Volunteering Cleveland
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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. Without their generosity, achieving our goals wouldn't be possible.

As a Nature Center volunteer, you will enjoy connecting with the community, making a positive impact on the environment, meeting new people, expanding your wealth of knowledge and inspiring an appreciation for nature and the environment in others. Volunteers 13 years of age or older are welcome at all levels of participation. Group volunteers are also welcome and should click below to get started.

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the volunteer application followed by an interview and background check. We strive to help you find the right volunteer placement to fit your interests and availability. The application and interview help us get to know you better and highlight possibilities that are present at a given time.

Approved volunteers active within our program are able to sign-up for upcoming opportunities by clicking on an event below. You will be asked to complete a profile with contact information in Volunteer Hub in order to directly sign-up for those opportunities.

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Volunteer Opportunities
Stewardship Saturdays
July 30 | August 27 | September 24 | October 29
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 2020
Our 2021 volunteers gave 5,000+ hours of time and energy in support of our mission. They proved extremely helpful, flexible, and understanding as we continued to limit opportunities and group sizes due to COVID. With much gratitude, we thank them all and recognize our Volunteer of the Year Recipients.
Dick Obermanns


Chase Sloan, a junior at Hawken School started with us as a 4-year old camper and began volunteering with our Outdoor Adventure Camp at 13 years old. Every summer, Chase’s dedication to inspiring, encouraging, and helping campers to have fun while respecting the environment shines through. This summer we had lots of first-time teen volunteers and Chase took time to share great tips and advice with them. When not volunteering at the Nature Center, Chase is baking cakes and raising money for cancer research as the author of “Cakes for Cancer” a recipe book.

Dick Obermanns


Ian Ashton, a service missionary majoring in biology, began volunteering for the Nature Center in spring 2021. Right away, Ian volunteered twice a week as a Stewardship Assistant and a Trail Ambassador, adding Nature Guide not long after. When assisting with stewardship, Ian gives 110%, regardless of the project and enjoys learning more about the environment as he helps to care for it. Ian then, with a smile, hits the trails and shares some of that knowledge: helping us create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our visitors. In addition to volunteering for the Nature Center, Ian volunteers for his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with hunger and literacy initiatives.

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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