Events & Programs


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Adult Programs

Cincinnati Nature Center offers programs for the adult outdoor enthusiast. Programs are limited in space, and preregistration is often required, so to ensure placement please register online well in advance of the class start date.

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Winter Travel Series

Sundays in January, 2-3:30 pm

Escape the winter doldrums and kick start your travel planning with ideas, inspiration, and practical tips for exploring the natural world. This year, consider how the Midwest is best! Hear from guest speakers and experts from the field, and find out ways to experience the region in new and different ways. Preregistration encouraged. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.

Shoreline Exploring

Sunday, January 26, 2-3:30 pm

Thinking about the Midwest doesn’t always conjure images of beaches, shorelines, and islands, but we in Ohio are gifted with all of these things! Get inspiration and advice for paddling adventures on Lake Erie, our state’s Great Lake, while learning about its unique ecosystem and conservation efforts. Guest speaker is Jill Bartolotta, Extension Educator for Ohio Sea Grant.


Winter Birding Walks

Saturdays, 9–10:30 am

Start your weekend off right by joining our friendly birding group for a winter walk. The cold season is the perfect time to sharpen existing birding skills as the leaves are off the trees and birds are easier to find! Dress to be outdoors for a couple of hours. Beginners welcome. Meet in the main parking lot at 9 am. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Make Your Own Woodpecker Feeder

Saturday, January 25, 9:30 am-11:30 am -- SOLD OUT

Did you know that, in Ohio, you may be able to see seven different species of woodpeckers in the winter? Join us for a morning of hands-on work as we create our own woodpecker feeders out of natural wood. We’ll learn about the best types of food for attracting woodpeckers and make our own suet to fill our new feeders! This class is best suited for adults, however, interested children over 10 years old may attend with their adult caregiver. Preregistration required. Members $12; nonmembers $21 (includes daily admission).


Trivia in the Woods

Friday, January 31, 7-10 pm

It's trivia fun with a hint of nature! Join Cory Christopher, Director of Conservation, as he emcees this enjoyable night filled with fascinating facts and spirits at our historic Groesbeck Estate. Subjects include: sports, pop culture, literature, science, and more – all with a nature twist. No need to be a naturalist to play! Come with a team of six or be paired up with others. This new adult-only evening is sure to delight. Pizza and salad are included; beer and wine can be purchased. $10 per person. Limited to just 10 teams.


Back to Basics-Backyard Birding for Adults

Friday, February 7, 9-10:30 am

Join like-minded nature novices in this hands-on birding tutorial. We will practice using binoculars while we take a leisurely wildlife spotting stroll through Rowe Woods. Common song bird identification and backyard feeder choices will be included in our exploration. Binoculars provided. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).


Abstract Photography Presentation

Friday, February 7, 6-9 pm

Join us as Sue Milinkovich shares what it means when someone says abstract photography.  She will explore the key components of abstract photography and different ways an image can be captured all around us.  Come learn some new ways to use your artistic and creative skills to create some fun and exciting photography.  Preregistration required. Members $15; nonmembers $24 (includes daily admission).


Abstract Photography All Day Workshop

Saturday, February 8, 9 am – 4:30 pm

Join us as Sue Milinkovich leads us in depth to learn about abstract photography.  Demonstrations, interactive discussions, practice stations, along with time to process images for a critique will be part of this workshop. Registration will be limited to 15 participants to allow more one-on-one time with Sue to learn how to capture and create abstracts.   Preregistration required.  Members $60; nonmembers $69 (includes daily admission).


Elder Mini-Course: Elderberry Syrup Kits, Elderflower Cordial Uses and Harvest How-To’s

Sunday, February 9, 2-4 pm -- SOLD OUT

It’s cold and flu season…prime time to learn how to make elderberry syrup and learn about an ancient plant. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates called elder the “medicine chest of the people,” believing he could heal any part of the body with the plant. Modern scientific methods have revealed elder’s unique combination of antioxidants including antiviral compounds. In this class, we'll review the medicinal value and applications of elder and touch on a range of culinary uses for the flowers (fresh, dried, frozen) and fruits (fresh, juiced, dried or frozen). Members $12; nonmembers $21 (includes daily admission). Preregistration required. 


Couples’ Date Night–A Savory Maple Evening

Saturday, February 15, 7-9 pm -- SOLD OUT

Love is in the maple-scented air at Rowe Woods! Join us for this sweet, behind-the-scenes look at all things maple. Walk hand in hand to the sugarbush under the soft light of a lantern while enjoying a maple historical talk. Marvel at the glowing hot rocks used in ancient rock boiling while sharing a savory maple hors d'oeuvre. Learn how maple toffee is made while sipping on maple cocktails, and discover which cheeses pair well with maple syrup. This tour combines the historical and modern day production of maple syrup with maple-related dishes and beverages. Preregistration required. Member couple $40; nonmember couple $55.


Embrace Winter: Take a Long Hike!

Thursday, February 20, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Embrace winter. Get your boots and knock out another item on your Cincinnati Nature Center Bucket List! Take a 6+ mile winter hike on some of our “perimeter trails.” Pack a lunch and water. Meets at the Rowe Visitor Center map kiosk. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).


Woodcock Walk

Sometime in late February or early March, as dusk falls, join us in the fields of the Nature Center to discover this secretive game bird and see its extraordinary mating ritual. If interested, CLICK HERE to be on the notification list. We will email you in advance a program registration link when conditions are right. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Certified Interpretive Guide Course

Tuesday-Friday, March 17-20, 8:30-5 pm

Join certified interpretive trainers Jason Neumann and Dan Best for a four-day course about techniques and tips for effectively interpreting information to people in a way that is personally relevant and engaging. If you work for, or hope to work for, a nature center, museum or other organization where docents and guides are used, this training is for you. Also relevant for high school and college professors who want to better inspire and engage their students. Curriculum, certification and registration are through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). $380 for non-NAI members (includes instructor fee, one-year membership, certification fee, course materials). Preregistration required.