Events & Programs


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Nature After Hours

A happy hour for the naturally curious 

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, wine, and beer will be available for purchase.

Click on the dates below to register for each program, although drop-ins are welcome! Members and nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission). Guests must arrive before 7:30pm in order to enter.


October 3: Deer Secrets

White-tailed deer are a commonly encountered animal in our area, but you might not know the whole story. Learn about the romantic lives of deer as we dish about the high drama of mating season.

Signature cocktail: “Hey baby…”


October 10: Living Luggage

Discover how human-aided migrations of plants and animals have changed our land and history – and how our own native wildlife has impacted other places.  See species from far-away places that may live in your own backyard, and hear some of their strange stories of travel. Find out how our native Ohio species are affected by these new arrivals and what you can do to protect them.

Signature cocktail: “The Traveler”


October 17: Murder Mystery

Channel your inner detective as we investigate a few of nature’s cold cases. Use forensics and clues to discover “who done it” while learning about our local food chain and common area predators.

Signature cocktail: “Caught Red Handed”


October 24: Night Skies

Explore the mysteries of the night sky and appreciate the beauty of nighttime in nature as we welcome in the darker months of the year. Peek at stars through a telescope, use a star chart to map what you see, learn basic astronomy skills and test your knowledge with space trivia.

Signature cocktail: “Waning Crescent in a Dark Sky”