Events & Programs


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Adult Programs

Cincinnati Nature Center offers programs for the adult outdoor enthusiast. All programs require preregistration and follow Cincinnati Nature Center's COVID Program Safety Protocol.  Please register online well in advance of the class start date to ensure placement.

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 also required to be worn while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.). 


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Fall Bird Walks 

Saturdays, 8–9:30 am 

September 26

October 10

October 24

November 14 

The season is changing and so the migration begins! Join our seasoned bird leaders as we hit the trails to observe year-round species and birds who are just passing through. Dress to be outdoors and bring your binoculars. Beginners welcome. Members free; nonmembers $9 (includes daily admission).


Forest Bathing at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Sunday, October 11, 1–3 pm 

Sunday, November 8, 1–3 pm 

Forest Bathing, called Shinrin-yoku in Japan, is a practice of immersing yourself in nature to relieve stress. This guided walk offers an opportunity to slow down and awaken the senses, allowing you to quietly take in nature’s gifts. Members $12; nonmembers $21 (includes daily admission).


Hoots & Hops

Unfortunately, due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our region, we are canceling Hoots & Hops for 2020. \ For more information, email Pamela Tierney at


Ink and Drink: Painting with Fall’s Colors 

Friday, September 18, 4-5:30 pm

Friday, September 18, 6:30-8 pm  — SOLD OUT

Friday, September 25, 4-5:30 pm

Friday, September 25, 6:30-8 pm — SOLD OUT

Friday, October 2, 4-5:30 pm

Friday, October 2, 6:30-8 pm 

Saturday, October 3, 4-5:30 pm

Saturday, October 3,  6:30-8 pm 

Stroll through the autumnal forest as we gather rich, inky berries and vibrant flowers to harness their pigmented magic. As we crush and boil our way from nature to art supplies, we’ll discover the history of the land as told through the colors of plants. We’ll create ink to decorate and fill our own greeting cards with plant-inspired beauty. Wine available for purchase. Members $10; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission).


Trail Yoga 

Saturday, September 19, 9:30–11 am 

Saturday, October 24, 9:30–11 am 

Connect to nature in a deeper way through the mindful movement and meditative practices found in yoga during this on-the-trail experience. Members $9; nonmembers $18 (includes daily admission).


Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program

Tuesdays and Thursdays (September 29-November 5), 6-8 pm

The popular OSU Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist course will be offered again this Fall using our popular online format. Join us for 15 virtual, live presentations (Tuesdays and Thursdays) September through November. Cost is $260 and includes training manual and certification fees to Ohio State University. The mission of the OCVN program is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio's natural resources through science-based education and community service. The program emphasizes hands-on natural resource and environmental education coupled with volunteer service. Coursework includes training in geology, plants, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, ecology, stewardship, and interpretation. Classes are offered throughout the state, and Cincinnati Nature Center is one of the largest providers. Teens aged 16 and 17 can join adults in this course. For more information contact Connie O’Connor at


Wild Bird Feeding 101 

Saturday, October 3, 10–11:30 am 

Kick off the cooler season by adding bird feeding to your yard! Join us to explore the newest techniques in attracting and supporting native birds with bird feeders and native plants. We’ll also discuss what seeds are best suited to our area, and what to do about other wildlife who want to take advantage of the feast. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).


Conversations on Conservation: Crucial Climate Change Conversations around the Dinner Table 

Sunday, October 11, 2 pm 

Dr. Lauren Watkins, incoming Executive Chair of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, provides tips and advice for positively framed conversations about climate change and tools to frame productive discussions. Free online, virtual program. Preregistration required before 2 pm on Saturday, October 10.


Buds, Buds, & Suds 

Thursday, October 15, 6:30–9 pm 

I have the need, the need for seeds. Bring your buds and discover the evolutionary ecology of the humble seed. Why are they so hard? Why don’t mine ever grow? Are they alive? After the introduction, participants will learn how to propagate native plants in their own yards. We will tour some of the Nature Center’s native prairies and learn how to properly collect, store, and prepare seeds for planting. Each participant will take home a selection of native seeds for practicing the techniques at home. Then head back to the Groesbeck Estate for some suds and a Q&A with the course leaders, Cory Christopher, Director of Conservation, and Jake Sberna, Manager of the Native Plant Propagation Program. Members $12; nonmembers $21 (includes daily admission).


How to Photograph Birds Presentation

Friday, October 30, 7-9 pm

Join photographer David FitzSimmons as he shares the secrets of producing prize-winning, eye-catching images of birds. Learn principles of composition, best bird photography equipment, and software to make your images shine. Get ideas for partnering with zoos, nature centers, and local rehabilitation clinics. Members: $15; nonmembers $20 (includes admission).


Fall Foliage & Waterfalls Photography Workshop

Saturday, October 31, 10 am—4 pm -- SOLD OUT

Join photographer David FitzSimmons for our 2nd annual photography workshop. Scheduled to coincide with the changing of the leaves, this workshop will help photographers to improve landscape photography techniques. Included are classroom and field sessions. We will discuss techniques, equipment, and software and then shoot fall leaves and waterfalls around the Nature Center. Members $129.99; Nonmembers $139.99.  Pricing after September 1: Members $139.99; Nonmembers $149.99.


Autumn Trees Dusk Hike for Adults 

Sunday, November 8, 4:30–5:30 pm 

Sunday, November 15, 4:30–5:30 pm 

Experience the glow of fall colors in the evening as we take a leisurely hike through Rowe Wood’s oldest trees. This naturalist-led hike will include discussion on the history of our forest and the science behind the array of fall leaf colors. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission). 


Stargazing 101 with Dean Regas 

Friday November 13, 7–9 pm 

Based on his popular book, astronomer Dean Regas will show you the basic tips and tricks to identifying stars, constellations, planets, and more as you look up at the night sky. Members $10; nonmembers $15 (includes daily admission).


Besties Night: DIY Natural Fall Centerpieces 

Thursday, November 19, 3–4:30 pm

Thursday, November 19, 7–8:30 pm 

Friday, November 20, 7–8:30 pm 

Grab your best bud and spend the evening crafting a lovely centerpiece for your holiday table. We’ll use a variety of natural materials to make our centerpiece and learn a bit about each plant we include. Wine and light snacks will enhance the fun. By the end of the evening, you’ll have something beautiful (and interesting) to share with family and friends. Members $20; nonmembers $29 (includes daily admission).