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It tells the story of an important event in Northeast Ohio’s history.  And, it tells why and how this event happened. But perhaps more important, it tells how this country’s love of nature was founded, fostered, and then flourished,

The Northeast Ohio event was the building of today’s Look About Lodge – which was the second Look About Lodge.  Learn how today’s unique building came to be, and how the Lodges grew out of a keen interest in nature appreciation in America.

Discover how the naturalists of the 1800s influenced the creation of our system of national parks, and ultimately Cleveland Metroparks, and then 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 about 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,  but fully half of it covers A Brief History of Nature Appreciation in America.  

Lodge Spirit answers a number of intriguing  questions about Look About Lodge and about the history of nature appreciation in America. 

As a coffee table book with numerous photographs, this book makes a unique and educational 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 special 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, but the price has been reduced by 20% to $2131, (including tax).  Shipping is free when you buy from this website, and the book will be signed by the author.

The Author


The 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. Absorb the atmosphere. Find yourself, as you are surrounded by nature.  

Attend a scheduled program. It’s the only time the Lodge is open.  Go to the website www.clevelandmetroparks.com and select Events Calendar, 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 February through November.  A Program on a natural science subject is presented at 7:30 PM, and it’s open to the public.  Early in December, a Christmas open house is held.  To learn the subject for a monthly meeting, go to www.clevelandnaturalscienceclub.org.

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4 Responses to Lodge Spirit, a book about Look About Lodge, and maybe more interesting about nature appreciation in America

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  • As shown on this web site, Look About Lodge is a large log structure in the woods of the South Chagrin Metropark in suburban Cleveland Ohio currently in use as an educational and recreational venue. Built as a WPA project in the 1930s of American chestnut logs when chestnut blight decimated all trees of that species, the building is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Though now owned by the Cleveland Metroparks system, the lodge was originally built for the Cleveland Natural Science Club, still in existence and still meeting there. Author Ralph Kneale knows the story of the place and the club well, having spent many days and nights there from early childhood, when his parents were active members of the club. However, the book is much more than a historic record of a beautiful building and a local natural science club. Kneale recognizes that the forces that led to the construction of Look About Lodge and the founding of the club mirrored the awakening of America’s interest in conservation, natural history and the environment. Half the book traces the broader history of this movement throughout the US, including the national park system. Several chapters are mini-biographies of John Bartram, John Audubon, John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt and other early “natural scientists” in the earliest days of the environmental movement. The second half of the book is devoted to the history and construction of Look About Lodge itself, including the old days prior to establishment of the Cleveland Metropark system’s outdoor education program, when the Cleveland Natural Science Club maintained the facility by itself and carried on an independent program to educate the public about the great outdoors including plants, animals, hiking trails, road trips and formal classes and programs. The Lodge has a kitchen which served well the recreational aspects of the club, which included picnics, card parties, holiday celebrations and receptions. Close to six dozen black and white photographs show structural aspects of the Lodge and many of the events and people from earlier days.
    This book would be of great interest to anyone from the Cleveland area, especially those interested in natural history and the Cleveland Metroparks. But beyond that, the chapters on the evolution of the environmental movement in the U.S. would make this work of interest to anyone anywhere concerned with enjoyment of the outdoors.

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  • A book written from someone who has a passion for the history of this famous lodge here in Chagrin Falls.

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