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Full Moon Walk

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 $10 (includes daily admission).

Thursday, October 5, 7:30-9 pm
Sunday, November 4, 7:30-9 pm
Sunday, December 3, 7:30-9 pm


Natural History Skills for Homeschool Families - Learn Trees by Their Leaves and Seeds

Wednesday, September 20, 10 am-12 pm

Ages 4-12 with an adult caregiver.

Your family can learn to identify the most common native trees in our area while you help take care of the forest. This hands-on class will take place entirely on the trail. We’ll touch on the parts of a leaf, basic terms and how to use a tree guide while we learn the names of trees. We’ll also explore how leaves are the “power plant of the tree” and fall color change while we gather tree seeds to help with the Nature Center’s conservation efforts. Upon arrival, students will have the option of joining a group specifically geared to their level. Preregistration required. Members $6 per child; nonmember $10 per child (includes daily admission).


Trailside Experience: Abner Hollow Cabin

Saturday, September 23, 10 am-12 pm

All ages welcome

Drop by Cincinnati Nature Center’s Abner Hollow Cabin to explore the building and learn about how log cabins are constructed. Afterwards, try out an early settler’s snack and relax in our porch rocking chairs. No preregistration required. Free for Great Outdoor Weekend.

 

Pawpaw Seed Necklace Making

Sunday, September 24, 2-4 pm

All ages welcome

Learn about the pawpaw, Ohio’s state native fruit, while you create your own necklace made from pawpaw seeds. Meet at the pawpaw patch in front of the Rowe Visitor Center. No preregistration required. Free for Great Outdoor Weekend.


Scrapers and Shredders and Collectors, Oh My! - A Family Stream Adventure (ages 4-8)

Sunday, October 1, 2-4 pm
Saturday, October 21, 2-4 pm

Ages 4-8 with a adult caregiver.

Hike to the stream and explore the spineless creatures who reside under the rocks. Macroinvertebrates are animals that don’t have backbones, but are visible to the naked eye. Seek them out as you flip rocks in the stream bed and learn about the important roles they play in the stream food web. Come prepared to have fun and get your feet wet! (Wear shoes that can get wet; no flip flops). Meet at the entrance of Rowe Visitor Center. Preregistration required. Members $4; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Natural History for Homeschool Families -- Local Geology

Friday, October 20, 10 am-12 pm

Ages 4-12 with an adult caregiver.

We’ll develop an appreciation for local geology as we use our hands to explore everything from soil to evidence of glaciers to identifying fossils down in the creek. Professional geologist Terry Stransky will be on hand to help identify rocks and fossils (bring your “stumpers” along). Upon arrival, students will have the option of joining a group specifically geared for their level. Preregistration required. Members $6 per child; nonmembers $10 per child (includes daily admission).


Sleepy Seeds

Sunday, October 22, 3-4 pm

Ages 3-7 with an adult caregiver.

Extend the season of digging, planting and growing with us! Most of us learn to plant seeds in the spring, but many native plant seeds need to be planted in the fall in order to grow in the springtime. Children will make their own special garden pot full of native plant seeds to take home. Each pot will even have its own calendar to help kids take care of it until springtime arrives. Pots will do best if left outdoors. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Weird Plant Growths – A Family Exploration of Galls & Other Plant Oddities

Saturday, October 28, 2:30-4:30 pm

Ages 4 and up with an adult caregiver.

Just in time for Halloween, we’ll head out to search along the trails for the bizarre bumps, knots, rings and deformities on our plants and trees. Learn the strange stories of how they are made and how people have used them. Meet at the Green Cottage. Preregistration required. Members $4; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


International Observe the Moon Night

Saturday, October 28, 7-8:30 pm

Ages 5-8 with an adult caregiver.

What questions do you ask yourself when you look up at the moon? Why did we go there? What would it be like to live there? Why do we see different phases? Come quench your curiosity while taking a moon hike. Afterwards, look through telescopes and binoculars at our neighbor the moon. You'll be celebrating our moon with people from around the world. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $10 (includes dailty admission).


Falling Leaves

Saturday, November 4, 3-4 pm

Ages 3-6 with an adult caregiver.

Join us as we explore the beautiful fall colors of Rowe Woods. We will learn about why leaves change colors and how dead leaves contribute to the forest ecosystem. A short hike will be included so please dress for playing in the outdoor. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Animal Homes and Where to Find Them

Sunday, November 5, 2-4 pm

Ages 4 and up with an adult caregiver.

Animal homes are all around, but often overlooked. We'll explore along the trails to spot nests, dens, burrows and more, to reveal a world of busy, hidden life, full of stories. Meet at the Green Cottage. Preregistration required. Members $4; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


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).