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Cordage: Make Your Own Twine from Wild Plants

Saturday, November 18, 10 am-12 pm

Ages 10 and up with an adult caregiver.

Find out which plants you can make into string, thread and rope (AKA cordage), just like people did in old times. You'll fashion your own necklace, bracelet or other cordage creation completely out of wild plants. This valuable survival skill is easy once you learn. Meet at Outdoor Learning Center. If this program is full, please sign up on the wait list and we will do our best to expand the program. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Fire-making Fun

Saturday, November 18, 4-6 pm

Ages 10 and up with and adult caregiver

See how Native Americans made fire with natural materials and try your hand at making fire with a bow drill. Learn to make an easy natural torch. Know where to find tinder for starting fires easily. Discover the native plants that were prized for their fragrant smoke. As darkness falls and a fire is going, you can help make popcorn as well as a wild tea. If desired, you may bring your own food to cook on the fire (cooking skewers available for use). Meet at Outdoor Learning Center. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

Nature Crafts and Merry Snacks

Saturday, December 2, 3-4:30 pm

Leave the hustle and bustle of the season behind for an easy afternoon of holiday crafting and snacking. Join the fun as we use natural and recycled materials to make wintery decorations. Popcorn, cider and all supplies included. This class will have varying crafts appropriate for ages 3-10 with an adult caregiver. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Full Moon Walk

Sunday, December 3, 7:30-9 pm
Wednesday, January 3, 7:30-9 pm
Wednesday, January 31, at LBF&T 7:30-9 pm

Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon and natural history readings. Recommended for adults and children ages 8 and up. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Winter Solstice Night Hike

Thursday, December 21, 6:30-8 pm

Join us on the longest night of the year for a modern observance of an ancient tradition. Learn about the history of the winter solstice and the modern day symbolism that is with us today. We’ll then head out on a night hike in search of nocturnal animals that are also looking forward to the rebirth of spring. We’ll conclude with refreshments and a bonfire at the Abner Hollow Cabin. This hike is entirely outside; dress accordingly. Suitable for adults and children ages 9 and up. Meet at the Abner Hollow Cabin. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $15.


I-Spy a Winter Bird!

Saturday, January 13, 10-11:30 am

The winter season often allows us to see birds that are difficult to spot during the rest of the year. We’ll bundle up for a short morning bird hike followed by an indoor exploration of our bird observation window. We’ll finish our day by making a take-home suet feeder to attract winter birds to our yard. Preregistration required. Members $3; nonmembers $9 (includes daily admission).


Legends and Folklore of Winter

Sunday, January 14, 2-3 pm

Our frozen fields and forests are filled with stories of magical plants and animals, odd explanations and poetic ways of looking at winter. On this easy walk (with some cozy indoor warm-up time), you'll see winter through the eyes of Shawnee hunters, early settlers and other storytelling peoples. Adults will be surprised by the strange history and symbology of “familiar” things, while kids enjoy the colorful stories and fun discoveries. Meet in the Whittaker Library (Bistro) at Rowe Visitor Center. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Owl Prowl

Tuesday, January 23, 5:30-7 pm
Thursday, February 22, 6:30-8 pm

Discover some fun facts about our local owls and what makes them different from other birds. Then head outdoors to listen and look for them. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight for your party. Recommended for adults and children ages 10 and up. Meet in the Rowe Visitor Center auditorium. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $12.


Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush

Saturday, January 20, 10 am-3 pm
Sunday, January 21, 12-4 pm
Saturday, January 27, 10 am-3 pm
Sunday, January 28, 12-4 pm
Saturday, February 3, 10 am-3 pm
Sunday, February 4, 12-4 pm
Sunday, February 11, 12-4 pm
Saturday, February 17, 10 am-3 pm
Saturday, February 24, 10 am-3 pm

Experience the whole process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam. Drop by the sugar house near Krippendorf Lodge anytime between 10 am-3 pm on Saturdays and 12-4 pm on Sundays. Join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike on Saturdays at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm or 2 pm and Sundays at 1 pm, 2 pm or 3 pm. Hikes start at the Outdoor Learning Center. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Tools of the Sugar House–An Up-close Experience for Families/All Ages

Sunday, January 28, 10:45-11:45 am

While the evaporator is still cold, families are invited for an up-close look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters and thermometers. With an adult’s help, child participants will be able to look inside the sap storage tanks, try on the fire gloves, help set up the Native American rock boiling demonstration, stand on a stool to look inside the evaporator and help prepare the materials to fire up the evaporator for the day. Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center. Preregistration required. Members $3; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Tools of the Sugar House – An Up-close Experience for Preschoolers

Sunday, February 4, 10:45-11:45 am
Saturday, February 17, 10:45-11:45 am 8:45-9:45 am

While the evaporator is still cold, preschoolers with their adults are invited for an up-close look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters and thermometers. With an adult’s help, preschoolers will be able to look inside the sap storage tanks, try on the fire gloves, help set up the Native American rock boiling demonstration, stand on a stool to look inside the evaporator and help prepare the materials to fire up the evaporator for the day. Geared for ages 3-6 with an adult caregiver. Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center. Preregistration required. Members $3; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Front Desk Nature Moments

Join the front desk staff for a 10-20 minute mini- program.

Wildflower Stroll

Sunday, December 10, 10:30 am
Sunday, January 7, 10:30 am
Sunday, February 4, 10:30 am

Join Noel Prows, Cincinnati Nature Center’s Vistor Services Lead, at the Rowe Visitor Center front Desk for a 10-20 minute mini-program as he collect wildflowers for the sequence of bloom display. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Hiking 101

Monday, December 4, 10 am
Monday, January 22, 10 am
Monday, February 12, 10 am

Tim McMannis, Cincinnati Nature Center’s Visitor Services Coordinator, will share what to wear and where to hike to safely enjoy the winter during this 10-20 minute mini-program. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Millipede Care and Handling

Thursday, December 14, 12:30 pm
Thursday, December 28, 12:30 pm
Thursday, January 4, 12:30 pm
Thursday, January 18, 12:30 pm
Thursday, February 8, 12:30 pm
Thursday, February 22, 12:30 pm

Join the front desk staff for a 10-20 minute mini-program on our resident millipedes. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Snake Care and Handling

Thursday, December 14, 11:30 am
Thursday, December 28, 11:30 am
Thursday, January 4, 11:30 am
Thursday, January 18, 11:30 am
Thursday, February 8, 11:30 am
Thursday, February 22, 11:30 am

Join the front desk staff for a 10-20 minute mini-program on our resident, non-venemous snakes. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Native Stream Fish Feeding

Tuesday, December 19, 10 am
Tuesday, January 2, 10 am
Tuesday, February 6, 10 am

Join the front desk staff for a 10-20 minute mini-program on our indoor native fish tank and fish feeding. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Salamander and Frog Watch

TBA

In early spring when the weather is just right, salamanders and frogs move to ponds and vernal pools to breed. Discover what to look and listen for during a brief indoor program then we'll head outdoors in search for these amphibian creatures. Bring your flashlight and dress for the weather. Please email the Nature Center’s Registrar, Sharon Renner, at srenner@cincynature.org and put “AMPHIBIANS” in the subject line. We will email everyone when the time looks right 24-48 hours ahead. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Full Moon Hike-Sweet Potato Braise at Rowe Woods

Thursday, March 1, 7-8:30 pm
Thursday, March 1, 7:30-9 pm
Thursday, March 1, 8-9:30 pm

Gather 'round the hearth to celebrate maple season with Dutch oven-braised sweet potatoes. See our collection of historic sugaring equipment then top your potato with butter, fresh maple syrup and maple-glazed pecans. Afterwards, head out on a hike through the sugarbush. Recommended for adults and children ages 8 and up. Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $15.