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Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Cleveland

#14 of 17 in Parks in Cleveland
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is a nonprofit organization in Shaker Heights, Ohio that works to conserve a natural area, educate visitors about nature, and promote better environmental stewardship. It was founded in 1966 as the result of a volunteer effort to preserve the Shaker Parklands from becoming the route for a new freeway connecting Cleveland's East Side to downtown.

The Nature Center offers curriculum-related school programs, including an early childhood program for several East Side school districts and the Cleveland Public Schools. Walkers, runners, and bird-watchers use the trails for exercise and recreation.

The center is home to many wildlife and plant species living in a variety of natural habitats, including marsh, brook, field, forest, and ravine.

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  • My grandson and I took a lovely one hour walk through the Shaker Nature Center on Sunday. It is available with no charge and on a sunny October fall day a perfect respite from the world. I have...  more »
  • I came to know the place strolling around the charming Shaker Heights neighborhood. The Center is an example of excellent use of an otherwise useless area. Water sprouts from the soil to form lakes...  more »
  • This is a very fun place to come to, but I do wish there was a longer trail. It's long enough for a nice lunchtime walk, but it's not extensive by any means. There's really no hills and the trail is highly defined. The shinning moment is the Nature Center building. There is a lot of information inside as well as an outdoor area with bird feeders to look at all sorts of birds. It's fairly easy to get to, your GPS will take you right to the parking lot, which is relatively small. I wouldn't anticipate spending more than an hour here.
  • Newly renovated and still working on some paths. Will look more awesome in a few months! Great people and great area to enjoy nature.

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