Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

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Celebrate Earth Day

Join us as we celebrate Earth Day, and bring a friend! FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL, April 20–22.

From fun family programs to our Spring Native Plant Sale, there's something for everyone to do to connect to the Earth this month.

Purple clover flowers.

Learn the Basics of Plant Identification  

In our zeal to create a native garden, sometimes we can do more harm than good if we start aggressively “weeding” without knowing what plants we already have. On this brief walk, we’ll help you to “see like a naturalist” and touch on strategies and tools to help identify the plants in your yard. This program takes place in the Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium.

Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $5 (includes daily admission). 

Spring Native Plant Sale

Saturday, April 20–Sunday, May 19, daily 10 am–5 pm 

Please note that plant sales are not available after 5 pm.

Visit Rowe Visitor Center for our annual Spring Native Plant Sale to gather herbs, native perennials, flowering trees, and shrubs to create a bright and beautiful garden while providing a wonderful habitat for wildlife! 

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed

FREE Children's Activities

Saturday, April 20–Sunday, April 21, 10 am–4 pm at Rowe Visitor Center

Use your nose as you “Think Like a Caterpillar” then play “Race to Feed the Babies.”

Collection of native plants in small backyard garden.

Getting the Most Out of Your Small Native Garden   

With careful planning, you can create a small, aesthetically pleasing native garden that has great value for wildlife. Anne Cooper and Carrie Resnick of Nature’s Haven Nursery will provide their top tips for native garden planning that maximize diversity and host plants. This program takes place in the Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium. 

Preregistration required. Member adult $13; nonmember adult $13 (includes daily admission). 

Three terra cotta pots filled with soil.

Plant a Pot for a Buck 

Saturday, April 20 and Sunday April 21, 10 am–4 pm 

Choose from 10–12 native species of ready-to-grow seed, fill a pot with soil, sprinkle your seed, insert a plant label, and experience the joy of growing it yourself.

Cash only—bring your dollar bills. One species per pot. Each pot is only $1. No registration necessary for this drop-in program. Free admission for all for Earth Day Weekend. 

Butterfly on pink flower.

Native Gardening Question Booth

Saturday, April 20–Sunday, April 21, 10:30 am–4 pm, Rowe Visitor Center

Visit this booth during Earth Day Weekend and we’ll answer your questions related to birds, butterflies and pollinators, lawn removal, host plants, and more!

Muddy child hands

Earth Painting in the Nature PlayScape

Sunday, April 21, 11 am–12:30 pm

Join us for an Earth Day celebration in the Nature PlayScape! We’ll make our own “paint” with mud and create one-of-a-kind natural paintings. 

No registration necessary for this drop-in program. Free admission for all for Earth Day Weekend. 

Stone stairway in a lush green backyard garden.

Home Landscape Transformations  

Learn how to utilize native plants to find ecologically based landscape solutions. We’ll help you solve common home landscape problems. Glean ideas for your yard as Cincinnati-based ecological landscaping company, Our Land Organics, shares real world, local examples of how they’ve helped homeowners address common landscape problems with forward-thinking solutions that benefit families while supporting ecological resilience. This program takes place in the Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium. 

Preregistration required. Member adult $13; nonmember adult $13 (includes daily admission). 

Mulberry tree

Native Edible Trees and Shrubs in Your Yard 

Blending aesthetics, value for wildlife, and human food in the home landscape is entirely possible. In this class, we’ll touch on a range of edible trees and shrubs that are “good for you, good for wildlife,” as well as some “from the forest” planning and management approaches that help us work with nature. This program takes place in the Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium. 

Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

Group of hikers on trail.

Earth Day Sunrise Hike 

Join us for a special sunrise hike in honor of Earth Day. We’ll enjoy spotting wildlife and wildflowers in several different habitats around the Nature Center on this moderately paced hike. We’ll end our hike with coffee and a treat. Participants should meet at the map kiosk in front of the Rowe Visitor Center at our Rowe Woods location. 

Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $10 (daily admission is free this day). 

Native plants in backyard garden.

Using Native Plants in Your Landscape  

Using real world stories from local naturalist Carol Mundy’s native plant nursery and the work she’s done in the variety of tiny habitats in her half-acre suburban yard, Carol will highlight how she embraces the wild spirit of plants and the wildlife that use them. This program takes place in the Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium. 

Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

Lesser celandine

Battling Problem Plants  

Creating wildlife-friendly yards entails making space for native species and that means removing introduced plants. Using examples from the Nature Center’s gardens and grounds, Director of Conservation Cory Christopher will provide tips and tricks for battling aggressive plants. This program takes place in the Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium. 

Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

"Hellbent" with an illustration of an eastern hellbender

Hellbent on Community Action! (Online)

Monday, April 22, 7–8 pm

What does it take to protect your home and family? Drinking water for a small rural Pennsylvania community of 700 people was under threat by the proposed installation of a fracking waste injection well. The community banded together to protect not only their own safety, but also the home of a rare salamander, the hellbender.

In honor of Earth Day on Monday April 22, we will share the story of this community in the documentary film, Hellbent, on Zoom. The film tells this community’s story of activism. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $10.