Oakland for Fifty Years

Discover the hidden jewel in the city of Oakland,
a seven-acre collection of themed gardens.

The Gardens are open daily:
9am - 5:30pm
Entry is free!

666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, California
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NEW Volunteer Positions available!

Click below to learn more about these exciting opportunities and to apply!

Volunteer Ambassador
Volunteer Coordinator
Garden Docent Coordinator
Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

Donate Now!

NOTE: You'll be making a secure tax-deductible donation through the website "Causes" to the Friends' fiscal agent "Oakland East Bay Garden Center Inc." Your donation will be under the campaign "Support the Gardens at Lake Merritt". The Causes site permits donors to share news about their giving on Facebook, but you needn't be a Facebook user, or even logged into Facebook to use the form. You can make the donation anonymously, if you wish!