Mark your calendars for upcoming programs!
Saturday, April 2 | 8:30–10:00AM & Saturday, May 7 | 8:30–10:00AM
Start your weekend with an invigorating hike from The HIIT Factor on Larchmere to the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and back. We'll focus on the health of our mind and bodies as we alternate from a brisk walk to taking nature breaks with a naturalist along the way. Then, back at The HITT Factor, enjoy a complimentary sampler class led by fitness instructor, Haja Tunkar. Prepare for dirt trails and to hike for about 3.5 miles. Meet at the HIIT Factor on Larchmere.
Registration Required. Free.
Saturday, April 30
10:00–11:30AM Wildflower Hike, 12:00–1:30PM Creek Exploration,
2:00–3:30PM Caterpillar/Butterfly Monitoring
Join the Nature Center education team as we search the trails (and creek) for as many different types of living things as we can find. The results will be shared with our local City Nature Challenge team. This global event celebrates biodiversity in urban areas around the world and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate the biodiversity here in Cleveland! Participants of all ages are welcome. These programs take place along dirt trails. “Creek Exploration” requires stepping into a shallow portion of Doan Brook and “Monarch Caterpillar Monitoring” includes off trail components. Stop in the Friends Pavillion during your visit to enjoy nature-themed games between 11:30AM–2:00PM.
$5 per member; $7.50 per non-member; no charge for ages 2 and under.
Thursday, May 19 | 5:30–6:30PM
Find your inspiration along the Nature Center trails with the Guild of Nature Artists. This experience includes an easy stroll on our trails followed by a seated drawing activity. It is for artists of all skill levels ages 10 to adult. Meet at the Nature Center.
Registration Required. Free.
Tuesday, May 24 | 5:30–7PM
Make your own rain barrel and save more than just water! We supply the barrel, parts, and tools and show you how to construct a closed, 55-gallon rain barrel system. Barrels can be attached to any standard downspout to collect and conserve rainwater for your plants and yard. This event is in collaboration with Doan Brook Watershed Partnership.
Workshop fee, including parts, is $60.
Lecture series sponsored by
Select Dates in March and April | Virtual
Local experts will share the benefits of gardening with native plants and show us how the decisions we make for our home or neighborhood gardens can have a positive impact on the surrounding community. Join the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and Doan Brook Watershed Partnership for this virtual series inspired by Douglas Tallamy’s Book, Bringing Nature Home.
Free. Donations welcome. Details and dates coming soon.
HENRY THE IMPATIENT HERON
Saturday, April 2 | 11AM–12PM
Join a naturalist to learn about Great Blue Herons and other waterfowl. Program
includes a story, craft & hike. $5 member; $10 non-member.
Saturday, May 14 | 11AM–12PM
Join a naturalist to uncover who is living in the rocks and sediments in the Doan Brook. Program includes a story, creek exploration and craft. Please bring boots and a change
of shoes for creek walking. $5 member; $10 non-member.
Sunday, May 15 | 1-3PM
Join Loganberry Books and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes for this quarterly book club. This May, we will be discussing The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield by Stephen Heyman.
What do Malabar Farms, Humphrey Bogart and soil conservation have in common? Louis Bromfield was born in Mansfield, Ohio, went on to become a WWII ambulance driver, a Pulitzer Prize winning-author in the 1920's, an ex-pat in France and an early proponent of conservation. With his experimental farm, Malabar Farms, Bromfield played an important role in the environmental movement we know today. Bromfield's story is one not to be forgotten, colorful in so many ways, but so very important in the world's discussion of sustainable agriculture and organic farming today.
Suggested $5 donation
Friday, April 22, 10AM - 2PM
Join us at the Nature Center for Earth Day and help us celebrate all month! People across the globe sought outdoor recreational opportunities during the height of the pandemic, which was reflected in a record number of visitors to the Nature Center last year. We are here year-round, but this month, we are celebrating with various activities for all to enjoy.
Earth Day activities include: grounds clean-up, special giveaways, selfie station, scavenger hunt, storywalk and more!
Can't make it? Here are some other ways to celebrate Earth Day throughout April:
Doan Brook Stream Sweep | April 16, 1PM - 3 PM
Earth Month in the Heights | Cleveland Heights Green Team
Rain Barrel Workshop | May 24, 5:30PM - 7PM (Must register by April 25)
Join our Composting Program