Things to Do

For Adults

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. 

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Conservation Changemaker Speaker Series (Online) 

Wednesday, September 28, 7-8 pm

Did you miss this program? Click here to rewatch!

The Bug Chicks (Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker), Entomologists, and Educators 
Brandon Reynolds, Environmental Consultant and Founder of B the Keeper 

Wednesday, October 19, 7-8 pm 
Nicole Jackson, Environmental Educator and Founder of Black in National Parks Week 

Wednesday, November 9, 7-8 pm 
Priya Nanjappa, Toad Scientist and Vice President of Conservation Programs at National Parks Conservation Association

Wednesday, December 7, 7-8 pm 
Lyla June, Indigenous Scholar, Musician, and Community Organizer 
Jheri Neri, Founder of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition

Get ready to think about conservation in new and different ways! Be inspired as you hear from compelling speakers who are changing the conversation about our environment, making an impact in their communities, and thinking about how to make nature more accessible and equitable for all. Preregistration required for these programs presented on the Zoom platform. Free for member adults and nonmember adults. 

Photo of an Eastern Bluebird

Fall Bird Walks

The season is changing and so the migration begins! Join our seasoned bird leaders as we hit the trails to observe year-round species and birds who are just passing through. Dress to be outdoors and bring your binoculars. Beginners welcome. Preregistration required. Member adult free; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission).  

A water color tray is to the left of the photo, on the right are flowers painted in water colors

Basic Watercolor Painting 

Enhance your artistic skills and spark your creativity as Cynthia Kukla, Emerita Professor of Art, provides a quick overview of how to paint nature with watercolors. Then enjoy practicing painting techniques. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 
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Movement in Nature: Four Elements Yoga at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Feel the direct connection to the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water) within ourselves and in nature as we explore each element through different yoga postures and sequences and energetic movement. Fee is per session. Member adult $9; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission).  

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Weekday Science Lectures 

Reptiles and Amphibians by Dr. Hoffman
Wednesday October 12, 7-8:30 pm 

Spiders by Dr. Uetz 
Tuesday November 15, 7-8:30 pm 

These lectures alternate times to serve both retirees and working adults. Each session will begin with a tribute to our volunteers and announcements from member action teams, followed by a guest lecture. On weekdays, feel free to bring lunch and go for a hike with experienced volunteers afterwards. On weeknights, feel free to bring your dinner at 6 pm to socialize with staff and/or each other. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist graduates can apply these programs to their continuing education hours. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $15 (includes daily admission). 

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Mushroom Cookery (and hopefully foraging) at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Saturday, October 15, 2-4 pm - SOLD OUT!

Bolster your foraging skills through learning as Emalee and Pete Richman of Rich Life Farm and Fungi showcase their favorite mushroom cooking techniques and recipes.  Preregistration required. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $25 (includes daily admission).

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A Mindful Walk in the Woods   

Journey on a walk to appreciate and find peace in nature. The beauty of nature inspires joy and wonder. This walk offers an opportunity to learn a simple mindfulness technique that will help you enjoy this and any moment more fully. Member adult $9; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission).   

 

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

The Rowe Woods property boasts two estates that are on the National Register 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 $30 (includes daily admission). 

 

A Black woman doing yoga outdoors

Trail Yoga

Connect to nature in a deeper way through the mindful movement and meditative practices found in yoga during this on-the-trail experience at Rowe Woods. Member adult $9; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission). 

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Forest Bathing at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Sunday, October 23, 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, allowing you to quietly take in nature’s gifts. Preregistration required. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $22 (includes daily admission).

A photo of Pluto

How to Teach Grown-Ups About Pluto 

Are you mad about what astronomers did to Pluto? Do you still think it’s a planet? Based on his new book, Dean Regas will follow the history of Pluto, how cool a world it is, and why it's not a planet. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission).

Book Discussion Group: 

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World 

Tuesdays, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, and December 6 and 13, 10-11:30 am

Book discussions are a great way to meet others who share your concern about an issue. Join volunteer and Nature Center member Jennifer Goldschneider to discuss Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Katharine Hayhoe. It is an optimistic view on why collective action is still possible—and how it can be realized. Participation is free for members though you need to provide your own copy of the book; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. Space is limited to 10 people. To participate, contact Connie O’Connor at coconnor@cincynature.org.

A Downy Woodpecker on a block of suet at a feeder

Wild Bird Feeding 101 (Online) 

Kick off the cooler season by adding bird feeding to your yard! Join us to explore the newest techniques in attracting and supporting native birds with bird feeders and native plants. We’ll also discuss what seeds are best suited to our area, and what to do about other wildlife who want to take advantage of the feast. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission).

A photo of a perimeter trail at LBFT in the fall

Autumn Perimeter Hike at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Explore the outer edges on this fun 4+ mile hike at Long Branch Farms & Trails. Experience the fall fauna and foliage and learn a bit about the history of the land on this enjoyable hike. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

An image of greenery and fruit for a wreath

Besties Night: Green Holiday! 

Grab a friend and join us for an evening of greening up the holiday! In this class, we’ll make the holiday season more environmentally friendly with fun hand-printed wrapping paper and natural, pretty door decorations. Wine and beer available for purchase. Lite bites included! Preregistration required. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $25. 

Elderberry berries over leaves

Native Edible Trees and Shrubs in the Home Landscape (Online) 

Blending aesthetics, value for wildlife, and human food in the home landscape is entirely possible. In this online 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. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $15.