Trails at the Nature Center
The Nature Center is located within a section of the Shaker Parklands that includes six natural habitats -- lake, stream, marsh, field, ravine and forest. To experience these fascinating habitats, take a walk along one of our two beautiful trails.
The All People's Trail
The All People's Trail (APT) is a railed, elevated boardwalk and is one-third mile long. The APT is barrier-free, opening the wonders of nature to people of all physical abilities. It features a boardwalk deck, which crosses over the north branch of the Doan Brook, and a marsh access ramp, both of which allow the public to experience the stream and marsh habitats up-close. The APT features a bird blind overlooking the marsh and stream, a lattice-sided "tree house" with benches, a geology observation deck and a waterfall overlook area.
Trails leading to Lower Lake are accessible, by stairs, from the APT.
The Stearns Trail
The Stearns Trail is a gravel surface trail that is one mile long and begins at the Nature Center's Wildflower Garden. The trail winds through the grounds and along the south branch of the Doan Brook. Features along the trail include a marsh observation deck, a brook observation deck and a brook-side trail.
Download a trail map here.
What is there to see along the trails?
Nestled among the city and suburbs, the Nature Center, Shaker Lakes and Shaker Parklands are havens for all kinds of wildlife. Some of these include:
Migratory and resident songbirds (warblers, thrushes, vireos, catbirds, juncos, cardinals, etc.)
Great Blue Herons
Woodpeckers (Pileated, Northern Flickers, Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied)
Turtles (Box, Snapping, and Painted)
Common Invasive and Non-native Species