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Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center d.b.a. The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Connect, Conserve, Inspire

aka The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes   |   Cleveland, OH   |  www.shakerlakes.org

Mission

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes conserves a natural area, connects people with nature, and inspires environmental stewardship.

Ruling year info

1966

Principal Officer

Kay Carlson

Main address

2600 S Park Blvd

Cleveland, OH 44120 USA

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EIN

34-6576569

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Early Childhood Education

The Nature Center offers a variety of classes for preschool-aged children, including four-to-six week sessions and field trips for area preschools and government-funded day care centers located in low-income, inner-city neighborhoods, as well as for area public, private, parochial, and charter schools. Naturalists tailor lessons to complement and reinforce concepts taught in the classroom and to align with Ohio proficiency test standards.

Population(s) Served

Our natural resource management activities include managing twenty acres of land; maintaining walking/hiking trails that are free and open to the public; protecting animal and plant habitat; and serving as a model of green building practices.

Population(s) Served

We offer a variety of programming for adults and families, including:

Sustainabiilty Workshops on topics such as composting, rain barrels, "greening your home," wildlife rehabilitation, and sustainable gardening.
Enviornmental Town Halls, which are a series of topical events that focus on environmental issues facing our community.  These forums are interactive and encourage discussion and action.
Nature Hikes are led by naturalists throughout the Doan Brook Watershed and beyond, focusing on topics such as birding, wildlife viewing, plant identification, mushroom identification, and geology.
Nature Photography Club
Birding Activities

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center d.b.a. The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Meg Hunter

President, Nightingale Care

Term: 2022 - 2025

Graham Hearns

The Riverside Company

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.