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Volunteers play a vital role here, helping us to achieve our goals of conserving the land, connecting people to nature and inspiring environmental stewardship.




Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We appreciate those who dedicate their time, energy and skills to our mission. Achieving our goals would not be possible without the generosity of our volunteers . As a Nature Center volunteer, you will enjoy connecting with the community, making a positive impact on the environment, meeting new people, expanding your knowledge, and inspiring an appreciation for environmental stewardship in others.

Volunteers 13 years and older are welcome. Group volunteers are also welcome and should click on the Group Volunteer Opportunities box below to get started.

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the volunteer application. We will then schedule an interview. Your application and interview help us get to know you and connect you with the best opportunities to suit your interests and availability. You will then complete a profile in order to sign up for volunteer opportunities via the online Volunteer Calendar.

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Volunteer Opportunities
Annual Stream Sweep
Stewardship Saturday
April 15 from 1:00-3:00pm at Ambler Park
Stewardship Saturdays
March - October
Youth Volunteering
Teens make an impact volunteering with our camps and with land management efforts.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Opportunities available April – November

To learn more about these opportunities, please email volunteer@shakerlakes.org

VOY 2022
Our 2022 volunteers gave 6100+ hours of time and energy in support of our mission. With much gratitude, we thank them all and recognize our Volunteer of the Year Recipients.
Dick Obermanns

Linnea Koops

Linnea Koops is a junior at Shaker Heights High School. The Nature Center has been a special place in her life since she came to camp here as a 4-year-old. Linnea loved spending time exploring in nature with the Squirrel Scouts and Nature's Detectives this summer. She watched for opportunities to connect individually with campers as well as to support them in their friendships within the group. Outside of volunteering, Linnea keeps busy with violin, ballet, and creative writing.

Dick Obermanns

Marilyn Singer

Marilyn Singer began volunteering for the Nature Center as part of the Feeder Watch program during the winter of 2019. She was looking for new opportunities after practicing law for forty years. The Nature Center certainly provided her with those opportunities. While most businesses and activities were closed due to the pandemic, the Nature Center remained a vital part of the community and Marilyn was able to help. She continued to be part of the Feeder Watch program during the winters of 2020 and 2021. In 2021, she became a Trail Ambassador and began assisting with the bird banding project that has been part of the Nature Center’s vital work on behalf of the natural world for over 20 years. She has also volunteered her time on Stewardship Saturdays and with the annual plant sale and Autumn Fest. Marilyn has found her time spent at the Nature Center to be the perfect antidote for a professional life spent mostly behind a desk and is enjoying every minute of the time she is able to spend outdoors and continue her education about the world around her.

Thank you to the many volunteers who gave their time and energy in support of our mission. We are extremely appreciative of your service!

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