You can play an integral role in securing the future of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Making a planned gift is one of the most impactful ways to invest in the Nature Center and to create a legacy of conservation and environmental education.

You may designate your gift for a specific purpose or offer broad support through a gift to the Endowment Fund–your generosity will help ensure that we can enhance and preserve this natural place of respite and learning for generations to come.

There are many ways to make a planned gift to the Nature Center, including bequests, charitable trusts, and gifts of appreciated securities. Your lawyer or financial advisor can assist you in making informed decisions.

By making a planned gift, you can play a vital role in nurturing the native habitats and outdoor adventures that will enrich lives now and into the future.

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The Evergreen Society recognizes and honors those friends and members of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes who have made a commitment to the Nature Center by including us in their estate plans. We are grateful to those who have invested in the future of the Nature Center through a planned gift.

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"The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes was one of the first places I gravitated toward when we arrived in Shaker Heights with our two young daughters many years ago. The trails and native habitats were a perfect setting for me to volunteer and introduce my daughters to the importance of our environment. Little did I know that a decade later, I would have the opportunity and privilege to serve as its Executive Director for 10 years.

I have now been retired for nearly 15 years, but the Nature Center remains in my blood. Kemp and I are very pleased, not only to support the current capital campaign, but to also join the Evergreen Society with a planned gift during this crucial time for the organization. We are excited about current efforts to upgrade the outdoor classroom and the continuing commitment to provide outdoor environmental education to children of all ages. Our hope is that the Nature Center will continue to be a vibrant part of our community for generations to come and that our planned gift will have an impact in continuing that legacy."


as of June 1, 2020

Anonymous Members (5)
Hope & Stanley Adelstein*
Bettie Joyce Baker*
Mrs. Anne H. Burton*
Jane Busch
Kathryn A. Carlson
Ruth Anna Carlson & Albert Leonetti
Sharon A. Coyle
Ruth J. Skuly & Leo A. Deininger
Gary J. & Winnie Dietsch*
John E. Doxsey*
Mrs. John Drollinger, Jr.
Kathy & Tom Heffernan
Ann T. Herbruck
Mary Alice Horner*
Mr. & Mrs. John E. Horner
Mrs. Carol J. Kass


Mr.* & Mrs. Walter C. Kelley
Patricia & S. Ernest Kulp, III
Dr.* & Mrs. John T. Makley
William Mau*
Lynda & Charlie Mayer
Edith D. Miller
William & Margaret* Mitchell
Mrs. Eloise Morgan*
Michael & Courtney Novak
Mrs. Alfred M. Rankin
John B. & Sally R. Schulze
Mrs. Billie Smith*
Deborah A. Smith
Kempton & Nancy King Smith
Mrs. Anne K. Stueber*
Paxton Van Sweringen*
Julie A. West

Interested in creating your own legacy of conservation and environmental education?

To learn more about making a legacy gift and joining the Evergreen Society, please contact Director of Development Rob Sikora at 216-321-5935 ext. 223 or

If you have already included the Nature Center in your plans, we would like to thank you for your generosity by welcoming you to the Evergreen Society. Please let us know by contacting the Nature Center’s development team at (216) 231-5935.