The Rotary Nature Center of Oakland is the oldest refuge for animals and birds of the country. It was established in 1953 and now has an interpretive museum, and a few outdoor destinations. The museum has educational displays, interpretive exhibits and a working beehive, while some of the outdoor destinations include freshwater viewing ponds, five habitat islands, geodesic dome for injured birds and the Lake Merritt wildlife refuge.
It is a great place to observe animals and birds in their natural habitat. You can also borrow binoculars to watch the birds from a distance. It’s a perfect paradise with small animals, birds and insects all coexisting beautifully. The sight of flocks of small to big snowy white egrets is astounding.
The center also has quite a few vantage points which give incredible views of the city. The gorgeous lake flowing serenely is a sight for sore eyes. Do visit the Rotary Nature Center to learn more about the lake, the animals and the birds.
Rotary Nature Center Travel Tips
- As on March 17, 2017, Center was temporarily closed. Check official website for details.
How to Reach Rotary Nature Center
- Buses 12, 805, NL to stop- Grand Av:Perkins St
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Rotary Nature Center Reviews & Ratings
The Rotary Nature Center is an awesome place to take little kids. It's small and a little rough around the edges, but kids could care less. There's a live snake and tarantula. They also have bees and others stuffed creatures. They also have different nature programs, some restricted to those 18+, and volunteer opportunities. The best place to watch the birds in the nature preserve is right next door. The center sells bird food for a dollar.
Bathroom was kinda gross/scary, but other than that, this is an awesome little nature center. Best of all, it's free!!
Nice, yet old and underfunded center to learn about all the fabulous birds that reside at the lake.