School Programs & Field Trips

School Programs & Field Trips

School Programs & Field Trips

Thank you for your interest in School Field Trips at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Our calendar is full for the 2023-24 school year. Registration opens Wednesday, May 1 for the 2024-25 school year.

Cincinnati Nature Center’s School Programs can help your students strengthen their understanding and connection with the curriculum through hands-on, outdoor experiences. We offer a variety of programs and packages to meet your school's needs and interests. 

Click here to register for a field trip during the 2024-2025 school year.

Click here to view our School Programs brochure.

Summer Field Trips

If you are planning a summer field trip for your camp or child care center, please click here or contact our Registrar at 513-831-1711, ext. 129, or email

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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.

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Teacher E-Newsletter! 

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!

Click here to sign up!




Homeschool Programs

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.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!

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. 

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