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THE NATURE CENTER AT SHAKER LAKES
FALL PROGRAMS

Mark your calendars for upcoming programs!

HEALING WALK CLUB with the HIIT FACTOR
Saturday 9.10 | 8–9:30AM | HIIT Factor & Nature Center
Take an invigorating hike from The HIIT Factor on Larchmere to the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, and back. Focus on the health of your mind and body while alternating between a brisk walk and naturalist-led nature breaks. Back at The HITT Factor enjoy a complimentary sampler class led by fitness instructor, Haja Tunkara (9:30–10AM and/ or 10:30–11AM). Prepare for dirt trails and to hike about 3.5 miles. Registration required. Free. Donations welcome.

GUIDED SUMMER BIRD WALKS
Wednesdays 9.14 & 9.28* | 6–7:30PM | Nature Center
Sundays 10.16, 10.23*, 11.13, 11.27*, 12.11, 12.18* | 8–9:30AM | Nature Center ♿
Join a guided walk through the Shaker Parklands looking and listening for birds. The first walk of each month begins on our ADA-accessible boardwalk and moves to dirt trails throughout the Parklands. The second walk of each month (marked with an asterisk*) is fully accessible and includes an ASL interpreter. For all hikes, meet in the Nature Center parking lot. Binoculars are available. Rain or shine. Accessible hikes will be canceled if the paths are covered in snow/ice. Registration required. Free. Donations welcome.

SHAKER LAKES HIKE & RUN
Sunday, 9.18 | 7AM Registration Opens  | 8:30AM  5K & 10K Depart | 8:35AM 1 Mile Fun Run Departs | 8:45AM Guided Hikes Depart
The annual Shaker Lakes Hike & Run benefits environmental education & promotes health & wellness while celebrating the Shaker Parklands. Partial proceeds also support the Jenny Goldman Memorial Nature Outreach Fund. Children ages 3–12 may register for any race, any distance throughout the registration period for $15. Ages 0–2 free. Registration includes a t-shirt & post-race refreshments. Members receive a $5 discount off any registration. Contact soltow@shakerlakes.org to become a member or to request your discount code.

RECENTER & RESET HIKES 
Sundays 9.25 & 10.23 | 6–7PM | Nature Center
Join Jo Rattiliff of GirlTrek to clear your mind, set your intentions and start your week right. Enjoy the fresh air, sounds of flowing water, evening bird calls, and more. This leisurely walk takes place over mixed surfaces (paved and dirt trails). Rain or shine. Registration required. Free. Donations welcome.

AUTUMNFEST: FAIRY TALES IN THE FOREST
Saturday, 10.1 | 4–8PM | Nature Center
Don’t miss this FREE magical evening in the forest, rain or shine. Decorate a magic pumpkin, climb the enchanted beanstalk (tree climbing), take a spooktacular evening hike, join the Shaker Library for story time and wand making, concoct s’mores at the fire breathing dragon pit, make a fairy gnome home, feast on fairy food at food trucks, or grab witches brew at libation stations.

Downy woodpeckerANNUAL BIRD SEED SALE FUNDRAISER
10.1–10.25 | Nature Center
Support the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and your feathered friends! Visit our website starting October 1 for available options, prices, and to place your order. Order pick-up will be in the Nature Center parking lot on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 from 11AM–3PM.  Thanks to Dave Pretnar, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Mayfield Heights, for partnering with us to offer high-quality bird seed for your feeders.

Birding programsTHE BIG SIT! BIRD-WATCHING’S MOST SEDENTARY EVENT
Sunday 10.9 | Dawn–Dusk | Nature Center APT Boardwalk
Bird-watching teams from all corners of the world will enter 17-foot diameter circles and record every bird they see or hear during a 24-hour period, beginning at midnight. This “tailgate party for birders” was founded by the New Haven (CT) Bird Club 26 years ago. Here at the Nature Center, we will count from dawn to dusk. Over the 17 years NCSL has participated, 94 species have been recorded. Stop by and say hello or register to participate. Free.

OWL PROWL
Friday 11.4 | 7–9PM | Lakeview Cemetery
Live owls will be present as this evening begins when naturalists from Cleveland Metroparks and the Nature Center of Shaker Lakes share stories of owls that inhabit Northeast Ohio. Then head out on a hike in hopes of observing wild owls perched in the trees. Bring your binoculars! Registration required. $15 per person.

NATURALIST NOTEBOOK: OBSERVING NATURE
IN SMALL CREATURES AND POETRY

Sunday 11.20 | 1–3PM | Hybrid: Join at Loganberry Books/Online
Author Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s memoir, "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating", brings readers closer to the world under their feet, asking us all to slow down and observe. Poetry has the ability to make us slow down and relish words quietly, and no poet does a better job writing about nature than Mary Oliver in "American Primitive." These two small books will give participants the chance to take a breath in these crazy times and savor the natural world. Registration required. Free. Donations welcome. Purchase your book at Loganberry Books for a 10% discount.

BEHIND THE SCENES: ANIMAL CARE
Wednesdays 10.19, 11.16, 12.14 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Nature Center
Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep our animals at the Nature Center happy and healthy? If you’re curious about animal care or just want a chance to meet our animals close up, join us for an afternoon of feeding our turtles and snakes! Registration required. Free. Donations welcome.

WRITING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SHAKER LAKES:
A POETIC MEDICINE WORKSHOP SERIES
Wednesdays 9.28, 10.5, 10.12, 10.19, 10.26, 11.2 | 1:30–3:30PM | Nature Center
Join Tara Broderick, Shaker Heights resident and Certified Poetic Medicine Practitioner to experience the power of poetry to deepen our connection to the natural world and our understanding of how our outer and inner landscapes relate to each other. Each session throughout the series includes reading poetry from a packet (provided to each participant), time for poem writing, and optional sharing of poems in a safe space. Read more about each week’s topics on our website. Registration required. $20 per session or $95 for the entire series. Members receive a 20% discount.

NATURE STORY TIME
Saturdays 10.15, 11.19, 12.17 | 10:30–11:30AM
This year, our monthly Nature Story Time series is inspired by Sarah Nelson’s book, A Park Connects Us. Nelson celebrates the many ways a community can join together to experience a green space. Let’s explore, play, and create together as we experience the many ways we can connect right here in our own neighborhood green space at the Nature Center. Each program includes a story, an outdoor exploration, and an activity. This program is recommended for children ages 3–6 with an adult. Registration required. $7 per child. Members receive a 20% discount. Use coupon code “Connect” for buy one, get one tickets.

VISITOR ACTIVITIES AT THE WELCOME DESK
Stop by the Welcome Desk year-round for fun, rotating activities to enhance your visit!
Coming this fall, create a special craft for World Animal Day on October 4, World Reptile
Day October 21, and check out tree bark and leaf rubbing this autumn.