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).

Marsh Cover

Flyways not Highways

A Nature Inspired Trailblazing Benefit
Saturday, June 2 | 6:30 - 11 PM

Don't delay! A limited number of tickets remain!
Invite your friends and family to join you this year for our Flyways not Highways Annual Benefit. This year's event will feature a culinary twist with seasonal cuisine crafted by local, celebrated chefs, including Doug Katz from fire food and drink.
A Trailblazer Ticket includes a seat saved just for you and a chance to mingle early and meet our chefs.


Nature Story Time
July 2 - August 13

Registration is now open for our Nature Story Time! With different themes each week through the summer, children aged 3 1/2 to 7 can enjoy an hour filled with reading time, crafts and a hike!

Get Outdoors and Take Your Vitamin N

Ohio Boating Education
Saturday, June 9 | 9AM – 5 PM

Join Sergeant Derek Hill from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a free course on boating laws, accident prevention and safety. Ohio boating regulations require anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, to show proof of completing an approved boating safety course or proficiency test before operating a boat more than 10 horsepower. Those not legally required to take a course also are welcome.

Support the Nature Center with your Membership

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!  Don't delay, join today!

0676 NCSL 9-18-16 IMG_9084_lowres

Do You NEED Nature?!

Sign up for email updates! Join thousands of community members who receive our monthly email newsletter, Nature Break.  You will receive exclusive Nature Center communications including program and event announcements together with educational nature features to help you stay connected to our natural world.

The Nature Center is proud to partner with our 2018 Organizational Sponsor


Voted Best Birthday Party Location by Cleveland Magazine

5995e3f22cd39400019562f7_Best of East Winner 2017

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

Voted Best Nature Center and Best Summer Camp by Macaroni Kid


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.