ENHANCING YOUR
OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

A CAMPAIGN FOR THE NATURE CENTER AT SHAKER LAKES

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ENHANCING YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
OUR BOLD VISION

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.

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INSPIRING ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
OUR IMPACT CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED
ANNUALLY WE WELCOME:
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OUR ASK! PROGRAM OUTCOMES:
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NOW IS
YOUR TIME
TO INVEST IN PRESERVING THIS TREASURED SPACE FOR YEARS 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.

ACCESSIBLE
NATURE EXPERIENCES
ALL PEOPLE'S TRAIL
Reconstruction and improvement of the iconic APT will include include:
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.
TRAILHEAD
TRANSFORMATION
NEIGHBORHOOD TRAILS
This enhancement includes the installation of directional and interpretive signage to connect visitors to our trails and enhance their experiences while on the trails.
EXPANSION
FOR FUTURE LEARNING
STEARNS TRAIL
The largest enhancement plan yet, this enhancement is three-fold. We will create an accessible route to the mini-marsh deck, which will also be expanded with built-in seating to bring our wetlands programming to life. A nature play area, built with natural structures and materials, will aim to assist in motor function development and encourage imaginative learning outdoors. A treehouse will be the focal point of the nature play area, allowing children to experience a first-hand view of the floodplain forest from a 'tree's perspective.'

Photo: Please note, this is a concept not an actual rendering.

A SPACE FOR ALL
SEASONS
THE PAVILION
A new four-season pavilion will create a space for the community and students to enjoy year-round. This will also increase our capacity to host school field trips and provide enhanced rental space for events. This multi-functional space will feature movable glass doors, an observation deck for bird watching and restrooms.
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ENHANCING YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED

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.

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ENHANCING YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
THE CAMPAIGN COMMITEE
CO-CHAIRS

Graham P. Hearns
Cynthia M. Klug
David H. Lavelle
Michael T. Novak

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

Rita M. & Peter A. Carfagna
Harry Carlson
Claudia & David C. Fulton, Jr.

COMMITEE MEMBERS

John C. Barber
James T. Dixon
Kimberly H. Dyer
Margaret R. Giltinan
Kathleen A. Heffernan
Kitty L. Makley

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OUR REGION'S OUTDOOR CLASSROOM PROVIDES
LIFELONG CONNECTIONS
TO NATURE ACROSS GENERATIONS

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.

FROM OUR PAST
TO OUR FUTURE
"This forward vision we are embarking upon is emblematic of who we are and were we came from. Since 1966, community members, just like three generations of my family who have enjoyed and grown up at the Nature Center, have been forging a future for this conserved space. Decades later, we continue to carry out that same mission to preserve the trails and habitats that give so much to our region."

DAVID LAVELLE
Campaign Co-Chair

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.

UNPARALELLED
LEARNING EXPERIENCES
"Aside from the outstanding educational programs the Nature Center offers, the conserved space itself serves as a wise schoolmaster. The marsh, the prairie, the vernal pool, the forest and gardens whisper lessons for those who wish to listen and it is imperative that we contribute to its future. The coming enhancements will allow thousands to establish profound connections to nature and experience the boundless ways learning can take place outside of the four walls of a classroom."

CINDY KLUG
Campaign Co-Chair

A PROFOUND
CONNECTION
TO NATURE, OURSELVES AND OTHERS
"We are all passionate about preserving this urban oasis and ensuring a bright future for the next generation of environmental stewards. When you step into the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, time seems to stand still and allows for deeper learning and connection with nature and others in our lives. Without an effort to enhance a space and resources such as this, we risk losing an invaluable community treasure that would be deeply felt for decades to come."

GRAHAM HEARNS
Campaign Co-Chair

PROTECTING OUR
BELOVED SPACE
FOR THE FUTURE
"As stewards of one of the best community resources in the Cleveland area, both individually and collectively, we share a desire to enhance this space for future generations."

MICHAEL NOVAK
Campaign Co-Chair

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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.

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