Events & Programs

 

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Fun for All!

Click on the program dates for pricing and full descriptions. All programs require preregistration and follow Cincinnati Nature Center's COVID Program Safety Protocol. 

Please bring your own mask. Whether indoors or outdoors, masks are required for all adults and children in Kindergarten through 12th grade at all Cincinnati Nature Center programs.  Masks are to be worn outside when one cannot consistently be spaced 6 feet apart. Masks are also required to be worn while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.).

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Nature Moments

Red-eared Slider Turtle Feeding, September–November, Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 am

Under the Boardwalk: Fish & Turtle Feeding, September–October, Wednesdays, 2:30 pm 

Join us at the Rowe Visitor Center for interactive programs presented by a naturalist. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). Click here to register for your preferred program date and time.

 

Family Field Trip: Maple Sugaring                    

Tuesday, March 2, 12:30-2 pm

Join a naturalist on the trails for a hike into the sugarbush with your family to collect “liquid sunshine” and see how it’s turned into sweet maple syrup. Look at how sugaring has changed throughout history and visit the Sugar House. Help with sugaring work and sample warm maple syrup right off the evaporator. Member $7; nonmember $11 (includes daily admission).

 

Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush

Saturdays and Sundays in January and February. Click here for the full list of dates and times and to register. 

Hit the trail for a guided interactive maple hike. Collect sap in the sugarbush and see the steaming evaporator as we boil down to “liquid gold” maple syrup. Members free; nonmember adult $9; nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission).

 

Hootin’ in the Holler

Friday, March 5, 6-8 pm -- SOLD OUT

Whooo’s hootin’ at whoooo? Learn the different species of owls in our area and take a hike to visit our neighbors down in the holler.  RAPTOR Inc. will provide us with a behind-the-scenes tour where we can meet these beautiful night sentinels. We’ll take a challenging night hike and learn to “call” our feathered friends. It’ll be a hoot! Members $20; nonmembers $25 (includes daily admission).

 

Tools of the Sugar House 

Sunday, March 7, 10:45-11:45 am

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience designed for all ages. On this tour, we’ll take a look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. You’ll be able to see inside the sap storage tanks, help set up for the day’s programs, and help prepare the materials to fire up the evaporator. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

 

Finding Frogs and Salamanders

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In early spring when the weather is just right, salamanders and frogs move to ponds and vernal pools to breed. Discover what to look and listen for, then we'll head outdoors to search for these amphibian creatures. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission). CLICK HERE to be added to the notification list. We will email you in advance when conditions are right.

 

Wildflower Stroll with Noel                                           

Sundays in March, April, and May, 11-11:45 am

March 7

March 21

April 4

April 18

May 2

May 16

Join naturalist Noel for a Sunday stroll and learn what wildflowers are blooming. The stroll may take you back in time as you visit different parts of the Krippendorf Estate. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

 

Get to Know Rowe Woods Hike

Saturdays in March, April, and May, 10-11:30 am

March 13

March 27

April 10

April 24 

May 8

May 22

Join us for a special tour starting at the Krippendorf Lodge, where you'll hear about our history and heritage. We’ll then trek along part of the Upland Trail where we'll see some of Rowe Woods’ best natural features. Along the way, you'll learn about our mission and how we work hard to protect and preserve our land and the wildlife that calls it home. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).

 

Mini Log Cabin Building  in the PlayScape

Saturday, March 13, 1:30-2:30 pm  

Journey back in time in the Nature PlayScape! Life on the homestead was full of wonderment. Pretend you’re a pioneer in the olden days and craft your very own miniature log cabin. Ideal for ages 5 and up. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

 

Build a Mason Bee House at home! (Online)

Sunday, March 14, 1:30-3 pm

Create a home for native mason bees in this family-friendly, virtual workshop. Learn where mason bees like to live, what they eat, and how their offspring grow so you can attract and take care of your backyard buddies. Members $15; nonmembers $15. 

 

Hike for Your Health with RRT

Sunday, March 14, 2-3:30 pm – Redwing Trail at Rowe Woods

Sunday, April 18, 2-3:30 pm – Wildflower Trail at Rowe Woods

Sunday, May 23, 2-3:30 pm – Barred Owl Trail and Beaver Trail at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Grab your Hike for Your Health passport and get hiking with Nature Center staff and a representative from Roads Rivers and Trails (RRT), a local adventure outfitter. Join us each month as we traverse our trails (approximately 2-3 miles each hike). Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission).

 

Owl Prowl

Tuesday, March 16, 7-8:30 pm

Join us as we search for owls whooo nest at Rowe Woods. We’ll begin our prowl by digging our talons into fun and interesting facts about these amazing raptors. Then we’ll take flight to call and seek these silent hunters on the trails. Our evening will conclude with some wise words from our neighbors, RAPTOR Inc. Members $10; nonmembers $15 (includes daily admission).

 

From a Moon Far, Far Away in the PlayScape

Saturday, March 20, 1:30-2:30 pm   

May the force of the moon be with you! Journey into the PlayScape to explore the fascinating nature of moons while crafting a moon habitat. All ages welcome. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

 

Family Owl Fun

Saturday, March 20, 6:30-8 pm

Learn how the nighttime session of owl watching can be fun with your family and the signs you can spot during daylight. Our evening will include with some wise words from our neighbors, RAPTOR Inc., and include a short walk at night. Members $10: nonmembers $15 (includes daily admission).

 

Family Field Trip: Spring Treasures  

Monday, March 22, 9:30-11:30 am

Monday, March 22, 1-3 pm 

Families will hike with a naturalist in search of seasonal wonders, looking for signs of adaptations that animals and plants have made to use temporary phenomena to their advantage. Members $7; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission.) 

 

Full Moon Walks

Sunday, March 28, 8-9:30 pm—Crow Moon at Rowe Woods

Monday, April 26, 8:30-10 pm—Super Egg Moon at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Wednesday, May 26, 8:30-10 pm—Milk Moon at Rowe Woods

Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon, natural history moments, and special readings. Recommended for adults and children 8 and up. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

  

Spring’s Flush of Life (with Optional Childcare)

Friday, April 2, 6-8 pm

Savor spring’s flush of life as we peer into a vanishing pond in search of frog eggs, learn how the land speaks in wildflowers, and quest for hidden nests. Optional childcare available only to registered adults. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission). Childcare (ages 4-10): Member child $10; nonmember child $14 (includes daily admission).

 

Make a Hiking Stick

Saturday, April 3, 8:30-9:30 am

Saturday, April 3, 10:30-11:30 am

Saturday, May 29, 8:30-9:30 am

Saturday, May 29, 10:30-11:30 am

Grab a pre-harvested honeysuckle branch and craft it into a hiking stick using our hand tools. Use our leather stamping set and brass tacks to embellish your new hiking companion. Members $7; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).

 

Earth Month Family Quest

Saturday, April 3, 1-3 pm

Saturday, April 10, 2-4 pm

Sunday, April 11, 1-3 pm

Saturday, April 24, 2-4 pm

Explore the trails with your family on a quest to be the ultimate conservationist. Journey through different habitats while completing tasks to help Mother Nature. Members $5; nonmembers $5 (includes daily admission).

 

Wizarding Fun in the PlayScape

Saturday, April 3,11 am-12 pm

Saturday, April 3, 2-3 pm 

Explore magic in our Nature PlayScape by decorating wands, making unicorn food, and mixing nature-powered potions! All ages welcome. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

 

Spring to the Greenhouse (Family Program)

Saturday, April 17, 10-11:15 am

Saturday, April 17, 3-4:15 pm

Round up your little gardeners for a fun day in our green house! Kids will try their hands at repotting baby plants, check out all kinds of seeds, and go for a short walk to look for native plants. As a special treat, every helper will get to adopt a native plant to take home. Members $8; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).

 

Pawpaw Planting Project at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Saturday, April 17, 4-5:30 pm

Saturday, April 24, 4-5:30 pm

Celebrate Earth Month by giving back. During this family-friendly learn-by-doing volunteer project, you’ll help plant hundreds of baby pawpaw trees “way down yonder” by O’Bannon Creek at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Participants will receive five pawpaw seeds to take home to grow their own trees. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

 

Nature Royalty in the PlayScape

Sunday, April 18,11 am-12 pm   

Sunday, April 25, 11 am-12 pm  

Transform into the ruler of a natural kingdom by creating a scepter, crown, and crest adorned with gathered treasures fit for royalty! Ideal for ages 5 and up. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

 

Bluebird Box Checking at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Saturday, April 24, 9:30-11 am

Hike with the bluebird box monitoring team and peer inside bird houses. Discover what the Nature Center is doing to encourage bluebirds, and how you can provide bird housing. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

 

Get to Know Long Branch Farm & Trails Hike

Sunday, April 25, 2-3:30 pm

Sunday, May 16, 3-4:30 pm

This hike is for members who have never visited Long Branch Farm & Trails before, or for those who would like to know more about it. Come check it out! You’ll hear some history, fun facts, and see the natural treasures Long Branch has to offer. Members $5.

 

Spring Sunshine Crafts in the PlayScape

Sunday, May 2,  10-11 am

Sunday, May 2, 12-1 pm 

Capture the sun and the colors of spring by gathering natural materials to create a one-of-a-kind suncatcher. All materials provided. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

 

Painting with Nature

Saturday, May 8, 12-1:30 pm

Saturday, May 8, 2:30-4 pm

Sunday, May 16, 12-1:30 pm

Sunday, May 16, 2:30-4 pm

Capture spring colors as we transform nature into art supplies. Amid the awakening forest, we’ll harvest color, discover pigmented plant stories, and paint greeting cards with handmade inks and tools. Members $9; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).

 

Little Gifts from Mother Nature in the Nature PlayScape 

Saturday, May 8, 3-4 pm 

Explore the Nature PlayScape while collecting natural materials. Then, using what you find, make a special bookmark and a nature woven card for an important person in your life! Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

  

Spring Amphibian Quest

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Journey through the woods in a guided night hike as we explore the fascinating sights and sounds of frogs and salamanders in spring. CLICK HERE to be added to the notification list. We will email you in advance when conditions are right. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).