Nature Center at Shaker Lakes initiates Good Neighbor Litter Patrol

The Nature Center Good Neighbor Litter Patrol recently cleared 10 bags of garbage from the perimeter of the property.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes launched a new initiative in December, the Good Neighbor Litter Patrol. In the spirit of the holidays, the patrol was organized as an opportunity to show appreciation for and give back to the community.

The Good Neighbor Litter Patrol is led by Kay Carlson, executive director, and consists of local high school students, staff and additional volunteers who will meet every Thursday, from 3:30­­–4:30 p.m., throughout the year. The Litter Patrol will remove all trash and debris from the perimeter of the Nature Center, contributing to the tranquility of the area for visitors, commuters and nearby residents.

"The Litter Patrol initiative is all about being a good neighbor," Carlson said. "We are taking responsibility for keeping our grounds clean, inside and out, while engaging a terrific group of volunteers. It also gives us an opportunity to recycle.”

The Nature Center is known for its hiking and walking trails, natural habitats, birding opportunities and acclaimed environmental education programs. Approximately 40,000 walkers, runners, birders and other nature lovers visit the Nature Center annually, including over 15,000 children who participate in its educational programs each year.

To volunteer for the Good Neighbor Litter Patrol, contact Jessica Brand, volunteer coordinator, at 216-321-5935, ext. 237 or

For more information on this and other programs at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, visit

Lisa Fredrickson

Lisa Fredrikson is the media and events manager for the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 1:24 PM, 01.02.2014