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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 --- Afternoon session CANCELED

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). 


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).


Geology of Running Water Trailside Experience

Saturday, June 17, 1-3 pm
Saturday, July 29, 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, August 26, 1-3 pm

Did you know that the Nature Center had to re-route the popular Geology Trail due to erosion? Try out the new trail and stop at the stream crossing to visit with a professional geologist. Chat about the history of Avey’s Run and check out local fossils found in the stream bed. Drop-in program. No preregistration required. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.

Full Moon Walk

Friday, June 9, 9 pm at Long Branch Farm & Trails
Sunday, July 9, 9 pm at Rowe Woods
Monday, August 7, 8:30 pm at Rowe Woods

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

Make and Take: Craft Your Own Hiking Stick

Saturday, June 24, 2-4 pm
Saturday, July 22, 2-4 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. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission). Fees are per stick kit.

Family Open Mic Campfire and Cooking

Saturday, June 24, 7:30-9 pm
Saturday, July 22, 7:30-9 pm
Tuesday, August 5, 7:30-9 pm

We’ll begin the evening with a demonstration of primitive fire-starting and a fire-related natural history story, then welcome your family’s songs, skits, stories and poetry (anything family-appropriate and under 10 minutes is welcome). We'll provide the crackling fire and ambience; you bring the food and entertainment. Arrive promptly to add your name to the schedule of campfire entertainment. We’ll provide marshmallows and skewers. Feel free to bring your own food to cook on the fire. Meet at the Fernwood Shelter firepit. Preregistration required. Members $3; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

A New Perspective: Rowe Woods at Dusk

Saturday, June 17, 7:30-9 pm
Tuesday, July 25, 7:30-9 pm
Saturday, July 29, 7:30-9 pm

Join us for a serene dusk hike to see Rowe Woods in a different light. We’ll watch the sun go down from the ridge on the Wildflower Trail, explore the lives of animals that are active during dusk and share stories of nature during this mysterious “in between” time. Meet at the map board in front of the Rowe Visitor Center. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Preregistration required. Members $3; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

A Family Ponding Adventure

Saturday, July 8, 10-11:15 am
Satuday, July 8, 1-2:15 pm

Explore the Nature Center’s special wetland ecosystem with a staff naturalist. We’ll use nets and observation tools to discover what animals call our ponds home. Perfect for families with children ages 4-10. Preregistration required. Members $3; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

Creek Romp at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Sunday, July 16, 2-4 pm
Saturday, August 5, 2-4 pm
Saturday, August 26, 2-4 pm

On this guided, in-the-stream hike at Long Branch Farm & Trails, we’ll search for mussels, crayfish and snakes, net minnows, look for green heron and kingfisher and seek fossils, animal tracks, signs of beaver and a variety of other wonders. Most water is under 24 inches deep, but there are spots that are waist deep for adults. Bring old sneakers or other stream shoes that firmly attach to your feet (no Crocs, flip-flops or rubber boots) and old towels. Ages 6–adult.
Preregistration required. Members $3; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

Creek Splash at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Sunday, July 23, 2-3:30 pm
Saturday, August 19, 10-11:30 am

Join us at Long Branch Farm & Trails for a morning of stream exploring with your preschooler. We will investigate the shallow part of the stream to look for crayfish, minnows, frogs and more! Please wear old clothes and shoes that can get wet! This program is geared for children ages 4-6 with an adult. Meet at the White Creekside Barn. If the program is full, please sign up on the waitlist and we will do our best to expand the program. Preregistration required. Members $3; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Monday, August 21, 1:45-3 pm

On August 21, 2017, if skies are clear, the Cincinnati area will experience a significant partial solar eclipse. The moon will pass in front of the sun and cover up about 90% of it. Bring your lunch and watch the moon gobble up the sun! In order to look at the sun safely, we'll make “pinhole projectors.” Remember, never look directly at the sun. Meet in front of the Rowe Visitor Center. Preregistration required. Members $3; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

Firefly Hike

Thursday or Friday at dusk, in late June or early July, 9:30-11 pm

Join us for a brief talk about the natural history of fireflies before going out to see the light show at its peak. Please email and put in the subject line "Firefly" if you would like to be notified when peak time occurs. Also write if you prefer an adults-only or a family hike. Members $5; nonmembers $9.