Events & Programs


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January 4, 2020

Refresh your mind, body, and soul! Learn new skills, exercise your creativity, and get outside with your family and friends during this day-long celebration. A variety of programs will be offered throughout the day to help you get a head start on your resolutions. From mindfulness activities, to winter hikes, to crafts and reading suggestions, you are sure to find something to start your new year on a new leaf. Fun for all ages, programs will take place snow or shine!


Visit with a Naturalist

9 am–4 pm

Drop-in and learn about local and relevant nature topics in a fun and engaging way with Cincinnati Nature Center staff and volunteers. Free to members; nonmember ticket prices include daily admission.  


Nature Intentions

9 am–3:30 pm

Watch your intentions grow throughout the year! Write your nature-related or nature-inspired intentions for 2020 on homemade, native seed paper. Take it home or leave it for us to display and plant in our cabin field. Free to members; nonmember ticket prices include daily admission.  


Winter Quiet Hike*

9–10:30 am

Start the New Year with a gentle mindfulness hike in the quiet of winter. Reflect on 2019 with fellow hikers and set goals for the New Year. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).


Group Trail Run*

9:30–10:15 am

Join Cincinnati Nature Center staff for a fun-run on the trails of Rowe Woods. Get your heart pumping and enjoy the beauty of nature in winter as we journey through forest and field. Choose from a light paced, family-friendly .75 mile run on our Discovery Trail, or a moderately paced, 1.75 mile run with a bit of grade. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission).


Finding Meaning as You Age*

10:30–11:30 am

Explore the benefits of finding meaning as you age with Patricia Faust, gerontologist and brain health specialist. Learn how a sense of purpose affects your brain, and tips and strategies for entering later life with purpose and meaning. Reflect on how nature can affect brain health as well as ways to find meaning in the natural world. Members $8; nonmembers $15.  Online tickets purchased for nonmembers include admission.


Foraged Tea Sampling

10 am–Noon

Sample delicious hot teas made from foraged local plants. Learn more about native plants, their traditional uses, and how you can learn to forage. Free to members; nonmember ticket prices include daily admission.  


Winter Hike and Soup*

11 am–12:30 pm

Hiking is not only for warm weather! Some of the most beautiful views in the woods occur after the snow has fallen. Trek through the forest trails of Rowe Woods while learning how to hike safely in the winter. Find out what to wear, what to bring, and how to find your way around on your next cold weather wilderness adventure. Afterwards, warm up and keep the discussion going with your leader and fellow hikers over a bowl of hearty soup. Vegan and gluten free soup will be available. Members $10; nonmember $19 (nonmember's ticket price includes daily admission).


Nature Journaling for Beginners

11:45 am–12:30 pm

Whether through writing, drawing, or collaging, nature journaling can be a rewarding way to spend time outdoors and thoughtfully record your experiences. Join us to learn about the basics of nature journaling and explore prompts you can use to get started. Slow down with a short, guided walk outside and spend some time practicing these new skills in nature. Free to members; nonmember ticket prices include daily admission.  


Forest Bathing*

1–2:30 pm

Forest Bathing, also called Shinrin-yoku, is a practice of immersing yourself in nature that was developed by the Japanese to relieve stress. This guided Forest Bathing walk offers an opportunity to slow down and awaken the senses which allows you to quietly take in nature’s gifts.  Forest Bathing experiences follow a standard sequence that includes quiet, slow attentive walking, guided sensory experiences, individual mindful time, opportunities for group sharing and a closing tea ceremony using foraged ingredients. Members $10; nonmembers $19. Online tickets purchased for nonmembers include admission.


Winter Drawing with Natural Materials*

1–3:30 pm

Nature is not only a source of inspiration for art, it can also be a source for artmaking materials. Join us for winter sketching “en plein air” and experiment with using natural materials. Warm up around a fire as you learn how to make your own drawing with charcoal from native plants and how to make ink from black walnuts. Beginners welcome and encouraged. A portion of this program will take place outdoors so participants should dress accordingly. Some paper, pencils and brushes will be available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own paper or sketchbook that can handle charcoal and ink, as well as their own drawing pencils and brushes. Members $10; nonmembers $17 (includes daily admission).


Books for Nature Lovers

2:45–3:30 pm

Start building your reading list for 2020! With the right book, you can feel like you're out in nature even when you're curled up on the couch. Join Emily Wichman, librarian and CNC volunteer, for a quick tour through a range of books that will appeal to lovers of the great outdoors.  From nonfiction to science fiction, there will be suggestions for readers of any interest. Free to members; nonmember ticket prices include daily admission.  


Plant Your Nature Intention

3:30–4 pm

Give your intention roots and get your hands dirty! Join us in planting homemade native seed paper from the nature intentions display as we share a few inspiring words to kick off the year. Free to members; nonmember ticket prices include daily admission.  

*Pre-registration required.