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Geology of Running Water Trailside Experience

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

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, 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, July 22, 7:30-9 pm -- CANCELED
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

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).


Creek Romp at Long Branch Farm & Trails

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).