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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Alternative Saturdays & Sundays | June 24-August 26

Flow into summer with Yoga Roots teachers for 60-minute vinyasa flow to recharge and rebalance your day. Class offerings rotate between Saturday mornings 9-10 a.m. and Sunday afternoons 2-3 p.m. Participants need to bring their own mat and water bottle.


 Select Mondays | 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!


Saturday, August 18 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Head back to school with expert knowledge! Join us for a free day of learning human and plant cell biology from real scientists. The Curiosity Cube travels across the country as a mobile science lab where children can conduct experiments with virtual reality, 3-D printing and robotics. Our staff will also host a hike through the Nature Center and invite all to learn more our animals. No registration required.

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, The 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.