Events & Programs

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Member Celebration Day

Saturday, April 15, 8 am - 8 pm


Don't miss this exciting day at Cincinnati Nature Center as we celebrate our 50 years of success! Come out and enjoy some of these many activities planned throughout the day!

Thank you for being part of our 50 YEARS of SUCCESS!

Bird Walk

8-10 am - Mike Kravitz and Bill McGill

The migrants are returning from warmer climates and resident birds are beginning to nest. Join us for a casual walk to observe the pageantry of birds along our trails. Beginners welcome. Dress for the outdoors and bring your binoculars. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Wildflower Walk

9:30-11 am

Join Cincinnati Nature Center members Ken Mandel and Haruko Mizoguchi for a 90 minute guided hike. Learn the identity of native and non-native wildflowers along the trails of Rowe Woods. Intended for adults and older teens with an interest in botany and natural history. Meet in the Rowe Visitor Center lobby. Free. Nonmembers also pay daily admission. Preregistration not required.


Trail Magic

10 am - 4 pm

Get moving on our trails and see if you can discover some Trail Magic along the way! Trail Magic can be defined as an unexpected act of kindness or serendipitous occurrence that lifts a hiker’s spirits and inspires awe and gratitude. Whatever form it takes, it's what makes your journey into nature quintessential and magical. Those who bestow Trail Magic are called Trail Angels.


Fairy House Building in the Nature PlayScape

10 am -12 pm

Help bring a little bit of magic (and mischief) to the Nature PlayScape as we design fairy and leprechaun houses. Builders collect their own natural materials in the Nature PlayScape and then build whatever their imaginations can dream up! Suitable for all ages. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Unveiling of the 50 Anniversary Painting & Birthday Cake!

12 pm & 2 pm at the Krippendorf Lodge

Join us on the Terrace of the Krippendorf Lodge where we will unveil a painting of Cincinnati Nature Center by local artist Kate Albert. This specially commissioned painting celebrates our landscape and its landmarks. Sprinkled throughout the work, there are hidden details that tell stories and reveal why the Nature Center is such a unique natural treasure. Meet the artist and learn about her process of creating her largest work to date. Birthday cake will be served on the Terrace until supplies last. 
Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Heritage Hike

12-4 pm

The Rowe Woods property boasts two estates that are on the National Registry of Historic places. Join us for a two hour docent-led walking tour of both the interior and exterior of the homes built in the early 20th century by Carl Krippendorf and Grace Groesbeck. By exploring architectural style, horticulture and landscape design, we’ll see the ties between the two families, how they both sought to blend the natural world with the designed human world with influence from the British designer Gertrude Jekyll and how their efforts set the stage for the property that would become Cincinnati Nature Center.

Enjoy this Heritage Walk at your own pace. Knowledgeable docents will be available in and around both Krippendorf Lodge and Groesbeck Lodge to share stories of the history of this unique place and answer your questions between noon and 4 pm. This experience includes a revealing 20 minute self-guided walk between the two historic homes. Participants may opt to drive between the two homes. A full Heritage Walk will take about two hours.


Open House for NEW Center for Conservation

12-4 pm


Solar Astronomy Activity

1-3 pm, located near the Abner Hollow Cabin Field

On August 21 there will be a solar eclipse right here in Cincinnati. NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN. Learn how to view the eclipse safely by visiting the astronomy club station. If clear, we will be using some of these techniques to view the sun. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Abner Hollow Cabin: A Drop-In Trailside Experience

1-3 pm at Abner Hollow Cabin

Stop by to learn about the history of the Nature Center’s unique Abner Hollow Cabin. Guests can explore early wood cabin construction methods and young visitors can play settlers children’s games. Drop-in between 1-3pm. Free, nonmembers pay daily admission.



1-4 pm at the NEW Center for Conservation

Raptor, Inc. is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of birds of prey through rehabilitation, education and conservation. Come check out their magnificent birds of prey on the back deck of our NEW Center for Conservation.


Stream Exploration: A Drop-in Trailside Experience

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 2-4pm. Free, nonmembers pay daily admission.


A New Perspective: Rowe Woods at Dusk

7-8:30 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 Kiosk in front of the Rowe Visitor Center. Appropriate for ages 12+. Preregistration required. Free to members; non-members pay daily admission.