Events & Programs

 

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Full Moon Walks

Friday, June 5, 9-10:30 pm — Buffalo Moon

Monday, July 6, 9-10:30 pm — Summer Moon 

Sunday, August 2, 8:30-10 pm —Blackberry Patches Moon at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Full Moon Walks provide rare opportunities to hike Nature Center trails when we’re normally closed. These night time walks utilize level upland trails -- we avoid hills, steps and stream crossings for safety. While each full moon walk varies, we generally stop periodically for natural history moments, special readings or simply to admire the shadows cast by the full moon. As it’s night time, the pace is slower. Leaders adjust the walking speed based on their group. Full moon walks generally go for 1.5 hours with our goal being to maximize time on the trail. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

 

Preschool Storytime at the Nature PlayScape

Tuesdays, 10-10:30 am

June 9 — CANCELED

June 23 — CANCELED

July 7

July 21

August 4

Join us for a unique outdoor storytime in the Nature PlayScape. Our story expert will lead finger plays, songs, and read nature-themed books. Each week is a new nature topic. Great for ages 2-6. Free to members; nonmember adult $9, nonmember child $4. Online tickets purchased for nonmembers include admission. Nonmember tickets may also be purchased at the gate.

 

Creature Feature at the Nature PlayScape

Thursdays, 10-10:30 pm

June 11 — CANCELED

June 18 — CANCELED

June 25 — CANCELED

July 2

July 9

July 16

July 23

July 30

August 6

Drop in and get to know critters that call the outdoors home. Feel the wiggling of worms or see small salamander toes as we make crafts, explore, and play. Free to members; nonmember adult $9, nonmember child $4. Online tickets purchased for nonmembers include admission. Nonmember tickets may also be purchased at the gate.

 

Make a Hiking Stick

Saturday, June 13, 10-11:30 am

Saturday, July 18, 10-11:30 am

Saturday, August 8, 10-11:30 am

Choose your own pre-harvested honeysuckle branch and craft it into a customized hiking stick. Use simple hand tools to cut, smooth and work the stick. Add embellishments like brass tacks, then cute and add your own leather lanyard. Fees are per stick kit; a parent may purchase one stick to work on with their child. Nonmembers parents who purchase a ticket for their child, but do not purchase a ticket for themselves, will pay daily admission at the gate. Members $7; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).

 

Bluebird Box Checking at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Saturday, May 30, 1:30-3 pm -- CANCELED

Head out on a hike with the bluebird box monitoring team and carefully peer inside birdhouses. Find out what the Nature Center is doing to encourage bluebirds on our properties and what you can do to provide housing for birds on your property. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

 

Mud Mania in the Nature PlayScape

Saturday, May 30, 1-2:30 pm -- CANCELED

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” – E.E. Cummings. Come splash, dig, and create in this program all about, and in, mud! Free to members; nonmember adult $9, nonmember child $4. Online tickets purchased for nonmembers include admission.  Nonmember tickets may also be purchased at the gate.

 

Mud Ball Throwing in the Nature PlayScape

Sunday, June 14, 1-2:30 pm — CANCELED

Join us to take the cornhole toss game to a whole new level. We’ll make our own mud balls and try our hand at throwing them at targets located throughout the Nature PlayScape. Be prepared to get seriously muddy! Perfect for all ages. No preregistration required. Free to members; nonmember adult $9, nonmember child $4. Online tickets purchased for nonmembers  include admission.  Nonmember tickets may also be purchased at the gate. 

 

Crafty Tuesdays in the Nature PlayScape

Tuesdays, 10-10:30 am

June 16 — CANCELED

June 30 — CANCELED

July 14

July 28

Spend the morning gathering inspiration from nature and creating something beautiful! Each week, we’ll do a new nature-inspired craft that each child can take home. All materials are provided. Great for children ages 4-8, but all are welcome. No preregistration required. Free to members; nonmember adult $9, nonmember child $4. Online tickets purchased for nonmembers  include admission.  Nonmember tickets may also be purchased at the gate. 

 

Hike for Your Health with RRT

Sunday, May 31, 2-3:30 pm — Barred Owl and Beaver Trails at Long Branch Farm & Trails ---- CANCELED

Sunday, June 28, 2-3:30 pm — Fernwood Trail at Rowe Woods

Sunday, July 26, 2-3:30 pm — Upland Trail at Rowe Woods

Sunday, August 30, 2-3:30 pm — Salamander & Mayapple Trails 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). Purchase your passport ahead of time, available at the Rowe Visitor Center, for $2. Geared for adults and children ages 8 and up with an adult. Preregistration required. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.

 

Get to Know Long Branch Farm & Trails Hike

Sunday, May 31, 4-5:30 pm -- CANCELED

Sunday, June 14, 2-3:30 pm

Sunday, August 30, 4-5;30 pm

This hike is for members who have never visited Long Branch Farm & Trails before. Come check it out!  You'll hear some history, some fun facts, and see the natural treasures Long Branch has to offer.  Please dress to hike with appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. Members $5.

 

Firefly Walk

To Be Detemined: A Thursday or Friday night in late June or early July, at dusk

Did you know there are many species of fireflies in Ohio, and some of them are cannibals, while others don’t even light up? Join us for a brief presentation about these charismatic beetles before heading out to appreciate their beauty.  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.

 

Family Tree Frog Choir at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Date and Time to be Determined

Walk through the music of the night in this guided forest hike. We’ll look and listen for our delightful native Gray Tree Frogs and gain a deeper understanding of their sometimes-fragile habitat. Perfect for families with children ages 5 and up. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

 

Neverland Adventures at the Nature PlayScape

Saturday, July 25, 10-11:30 am

Peer between the wildflowers to discover a collection of magical adventures. Hunt down buried pirate treasure and hop across stones and over logs to seek the hidden forest fairies. No preregistration required. Free to members; nonmember adult $9, nonmember child $4. Online tickets purchased for nonmembers  include admission.  Nonmember tickets may also be purchased at the gate. 

 

Nature Painting Extravaganza at the Nature PlayScape

Saturday, August 29, 11 am-12 pm 

Bring your budding artist outdoors for some BIG painting fun! We’ll create large paper paintings while experimenting with natural brushes and paints. Free to members; nonmember adult $9, nonmember child $4. Online tickets purchased for nonmembers  include admission.  Nonmember tickets may also be purchased at the gate.