About Us

Just minutes from downtown Cleveland in the heart of historic Shaker Heights and surrounded by the Shaker Parklands, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is free and open to the public providing wonderful nature experiences  and discovery for all ages and through all seasons.

Serving the community as a conserved green space, the Nature Center connects visitors with nature and inspires environmental stewardship in the thousands of adults and children served each year through unique and engaging programming and educational offerings.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes has been designated as a National Environmental Education Landmark (U.S. Park Service), an Important Bird Area (Audubon Society), and an official Wildlife Habitat Site (National Wildlife Federation).

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Take the Shaker Lakes Challenge

Explore and engage with nature and receive medallions! The Shaker Lakes Challenge invites you to begin a journey of participation through fascinating nature programs, environmental stewardship opportunities, entertaining nature hikes and conservation workshops.

Flyways not Highways

Thank you to those who attended Flyways not Highways, the Nature at Shaker Lakes' summer benefit. We are grateful and humbled by the support our community gives to our largest fundraising event - and this year was no different! Click here to see photos from the event.

Shaker Lakes Hike, Run & Explore

Spend a day in the Shaker Parklands on September 17. Enjoy a family friendly hike, or a twelve mile round trip hiking adventure. Run a 5k through the Shaker Parklands or push yourself with the 10k! Then, grab a beer in the post race beer garden and a bite to eat from the food truck as you explore archery, tree climbing, and crafts.

Member Appreciation Day

Members play an integral role in ensuring the Nature Center remains free and open to the public.  As such, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is delighted to announce a refreshed membership program with updated benefits, events and communications!   Mark your calendar for one of our exciting new benefits - a Member's Only Open House on Saturday, October 7th.  Our doors and trails will open for our members and their families to meet staff, have fun, explore, and receive exclusive updates.

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Give to the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes!

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes receives no property or income tax support and relies solely on the generosity  of our members, donors, and funders to sustain our mission to conserve a natural area, connect people with nature,  and inspire environmental stewardship.

The Nature Center is proud to be part of the Ohio Lake Erie Birding Trail.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is generously supported by...

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Our monthly email newsletter, Nature Break, includes exclusive Nature Center communications including program and event announcements together with educational nature features to help you stay connected to our natural world.

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