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Full Moon Walks

Thursday, January 12, 7:30 pm
Friday, February 10, 7:30 pm at Long Branch Farm & Trails

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


Owl Prowl

Friday, January 16, 7-9 pm - Date change due to weather concerns. 
Tuesday, February 7, 7-9 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 each member of your party. Recommended for ages 5 and older and will meet in the auditorium. Preregistration required. Members $3; nonmembers $7.

 

Meet a Professional Geologist

Thursday, January 19, 10 am-12 pm
Thursday, January 19, 1-3 pm

Join Terry Stransky, professional geologist and Nature Center volunteer, as he shares what a geologist does and how he got started on his professional journey. Terry will show and discuss geologist tools like a rock hammer and diamond core drill bit as well as how geologists use topographic, geologic and groundwater maps in the real world. With the aid of rock, mineral and fossil samples, he’ll walk participants through a typical day to reveal how geology helps to turn on our lights, transports electricity to our homes, allow us to take showers and provides building material for our homes and driveways. Bring in your mystery rocks and fossils for identification. Most appropriate for students in grades 4-6. Preregistration required. Members $6 per child; nonmembers $10 per child (includes daily admission).

 

Naturalist Challenge for Youth--Winter

Friday, January 20, 10 am-12 pm
Friday, January 20, 1-3 pm

How often does someone in your family see something in nature and ask, "What's THIS?" This round-robin style challenge will take your family through the basics of using keys, binoculars and field guides as you identify a track, an abandoned nest, a tree, and other local specimens by sight and sound. You'll learn to look beyond first impressions to notice things you hadn't seen before. And you'll have the key to vast stores of nature-lore…a name. Most appropriate for ages 8-13. Preregistration required. Members $6 per child; nonmembers $10 per child (includes daily admission).

 

Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush

Saturday, January 28, 10 am-3 pm
Sunday, January 29, 12-4 pm
Saturday, February 4, 10 am-3 pm
February 5, 12-4 pm
February 12, 12-4 pm
Saturday, February 18, 10 am-3 pm
Saturday, February 25, 10 am-3 pm
Saturday, March 4, 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 and join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike. 

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 sugar house.  Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.

 

Family Maple Sugaring

Friday, February 10, 10 am-12 pm
Friday, February 10, 1:30-3:30 pm
Monday, February 20, 10 am-12 pm
Monday, February 20, 1:30-3:30 pm

Delve into the science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. This program includes a guided hike in the sugarbush, a look into the Native American origins of sugaring and a visit to the Sugar House. Homeschool students will tap a tree with a hand drill, help with sugaring work and sample warm maple syrup right off the evaporator. This program takes place outdoors, regardless of the weather. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Upon arrival, students ages 10 and up will have the option of joining a group specifically geared towards older students. Preregistration required. Members $6 per child; nonmembers $10 per child (includes daily admission).

 

Tools of the Sugar House – An Up Close Experience for Preschoolers

Sunday, February 5, 11 am
Saturday, February 18, 9 am

While the evaporator is still cold, preschoolers and their adults are invited to drop in 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 4-6. Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center. Preregistration required. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.

 

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

Saturday, March 4, 9 am

While the evaporator is still cold, families are invited to drop in for an up close look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. 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. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.

 

Cooking with Maple: Maple Toffee and Maple Caramel

Saturday, March 4, 1-4 pm

We’ll start by transforming fresh maple syrup into maple sugar. From there, this participatory class will create two maple treats: maple toffee with dark chocolate and nuts and salted maple caramel. Bring your apron and come prepared to stir. Participants will take home some of our delicacies. Meet in the kitchen of Krippendorf Lodge. Instructor: Public Programs Manager and head sugarmaker, Jason Neumann. Appropriate for adults or youth age 10 and up, with a parent. Preregistration required. Members $15; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission).

 

Salamander Celebration

TBD, 6:30 pm

Bring your flashlights and dress to spend an hour outdoors as we look for Jefferson salamanders in and around the breeding ponds. We’ll begin with a brief indoor program, then divide into smaller groups as we hit the trails in search of salamanders. Please contact the registrar at srenner@cincynature.org to be placed on our list. We’ll contact you when conditions are best for observing salamanders. Please write “Salamanders” in the subject line. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.