About the Center

The Rotary Nature Center is located by Lake Merritt, a tidal estuary that connects to the San Francisco Bay.

In our interpretive museum, students can explore our educational displays and exhibits about the ecology of this tidal estuary and the local wildlife.

Students can see our working honeybee hive and observe resident and migrating waterbirds in our bird enclosure and around Lake Merritt. 

Admission is free. For groups of 12 or larger, we ask that you notify us at least 14 days prior to your visit so we can make sure that the center is available. 


School Programs

Our educational programs provide up-close and hands-on experiences with nature and science. Taught by our experienced naturalist staff, our programs cover a range of topics, from birds and reptiles to marine biology.

All our programs align with Next Generation Science Standards.

See our complete list of programs, or contact us at oaklandnature@gmail.com or (510) 238-3739 for more information.


Getting Here

The Rotary Nature Center is easily accessible by public transit.

The center is a 20-minute walk from the 19th street BART station in downtown Oakland.

AC Transit bus lines 12 and NL stop at Grand Ave. and Perkins St., less than one block away.