Things to Do

Adult Programs

All programs require preregistration and follow Cincinnati Nature Center's COVID Program Safety Protocol.  Please register online well in advance of the class start date to ensure placement.

Unvaccinated people, including children kindergarten and up, are required to wear masks while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.). Masks are not required outdoors. 

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Bluebirds! (Online) 

Wednesday, June 23, 7-8:15 pm -- CANCELED

Enjoy learning about the charming Eastern Bluebird in this online class. We’ll discuss the bluebird’s natural history, how to support them in your yard, and common bluebird house issues. Member adult $5, nonmember adult $10. 


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Summer Bird Walks 

Saturday, June 26, 8-10 am

Saturday, July 10, 8-10 am

Saturday, July 24, 8-10 am

Saturday, August 14, 8-10 am

Saturday, August 28, 8-10 am 

Summer visitors are back nesting while resident birds have young off and flying already. Join our seasoned bird leaders as we hit the trails to observe birds and their nests. Dress to be outdoors and bring your binoculars. Beginners welcome. Member adult free; nonmember adult $9 (includes daily admission). 


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Garden Tour: Noteworthy Natives

Saturday, June 26, 9 am-5 pm—SOLD OUT

Join us for Cincinnati’s premier garden tour featuring 12 magnificent gardens, including intimate suburban spaces and grand landscapes all creatively designed with a passion for plants! Tickets $40 per person.

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Trail Yoga

Saturday, June 26, 9:30-11 am 

Saturday, July 24, 9:30-11 am 

Saturday, August 21, 9:30-11 am 

Connect to nature in a deeper way through the mindful movement and meditative practices found in yoga during this on-the-trail experience. Member adult $9; nonmember adult $18 (includes daily admission).


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Volunteer with our Stewardship Team 

Saturday, July 3, 17, 9 am-12 pm 

Saturday, August 7, 21, 9 am-12 pm 

Join our volunteer stewardship team to help remove invasive plants and maintain our native landscapes. Workdays are weather dependent. Visit the ‘Volunteer’ page at to sign up!  

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Hoots & Hops -- Tickets on sale now!

Friday, July 9, 6 pm-10 pm 

Friday, August 13, 6 pm-10 pm 

This popular event features beer tastings from local craft breweries, delectable dessert samples from area restaurants and caterers, self-guided hikes on Nature Center trails, interactive educational stations, food trucks and live music. Member $45; nonmember $45. 

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Summer Prose Hike   

Sunday, July 11, 9:30-11 am 

Were combining two of our favorite things, hiking and poetry! From deep within the summer woods, we’ll revel in the idyllic writings of Robert Frost. Member adult $20; nonmember adult $29 (includes daily admission). 

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Besties Night: The Eco-Friendly Kitchen Edition

Thursday, July 22, 6-8 pm

Friday, July 23, 6-8 pm

Bring a friend along for this lively evening! Youll leave with your own homemade cleaning products, as well as tricks for creating a more environmentally friendly kitchen. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $21 (includes daily admission). 

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Heritage Walk: Architecture & Landscape of the Former Krippendorf and Groesbeck Estates 

Sunday, August 1, 2-4:30 pm 

The Rowe Woods property boasts two estates that are on the National Registry of Historic places. Join us for a 2.5-hour docent-led walking tour of both the interior and exterior of the homes built in the early 20th century by Carl Krippendorf and Grace Groesbeck. By exploring architectural style, horticulture and landscape design, we’ll see the ties between the two families, how they both sought to blend the natural world with the designed human world with influence from the British designer Gertrude Jekyll, and how their efforts set the stage for the property that would become Cincinnati Nature Center. Member adult $20; nonmember adult $29 (includes daily admission).  


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Forest, Food, and Folklore  

Friday, August 6, 6:30-8:30 pm

Friday, August 6, 7-9 pm

Friday, August 6, 7:30-9:30 pm  

Enliven all your senses on a trail hike that pairs light hors d’oeuvres and beverages infused with foraged flavor to reveal the rich history of this land through the trees of Long Branch Farm & Trails. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $34 (includes daily admission). 

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Forest Bathing at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Sunday, August 8, 1-3 pm 

Sunday, August 29, 1-3 pm 

Forest Bathing is a practice of immersing yourself in the tranquility of nature to relieve stress. This guided stroll is an invitation to slow down and awaken the senses. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $21 (includes daily admission). 

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Native Plants for Monarch Habitat at Civic Garden Center

Thursday, August 12, 6:30-7:30 pm

Create a monarch habitat in your own yard, while adding beauty, minimizing water use, and reducing lawn maintenance costs. This class will help you choose the best plants for monarchs for your garden. Host plants for monarch caterpillars and monarch adults will be covered. Members $10; nonmembers $10 (no additional admission fees required).

Meet the Photographer: Tom Croce 

Wednesday, August 18, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Tom Croce, local photographer, internationally recognized for creating environmental portraits capturing the essence of transitory time and place. Tom Croce will share his debut photographic memoir, A Decade in the Mountains; a visual presentation of his photographs chronicling the rediscovering of his love of nature, rekindling his personal connection to the natural world; and capturing the epic beauty along the Appalachian Mountains. Enjoy meeting, seeing, and listening to this local artist as he guides you through this photographic journey. Members free; nonmembers $9 (includes daily admission). 


Certified Interpretive Guide 

Monday-Thursday, August 16-19, 8:30 am-5 pm 

Learn techniques and tips for effectively interpreting information to people in a way that is personally relevant and engaging. Certification through National Association for Interpretation. $380 for non-NAI members (includes instructor fee, one-year membership, certification fee, course materials).