Fall Programs

Unless otherwise indicated in the description, all programs are located at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. For more information, call 216-321-5935. To register for any of the programs listed, please click on the link below.


Fall Bird Walks
Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sundays, October 8, November 12, December 10, 8:15 am

Meet in the Nature Center parking lot to take a guided stroll through the Shaker Parklands looking and listening for birds. No previous birding experience is necessary. Binoculars are available for use in exchange for an ID. Free.


Bird Banding Demonstrations Resume
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, August 21 - October 20, 7:30 - 11:30 am

Meet Julie West to observe migratory birds as they are banded. Banding provides valuable insights about the migratory bird routes in Northeast Ohio. Free.


Shaker Lakes Hike, Run & Explore
Sunday, September 17, 7 am - 2 pm

This special event kicks off with the annual Shaker Lakes Hike & Run. Registration for one-, four-, five- and twelve-mile hikes or 5k and 10k races begins at 7am. Hikes start at 8:45am and races start at 9am. The day of adventure continues with music, games, food trucks, beer garden and activities* including archery and tree climbing until 2pm. Register for races at shakerlakes.org. *Donations accepted for activities. 


National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 30 10 am - 12 pm

Started in 1994, National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day effort to preserve and protect public lands. In honor of National Public Lands Day, the Nature Center and Doan Brook Watershed Partnership are co-hosting a stewardship project in the Shaker Parklands. For more information, email the Volunteer Coordinator.


First Annual Member Appreciation Day
Saturday, October 7, 10 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a morning of special events exclusively for Nature Center members! Meet and greet with Nature Center staff including President & CEO Kay Carlson, foraging hike and presentation by local Forager, and Master Larder, Jeremy Umansky, birding demonstration, nature-based children's activity and craft, plant walk and special day-long member discount of 25% in our Duck Pond gift shop.


The Big Sit
Sunday, October 8, Beginning at 12 am for 24 hours

Join area bird watchers at this annual "tailgate party for birders" to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within a 24-hour period. Meet on the All People's Trail marsh deck. This event also serves as a fundraising effort for bird-related projects and events at the Nature Center through pledges gathered by participants. For more information, contact Julie West at jwest@ameritch.net.


Family Photo Sessionettes
Saturday, October 14, 10 am - 4 pm

The beautiful autumnal colors at the Nature Center make a perfect backdrop for your family photos! Schedule your sessionette with Cleveland photographer Kim Ponsky at a fraction of the cost and support the Nature Center. These 20-minute sessions will book quickly so call Kim at 216.229.7427 to schedule today. $100 includes session, your choice of a 5x7 or low-res digital print of Kim's choosing, and 10% off a la carte items, including custom holiday cards. Rain date: Sunday, October 22


Annual Campfire Night: Hoots and Howls
Friday, October 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

A favorite fall event! Enjoy an evening of hiking, crafts, campfires and s'mores for the whole family! Come prepared to hoot and howl while searching for nocturnal animals around the Nature Center. Foster Brown from the Metroparks will bring an owl, too! Bring camp chairs and marshmallow sticks. $5 per person, $25 max per family, up to 6 people. Register by Wednesday, October 18. 


Stewardship Saturday
Saturday, October 21 10 am - 12 pm

Join our Natural Resources Manager in completing land management and trail maintenance tasks at the Nature Center. Be sure to wear boots if you have them, or bring old shoes and borrow our boots! Bring a water bottle. Families with school-aged children 8 and older are welcome. Pre-register for this program at shaker lakes.org/volunteering.


MotoPhoto Fall Portraits
Saturday, October 21

Use this great opportunity for beautiful fall portraits with your family! Choose your local photographer, MotoPhoto in Shaker Heights, for all your portrait needs. $75 for a 30 minute mini session and receive 20% off your first purchase within 2 weeks of your appointment. A portion of the proceeds are returned to the Nature Center. Time to think of holiday cards and gifts! Call  216-751-6686 ext.103 to book your appointment today.


Chocolate on the Rocks Gorge Hike
Sunday, November 5, 3 to 5 pm

Experience the local treasure of the Doan Brook Gorge awash in fall colors at sunset while exploring towering cliffs without leaving the Heights AND savor fine chocolates while enjoying the view! This hike is 1.5 miles and includes some rough terrain. $10 for non-members, $5 for members.


Planetary Health in the Age of the Anthropocene
Friday, November 10, 7 pm at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; co-sponsored by the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

By Dr. Christopher Golden, Research Associate, Department of Environmental Health and Visiting Scientist, Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. This lecture will explore how humans have caused massive disruption to the natural systems of the planet, which not only pose threats to nature, but also to the mental and physical health of human populations. Dr. Golden will discuss the intersections between environmental change and human health and what might be done to tackle these problems in the future. Dr. Golden is also the director of HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages), Wildlife Conservation Society. $10 for members; $12 for non-members; $6 for students and teachers with appropriate identification. Call the CMNH box office at 216.231.1177 to receive the member price.


 Build-a-Bird Feeder Workshop
Saturday, November 11, 10 am to 12 pm

Get ready for winter bird watching by building a bird feeder at this fun, family workshop. Dave from Wild Birds Unlimited will discuss what kind of seed is best for birds and what types of seeds to offer for the birds you want to attract. We cut the lumber, you put the feeder together! Cost is $38 per feeder and includes a small bag of sunflower seeds to get started. Register by Friday, November 3.


Citizen Science: Project FeederWatch
Select Weekends November 11, 2017 - April 8, 2018

The Nature Center has been submitting feeder counts to the Cornell Lab Project FeederWatch for over a decade. We are now recruiting volunteers for the upcoming season! Participating in this citizen science program is a great way to connect with the natural world and help shake off the winter blues. Exercise your passion for birds and identify, count and record birds, fill feeders that attract sparrows, finches, jays and woodpeckers, and enter data during your two-hour shift (minimum commitment four shifts on select weekends November 11, 2017 through April 8, 2018).  For more information, email the Volunteer Coordinator.


Words in the Woods: A Youth Writing Workshop
Saturday, November 18, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Take an inspirational hike led by a Nature Center environmental educator and join guest writer Gail Nyoka in a writing workshop that will blend storytelling, theatrical exercises and writing. This program is in collaboration with Lake Erie ink. Cost is $5 at the door, but registration is required online at http://lakeerieink.org/event/words-in-the-woods/.


To register for any of the programs listed, please click on the link below.