Events & Programs

 

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For Kids and Teens

Unplug your children with these nature-based programs  

At Cincinnati Nature Center we understand school is going to look a lot different for us all this fall—and we’re here for your family!  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, as these are outdoor-only programs. 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. 

Please note that registration for these programs takes place in our UltraCamp system. If you do not have an UltraCamp log in, you will be able to set one up at any of the links before registering. If you already have an UltraCamp log in, you will use that to log in and register for each program.

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

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Kindergarten Curiosity Hikes in September

Designed for current Kindergarteners

Fridays, 9-11 am (September 4, 11, 18, 25) - Registration for September is closed. Please contact registrar@cincynature.org if you are interested in registering for the remaining two days of this program.

OR

Fridays, 1-3 pm (September 4, 11, 18, 25)  — Registration is closed. Please contact registrar@cincynature.org if you are interested in registering for this program.

For Kindergarteners looking for a small flock of nature friends this fall, this program offers a first step into a before/after-school experience without their caregivers. Our enthusiastic hike leaders will lead children through sensory fun on the trails, games, hands-on experiences outdoors, and finding “curiosities” in the world around them. Series Pricing Only: Members $95; nonmembers $105 (includes daily admission). 

 

Kindergarten Curiosity Hikes in October

Designed for current Kindergarteners

Fridays, 9-11 am (October 9, 16, 23, 30)

OR 

Fridays, 1-3 pm (October 9, 16, 23, 30)

For Kindergartners looking for a small flock of nature friends this fall, this program offers a first step into a before/after-school experience without their caregivers. Our enthusiastic hike leaders will lead children through sensory fun on the trails, games, hands-on experiences outdoors, and finding “curiosities” in the world around them. Series Pricing Only: Members $95; nonmembers $105 (includes daily admission).  

 

Wednesday Wonders in September

Designed for Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Wednesdays, 9 am – 3 pm­­ (September 2, 9, 16, 23)  — Online registration for September is closed. Please contact registrar@cincynature.org if you are interested in registering for the remaining two programs.

Come adventure with us as we explore many of the habitats in Rowe Woods and search for creatures along the way! We’ll see who’s hiding under the pond’s surface, take a closer look at life in the field, or roll logs in the forest to see what lies beneath. Fresh air, hiking, games, hands-on activities and close encounters with animals and plants will help build confidence and generate excitement for being outdoors with new friends. 

 

Wednesday Wonders in October

Designed for Kindergarten – 5th Grade!  

Wednesdays, 9 am-3 pm (October 7, 14, 21, 28)

Come adventure with us as we explore many of the habitats in Rowe Woods and search for creatures along the way! We’ll see who’s hiding under the pond’s surface, take a closer look at life in the field, or roll logs in the forest to see what lies beneath. Fresh air, hiking, games, hands-on activities and close encounters with animals and plants will help build confidence and generate excitement for being outdoors with new friends. Series Pricing Only: Members $200; nonmembers $215. (All pricing includes daily admission.)  

 

After-School Nature Club in September

Designed for Grades 1 – 6

Tuesdays in September, 4-6:30 pm (September 1, 8, 15, 22)   

OR

Thursdays in September, 4-6:30 pm (September 3, 10, 17, 24)  

Join a small group for weekly after-school adventures in the natural world! Guided by passionate hike leaders, children will experience the joys of nature which support their minds, bodies, and mental wellness.  Series Pricing: Members $99; Nonmembers $104; OR Per Session $30. (All pricing includes daily admission.) 

 

After School Nature Club in October

Designed for Grades 1 – 5! 

Tuesdays in October, 4:30-6:30 pm (October 6, 13, 20, 27)

OR 

Thursdays in October, 4:30-6:30 pm (October 8, 15, 22, 29)

Join a small group for weekly after-school adventures in the natural world! Guided by passionate hike leaders, children will experience the joys of nature which support their minds, bodies, and mental wellness. Children will be split into age-appropriate groups of 8 with two naturalists (siblings can choose to be together). Series Only Pricing: Members $85; nonmembers $95 (includes daily admission). 

 

Hike for Your Health Challenge – A Gym Class Alternative

Designed for children 8-13 years

Mondays, 2-3:30 pm (September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19)

OR

Mondays, 4:30– 6 pm (September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19)

Is your child suffering from Coronavirus Cabin Fever? We’ve got the cure! During this kid-friendly fitness series, we’ll provide everyone a Hike for Your Health passport, and together, we’ll take on the ultimate challenge—to hike every trail at Rowe Woods. Each week, we’ll divide into small, age-appropriate groups and tackle a 1.5-hour hike. At the end of this adventure, your child will triumph 10 trails and more than 15 miles of terrain. Our Hike for Your Health Challenge is fun, physical, and full of rewards! Series Pricing Only: Members $75; nonmembers $80 (includes daily admission).  

 

Art in Nature 

Designed for children 9-13 years

Wednesdays, 4-6 pm (September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 14, 21) 

Nurture your child’s sense of wonder and curiosity with art experiences that connect them to nature. Join this six-week after-school Art in Nature camp. Uncover the wonders of nature, become inspired by birds, insects, plants, and animals. Create artworks with paint, clay, pastels, natural dyes, and so much more. Hike through the trees, sketch at the lotus pond, meet new friends, and discover the healthy benefits of unleashing your creativity while learning outside. Series Pricing Only: Members $99; nonmembers $104 (includes daily admission).

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For the following programs, please click on the date and times below to register. Please note this registration goes through our regular program registration system. No log in is needed. Preregistration is required for each group. Please register at least one week in advance of your chosen program date.
 

Wild With My Child 

Designed for ages 1-2 years with a caregiver!

During each hour-long session, caregivers and children can discover nature together using simple sensory experiences and fun outdoor play. We’ll meander the trails and explore small wonders together while practicing social distancing with other pairs of adults and children. Series Pricing Only: Members $60 per adult/child pair; Nonmembers $70 per adult/child pair (includes daily admission).

 

Family Field Trip: Pond Life 

Designed for Kindergarten – 5th Grade! 

Friday, October 2, 9:30 am-12 pm 

Feast your eyes on the liquid layers of the aquatic life of our ponds and lakes during this naturalist-led family hike. We’ll compare our different bodies of water, try our hand at catching aquatic animals with nets and learn about how these creatures are preparing for the cold winter ahead. Member child $7; nonmember child $11 (includes daily admission).  

 

Family Field Trip: Streams and Fossils  

Designed for 2nd – 6th Grade!  

 
With a naturalist, families will explore the rocks and fossils of Avey’s Run stream. Learn what lived here when the area was a warm shallow sea and what evidence was left behind. While we explore, we’ll keep an eye out for aquatic animals that are adapted to thrive in the stream today.  Member child $7; nonmember child $11 (includes daily admission).
 
 

Family Field Trip: Life Hiding Underground

Designed for 2nd – 6th Grade!   

With a naturalist, students will hit the trails look for signs that animals are alive beneath their feet.  We’ll look under leaf litter and into holes to find evidence of animals who survive the cold by going deep. We’ll use soil augers to investigate different types of soil and dig into compost to see what lurks inside. Member child $7; nonmember child $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).  

 

Saturday Programs for Teens

Nature Watch: A Digital Media Blast with The Bug Chicks

Saturday, September 26, 9 am-4 pm 

Show the forest, fields, ponds, and streams from a bug’s eye view with the power of technology and the intensity of hands-on exploration! Make nature fun and accessible for all by learning the art of digital nature storytelling with Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker, professional entomologists and educators known as The Bug Chicks. They use their equipment and technical skills to help you see nature in a whole new way! You’ll leave with skills, tricks and ideas to create conservation-focused nature shorts that show your audience why nature is worth protecting. You can share your videos with family, friends, and maybe even college recruiters!

An experience with The Bug Chicks is not to be missed! These world-traveling scientists and sci-comm specialists are bringing their enthusiasm for bugs—big and small—to Cincinnati. They specialize in working with teens on conservation studies and have even led explorers ages 13–17 in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Don’t miss this unique chance to work side-by-side with these nationally recognized entomologists.

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.