A CAMPAIGN FOR THE NATURE CENTER AT SHAKER LAKES
With the completion of the Lavelle Family Ampitheatre and new All People's Trail, we are excited to turn our attention to the Stearns Woodland Trail. Join your fellow community members to make your outdoor classroom more engaging, more sustainable, and more accessible to the entire region for generations to come.
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.
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. 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.
Graham P. Hearns
Cynthia M. Klug
David H. Lavelle
Michael T. Novak
Rita M. & Peter A. Carfagna
Stewart A. & Donna M. Kohl
Claudia & David C. Fulton, Jr.
John C. Barber
James T. Dixon
Kimberly H. Dyer
Margaret R. Giltinan
Kathleen A. Heffernan
Kitty L. Makley
We are embarking on a bold and exciting plan to restore, renovate and enhance our 20 acres. We have an opportunity to improve this remarkable place through ongoing enhancements to the experiences that engage people here throughout the years. We look forward to taking a walk in these woods with you and talking about how your support matters, much like how these stories of giving have and will continue to have a meaningful impact on the success of our campaign, and on the next 50 years of outdoor learning: the Rose Foundation, the Lavelle Family, and the Barber Habitat Restoration Fund*.
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.