Events & Programs

 

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For Children & Teens

Unplug your kids with these nature-based programs  

The following programs are designed to meet the needs of school-age children in a safe outdoor setting, while also providing some personal time for you. We offer programs designed for individuals, groups, and family school pods looking to provide an outlet away from digital devices in an enjoyable and nurturing environment.   

All programs will be held outside. In the event of thunderstorms or severe weather predicted for program times, Cincinnati Nature Center will cancel the program two hours in advance. Severe weather make-up days are detailed on the registration page for each program.

Please bring your own mask. Whether indoors or outdoors, individuals grade Kindergarten and up are required to bring a mask to all Cincinnati Nature Center drop-off programs. Masks will be worn outside when participants are not able to consistently be spaced 6 feet apart during tranquil or sedentary activities. Masks are also required to be worn while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restrooms, etc.).

CLICK HERE to view the Events & Programs Calendar.

CLICK HERE to sign up and be notified for various upcoming programs.

Weekday Programs

Click on the program dates for pricing and full descriptions. All programs require preregistration and follow Cincinnati Nature Center's COVID Program Safety Protocol. 

Preregistration is required at least three (3) days in advance of each date for these programs.

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Family Field Trip: Maple Tapping and Measurement

Wednesday, January 20, 12:30-2 pm

Wednesday, January 20, 2:30-4 pm

Experience the process of producing liquid gold from maple sap from the very beginning! Tap trees with us and learn how we’re measuring the health of our maples with community science. Member $7; nonmember $11 (includes daily admission).

 

Maple Sugaring Storytime Hikes

Tuesday, February 2, 9:30-10:30 am

Tuesday, February 2, 11 am-12 pm

Tuesday, February 9, 9:30-10:30 am

Tuesday, February 9, 11 am-12 pm

Tuesday, February 16, 9:30-10:30 am

Tuesday, February 16, 11 am-12 pm

Tuesday, February 23, 9:30-10:30 am

Tuesday, February 23, 11 am-12 pm

Build a fun outdoor routine with your young child this winter by engaging in maple-related stories on the trail! Check sap pails each week and explore small wonders together. Member $5; nonmember $10 (includes daily admission).

 

Family Field Trip: Maple Sugaring                    

Wednesday, February 3, 12:30 pm-2 pm

Wednesday, February 3, 2:30-4 pm

Monday, February 15, 10:30 am-12 pm

Monday, February 15, 1:30-3 pm

Wednesday, February 17, 12:30-2:00 pm

Wednesday, February 17, 2:30-4 pm

Join a naturalist on the trails for a hike into the sugarbush with Join a naturalist on the trails for a hike into the sugarbush with your family to collect “liquid sunshine” and see how it’s turned into sweet maple syrup. Look at how sugaring has changed throughout history and visit the Sugar House. Help with sugaring work and sample warm maple syrup right off the evaporator. Member $7; nonmember $11 (includes daily admission).

 

 

 

Saturday Programs For Children

Designed for children ages 1-13, these programs blend outdoor skills training, purposeful nature exploration, and guided off-trail forays to provide unique educational experiences at Rowe Woods.

  • Member discounts on children's programs require Family Membership level or above, active during date(s) of program.
  • Program fees are refundable with more than two weeks notice.
  • Preregistration is required for each title below and includes the full series of classes listed.

Click on the program dates for pricing, registration information and full descriptions. 

**Registration opens June 1 at 9 am**

First Explorers

Ages 3-4 years old.

Does your child love being outdoors?! Join us as we explore the woods around the Early Childhood building. We will search for caterpillars, investigate the pond, keep track of the birds we see, and discover how animals get ready for the upcoming winter. Preregistration required and includes the full series. Members $85; Nonmembers $100 (includes daily admission).

Session B --- SOLD OUT

Saturdays, 9:15-11:45 am

Click here to register. Please note that registration for Session B closes on Thursday, September 10, at 12 noon.

  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12

 

A Hiking We Will Go

Ages 4-5 years old

Saturdays, 10:30 am-1 pm -- SOLD OUT

Click here to register. Please note that registration for A Hiking We Will Go closes on Thursday, September 17, at 12 noon.

  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 19

Now that your child is getting older, they can bring their lunch to this session for a picnic and hike a little further than their younger siblings. Finding toads, snails and newts are just a few things your child may encounter at Rowe Woods. Children experience a longer hike and discover treasures in nature while learning how animal habitats are important. Preregistration required and includes full series. Members $85; nonmembers $100 (includes daily admission).

 

Saturday Nature Squad—Youth Nature Discovery Program

Ages 5-13

Saturdays, 9:30 am-12 pm — SOLD OUT

Click here to register. Please note registration for Saturday Nature Squad closes on Thursday, September 10, at 12 noon. 

  • September 12 — Insect Hunt
  • October 10 — Traveling Seeds
  • November 14 — Hunkering Down
  • December 12 — Winter Walk

Join our squad of fellow nature enthusiasts, and each month we’ll discover the wonders of the natural world together! Guided by passionate program leaders and surrounded by other youth who love the outdoors, children will have hands-on experiences in nature and explore seasonal changes on this monthly adventure. Children will be split into smaller, age-appropriate groups upon arrival. Preregistration required and includes full series. Members $85; nonmembers $100 (includes daily admission).  

 

2020 Children's Saturday Programs

Registration opens December 1 at 9 am.

In an increasingly virtual world, Children's Saturday Programs offer your child the opportunity to be immersed in hands-on, in-person learning in an idyllic outdoor setting. Stroll through the forest, collect maple sap, hunt for newts in the pond, and savor signs of spring. Designed for ages 3-13, these programs inspire children to learn about nature while encouraging curiosity, exploration, and wonderment. Registration for these programs takes place in our UltraCamp system. If you do not already have a log in, you will need to create one. 

Nature Sprouts

Ages 3-4

Does your child love being outdoors?! Join us as we explore the woods around the Early Childhood building. We will search for caterpillars, investigate the pond, keep track of the birds we see, and discover how animals get ready for the upcoming winter. Preregistration required and includes the full series. Members $90; Nonmembers $105 (includes daily admission).

Session A - Click here to register.

Saturdays, 9:15-11:45 am

  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 15

Session B - Click here to register.

Saturdays, 9:15-11:45 am

  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 22

 

Little Hikers

Ages 4-5

Saturdays, 10:30 am-1 pm - Click here to register.

Now that your child is getting older, they can bring their lunch to this session for a picnic and hike a little further than their younger siblings. Finding toads, snails and newts are just a few things your child may encounter at Rowe Woods. Children experience a longer hike and discover treasures in nature while learning how animal habitats are important. Preregistration required and includes full series. Members $90; nonmembers $105 (includes daily admission).

  • February 27
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 29

 

Saturday Nature Squad

Ages 5-13

Join our squad of fellow nature enthusiasts, and each month we’ll discover the wonders of the natural world together! Guided by passionate program leaders and surrounded by other youth who love the outdoors, children will have hands-on experiences in nature and explore seasonal changes on this monthly adventure. Children will be split into smaller, age-appropriate groups upon arrival. Preregistration required and includes full series. Members $90; nonmembers $105 (includes daily admission).  

Session A -- Click here to register.

Saturdays, 9:30 am-12 pm

  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 15

Session B -- Click here to register.

Saturdays, 9:30 am-12 pm

  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 22

 

For Your Children’s Teachers

Are you interested in resources to help your child’s school with outdoor learning this year? We offer custom trainings for teachers on Zoom or in their schoolyards to help them make the most of their schoolyard spaces. Contact msabo@cincynature.org to learn more.