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Self-Guided Opportunities

Learn interesting facts on the trails and discover fun activities to do as you hike! Stop by the Rowe Visitor Center and ask the Front Desk Naturalist for more information. 

Mashburn Family Discovery Trail

Mashburn Family Discovery Trail

This trail is a .72-mile loop that is stroller and wheelchair accessible. You’ll observe plants and animals in their native habitats guided by interactive displays. If you leave with more questions and insights than when you came, nature has inspired you!

Discovery Trail Scavenger Hunt!

Parent Resource Page

Parents, visit our Parent Resource Page and discover fun activity ideas to help your child experience and enjoy the natural world. There’s also a suggested reading list. 

Children's Adventure Pack

Requires a “deposit” of membership card, driver’s license or keys.

  • Art Pack: colored pencils, crayons, watercolors and brush, art paper and a sit-upon. Recommended for ages 4-12.
  • Bird Explorer Pack: binoculars, bird call, journal, ID cards, bird ID book, map of CNC bird blinds, writing instruments. Recommended for ages 6+.
  • Matt’s Pond Study Kit: net, collection bin, cups, Pond Life and Pond Watchers books and ID sheet. Collecting is only permitted at Matt’s Pond—be sure to wear your official Pond Study Permit. Recommended for ages 6-14. Available April 1-October 31.
  • Nature PlayScape Pack: ID books, map, magnifying glass, bug box, collecting jar, PlayScape book, hand tools.

Binoculars, Magnifying Glass, Compass, Bug Boxes

May be borrowed from the Front Desk Naturalist. Requires a “deposit” of membership card, driver’s license or keys.

Fish and Turtle Feeding at Powel Crosley Lake

From April 1-October 31, purchase a small amount of fish and turtle food for 25 cents at the Rowe Visitor Center. One handful of food per family. For the health of the animals and the lake, no other food is allowed. Feeding permitted only at Powel Crosley Lake.

Scavenger Hunts

Stop by the front desk any time of the year to receive your mission. When you’ve finished your sheet, return for a prize.

Seasonal Bloom Information

Check out the wildflower tubes located outside the front doors of the Rowe Visitor Center and visit the display boards inside to see what flowers are in bloom.

Sequence of bloom chart (PDF)