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 the button below, or where indicated by program.
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FLYWAYS NOT HIGHWAYS ANNUAL BENEFIT
Saturday, June 2 | 6:30– 11PM
Kick off summer with a spectacular evening under the stars in the heart of the Shaker Parklands! Proceeds benefit the Nature Center's environmental programs and preserved green space. Strung with beautiful lights, our beloved Nature Center will come alive as we stroll and mingle, enjoying phenomenal food and drinks, live music and fun interactive activities throughout the evening - all while celebrating and championing the critical conservation and environmental education programs shared with nearly 17,000 children per year. Purchase tickets online by May 30.
FREE OHIO BOATING EDUCATION COURSE
Saturday, June 9 | 9AM – 5PM
Join Sergeant Derek Hill from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a 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. Register online here or call 216.321.5935 to register. Free.
SUMMER BIRD WALKS
Select Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm
June 13, July 11, August 8
Join us as we walk throughout the Shaker Parklands looking and listening for birds. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot. Binoculars available for use with ID. No registration necessary. Free.
DOAN BROOK ANNUAL FAMILY FISHING DAY
Rockefeller Lagoon | Saturday July 14, 9am-2pm
Hosted by our friends at Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, families can enjoy a day of free fishing and outdoor activities at University Circle’s historic Rockefeller Park lagoon. Learn how to identify native Ohio fish and gain a better understanding of the importance of clean water. Fishing equipment for children is available with advance registration or bring your own. Register online at www.doanbrookpartnership.org or call 216-325-7781.
TAKE TO THE LAKE
Saturday August 4, 10am - 5pm
Doan Brook Watershed Partnership hosts an afternoon of paddling classes, geocaching, yoga, storytelling and music around picturesque Lower Shaker Lake. Area residents may bring their own kayak or canoe to launch from the shore. Registration is required for all participants, whether bringing personal boats or signing up for a kayaking class (open to all over 6 years old and above 50 lbs). Launch site location and parking information will be provided at time of registration. Register online at www.doanbrookpartnership.org or call 216-325-7781. Select activity fees may apply.
BAT NIGHT AT LAKE VIEW CEMETERY
Friday, August 24 at 7:30pm
Join a naturalist from the Cleveland Metroparks to learn what types of bats make Northeast Ohio their home and about the White Nosed Syndrome that is taking a toll on these fascinating creatures. This is a collaborative program with Cleveland Metroparks and Lake View Cemetery. Reservations required and can be made online at www.lakeviewcemetery.com or over the phone at 216.421.2687. $15 per person; children 3 and under are free.
NATURE STORY TIME
All Summer Long | 10-11am
We'll search under rocks and logs, search for furry creatures hiding in the forest, explore and watch butterflies fluttering in the sun. Children ages 3 ½ to 7 years, with an adult, can enjoy stories, crafts and a hike related to the theme of the day. Themes include Crawling Critters, Down by the Brook, Furry Friends and Magical Monarchs. Space is limited, so please pre-register online. $5 per member child and $10 per non-member child.
YOGA AT THE NATURE CENTER
All Summer Long | June 24-August 26
Saturdays 9-10am and Sundays 2-3pm
Flow into summer with Yoga Roots teachers for 60-minute vinyasa flow to recharge and rebalance your day. Class offerings rotate between Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Participants need to bring their own mat and water bottle. Please register online at shakerlakes.org. Each class is $5.