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Unless otherwise indicated in the description, all programs are located at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. For more information, call 216-321-5935. To register for any of the programs listed, please click on the registration button, or where indicated by program.
Sunday, March 11, 8:30 am
Walk throughout different parts of the Shaker Parklands looking for birds. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot. Free. Binoculars available for use with ID.
GARDENING FOR BIRDS AND POLLINATORS: HELP SAVE THE DAY FROM YOUR OWN BACKYARD!
Thursday, March 29 | 7 – 9PM
Presented by Michael Goldman from the Audubon Society and Amalia Haas of Bee Awesome. Learn to attract more birds to your home by planting native plants instead of buying bird seed. Michael will reference the Audubon’s Plants for Birds database to explain what will grow best in your gardens and what kinds of birds you can attract to your home. Amalia will explain how humans play an important role in pollinator conservation by providing plants and nesting sites for pollinators and adapting gardening practices to protect pollinators. $10 for members; $15 for non-members.
Wednesday, April 4 | 3:15 – 5:15PM
Get the buzz on bottling honey and the lowdown on how the bees make it! With instruction from Amalia Haas, roll up your sleeves to bottle, cap and label honey jars, sample two honeys and learn why they taste and smell so different. Nature Center environmental educators will also introduce you to the native plants pollinators need. $30 for adults, $25 for children with free adult. Registration includes free 2.5oz bottle of honey.
BABY BIRDS: AN ARTIST LOOKS INTO THE NEST
Friday, April 13 | 7PM | Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Presented by Julie Zickfoose, in collaboration with Cleveland Museum of Natural History, learn how art and science combine to capture the amazing stories of 17 different bird species, charting their daily growth from the moment they hatch to their first forays into the sky. See how an artist’s eye, a natural curiosity, and an occasional call of duty to play human foster-mother to orphaned hatchlings inspired a career pursuit to understand the astounding growth and development of baby birds. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at cmnh.org.
CONSTRUCTING A RAIN GARDEN WITH NATIVE PLANTS WORKSHOP
Saturday, April 14 | 10AM – 12PM
Using the Nature Center's own rain garden as an example, learn where, why and how to construct a rain garden and what native plants work best. Our co-hosts, the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership will debunk the notion that rain-gardens are the most difficult way to achieve credits on your stormwater bill with a review of the entire credit process. Presented by Garrett Ormiston, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Natural Areas Division, $10 members, $15 non-members.
DOAN BROOK ANNUAL STREAM SWEEP & WEED PULL
Sunday, April 22 | 1 – 3PM
Celebrate Earth Day with Doan Brook Watershed Partnership and the Nature Center and take care of our urban environment by cleaning up winter’s accumulation of trash and pulling invasive plants in the Doan Brook’s parklands. All ages welcome! Meet at the corner of East 127th Street and Fairhill Road. Gloves and trash bags will be provided, as well as refreshments. Warm clothing and waterproof boots are recommended. Visit doanbrookpartnership.org to register or call 216.325.7781. Free.
OHIO POLLINATOR ADVOCATE CERTIFICATION
Thursday, April 26 | 7 – 9PM
Ohio Pollinator Advocates are certified, trained volunteers who spread the word about the importance of pollinators. Denise Ellsworth will cover the following topics: pollination biology, bee identification and biology and habitat enhancement. Once certified, advocates agree to teach adult and youth audiences why pollinators matter and how to take action to conserve these important species. Advocates have access to outreach resources and materials, including PowerPoint programs and identification guides. Free for members; $10 for non-members.
36th ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Saturday May 12 | 9:30AM – 1PM
(Members-only sale preview, 8:30 to 9:30AM)
FLYWAYS NOT HIGHWAYS: A NATURE-INSPIRED TRAILBLAZING BENEFIT
Saturday, June 2 | 6:30PM – 11PM
FREE OHIO BOATING EDUCATION COURSE
Saturday, June 9 | 9AM – 5PM
Join Sergeant Derek Hill from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a free Ohio Boating Education Course on Saturday, June 9 from 9AM to 5PM. Topics covered will include Ohio boating laws, safety equipment, accident prevention, operating rules and more. Ohio boating regulations require anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, to show proof of completing an approved boating safety course or proficiency test before operating a boat more than 10 horsepower. Those not legally required to take a course also are welcome. Benefits of taking the course may include boat insurance discounts. Visit shakerlakes.org or call 216.321.5935 to register.
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