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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Nature After Hours

Every Thursday from September 5 to October 24, 6:30-9 pm

Unwind and learn with us as we uncover local, seasonal and surprising elements of nature. Enjoy light bites, lively conversation, and hands-on activities while immersed in the beauty of the forest and the historic Groesbeck Lodge. Pop into a flash talk, join a guided hike, or sip on a special signature cocktail crafted with nature in mind – each week is a new adventure! Ticket price includes light snacks and a small tasting of the signature cocktail. Signature cocktail, as well as wine and beer, will be available for purchase. Click the dates below for more in-depth descriptions of each program. Members and nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission). Guests must arrive before 7:30 pm in order to enter.

October 17: Murder Mystery

October 24: Night Skies


Fall Birding Walks

Saturdays, 8 – 10 am

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. Meet in the Rowe Woods parking lot. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Conservation Starters: White-Tailed Deer

Wednesday, October 16, 6:30-8 pm  -- CANCELED

One could argue that the white-tailed deer is one of the most loved and hated creatures in all of Ohio. Come out for an evening of learning and discussion about how we can best co-exist with this mammal. An easy-paced deer observation hike is included. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).


Contemplative Nature Walks–Aldo Leopold

Saturday, October 19, 10-11:30 am

Notice more of the natural world guided by the words and ideas of Aldo Leopold, groundbreaking conservationist, philosopher, environmentalist, and author of The Sand County Almanac. On this easy walk, you’ll be invited to write what you observe and share what you’ve written. Dress to be outside. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).


Heritage Walk: Architecture and Landscape Design of the Former Krippendorf and Groesbeck Estates

Sunday, October 20, 2-4:30 pm

The Rowe Woods property boasts two estates that are on the National Registry of Historic places. Join us for a 2.5-hour docent-led walking tour of both the interior and exterior of the homes built in the early 20th century by Carl Krippendorf and Grace Groesbeck. By exploring architectural style, horticulture and landscape design, we’ll see the ties between the two families, how they both sought to blend the natural world with the designed human world with influence from the British designer Gertrude Jekyll, and how their efforts set the stage for the property that would become Cincinnati Nature Center. Preregistration required. Members $20; nonmembers $29 (includes daily admission).


Battling Green Invaders

Saturday, October 26, 2-4 pm

If you find yourself asking, “Which plants are invasive?” or “How do I remove invasive plants?”, this beginner level class is for you. Using examples from the Nature Center’s gardens and grounds, Natural Areas Manager Olivia Espinoza will provide tips and tricks for battling those invaders. Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission).


Back to Basics: Wilderness Skills

Saturday, November 2, 9:30 am-12 pm

Building basic outdoor, self-reliance skills is important—but also a lot of fun! Join this very hands-on class and learn the basics of hiking prep, primitive fire making, and shelter building. This class is perfect for anyone hoping to become more comfortable and skilled on the trails. Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission).


Forest Bathing at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Sunday, November 10, 1-3 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. Preregistration required. Members $12; nonmembers $21.


Mindful Hiking for Beginners

Sunday, November 17, 9:30-11am

Monday, December 16, 9:30-11am

Have you ever wondered about contemplative practices in nature? Start your holidays in a peaceful state of mind as we introduce the connection between Buddhism and nature. Following a brief talk, we’ll take time to slow down and use our senses to observe nature on a technology-free hike. Participants may join us for one hike or several! Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).


Besties Night–DIY Natural Fall Centerpieces

Thursday, November 21, 7-8:30 pm

Grab your best bud and spend the evening in our spectacular Groesbeck Estate crafting a lovely centerpiece for your holiday table. We’ll use a variety of natural materials to make our centerpieces and learn a bit about each plant we include. Light snacks will be provided and you can purchase wine or beer. By the end of the evening, you’ll have something beautiful (and interesting) to share with family and friends. Preregistration required. Members $20; nonmembers $29 (includes daily admission).