Cincinnati Nature Center Blog

Blog Entries - 2021

Marking Time Without Calendars

By Laura Weinel, Community Engagement Coordinator Imagine a world where there are no calendars to mark the days and no clocks to count the time. Instead, each passing year is tracked using... plants. Confused yet? Lucky for us read more …

Who Cares?

By Connie O'Connor, Director of Education It’s exciting to learn something new about nature.  And it’s even more fun to share that knowledge with others. “If only they knew more about it,” we might think, “then they’d read more …

It Starts with a Seed

By Jeff Sperry, Director of Development and Marketing I guess I was about 11 years old when I asked my parents if I could have a garden in our backyard. Inspired by my grandparents’ enormous vegetable garden on their dairy farm in Chautauqua County, read more …

Meet Olivia & Danie

Olivia Espinoza: Natural Areas Manager & Burn Boss It’s not often that you get to set something on fire to help it grow. But that’s just what Olivia Espinoza does as our Natural Area Manager when it comes to taking care of our fields and read more …

Home Sweet Sycamore

By Tess Renusch The great blue herons have returned to Long Branch Farm & Trails, and so the nesting season has begun! Like many picky homebuyers, Great Blue Herons can be particular when it comes to choosing a nesting spot, so what makes Long Branch an read more …

A Seriously Awful Weed

Posted on: February 26, 2021
By Tim Nabors, Naturalist When it comes to invasive plants, this one may be the worst! It is one seriously awful weed. At the Cincinnati Nature Center, we are often approached by guests during the early spring who are curious about some of the wildflowers read more …

This Plant Stinks!

Posted on: February 25, 2021
By Tim Nabors, Naturalist “This plant stinks...and it’s ugly, a bully, and unwelcome here!” —a direct quote from all of our local plants and animals. Most anyone who has spent any time outdoors in our region has come across this not read more …

A Sunny Garden Flower Gone Awry

by Danie Frevola, Conservation Apprentice Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus) is a stunning wetland plant with tall and showy yellow flowers (Fig 1.). While it is an attractive landscaping plant, it also peaks gardener’s interest because it can grow in a read more …

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Invasive Vine No One Seems to Notice

by Danie Frevola, Conservation Apprentice Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei) is found in all sorts of spots throughout Cincinnati- from the side of houses, to the side of highways; across the forest floor all the way up to the tree canopy. However, the vine read more …

Happy National Invasive Species Week!

by Danie Frevola, Conservation Apprentice Happy National Invasive Species Awareness week! Anyone that has had a conversation with me has heard ‘invasive species’ countless times, and it's likely that you have come across the term quite a few read more …