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It tells the story of an important event in Northeast Ohio’s history.  And, it tells why and how this important event happened. 

The event was the building of today’s Look About Lodge.  Learn how this unique building came to be.  Find out how the Lodge grew out of a keen interest in nature appreciation in America.

Discover how the naturalists of the 1800s influenced the creation of our national park system, and ultimately Cleveland Metroparks and Look About Lodge.  Find out how thousands of acres of wilderness and national treasures were protected from commercial development by an innovative law.  Discover that the law is still being used by presidents today to save national treasures.  

Get your copy of this interesting book.

A 176 page book with 71 pictures has been written about this unique building’s history, and the history of nature appreciation in America. In coffee table format, it includes pictures from 1936 and 1937 of Look About Lodge being built.   The book is titled Lodge Spirit,  and also contains chapters that provide A Brief History of Nature Appreciation in America.  It includes the only currently available written history of Cleveland Metroparks.  


The book answers a number of intriguing  questions about Look About Lodge and about the history of nature appreciation in America.  For specific examples, go to the Lodge Spirit Contents section of this website.

As a coffee table book with numerous photographs, this book makes an excellent gift.  Think how someone who was impressed by Look About Lodge when they visited  for a program or entertainment would appreciate knowing more about this unique building.  Give a copy for a birthday, a graduation, Valentine’s Day or Easter.  Buy a copy for yourself, plus one for a friend or relative!  The retail price is only $24.95.  Shipping is free when you buy from this website, and the book will be signed by the author.


When you buy one for yourself and one for a friend or relative, you get the second copy at a 20% discount.

Select number of copies and click on “Buy Now” button.

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The Author

RMK-photo1The author is Ralph M. Kneale, Jr., whose career includes extensive writing experience. During the 1940s, Ralph and his parents would spend a week or two during the summer and weekends during the spring and fall living at Look About Lodge. As Cleveland Natural Science Club members, they functioned as a host family to keep Look About Lodge open to the public. It was living in this rustic and educational atmosphere that helped Ralph develop his life-long love of nature.


The Opportunity

The story of this special part of Northeast Ohio’s natural history is now available to the general public as a unique coffee table book. Each year, well over 17,000 people visit the Lodge for a variety of educational programs and entertainment. If this has included you, you’ll want your own copy of this unique book.  


If you have not been a Lodge visitor, you’ll still be fascinated with the interesting story behind this special part of Northeast Ohio’s history. And of course, you’ll want to visit the Lodge as soon as possible. It is currently open to the public from May to September on Sundays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. Come in and look around.  Absorb the atmosphere. Find yourself, as you are surrounded by nature.  


Or, attend a scheduled program. Go to the website www.clevelandmetroparks.com and select Events Calender, then Look About Lodge to learn what programs are scheduled.

The Cleveland Natural Science Club still holds a monthly meeting at the Lodge on the first Saturday of the month from January through November.  A Program on a natural science subject is presented at 7:30 PM, and it’s open to the public.  To learn the subject for a monthly meeting, go to www.clevelandnaturalscienceclub.org.



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