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Discover the many ways you can experience the Shaker Parklands.

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Fall Hiking Series: Your Park. Your Future.
Sept 19 - Mid Nov

55 years ago, the Nature Center building was constructed as one of many grassroots efforts to stop the proposed Clark-Lee Freeway from tearing through the Shaker Parklands. These “Freeway Fighters” understood the value of natural spaces and, because of their efforts, we continue to enjoy these spaces today.

This fall, join us to discover the many ways you can experience the Shaker Parklands.

Hike themes include:

  • Move: Enjoy fresh air and meet new people as you hike along the trails with experienced guides. Hikes vary from 3-10 miles in length with pacing ranging from leisurely to energetic. Check the hike description for more details on expected mileage, pacing and terrain.
  • Learn: Make observations as you hike and learn what makes these sights unique with the help of your naturalist guide. Check the hike description for the theme and recommended age range of participants (family or adult).
  • Reflect: Immerse yourself in nature while practicing mindfulness techniques, engaging in self-reflection, or finding the inspiration to create art. Check the hike description for the theme and recommended age range of participants (family or adult).

Upcoming Hikes

Margasway Yoga Family Meditation Walk | Thursday, September 30 | 1PM
Join Margaret Stamm on this 30-minute walk as she blends the peacefulness of walking in nature with simple mindfulness activities the whole family can enjoy.
Cleveland Hiking Club (CHC) | Friday, October 1 | 10AM
Join the Cleveland Hiking Club for a leisurely three-mile hike around the Shaker Parklands. CHC encourages and promotes outdoor recreation primarily in the form of hikes and related outings. Meet at the Nature Center. Led by Fran Jacobs.
SYATT: Football Family Game Night | Friday, October 1 | 4:45PM 
Rep your team and come prepared for a challenge as we “hike” the ball in this favorite fall classic!
Journey on Yonder: Finding Joy in Nature | Sunday, October 3 | 10:30AM 
Time to slip on your cozy sweaters and hats and journey out on the trails to delight in the colors and character of the fall season! Kim Woodford, founder of Journey On Yonder will lead a meaningful Sunday morning journey to observe autumn's transformation and lessons to be had in creating/finding joy in nature.
Cleveland Hiking Club | Friday, October 8 | 10AM 
Join the Cleveland Hiking Club for a leisurely three-mile hike around the Shaker Parklands. CHC encourages and promotes outdoor recreation primarily in the form of hikes and related outings. Meet at the Nature Center.
NCSL Sunset Hike | Friday October 8 | 6:30PM 
Take a stroll with us at dusk as we find out that sunset is more than a time to watch the sky turn beautiful colors, but also a magical time to watch wildlife. We'll watch this natural "shift change" as daytime animals tuck in for the night and our nocturnal friends start to wake up.
Cleveland Hiking Club | Saturday, October 9 | 9AM 
Trails/Hills/Energetic - 10 miles (7 mile option)
Cleveland Hiking Club | Monday, October 11 | 2PM or 7PM 
Join the Cleveland Hiking Club for a four or five mile hike around the Shaker Parklands. CHC encourages and promotes outdoor recreation primarily in the form of hikes and related outings. Meet at the Nature Center.
Cleveland Hiking Club | Tuesday, October 12 |7PM 
Join the Cleveland Hiking Club for a five-mile hike around the Shaker Parklands. CHC encourages and promotes outdoor recreation primarily in the form of hikes and related outings. Meet at the Nature Center.
Margasway Yoga Family Meditation Walk | Thursday, October 14 | 1PM
Join Margaret Stamm from Margasway Yoga as she blends the peacefulness of walking in nature with simple mindfulness activities the whole family can enjoy.
Cleveland Hiking Club | Friday, October 15 | 10AM 
Join the Cleveland Hiking Club for a leisurely three-mile hike around the Shaker Parklands. CHC encourages and promotes outdoor recreation primarily in the form of hikes and related outings. Meet at the Nature Center.
NCSL Doan Gorge Full Loop Hike | Saturday, October 16 | 3PM 
2.2 miles, rugged terrain! Age 9+. A challenging hike with great rewards. Discover towering cliffs and a large waterfall hidden in our neighborhood on this full tour of the inspiring natural gem between Coventry and MLK Blvd. Park on Roxboro Road off of North Park Blvd.
Cleveland Hiking Club | Tuesday, October 19 | 7PM
Join the Cleveland Hiking Club for a five-mile hike around the Shaker Parklands. CHC encourages and promotes outdoor recreation primarily in the form of hikes and related outings. Meet at the Nature Center.
GirlTrek Hunter's Moon Hike | Wednesday, October 20 | 6:45PM 
Join Jo Rattiliff of GirlTrek to explore the trails at the Nature Center at night, guided by the light and beauty of the full moon. GirlTrek encourages African American women and girls to walk to inspire healthy living, families and communities. For this hike, we invite all of our community members to join the experience.
Najada Davis Nature Photography Hike | Thursday, October 21 | 5PM 
Join Najada Davis as you learn the basics of nature photography and practice your new skills along the Nature Center's trails. Bring your own camera or smartphone for this experience.
Cleveland Hiking Club | Friday, October 22 | 10AM 
Join the Cleveland Hiking Club for a three-mile hike around the Shaker Parklands. CHC encourages and promotes outdoor recreation primarily in the form of hikes and related outings. Meet at the Nature Center.
NCSL Calming Gorge Hike| Sunday, October 24 | 10:30AM 
1.2 miles, rugged terrain. Trails meander up and down steep slopes between the north cliffs of the Doan Gorge and the brook, but the pace will be gentle with tree ID along the way. We'll take a moment to sit by the brook and meditate or ponder and be soothed by the sounds of a small waterfall. Park on Roxboro Road off of North Park Blvd.
Journey on Yonder Finding Joy in Nature | Monday, October 25 | 5PM
Time to slip on your cozy sweaters and hats and journey out on the trails to delight in the colors and character of the fall season! Kim Woodford, founder of Journey On Yonder will lead a meaningful Sunday afternoon journey to observe autumn's transformation and lessons to be had in creating/finding joy in nature.
Cleveland Hiking Club | Thursday, October 28 | 7PM
Join the Cleveland Hiking Club for a six-mile hike around the Shaker Parklands. CHC encourages and promotes outdoor recreation primarily in the form of hikes and related outings. Meet at the Nature Center.
SYATT National “Stress” Awareness Day | Wednesday, November 3 | 10:45AM 
Pack your Brown-Bag-Brunch and join Syatt for 5 ways to Relax, Relate, and Release in nature!

 

Registration for all hikes is required.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Seagate
Solarflo
Port of Cleveland
Edward Jones Investments

CMH Accounting Services, Evolution Capital Partners, Betsy Warner

A special thank you to our partners: Cleveland Hiking Club, Guild of Nature Artists, Najada Davis, Journey on Yonder, GirlTrek, Margasway Yoga, and SYATT

Sponsors updated as of 9/1/2021

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