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THE NATURE CENTER AT SHAKER LAKES
WINTER PROGRAMS

Mark your calendars for upcoming programs!

GUIDED BIRD WALKS
Nature Center
Select Sundays: Dec 18*, Jan 8, Jan 22*, Feb 12, March 12,
March 26* | 8–9:30AM | Nature Center at Shaker Lakes ♿

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.

BEHIND THE SCENES: ANIMAL CARE
Select Saturdays: Jan 14, Feb 18 | 11AM—12:30PM | Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
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! $7 per person. Members save 20%. Registration required. 

 

NATURE STORY TIME
Select Saturdays: Jan 21, Feb 11*, March 18 | 10–11AM | Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
This year, our monthly Nature Story Time series is inspired by Sarah Nelson’s book, A Park

Connects Us. In her story, 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 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 save 20%. Use coupon code “Connect” for BOGO
tickets. *In February only, join us for a special Nature Story Time from 4:30–5:30PM as we watch the sun begin to set.

 

“GRAND” ADVENTURE
Saturday, January 21 | 11AM–12:30PM | Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Bring Grandma, Grandpa or your special person to the Nature Center’s “Grand” Adventure
Day! Join a naturalist for a hike, make a craft and enjoy some special time out in nature. The
program includes both indoor and outdoor activities and ends with sipping hot cocoa as we
reflect on the day’s adventure. $7 per child. Members save 20%. Registration required.

 

NATURALIST NOTEBOOK: CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF E.O. WILSON
Sunday, February 12 | 1–3PM | Hybrid: Loganberry Books or Online
Known as the Father of Biodiversity, E.O. Wilson was a biologist, writer and naturalist who spent his life advocating for the environment. Pulitzer Prize winner twice, Wilson’s Half-Earth proposes a plan to save our planet and diversity. Half-Earth was Wilson’s last book and leaves readers with a hopeful plan. Registration required. Free. Donations welcome. Purchase your book at Loganberry Books for a 10% discount.

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS
Saturday, February 25 | 8AM–12PM | Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Join the Nature Center and the Rotary Club of Shaker Heights for a homemade pancake breakfast with the birds! Learn about the habits and habitats of birds, enjoy a craft at the front desk, take a guided nature hike and meet live birds.

8 AM Adult Bird Hike
10 AM and 11 AM Guided Family Bird Walks
9:30 AM and 10:30 AM Live Large Bird Show from MetroParks

Purchase tickets online at shakerlakes.org or in person at NCSL or from any Rotarian. The cost of the event is $10 for adults; $5 for children aged four and under. Stroller and wheelchair friendly. Buy Tickets Here.  

WINTER SOWING WORKSHOP
Thursday, February 23 | 6:30PM - 8:00PM | Nature Center

Learn to transform a milk jug into your own mini greenhouse as we prepare native plant seeds for spring. Winter sowing mimics conditions the seeds would be exposed to naturally and gives your plants a headstart as we move into spring. Seeds are provided from the Nature Center’s Native Seed Library. Soil is provided. Bring 2-6 translucent plastic jugs (milk or water jugs work perfectly!) Expertise provided by Native Plant Enthusiast/Established Milk Jug Propagator, Nick Fletcher, and Natural Resources Manager, Nick Mikash.

Looking for more gardening inspiration? Mark your calendars for the Bringing Nature Home series beginning this March!

$7 per person. Members save 20% (use coupon code “Member” at check-out) Registration required. 

 


SUMMER OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP
Offering NINE weeks of camp for pre-k through Grade 9 with themes such as Junior Naturalist, Summer Scientists, Nature Games, Bio Blitz and MORE! Camp financial aid and registration information available at shakerlakes.org.

  • Member registration opens January 9 (Nature Center members receive $30 off per week
    of camp)
  • Public registration opens January 23
  • Early bird registration discount ends January 31 ($5 off total camp fees)

SPRING BREAK CAMP
March 27–31 for pre-k through grade 5 with daily themes including Spring Scientists, Jaws, Paws and Claws, Art in Nature, Blast From the Past and Grossology. Registration begins January 23.

Camp Financial Aid information is available at shakerlakes.org. Summer/Spring Camp Counselor in Training and Junior Counselor volunteer opportunities for teens ages 13–17. Paid Summer Camp Internships are available for ages 16 and older. Contact schmidt@shakerlakes.org for details.

VISITOR ACTIVITIES AT THE WELCOME DESK

Winter Woodland Tree: Bringing back our popular Winter Woodland Tree and Creature Craft. Starting from Thanksgiving through the winter, we will be having kids create their own winter owls from local pinecones and other materials. They can take their owls home with them or put them on the Exhibit Space Winter Woodland Tree.