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Welcome to Field Notes at Lake Merritt, an interactive, self-guided celebration of the natural history and community engagement here at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.  

In celebration of Earth Week, Field Notes at Lake Merritt is a week-long project, asking Oaklanders to explore the Lake, think about why the Lake is an important community resource, and share your own field notes that share why Lake Merritt is an important place for you.

There are three main ways to participate

Do any or all of the below activities and enjoy this slice of nature in the middle of Oakland. Snap a Photo on the Nature Trail, Explore Lake Merritt on your own, or share your personal Field Notes with the hashtag #FieldNotesLM on Instagram, Twitter or TikTok for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

natural history trail   

This eight-stop walking tour of the west side of Lake Merritt is approximately 2.1 miles. Each stop has it’s own QR code, a different theme, and a short lesson that will hopefully inspire you to think more about how Lake Merritt has changed over time.
Topics include:
– Ohlone land management
– 1860’s Lake drama
– Lake Merritt as an estuary
– Lake Merritt today, and more!

explore the lake

Try your hand at using your senses to observe Lake Merritt’s flora and fauna. Learn how to use citizen science apps, contribute to a public science project, or participate in an observation activity.  Learn more about the different plants, animals, and fungi that you can find at the Lake and deepen your appreciation of this unique ecosystem!

contribute your own field notes

We want to know how YOU do Lake Merritt. We’re collecting reflections, field notes, videos, pictures, drawings, all that center Lake Merritt and our appreciation for it! 

Take a picture, make a collage, sing a song, draw a picture, write a story, or ask some questions.

Anything can be a field note. Be Curious, Be Creative, and Get Out and Go!

Community #FieldNotes

Add yours by using the hastag #FieldNotesLM or tagging @Field_NotesLM on Instagram

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