ENHANCING YOUR
OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

A CAMPAIGN FOR THE NATURE CENTER AT SHAKER LAKES

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ENHANCING YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
JOIN THE MOVEMENT

With the completion of the Lavelle Family Ampitheater, All People's Trail, and Stearns Woodland Trail infrastructure, we are excited to turn our attention to Phase 4 of the capital campaign. Help support our cause to make your outdoor classroom more engaging, more sustainable, and more accessible to the entire region for generations to come.

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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.

REINVIGORATING
YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
COMING SOON :
NELSON TREEHOUSE
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: PHASE 4

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 are working with Nelson Treehouse to design an ADA accessible treehouse on Stearns Woodland Trail! We anticipate holding a grand openingt to celebrate the occasion, COVID-19 guidelines permitting.
Shaker Lakes Capital Campaign
EXPLORE
YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
STEARNS WOODLAND TRAIL
Visit and enjoy:

NEW bridges and trail infrastructure

NEW wetland observation deck with increased seating along the mini-marsh

NEW nature play area using natural structures and materials

NEW and ongoing restored native habitats

Completed November 2020.
Shaker Lakes Capital Campaign

Photo credit: Bob Perkoski

DISCOVER
YOUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
NATURE PLAY AREA
The NEW nature play area is now open!

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!

Completed November 2020.
Play areas Cleveland

Photo credit: Bob Perkoski

ACCESSIBLE
NATURE EXPERIENCES
ALL PEOPLE'S TRAIL

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.

Completed Summer 2019.
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Photo credit: Laura Dempsey

TRAILHEAD
TRANSFORMATION
CLEVELAND FOUNDATION NORTH WOODLAND TRAILHEAD

This welcoming enhancement now connects the Nature Center to the larger Shaker Parklands and with the regional Lake to Lakes Trail system. Two trailheads with bike racks and wayfinding signage guide visitors to a new ADA-accessible ramp leading down to the scenic All People's Trail boardwalk.

Completed Summer 2019.
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes All People's Trail

Photo credit: Laura Dempsey

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LEAVE YOUR LEGACY

The Legacy Pathway is a unique chance to leave your mark on the historic All People's Trail transformation. Your gift will play an integral role in Enhancing Your Outdoor Classroom including the iconic elevated boardwalk that is the centerpiece of our environmental education programs.

To be part of the second installation, purchase your nameplate or leaf by December 31.
To see the first installation of the Legacy Pathway, stop by the All People's Trail, open dawn to dusk.
For inquiries, contact Patty Albrecht at (216) 321-5935 x 232 or email albrecht@shakerlakes.org.
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THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes board
CO-CHAIRS

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

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

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

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

John C. Barber
James T. Dixon
Kimberly H. Dyer
Margaret R. Giltinan
Matthew R. Goldman
Kathleen A. Heffernan
Kitty L. Makley
Denise L. Neary
Carrie Brumbaugh Shelfer

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YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED

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*.

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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 SPACES
FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
"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 BOLD VISION

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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