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Guided Bird Walks

Wednesday, September 15 | 6-7:30PM
Sunday, October 17, November 14, and December 12 | 8-10 AM | Nature Center

Join a guided walk throug hthe Shaker Parklands looking and listening for birds. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot. Bring your own binoculars. Registration required.

$5 suggested donation.

Common Ground Cleveland
Fall Bird Banding

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, August 23-October 29 | 7:30 - 11:30AM | Nature Center

Find Julie West near the right side of the driveway and observe migratory birds as they are banded by West and her team. Banding provides valuable insights about the migratory bird routes in Northeast Ohio. Please observe 6' distancing.

Weather permitting. Free

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The Big Sit

Sunday, October 10
All day, dawn to dusk | Nature Center

Join area bird watchers at this annual "tailgate party for birders" to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within a 24-hour period. Meet on the All Peoples' Trail marsh deck. This event serves as a fundraising effort for bird-related projects through pledges gathered by participants.

Donations encouraged. For information contact Julie West

Merlin Sheldrake Loganberry Books
Fall Hiking Series

Select date September, October, November

This series replaces the hikes typically offered at Hike & Run and kicks off September 19 at the Fall Festival. More details to come!

Registration Required

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Composting with Worms 101

Wednesday, September 29 | 6-7PM

Join Tim Steckel from Worm Workers ( to learn what vermicomposting is and why it is a great method of composting. Vermicomposting can be done right in your backyard, basement, or even apartment. Let the worms do all the heavy lifting for you, helping to break down your food scraps and other organic waste and divert from the landfill.

$5 member; $7.50 nonmember.

Shaker Photo Contest
Family Campfire Night

Friday, November 5 | 5:30-8:30PM

Bring your friends and family to this annual favorite for a fun evening of hiking, crafts, campfires and toasted marshmallows (vegan and kosher varieties available)! Bring camp chairs and marshmallow sticks.

$5 member; $7.50 nonmember. No charge for ages 2 and under.

Merlin Sheldrake Loganberry Books
Adult Lecture Series: Community Impact

Select Dates November - January

Join us for a series of lectures to celebrate the positive changes we can make when we come together to support an idea. In addition to recounting the history of the freeway fights, you'll learn from local experts leading present-day efforts to improve our community through urban green spaces, stormwater management, and more.

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Naturalist Notebook Discussion

Sunday, November 21 | 1-3PM | Loganberry Books or Virtual

A book group discussion in partnership with Loganberry Books. Dan Egan's Death and Life of the Great Lakes, published in 2018, brings together the history, science findings and personal experiences of these critical freshwater resources. Egan examines the urgency of a growing water crisis while providing some cautious hope to the reader.

Shaker Photo Contest
Nature Story Time

September 14, October 12, and November 9
3:30-4:30PM | Nature Center

Children ages 3 1/2 to 7 years with an adult are invited to join us, in-person, at the new Jimmy’s Treehouse. This season’s programming was inspired by Loll Kirby’s book, “Old Enough to Save the Planet.” After the story, we’ll take action like the heroes in our stories as we spot butterflies, take care of our plants, or protect our water.

Merlin Sheldrake Loganberry Books
Owl Prowl

Friday, November 19, 2021 | 7PM

Live owls will be present as this evening begins when a naturalist from the Cleveland Metroparks and Nature Center of Shaker Lakes shares stories of owls from Northeast Ohio. Then head out on a hike in hopes of spotting wild owls perched in the trees of Lake View. Bring your binoculars! Location: Community Mausoleum

Registration and ticket purchase required.