Nature Clubs

The Cleveland Natural Science Club

When you read Lodge Spirit, you will learn that Look About Lodge was built by the Cleveland Natural Science Club.  The book describes how the Club was formed by students from the Education College of Western Reserve University and their professor in 1924.   Throughout its 90 year history, the Club has been dedicated to nature appreciation, nature education, and nature conservation.


The Science Club operated and maintained Look About Lodge for the first 55 years of the Lodge’s history.  By that time the Club’s membership had changed and the building needed costly repairs.  In 1993, Cleveland Metroparks took over operation of the building, using it as a unique nature education and interpretation center.


Monthly Meetings

The Cleveland Natural Science Club still holds its monthly meetings in the Lodge.  In January, 2014 the Club moved its monthly meeting to the first Saturday of the month.   Each meeting includes a guest speaker presenting a subject related to nature and conservation.   The presentations are at 7:30 PM and the public is invited.


The subject of each meeting’s presentation is listed on the Club’s website at:  Other programs given at Look About Lodge are listed in the Emerald Necklace, the monthly publication of  Cleveland Metroparks.  You can also find them on the park system’s website at  Once on the website, select Events Calendar, and go to Look About Lodge.


The Cleveland Natural Science Club welcomes new members interested in nature.  The only requirement is being over 18 years old and having an interest in the natural sciences.


For more information on the Cleveland Natural Science Club, or to apply for membership, go to, or order the book Lodge Spirit from this website.

Other Nature Appreciation Groups – In Northeast Ohio and Elsewhere

Meetup is an international organization, and is the world’s largest network of local groups.  Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face.  There are currently 126,912 meetup organizations.  It is neighbors getting together to learn something, do something, share something…   I happened on to the Northeast Ohio group.   There are two nature appreciation groups in Northeast Ohio.


There are no doubt similar groups in other parts of the country.  Go to and look for groups near you.


Get Lost!

Get Lost! is a group of people who just like to hike around parks in Northeast Ohio and get lost in nature, thought, and conversation.

Any member of this group can add an idea for a meetup, so share some of your favorite places with the group!  All hiking abilities and ages are welcome.  Bring your camera if you like, a good supply of water and a snack.

The group was founded on February 17, 2010.  The organizer was Denise Dannels.  The website is


Northeast Ohio Adventurers

Another meetup group in Northeast Ohio is nEo Adventurers.  They were founded May 6, 2007.

This meetup group is an organization consisting of people who love being active– especially outdoors–and who spend available free time in the pursuit of this pleasure.

Their website is