School Programs & Field Trips
Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open!
Cincinnati Nature Center’s School Programs can help you build schoolyard scientists through investigations of your natural surroundings. We offer a variety of programs and packages to meet your school's needs and interests.
We are deeply grateful to The Charles H. Dater Foundation and the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust for their support of our school programs.
School Program Philosophy
Providing positive experiences in nature
• Regardless of the lesson choice, our first priority is to make sure students feel comfortable and safe. Each day we hope to increase the comfort level students and adults have in natural settings.
Discovery first, discussion second
• Students will be exposed to local ecosystems and biodiversity with hands-on activities with authentic materials. Their discoveries and questions will be tied back to lessons in school and the organisms that live in their backyards.
Small student to naturalist ratios
• In order to provide hands-on experiences without harm to our local natural resources, small groups of 8-10 students per naturalist are key. This also allows us to follow student interests and provide personal attention to each student.
Training for adults (teachers and parents)
• Parents, teachers and other adults in the lives of students are the ones with the real power to expose children to nature on a regular basis. Cincinnati Nature Center provides training for these adults on how to take children outside for learning opportunities.
Want to receive a Teacher E-Newsletter once per month with nature fun facts and upcoming program announcements? Join our Teacher E-Newsletter mailing list!
Homeschool Programs and Summer Field Trips
If you are interested in bringing your family or homeschool group to Cincinnati Nature Center for an outdoor experience, programs are available throughout the year. For a list of upcoming homeschool events, click here to be added to the homeschool email list. Homeschool groups are not eligible for a discounted teacher membership.
School Group Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering to lead or assist school groups, visit our Volunteer page.