This club of about 200 is all about learning, whether from one another or from esteemed professionals during four-day workshops. "Everything we do is geared toward education," Schmidt explains. This month, the group will learn about Ohio's pristine habitats from author Gary Meszaros on July 15 and enjoy three to four hours of shooting tips on a July 24 photo walk led by photographer Jim Roetzel.
The cost $55 per year (includes Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association membership)
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes' photo group is as likely to chat about white balance and monitor calibration as they are to head to a heron rookery. The monthly meetings generally draw 15 to 20 people. "The small group allows for a lot of conversation," says Ted Woolbridge, who's been in the club for five years. On July 8, members will turn their lenses to either the Shaker Lakes property or Rockefeller Park.
The Details Meetings are the second Thursday of each month year-round from 7-9 p.m. at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Blvd., Cleveland.
The cost $45 per year (the price of membership to the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes)
If you can wait till September, these clubs will return from their summer hiatus, just in time to capture autumn colors.