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Roaming the Nature Center: Family Hike with a Naturalist

Tuesday, April 4, 1-3 pm
Thursday, April 6, 1-3 pm
Thursday, May 4, 1-3 pm

You never know what you’ll find as you roam the trails of Cincinnati Nature Center on a hike with a naturalist. Hone your observation skills as we focus on seasonal natural happenings while exploring trees, ponds, birds, insects, wildflowers and anything else we might find. Each participant (and adult) should come with a curious mind. Warning: Roaming the Nature Center can be habit forming. You may find your kids begging for more! Meet in the Green Cottage. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. Preregistration required. Members $6 per child per session; nonmembers $10 per child per session (includes daily admission).

   

Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen

Tuesdays, March 14, March 28 or April 11, 10 am-12:30 pm -- MORNING SESSION CANCELLED
Tuesdays, March 14, March 28 or April 11, 1:30-4 pm

Two years after a plane crash stranded him in the woods, Brian has learned to listen and learn from the wilderness he now calls home. Join us for a three-part series as we discuss the final novel in Gary Paulsen’s iconic Hatchet series. Through hands-on activities, we will learn about tracking (session 1), fire-making (session 2) and canoeing (session 3). Assigned readings will be given for each session. Bring your own snack and book to each session. The first two sessions will be held at Rowe Woods; the last will be at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Great for homeschoolers in grades 4-7! Preregistration required. Members $18 per student for the three-session series; nonmembers $30 per student for the three-session series (includes daily admission).

 

Intro to Bow Drill Fire Making

Saturday, March 25, 9:30 am-12 pm

Learn the ancient Native American way to make fire. In this hands-on class, you’ll make your own bow drill and we’ll help you learn to use it to make fire with natural tinders. With practice, your efforts can be blown into flame. A snack will be served. Bring a pocketknife if you have one. Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center. For ages 10 and up with adult. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission).

 

Make and Take: Craft Your Own Hiking Stick

Saturday, March 25, 2-4 pm
Saturday, May 6, 10 am-12 pm

Choose your own pre-harvested honeysuckle branch and craft it into a customized hiking stick. Use simple hand tools to cut, smooth and work the stick. Add embellishments like brass tacks or a tip then cut and add your own leather lanyard. Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center. Fees are per stick kit; a parent may purchase one stick to work on with their child. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $9 (includes daily admission).

 

Family Hike: Froggy Spotting Adventure

Friday, April 7, 6:30-8 pm

Join us for a stroll up to Reservoir Pond where we’ll listen in on the spring peepers’ chorus. We’ll also try our hand at spotting these tiny native frogs and their fellow pond residents. Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center. Suitable for ages 4-8 with an adult. Preregistration required. Free; nonmembers pay $4 child, $9 adult (includes daily admission).

 

Hidden Stream Creatures: A Drop-in Trailside Experience

Sunday, April 9, 1-3 pm
Saturday, May 6, 1-3 pm

Peer into the lives of hidden creatures that help us determine the health of streams. Join us at the first stream crossing on the Geology Trail (west of the limestone steps) for a rare opportunity to search for stonefly larvae, water pennies and more. We’ll use special tools and techniques to discover how the stream supports a delicate balance of life. Drop in anytime between 1-3 pm,
and please wear closed-toe shoes. All ages welcome. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.

 

Full Moon Walk

Tuesday, April 11, 8 pm
Wednesday, May 10, 8:45 pm

Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon and natural history readings. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $9 (includes daily admission).

 

Fossil Hunt at Avey’s Run: A Drop-in Trailside Experience

Saturday, April 22, 2-4 pm

Travel back in time at Avey’s Run. Explore our rock layers and fossils and how they fit into the vast timeline of our planet. We’ll hunt for fossils and uncover the story they have to tell us. All ages are welcome. Join us at the first stream crossing on the Geology Trail (west of the limestone steps) any time between 2-4 pm. Free.

 

Gary Paulsen’s The River to Reality: Using Resources Wisely to Survive

Thursdays, April 27, May 11 or May 25, 10 am-12:30 pm
Thursdays, April 27, May 11 or May 25, 1:30-4 pm

The River, by Gary Paulsen, shows readers that being calm and resourceful in emergency situations can save lives. Join us for a three-part series as we discover the basics of wilderness survival (session 1), safety in the wilderness (session 2) and navigation (session 3). Assigned reading will be given for each session. Bring your own snack and book to each session in the Outdoor Learning Center. This program is great for homeschoolers grades 4-7. Preregistration required. Members $18 per student for the three-session series; nonmembers $30 per student for the three-session series (includes daily admission).

 

Fantastic Eggs and Where to Find Them: A Guided Hike for Families

Saturday, May 6, 1:30-3 pm

In the spring, eggs are all around, under your feet and even above the clouds. We’ll search for insect eggs, bird eggs, reptile and amphibian eggs and yes, even plant eggs. On this “egg stravaganza” of a guided hike, we’ll crack open some of the mysteries of eggs to find out where they are found and the amazing ways they survive. Meet in the lobby of the Rowe Visitor Center. Suitable for ages 6 and up with adult. Preregistration required. Members $4; nonmembers $8 (includes daily admission).

 

Pollinator Garden: Garden Open House

Saturday, May 13, 2-4 pm

Drop by the Pollinator Garden near Abner Hollow Cabin between 2-4 pm to peruse what’s in bloom and harvest ideas for enhancing your yard for pollinators and other wildlife. Representatives will be available to offer tips on native plant selection and suggestions for garden design. Get inspired, then go shopping at the Native Plant Sale. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.

 

Family Hike: Colors of Spring

Sunday, May 14, 1-2 pm

Shades of yellow, blue, green and purple abound during the annual spring awakening. Come explore a rainbow of colors with us as we trek on a short hike, go on a color hunt and learn about why we see so many different colors in the spring. Dress to be outdoors. Perfect for families with children ages 3-6. Preregistration required. Free; nonmembers pay $4 child, $9 adult (includes daily admission).

 

Canoe Days by Gary Paulsen at LBFT

Tuesday, May 23, 10 am-12 pm
Tuesday, May 23, 1:30-3:30 pm

Join us at Long Branch Farm & Trails for a relaxing time of canoeing inspired by Gary Paulsen’s picture book Canoe Days. We’ll read the book, then glide across the pond in canoes in search of frogs, dragonflies, butterflies and more. Practice tracking on the way to the pond by searching for deer tracks and sniffing for fox scents! Meet at the White Creekside Barn. Appropriate for ages 4-8 with parent. Preregistration required. Members $6 per child; nonmembers $10 per child (includes daily admission).

 

Grow Your Own Pawpaw Trees: A Hands-on How to Class

Saturday, May 27, 2-4 pm

The pawpaw is an indigenous understory tree that bears North America’s largest native fruit and can be a welcome ecological enhancement to your yard. Learn by doing as you help in our pawpaw patches. We’ll cover how to improve fruiting in a woodland grove or start an orchard-style planting. We’ll cover strategies for gathering fruit, gauging ripeness, processing fruit and tips on cooking with pawpaw. Food samples included. Each participant will receive five pawpaw seeds and growing instructions. Meet at the Green Cottage. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission).