ENHANCING YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

OUR PLANS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

CAMPAIGN FOR THE NATURE CENTER AT SHAKER LAKES

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TRANSFORMATION
NEW NEIGHBORHOOD ENTRANCES CONNECTING YOUR PARK TO THE SHAKER PARKLANDS
Coming Fall 2021

We will improve pedestrian connections on Stearns Trail between the street, our driveway, and parking lot, and create welcoming new community trail entrances with bike racks.
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes All People's Trail

Photo credit: Laura Dempsey

REINVIGORATING
YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
AN ACCESSIBLE TREEHOUSE IN THE FOREST
Coming Spring 2021

Fall 2020 marked the completion of new features on Stearns Woodland Trail incluing new trail infrastructure, bridges, a nature play area, and South Marsh Observation Deck, but the best is yet to come!

We will be improving our Stearns Woodland Trail by adding an accessible treehouse designed by Nelson Treehouse of the Animal Planet show Treehouse Masters! Enjoy Stearns Woodland Trail in a new and exciting way - from the canopy!
Shaker Lakes Capital Campaign

Photo of similar treehouse project built by Nelson Treehouse

DISCOVER
YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
NATURE PLAY AREA
Coming Soon: Fall 2021

Engage children’s gross motor skill development with use of natural structures and materials uniquely suited to the look and feel of the surrounding Stearns Woodland Trail. Climb on a piece of the iconic Shaker Lake 300 year old white oak tree and explore and engage in nature play!

The nature play area will include the addition of movable, natural materials for imaginative, unstructured play, building and climbing.
Play areas Cleveland

Photo credit: Bob Perkoski

EXPLORE
YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
STEARNS WOODLAND TRAIL
Phase 1 Completed: November 2020

Renovations on the one-mile Stearns Woodland Trail included reconstruction of the boardwalks, two bridges, and the addition of an ADA-accessible entrance and trail segment and a new wetland observation deck.
Shaker Lakes Capital Campaign

Photo credit: Bob Perkoski

ACCESSIBLE
NATURE EXPERIENCES
ALL PEOPLE'S TRAIL
Completed Summer 2019.

The All People's Trail now features ADA-accessible trail enhancements with larger gathering spaces for classes to spend more time in discussion and observation along its path. The Rose Foundation Gazebo offers space for relaxation, classroom experiences, and events.

An expanded wildlife viewing area, fish observation deck and stormwater outfall overlook allows for greater learning opportunities for people of all abilities.
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Photo credit: Laura Dempsey

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LAVELLE FAMILY AMPITHEATER
Completed 2018

Located behind the Visitor Center, this unique ADA-accessible educational venue connects to our trails and parking lot. Great for events, educational programs, and a quiet space to watch birds at the bird feeders, this is a versatile, year-round space for every occasion.
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes All People's Trail

Photo credit: Dave Brown

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WE NEED YOUR HELP

Your support in this final phase of the campaign will help us fully realize this vision for the Nature Center and make it a more valuable resource for you, your family, and everyone who visits.

Your fully tax-deductible gift, at any level, will support the completion of these much-needed enhancements to your nature preserve that is the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

Will you help us restore the trails, habitats, and outdoor facilities at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes during this final phase of our campaign?

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