A CAMPAIGN FOR THE NATURE CENTER AT SHAKER LAKES
More than 50 years ago, our community saved this green space, not only to preserve vital habitats but to provide outdoor experiences that engage and educate all. Today, we are called together to strengthen the legacy they built by investing in our outdoor classroom for generations to come. We are embarking on a bold and exciting plan to restore, renovate and enhance our 20 acres.
Vital restoration to aging infrastructure is needed now for the long-term sustainability of this natural preserve and the experiences that happen within it. Remarkably, the Nature Center receives no local tax dollars to maintain these 20 acres within the Shaker Parklands. Your support plays a vital role in the success of our campaign, and in safeguarding the next 50 years of learning at the Nature Center.
ADA-accessible trail enhancements with larger gathering spaces for classes to spend more time in discussion and observation along its path. A newly designed gazebo aimed for relaxation, classroom experiences and events
An expanded wildlife viewing area, fish observation deck and stormwater outfall overlook will allow for greater learning opportunities to happen directly in nature.
Photo: Please note, this is a concept not an actual rendering.
We have an opportunity now to improve this remarkable place through ongoing enhancements to the experiences that engage people here throughout the years. Similar to how each person involved in the Freeway Fight of the mid-1960s played an invaluable role, there is a vital role for you to now play in our exciting campaign to help bring these vital enhancements to life. We look forward to taking a walk in these woods with you and talking about how your support can make a meaningful impact on the success of our campaign, and on the next 50 years of outdoor learning.
Graham P. Hearns
Cynthia M. Klug
David H. Lavelle
Michael T. Novak
Rita M. & Peter A. Carfagna
Claudia & David C. Fulton, Jr.
John C. Barber
James T. Dixon
Kimberly H. Dyer
Margaret R. Giltinan
Kathleen A. Heffernan
Kitty L. Makley
From the beginning, the Nature Center was envisioned as a place for learning, where the native landscapes could be used to teach natural science concepts. For more than 50 years the impact of the Nature Center on both our youngest and oldest learners is tanglible.
Photo: 1969, civic leaders celebrate the end of the freeway fight and a new beginning for the community with the groundbreaking of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.
OUR COMMUNITY SAVED THIS UNIQUE GREEN SPACE NOT ONLY TO PRESERVE THE HABITATS, BUT TO PROVIDE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES THAT ENGAGE AND EDUCATE ALL. TODAY, WE ARE CALLED TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN THAT LEGACY BY INVESTING IN OUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM TO FURTHER ENHANCE THOSE EXPERIENCES — BOTH FORMAL AND INFORMAL, PERSONAL AND SHARED — THAT WILL ENRICH OUR COMMUNITY NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE.