Cincinnati Nature Center values a commitment to sustainability. We strive to make choices that are environmentally responsible, economically viable, and socially equitable for the long-term stability of our organization, our region and the earth.

The Nature Center is making environmentally responsible choices through a variety of projects.

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Recycle Your Unwanted Holiday Lights

November 16-February 1

We've teamed up with Cohen Recycling to collect and recycle holiday lights. Drop off bins will be located at both Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails for the community, guests, and members.


Algaewheel Sanitary Treatment System

The Algaewheel Sanitary Treatment System is an innovative wastewater system that provides a diverse ecological environment for effective wastewater treatment using the symbiotic relationship between algae and bacteria. The algae serve to supply the oxygen required by the bacteria and likewise the bacteria supply the carbon dioxide required by the algae. Learn more about the Algaewheel!

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Avey’s Run Stream Restoration Project

The Avey’s Run Stream Restoration Project located along the Redwing Trail is an example of Cincinnati Nature Center's commitment to restoring and protecting stream habitat. Nearly 2,000 linear feet of stream in the East Branch of Avey’s Run was impacted by excess stormwater runoff and became unstable and uninhabitable by a large variety of native species. Natural channel design was used to restore and enhance stream habitat to increase native biodiversity.

Today native fish, macro invertebrates, and salamanders can be found along the restored section of stream.

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Taking Root Campaign

Taking Root is a collaborative initiative in the Greater Cincinnati tri-state region to address the loss of tree canopy due to invasive species such as the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. Trees provide many benefits to the region, including moderating temperatures, reducing stormwater runoff, stabilizing slopes and streambanks, sustaining wildlife and increasing property values. The goal: plant two million trees by 2020 in the Greater Cincinnati Region.

Cincinnati Nature Center is proud to partner with Ammon Nursery, Boone County Arboretum, The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Davey Resource Group, Great Parks of Hamilton County, The Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati, Green Umbrella, Hamilton County Planning and Development Department, Natorp’s, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council, Ohio DNR Division of Forestry, The Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments, Oxbow, Inc. and more!