Why we need to protect and preserve public lands

Why we need to protect and preserve public lands Imagine if there were no parks or places of natural beauty to escape to. What would that be like? Perhaps it would be a concrete jungle or a highway filled with congested traffic, removing resting areas for migratory birds. Perhaps it would be desolate land, stripped […]

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52 things to do and see at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

In the 1960’s, the Shaker Parklands were threatened by the proposed Clark-Lee Freeway. The route would have gone through the Parklands, connecting Cleveland’s East Side to Downtown. Community activists banned together to save the beloved land, which so many had come to known as a place for rest and relaxation. One strategy they used to […]

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How our team carries out the mission at home

How our team carries out the mission at home At the Nature Center, we’re a passionate bunch committed to environmental stewardship and conservation. It should come as no surprise that many members of our team demonstrate these qualities outside of their work at the Nature Center, at home and in their communities, by integrating environmentally […]

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How to train for Hike, Run & Explore!

How to train for Hike, Run & Explore! It’s that time of the year when the leaves begin to turn from green to autumnal hues of yellow and orange, and the temperatures begin to cool making for idyllic running conditions. Whether you’re new to the running scene, just getting back into it or are a […]

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Why invasive plants can pose a risk

Identifying native or invasive plants can be challenging. Mitigating the damage that can come from the spread of an invasive species is a tough battle. Invasive species often spread and grow due to human behavior, like walking or moving firewood long distances. It can happen unintentionally when you’re outdoors or traveling from one place to […]

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How to help pollinators this summer

Could you live in a world without flowers, coffee or fruit? Thanks to pollinators, we’re able to enjoy these. Without them, we would be missing out on a lot of our favorite things — including food. For more than a decade, the pollinator population has continued to decline due to destruction of habitats, disease and […]

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5 ways to unplug during Screen-Free Week

Whether at home or at work, many of us spend a portion of our day behind a screen. For some, we spend more than 9 hours a day looking at our computers, phones or TVs. With screens of every kind becoming more prevalent in our lives, one has to wonder — what effect does this […]

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Let’s talk trash: Ways to reduce plastic pollution this Earth Day

Picture this: You sit down for a meal at a casual restaurant and order a beverage. Let’s say you order a soda drink. Your cup is most likely made of plastic — and the straw that comes with it? You guessed it: Plastic. After you’re finished, it’s thrown into the trash. Maybe it makes it […]

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Enjoy the Outdoors in Winter

Cold and winter weather often keeps us inside. At the right temperatures, that is certainly smart; however, it is important to your health and well being to enjoy the outdoors even in cold and winter temperatures. When we are stuck inside, germs multiply and are more likely to be shared. Getting outdoors into fresh air […]

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Conservation at Work

Years ago, ninety-five percent of North East Ohio was made up of dense forest and dominated by shade-loving plants such as Jacob’s Ladder, Mayapple, Virginia Bluebells, Wild Ginger, and Wild Geranium. Over time, non-native, invasive plant species began to make their way into North East Ohio, pushing out the native species and changing the biodiversity […]

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