The building at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is still closed. But its trails are open, and with warm weather finally arriving, flowers are blooming and trees are budding out quickly into their full green canopies.
The Stearns Woodland Trail is currently closed for renovation to shore up its aging infrastructure and add new features, including a nature play area, a wetland observation deck, a treehouse, new bridges and trail infrastructure, and restored native habitats. Those will be unveiled in the fall, just in time to enjoy the autumn leaves.
But you can still take a stroll down the new ADA accessible All People’s Trail overlooking the marsh and Lower Shaker Lake, and the Cleveland Foundation North Woodland Trailhead, which connects miles of surrounding trails. And while the education resources in the Nature Center building aren’t available right now, they’ve got plenty of digital resources and nature-themed activities online to help you enjoy their “outdoor classroom,” identify what you’re seeing and learn more about it.
The trails are open seven days a week from dawn to dusk; using them is free.