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Annual Fund

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You make us a place for everyone.

Nature is for everyone! During the past two years, while we all endured the challenges of a worldwide pandemic, nature was our sanctuary. As we prepare to turn the corner into a new year, you have the opportunity to give back to nature!

Generous gifts from members and supporters help us maintain our trails for our many annual visitors, create habitat for resident and migrating songbirds, provide a place for young children to learn about nature’s mysteries and grandeur, and deliver programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Donations to the Nature Center are critical to our success. This year we have seen a lot of positive growth and new projects, including:

  • Expanded native plant propagation resulting in more native plants in our communities
  • Record enrollment for summer camp and continuation of our outreach programs with EarthKids and Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • The new Judy & John Ruthven Pavilion and an innovative trail exhibit featuring wildlife paintings by John Ruthven
  • Our first-ever art installation in the Nature PlayScape—Finding Home by Joel Armor
  • New school partnerships focused on the installation of two native plant school gardens
  • Expansion of Light in the Forest featuring installations by Brave Berlin, the creative team behind Cincinnati’s Lumenocity and BLINK

Please make a year-end gift to our 2021 Annual Fund campaign today! We’re excited to announce that new and increased gifts will be matched by a grant from the Robert Gould Foundation!

Please know that your donation is essential in helping us reach our ambitious goal of $782,000. With your support, Cincinnati Nature Center will continue to be A Place for Everyone!

Your generous support helps us provide a place of tranquility, education, community, and much more to Greater Cincinnati.

Here are just a few examples of how you have helped us impact those in our region. 

Image of two young girls, one is holding a crayfish toward the camera.

"Our children love the Nature Center—especially the maple sap collecting, the Nature PlayScape, learning about pond life, and hiking. They would not have this outdoor experience if it were not for the EarthKids outreach program."

— Inner City Youth Opportunities

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"Sometimes, my son and I come our for a quiet walk in the woods, and other times I'll bring a friend to enjoy an afternoon hike on the Redwing Trail. It's refreshing to leave my cares behind and renew my mind in the forest." 

Jenni (member since 2016)

Yellow throat warbler

"We enjoy helping with the bird counts and seeing the different species living at the Nature Center, especially the many migrating songbirds. Native plants are so important to provide food and shelter for our fine feathered friends." 

Sheri & Gus (members since 1992)

A yellow lab looks back at the camera while on a trail

"My dog gets so excited every time we pull into the Nature Center. It's the perfect place for both of us to get exercise, some fresh air, and enjoy the beauty of nature." 

Carrie (member since 2020)

Sixth grade students planting a garden

"Our sixth graders loved planting the school garden with Nature Center staff. We can't wait to see all of the pollinators this spring and create learning experiences in this outdoor classroom."

Kendre (Seipelt Elementary School teacher)

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"When I attended my first Noteworthy Natives Garden Tour in 2019, I knew I wanted to be a part of of this important native plant initiative. I reached out to explore ways to volunteer. It turned out to be a great match!"

JoAnne (volunteer since 2019)

A young child splashes in the creek at the Nature Center

"CincyNature Camp was love at first sight for my child. They talked endlessly about how cool the creek felt on a hot day, about finding lizards, and playing imagination games. They actually cried at the end of camp—happy because the week was so fun, but sad because they would miss their friends and counselors." 

Cassie (member since 2012)