Celebrating 50 Years—Preparing for the Next!

Campaign Overview

In 2009, Cincinnati Nature Center embarked on a multi-phase initiative targeted to serve a growing number of members and visitors. With our 50th anniversary approaching in 2017, the organization determined several major capital improvements which will expand our ability to deliver innovative programs and services which connect people to nature in our region and beyond. 

Phase I – $4 million campaign (Completed)

Experiences for Children and Families
The first phase of the campaign, completed in 2013, focused on the infrastructure to link visitors to the land, with an emphasis on providing experiences for children and families. Completed projects include the Marge & Charles Schott Nature PlayScape, a Nature Preschool housed in the Alpaugh Early Education Center, an Outdoor Learning Center, the Mashburn Family Discovery Trail, a state-of-the-art Algaewheel Sanitary Treatment System, and the Louise B. & Stanley M. Rowe, Jr. Fund for Education.  

Groesbeck Lodge - New Home of the Center for Conservation & Stewardship

Phase II – $5 million campaign (Completed)

Center for Conservation
The most current phase of the campaign focused on the new Center for Conservation which houses in historic Groesbeck Lodge. The Center for Conservation gives Cincinnati Nature Center a platform for expanding our conservation and stewardship efforts to a greater audience and making a powerful impact on the region. Other improvements to the property and existing buildings will further enhance the visitor experience.


Phase III – $16 million campaign (future)

New Visitor Center
Looking to the future, Cincinnati Nature Center plans to build a new, LEED-certified visitor center to replace our current, aging center which was built in 1971. Engineering studies indicate that renovation and expansion of the Rowe Visitor Center would be three quarters of the cost of replacement, and even then, the energy efficiency would not be up to modern standards. The massive stone fireplace in the current Visitor Center will be the focal point of a new, open air pavilion to be used for educational programs and special events.

For more information about the Capital Campaign, contact:
Jeff Sperry, Director of External Relations at or (513) 965-4249.