HONORING THE PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE OF NATURE ACCESS FOR ALL
Monday, November 4, 2019
Since its opening in 1983, the All People’s Trail has connected our community with nature, giving all visitors as bird’s-eye view of Doan Brook, allowing them to move through the forest canopy and immersing them in a marsh full of singing insects and migrating birds. We are proud to say that throughout its history, Nature Center naturalists have educated an estimated 350,000 students on the All People’s Trail through school trips and outdoor camp experiences. Through 2010–2012, the Marsh Restoration Project replaced invasive cattails with colorful native swamp rose mallow. Today, the All People’s Trail allows exclusive access to this stunning summer sight in our community.
True to its name, the All People’s Trail allows people of all abilities to access nature in unique and inspiring ways. Pictured here, in 1983, a group of visually impaired people experience northeast Ohio habitats through smell, sound, and touch. The new All People’s Trail (est.2019) is longer and more accessible than ever. It now features a larger marsh overlook and landing, a one-of-a-kind woodland-themed gazebo, and more welcoming entrances forgathering and beginning a journey on our trail. Looking to the future,we are excited for even more school groups, families, friends, and supporters to experience the new All People’s Trail, which will bring the beauty and tranquility of nature to life in innovative and engaging ways.
The second half of Enhancing Your Outdoor Classroom: The Campaign for the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is underway! With the completion of the new All People’s Trail, we are excited to turn our attention to the Stearns Woodland Trail. We hope you will join us and share our vision to make the Nature Center and your outdoor classroom more engaging, more sustainable, and more accessible to the entire region for generations to come.
To visit the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and the New All People’s Trail, opening on Saturday, November 9, visit our website: www.shakerlakes.org