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).


Family Fireside Night: Fables in the Forest

Join us for exciting entertainment on Friday, January 26 from 6:30-8pm as Michael Frogman returns to the Nature Center to join our enthusiastic environmental educators for an enchanting evening with mystical stories and songs. Come prepared to participate! Hands-on fun with face painting, crafts, snacks, and of course, hot chocolate! $5 per person, or $25 per family, maximum of 6.

Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp 2018

Member registration for Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp is open November 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018.  Learn more about our popular and often sold-out camp experiences and get a jump on registration!

Creature Feature Winter Hike: Tracks on the Trails

Where do the creatures creep? Who went hunting here last night? On Sunday, January 14th, Search for stories in the snow, and find clues to the secret lives of our local wildlife. Enjoy a one hour hike with a warm-up break in the middle, if needed. Meet in the exhibit area. January 14, 2pm-3pm. Free for members; $5 for non-members.

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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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.

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

Voted Best Nature Center and Best Summer Camp by Macaroni Kid


Do You NEED Nature?!

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