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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Gardening for Birds and Pollinators

Thursday, March 29 | 7 – 9PM

Presented by Michael Goldman from the Audubon Society and Amalia Haas of Bee Awesome. Learn to attract more birds to your home by planting native plants instead of buying bird seed. Michael will reference the Audubon’s Plants for Birds database to explain what will grow best in your gardens and what kinds of birds you can attract to your home. Amalia will explain how humans play an important role in pollinator conservation by providing plants and nesting sites for pollinators and adapting gardening practices to protect pollinators. $10 for members; $15 for non-members.

Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp 2018

Registration is now open for Summer Outdoor Adventure Camps! Learn more about our popular and often sold-out camp experiences and get a jump on registration today.

And don't miss Spring Break Camp.  If you are looking for something engaging for your children to do during Spring Break, look no further. We have a few openings left April 2-6.

Hands-on-Honey Workshop

Wednesday, April 4 | 3:15 - 5:15PM

Get the buzz on bottling honey and the lowdown on how the bees make it. With instruction from Amalia Haas, roll up your sleeves to bottle, camp and label honey jars, sample two honeys and learn why they taste and smell so different. Nature Center environmental educators will also introduce you to the native plants pollinators need. $30 for adults, $25 for children with free adult. Registration includes free 2.5oz bottle of honey.

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!

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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

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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.