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.

Whole Foods Market Nickels for Nonprofits

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is partnering with Whole Foods Market in Woodmere for their Nickels for Nonprofits campaign. Bring a reusable bag in to the market on Chagrin Boulevard and you can donate your nickel refund to the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.  Do your part to live the Nature Center's mission at home while you grocery shop. All proceeds benefit the mission of the Nature Center.

Shaker Lakes Hike, Run & Explore

Thank you to those who took advantage of the beautiful weather and attended Hike, Run & Explore. Over 1,000 runners, walkers, hikers and families joined us for a beautiful day of fun in the Shaker Parklands.  We are grateful and humbled by the support our community gives to Hike, Run and Explore each year - and this year was no different! Participants did it all: 5Ks, 10Ks, hikes of varying distances and adventures of archery, tree climbing, nature crafts, music and food trucks - all while helping to raise over $30,000 for environmental education! Thank you to our wonderful community!

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!   Mark your calendar for one of our exciting new benefits - a Member's Only Open House on Saturday, October 7th.  Our doors and trails will open for our members and their families to meet staff, have fun, explore, and receive exclusive updates.

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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.

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...

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