Events & Programs


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Welcome to Cincinnati Nature Center! Hike a trail, play in the Nature PlayScape, relax at the Cabin, or participate in one of the many fun and exciting programs we're offering throughout the weekend!

Life Under a Log at the Nature PlayScape

Saturday, September 28, 10-11:30am

Join the search for the little creatures that call old logs home! Borrow our naturalist’s bug catchers, magnifying glasses, and shovels, then head out into the Nature PlayScape to see what you can find. We’ll also make a special critter craft to take home. Suitable for all ages. Free.


Meet the Artists at the Nature Shop

Saturday, September 28, 10 am–3 pm

Sunday, September 29, 11 am-3 pm

Meet local artist, Lori Vogel, and watch as she uses colored pencils to draw our wildlife friends with amazing realism on slices of native wood. Local grower, Erin Phillips, will have her farmstand filled for you to taste and purchase her garden-fresh jellies, dressings, and oils. Free.


Red-Eared Slider Turtle Feeding

Saturday, September 28, 10-10:15 am

Join the front desk staff for a 10-20 minute mini-program on our indoor red-eared slider, Crush. Free.


Mason Bee Tube Opening Party

Saturday, September 28, 12-2 pm

Have you ever held a live bee cocoon? As you help open Mason bee nesting tubes, you’ll peer into the life cycle of these solitary native pollinators and learn how you can provide them with habitat in your own yard. This is a family friendly, sting-free experience; drop by the front of the Rowe Visitor Center anytime between 12 pm and 2 pm. Free.


Primitive Fire Starting Sampler with Marshmallows

Saturday, September 28, 1-4 pm

Venture out to our Fernwood cabins to try your hand at primitive fire making! We’ll have a variety of techniques to explore, including flint and steel, in this hands-on experience. Finish up your visit with a toasty marshmallow treat at our campfire. All supplies provided. No preregistration required. Free.


Under the Boardwalk Fish and Turtle Feeding

Sunday, September 29, 11-11:15 am

Join us for a 10-20 minute mini program on fish and turtle feeding at our Rowe Woods location. Free.


Black Walnut Cracking

Sunday, September 29, 1-3 pm                 

Try your hand at cracking black walnuts and savor some fresh nutmeats! The experience is imbued with botany, history, and lore of the black walnut. Drop by the front of the Rowe Visitor Center anytime between 1 pm and 3 pm. Suitable for all ages. No preregistration required. Free.


Monarch Glider Obstacle Course

Sunday, September 29, 1-4 pm

Make your own monarch butterfly glider and fly it through an obstacle course that mirrors the challenges monarch face as they fly south to Mexico. Drop by Oak Allée, the large grassy area near Rowe Visitor Center, anytime between 1 and 4 pm. Suitable for all ages. No preregistration required. Free.


Check out our annual fall sales while you're here enjoying the Nature Center! 

Annual Bird Seed Sale

Friday, September 20—Sunday, October 20, 10 am-5 pm

Stock up now! We have the best selection of organic birdseed at the best prices! Select black oil seed, no-mess mix, raw peanuts, safflower seed, thistle and suet to fill your feeders for the winter. 100% of store proceeds support our mission!


Autumn Native Plant Sale

Friday, September 20—Sunday, October 20, 10 am-5 pm

Autumn is the best time to plant native trees, shrubs, and plants! Choose from more than 35 native varieties and turn your yard into an eco-friendly garden for pollinators and other wildlife. Our Nature Shop is open daily from 10 am-5 pm.  Sale runs from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, October 20. Plants will continually be restocked. 100% of store proceeds support our mission.