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).


New Fall Programs

Whether you are looking for a fun way to bring your family together or want to attend a thought-provoking symposium on environmental issues, there is something for everyone.  Maybe a Doan Brook Gorge sunset hike complete with fine chocolate sounds like the perfect small getaway? Or what about family night complete with owls and s'mores? Check out all we have to offer.

Stock Up on your Winter Bird Seed with our Annual Sale!

The Nature Center is again partnering with Wild Birds Unlimited to offer high quality bird seed for your backyard feeders. Order directly through Wild Birds Unlimited during the month of OCTOBER and mention the Nature Center.  The Nature Center will receive a percentage of the sale.  This sale includes any item in the store, and includes free delivery! Thank you for your support!

Chocolate on the Rocks Gorge Hike

On Sunday, November 5, experience the local treasure of the Doan Brook Gorge awash in fall colors at sunset while exploring towering cliffs without leaving the Heights AND savor fine chocolates while enjoying the view! This hike is 1.5 miles and includes some rough terrain. $10 for non-members, $5 for members.

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!  Don't delay, join today!

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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.

Voted Best Birthday Party Location by Cleveland Magazine

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

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Voted Best Nature Center and Best Summer Camp by Macaroni Kid


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