Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Watershed Events

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Bringing Nature Home: A Series of Free Talks about Ecological Gardening

Presented by Doan Brook Watershed Partnership and Friends of Lower Lake

In Partnership with Gardenopolis, Gardenwalk Cleveland Heights, 2019 Cleveland Pollinator and Native Plant Symposium, and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes


Thursday, February 21, 7-8:30 pm-Go wild in your own yard!

Brody/Nelson Room, Heights Library, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights

Discover what local native flowers, ferns, sedges, and shrubs will thrive in your yard to benefit insects, birds, and life on earth. Presented by Friends of Lower Lake co-chair Peggy Spaeth.

Thursday, March 21, 7-8:30 pm-Plant This, Not That

Room A-B, Heights Library, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights

Learn how to deal with garden thugs that take over your garden and our natural areas. Why are non-native plants undesirable? Where did they come from and why?Examples of what to plant instead will be discussed. Presented by Friends of Lower Lake co-chair John Barber.

Thursday, April 4, 7-8:30 pm-Not the Last Children in the Woods!

Stephanie Tubb Jones Community Center Room 114, Shaker Heights  

More than 100 children are growing up growing native plants in the Garden Clubs of Onaway and Lomond Elementary Schools in Shaker Heights.Tim Kalan, their art teacher who planted this idea, will talk about how a community as well as healthy habitat has grown up with the gardens.

Thursday, April 11, 7-8:30-The Powerful Partnerships of Plants and Pollinators 

Room 1-2, University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road, University Heights

Learn what native plants are needed to supply a rich foraging habitat for pollinators and wildlife, in addition to plant communities that provide nest sites for native bees, host plants for butterflies and overwintering refuge for other beneficial insects.Presented by Ann Cicarella, gardener, beekeeper, and landscape architect as well as the organizer of the annual Cleveland Pollinator and Native Plant Symposium.

EARTH DAY Monday, April 22, 7-8:30 pm-Stewardship in our backyards

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park, Cleveland

Join us to learn how the Nature Center maintains our natural areas in an urban environment and easy steps you can take at home to be a good earth steward. In our modern day, leaving nature “to take its course” isn’t enough to preserve healthy habitats. Mother Nature needs a little help from her friends. We’ll talk about the challenges, tools and techniques used to keep our habitats healthy. We will also discuss recent and upcoming projects at the Nature Center. A Q&A session at the end will provide you with the opportunity to ask Nick Mikash, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Natural Resources Specialist, your stewardship-related questions. A short hike will follow the presentation.


For more Info on any of the talks please email: friendsoflowerlake@gmail.com



 Annual Stream Sweeps/Clean-ups

Litter is a persistent problem in our parks and green spaces, where it is both harmful to the environment and unsightly. Additionally, litter such as plastic bags, bottles, food wrappers, Styrofoam, and coffee cups that is discarded on our streets can enter local waterways through storm drains and ultimately end up in Lake Erie, our source of drinking water. We organize clean-up days in late April every year in celebration of Earth Day to help maintain our watersheds and green spaces and to give volunteers an opportunity to demonstrate how much they value our urban parks, streams, and waterways.


Dugway/Forest Hill Park Clean-up - April 20 from 1-3 PM in Forest Hill Park.

Meet at the Forest Hill Park parking lot off Lee Blvd. in Cleveland Heights (Forest Hill Baseball Diamonds parking lot on Google maps)

Doan Brook/Rockefeller Park Clean-up - April 27 from 1-3 PM.

Meet at gazebo by Rockefeller Park Lagoon (near intersection of MLK and E. 105th). Parking is available near gazebo or across MLK at the tennis court parking lots (entrance off E. 105th).


Doan Brook gorge/Shaker Lakes Clean-up - April 28 from 1-3 PM.

Meet at tent off Fairhill (along Lake-to-Lakes Trail) at intersection of Fairhill and E. 127th. Street parking.


All Clean-ups run from 1-3 PM but you may arrive as early as 12:30 PM to sign-in and grab gloves, trash bags, and snacks/refreshments. These public events are free and open to all individuals, families, and community groups who will have the chance to get a little wet, a little dirty, and have a lot of fun pulling trash and debris from stream corridors or pulling invasive plants from the surrounding banks.

Warm clothing and waterproof boots are recommended. Advance registration is encouraged, especially for large groups. To register for any of our clean-ups, please visit doanbrookpartnership.org or contact Andrew at klooster@doanbrookpartnership.org or 216-325-7781 ext. 6783

The Annual Doan Brook and Dugway Stream Clean-ups are sponsored by Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Case Western Reserve University Office of Energy and Sustainability, Larchmere Community Association, the Litterbugz, the City of Cleveland Heights, the City of Shaker Heights, and East Cleveland Parks Association.

For information about the Great Cleveland Clean-Up taking place April 27th-28th at various locations across greater Cleveland visit the Litterbugz website






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