600 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
3 to adult
The Rotary Nature Center is a wildlife refuge on the banks of Lake Merritt in Oakland. Kids love to hang out by the lake to watch the birds, participate in bird feedings, and learn about different resident and migratory waterfowl. The center is open year round.
They offer many summertime programs geared toward participants of various ages. The programs range from general outdoor hikes to overnight excursions.
2012 Young Naturalist Week-long Summer Sessions:
Dates: July 2–August 10
Ages: 5 to 10
Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 9am–3pm
Cost: $201 per week per resident, $211 per week per non-resident
From San Francisco, cross the Bay Bridge to 580 East toward Hayward/Stockton. Exit at Lakeshore Avenue and turn right onto Grand Avenue. Turn left on Bellevue. The Rotary Nature Center is right on Lake Merritt, near Fairyland. Parking is easy on weekdays.
SFKids Tips*The large playground next door to the center is great for toddlers.