Winter Programs

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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 on the registration button, or where indicated by program.


Winter Bird Walks
Sundays, December 10; January 14; February 11; and March 11, 8:30 am

Walk throughout different parts of the Shaker Parklands looking for birds. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot. Free. Binoculars available for use with ID.


Nature Inspired Printmaking for Adults
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
| 7 to 9 pm 

Join teaching artist and environmental educator Meri Ruble as you learn several printmaking techniques that will enhance your creative keepsakes. A great weekday activity for anyone, no experience necessary! You will have the opportunity to make a set of ten cards with envelopes. Please feel bring to any nature items and an apron. Registration required by November 30. $25 for members and $35 for non-members.


Creature Feature Winter Hike – Tracks on the Trails
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2 to 3 pm

Where do the creatures creep?  Who went hunting here last night?  Search for stories in the snow, and find clues to the secret lives of our local wildlife.  Enjoy a one hour hike with a warm-up break in the middle, if needed. Meet in the exhibit area. Free for members; $5 for non-members.


Family Fireside Night – Fables in the Forest
Friday, January 26, 2018, 6:30 to 8 pm

Outside it may be dreary, but our fireside festivities are sure to be cheery!   Enjoy charming entertainment with enchanting stories and songs at an evening filled with hands-on fun including face painting, crafts and, of course, hot chocolate. $5 per person; $25 per family, maximum of 6.


Mason Bee Workshop
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10 am

According to USDA research, a single mason bee can do the pollinating job of close to 100 honeybees.  Mason bees are​ small docile bees that are great early season pollinators for fruit trees, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and other spring flowering plants.  Get your garden started right and help the declining bee population by making a four-by-four-inch house for mason bees that should sit about six to eight feet off the ground in a sunny spot.  We cut the lumber and you put the house together.  This is a fun family activity and lesson in conservation.   Workshop fee is $25 per Mason Bee house and $20 for any additional houses made that day. Register by February 2.


Valentine’s Day Printmaking BYOB
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
| 7 to 9 pm 

Make one of a kind valentines for that special someone! A fun activity for a couple or friends, you’ll explore mixed media print making with a seasonal twist. Join teaching artist and environmental educator Meri Ruble as you learn several printmaking techniques that will make your holiday extra sweet. Bring an apron and imagery to work with or use our materials. No experience necessary. We provide the appetizers and treats, you provide the adult beverage of your choice. Registration required by January 31. $35 for single and $60 for couple members. $45 or $80, respectively, for non-members.


Pancake Breakfast with the Birds
Saturday, February 24, 8 am to noon

This joint program with the Rotary Club of Shaker Heights includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast of plain, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, juice and coffee; guided hikes; crafts, entertainment and a bird-related show.  $9 for adults; $5 for children ages 4-10; and free for children 3 and under.

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