Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After… #1

Name: Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After… #1
Description: An audio tour of stories around Lake Merritt.
City: Oakland, CA
Duration: 120 minutes
Distance: 1.0 miles
Guide: Scott Oliver
Mode: walking
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Starts at: Rotary Nature Center

Through a mixture of field recording, interviews, music and narration, the Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After… audio tour explores the natural, social, and economic forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, Lake Merritt and its surroundings.

The tour is part of a larger, 3-part public art project by Scott Oliver. Visit the official Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After… website.

The entire tour will take you around Lake Merritt, a bit more than 3 miles. But there’s a lot to learn at each of the stops, so for convenience, the tour is broken into three parts. The total time for all three parts is 5.5-6 hours.

Note: The audio tracks include a description of how to get to the next stop, but as with other tours on this site, there is also a button for directions via Google Maps. Some of the audio is designed to be listened to on the move.

Note to parents: Stops 5, 9, and 20 contain adult language.

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More information about this tour

tour map

Note: markers are for tour stops, not necessarily on the point of interest
  1. Toward Bringing Nature and People Together
  2. Lake Merritt is for The Birds
  3. Earth Maze
  4. Lake Peralta
  5. Unburied
  6. Old Oaks
  7. No Name Park