Staff Blogs and Articles

Want Biodiversity? Feed the Soil: Jason Neumann, our Public Programs Manager, as a message for everyone: soil is not dirt! 

The Bird that Carries the Sky on Its Back and the Earth on Its Breast (John Burroughs): Naturalist Tim Nabors tells us about his favorite bird and outlines how Cincinnati Nature Center contributes to the conservation and scientific study of it.

The Myth of Groundcover: Jason Neumann, our Public Programs Manager, teaches us about invasive groundcover—and what our better options are. (Published 04/16/2020)

Now in Nature E-News (04/06/2020)This week, Now in Nature introduces us to the great blue heron and the difference between “good” and “bad” celandine. 

Knowledge & Confidence in the Palm of Your Hand: Our Director of Education, Connie O’Connor, introduces an app that can help you become an expert on the nature in your yard or neighborhood. (Published 04/03/2020)

Now in Nature E-News (03/30/2020): The inaugural issue of our weekly e-news covers mason bees, mayapples, violets, salamanders, and more!  


Staff Videos

On April 11-12, join us from the comfort of your home for our first-ever iNaturalist bioblitz—the Lawn Plant Identification Challenge!

What’s that plant in my lawn? Cincinnati Nature Center staff and volunteers are here to help you identify the plants hidden in your yard. Why? Because we share the natural community of our lawns with many other living things. To start to make the most of our yards for wildlife, we first need to know what’s there. We’re here to answer your questions and explain how your lawn plants fit into your backyard ecosystem.

We will host a Facebook Live next Saturday, April 11 at 9 am to answer questions and get you started.

Learn more and join the challenge.

Resource Links

Learn how to use iNaturalist to record, upload, and share your nature observations from your backyard.

Yardmap helps you familiarize yourself with this tips for identifying different plants in your yard.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has several great wildlife identification guides and lists.