Bringing Nature Home 2022
Get ready for spring by attending one or all of these webinars about ecological gardening, presented in collaboration with the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes!
Tuesday, March 15 at 7pm Timely Trees, Shrubs & Vines to Aid Early Season Pollinators & Birds presented by Judy Semroc
Judy Semroc is an area field biologist and naturalist, who spent the past 20 years working in the Natural Areas Division as a Conservation Specialist with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She has co-authored two natural history guides, Dragonflies & Damselflies of Northeast Ohio and Goldenrods of Northeast Ohio: A Field Guide to Identification & Natural History. Judy is also the founder of Chrysalis in Time‚ the first Ohio chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) and serves on the board of the Ohio Bluebird Society & Ohio Ornithological Society (Conservation Committee). As a former petroleum geologist and middle school science teacher, Judy loves to learn about and share her passion for the natural world through interpretive hikes, PPT programs and photography. Learn more about Judy’s latest adventures & offerings through her new company, Nature Spark!
Thursday, March 24 at 7pm Going Native at Home presented by Nick Mikash
Nick will touch on some easy native replacements for the invasive plant species that are common in local landscapes. He will also highlight a variety of his favorite offerings from the Nature Center’s 40th annual plant sale with tips for putting the right plant in the right place. We’ll cover perennials, trees and shrubs with time for audience questions.
Nick Mikash is the Natural Resources Manager for The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. He has been passionate about the outdoors from a young age, his favorite books as child were field guides. He studied biology and ecology at Cleveland State, where he became more interested in botany. When he isn’t working on habitat restoration professionally, he is often working on his own native plantings at home.
Wednesday, March 30 at 7pm Rain Gardens presented by Amy Roskilly
Amy Roskilly has been with the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District for 15 years as the Conservation Education & Communications Manager. Amy is responsible for managing the district’s conservation education program including designing and providing education programs to cities to evoke change and keep compliance under the Clean Water Act. In addition, she provides relevant content for all social media platforms and engages with local media to promote the district. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Interpersonal Communication from Ohio University and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. She is a Cuyahoga County Master Gardener, Master Rain Gardener, Tree Steward and a graduate of the Tree Commission Academy.
Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm Spring Garden Preparation presented by Deyampert Giles
Deyampert Giles is the owner and operator of Nature Kollektiv. His Cleveland-based company specializes in plant care, design and curated experiences. Before establishing Nature Kollektiv in 2021, Deyampert enjoyed the privilege of working as a horticulturist at the Cleveland Botanical Garden for nearly a decade. Volunteering at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes helped spur his interest in a career in horticulture. Deyampert, an Air Force veteran, is an ISA Certified Arborist and a member of the environmental advocacy organization BEL (Black Environmental Leaders).
Thursday, April 14 at 7pm Will it be beautiful? A Look Through the Year at the Engaging Beauty of a Native Flower Garden presented by Steve Cagan
Steve Cagan lives in Cleveland Heights, where with his wife he has small native flower and vegetable gardens. He’s been photographing and exhibiting seriously since the mid-1970s. Major work is in what is often called documentary, but what Steve prefers to call activist or socially engaged photography. He’s most concerned with exploring strength and dignity in everyday struggles of grassroots people resisting their pressures and problems. His avian photography and the images from the garden are by-products of a long-standing love of nature and birding.
He has been involved in a major project, since 2003: “El Chocó, Colombia: Struggle for Cultural and Environmental Survival,” documenting that threatened rain forest area and the special cultures there. Focus on daily life in Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, and the dangers posed by the violence of the civil conflict and “development” activities that threaten the rainforest environment and traditional cultures.
Steve has exhibited and published photography on four continents. He has published reviews and critical writings in a variety of professional journals and books. Major awards include two Fulbright Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and several Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and New Jersey Arts Council Fellowships. Steve taught photography at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, 1985-1993.