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Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Cleveland

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Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 South Park Blvd
Cleveland
OH
44120
Tel: 216 321-5935

Directions

The center is located at 2600 South Park Blvd in Cleveland. They can be reached by car or the RTA Green Line.

From Cleveland, take Carnegie Ave to Stokes Blvd and turn right. Cross Martin Luthur Kind Dr and say on Fairhill. Turn left on Coventry Road, then right on North Park Blvd. Then just follow the signs!

Where are we going today?

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is a beautiful day out with the family that gets kids right back to nature! 

That fun feeling of just playing in the woodlands, throwing leaves into the air as they crack in their hands...much more fun than the latest video game! 

The center offer nature experiences for kids, classroom programs and families coming to enjoy walks, runs, and nature watching along the many trails.

If you fancy taking part in their very fun programs, just keep checking what's on! Maybe you will be enjoying a pancake breakfast with the birds on a sunny Saturday?  Maybe even a live birds of prey show!

Maybe you want to enjoy an incredibly sunset on the annual Owl Prowl and listen for the variety of birds that call the area home, such as the Screech Owls! 

Bird watching is a big part of the center, and seasonal bird walks occur the second Sunday of the month from October to March. A fun and relaxing stroll through the center!

And of course, hiking and walking along the trails is such a great way to get out with the family and enjoy nature! The Shaker Parklands have six habitats - stream, marsh, lake, ravine, forest and field.

There are two trails to enjoy. The All People's Trail is a railed and elevated boardwalk, and is 1/3 mile long. Barrier free, it really opens up nature to kids. The Stearns Trail is a mile long and winds through the grounds, including through a marsh observation deck.

So turn that TV off, and get right out into what Ohio has to offer! 

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When can we go?

10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday. 1pm - 5pm Sundays

Trails open daily from dawn to dusk.

Teachers corner

The center has school programs are designed especially for exploration and fun! The programs are all grade specific, so you know your class can have a perfect lesson suitable for them! .

Need a little extra help?

The All People's Trail is accessible to all physical abilities..

More information

Trails are free but the programs are an extra cost. .

What people are saying?

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    The Shaker Heights Nature Center is a wonderful example of a small nature center that has a big impact Besides being a great place to spend with my kids when they were younger (I still walk through frequently even now with my kids all grown up), the Nature Center takes its mission of educating people about nature very seriously. From classes to nature walks to sustainable building projects to repopulating native species, the Nature Center provides a wonderful services to everybody who lives nearby or comes for a visit.

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    I've been going to this park before they built the Nature Center way back in the 1960's. I grew up in the area and attended Woobury and SHHS. My best friend along with many others, lived on West and South park blvds. Memorable and some of the best years a child could ever have. It great seeing that they have invested more into the park in recent years. The Nature Center, Shaker lakes system and The Shaker Parklands are the best maintained properties that the City of Cleveland owns.

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    A small park but very nice. Events all thru the year. A good break from the urban surrounding.

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    I was near the stop sign approaching Larchmere ave, on North Woodland when I was placed in hand cuffs, and standing with 2 cops, and then another cop came over and hit me with his knee, breaking my left leg.

    I suffered a Valgus Fracture of my left Tibia Plateau. The cops dragged me and put me in a cop car, and held me for 15 hours in Shaker Heights police station before taking me to South Point hospital. It is a shame that in this beautiful serene Boulevard neighborhood of Shaker Heights that something this vicious could occur, but it did....Read More

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    I don't really understand what the previous reviewer's post had to do with the Nature Center, but it's a lovely place to go on a walk and take your kids. Beautiful trails abound. My little brother has been going to their camps for years and enjoys them immensely. Recommend to anyone who likes the outdoors and pretty scenery.

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I was near the stop sign approaching Larchmere ave, on North Woodland when I was placed in hand cuffs, and standing with 2 cops, and then another cop came over and hit me with his knee, breaking my left leg.

I suffered a Valgus Fracture of my left Tibia Plateau. The cops dragged me and put me in a cop car, and held me for 15 hours in Shaker Heights police station before taking me to South Point hospital. It is a shame that in this beautiful serene Boulevard neighborhood of Shaker Heights that something this vicious could occur, but it did.

The trial was supposed to be held in downtown Cleveland, but "They" moved it to Akron, Ohio. They know who I am, and they need to apologize. I can not recommend this place to anyone, from nature lovers to Shaker Heights or surrounding residents. I graduated from Cleveland Heights High in 1994, and I went here as a kid on a field trips, so I am very familiar with place. Stay far away.

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