The Secret Garden
I recently teamed with the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and volunteered my services in the design and branding of their summer benefit: “The Secret Garden”. For the event, the grounds of the Nature Center will be transformed into an English garden where guest will be treated to dinner and live music while bidding on various items in the live and silent auctions.
Event branding included: Logo, Letterhead, Save the Date Email, Invitations, Programs, Signage.
About the Nature Center
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes was founded in 1966 as the result of a grassroots community effort to preserve the Shaker parklands from becoming the route for a new freeway connecting Cleveland’s East Side to downtown. Each year, about 10,000 children participate in more than 30,000 hours of curriculum-related school programs, including a strong early childhood program for several East Side school districts and the Cleveland Public Schools. In addition, an estimated 20,000 walkers, runners, and bird-watchers use the trails and grounds annually for exercise and enjoyment of nature. The Nature Center is home to extensive wildlife and plant species living in six natural habitats in an urban setting, including lake, stream, marsh, field, forest and ravine.
The Nature Center was named a National Environmental Education Landmark in 1971 by the National Park Service of the United States Department of the Interior, making it one of the first organizations to be recognized as such. The All People’s trail received local, state and national Honor Award for Excellence in Landscape Design by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1984. The Center is also designated as a National Environmental Study Area by the Park Service for the unique educational opportunities offered by the diverse natural habitats found in its urban setting. In 2003, the Audubon Society designated it as a worldwide Important Bird Area. After renovating and expanding its facilities in 2003 using sustainable building practices, the Center received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2004 Energy Star Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency. In 2006, the Center was certified as an official Wildlife Habitat site by the National Wildlife Federation. The Nature Center is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.