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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Great Horned Owl sitting in snowy pine tree

Winter Bird Walks 

Start your weekend off right by joining our friendly birding group for a winter walk. The cold season is the perfect time to sharpen existing birding skills as the leaves are off the trees and birds are easier to spot! Beginners welcome. Preregistration required. Member adult free; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

Purple passionflower

Make, Take, and Grow: Native Passionfruit Liqueur

Saturday, January 28, 2-3:30 pm

Ohio winter have you down? Take a mental trip to the tropics as we celebrate one of Ohio’s tastes of the tropics, our very own native passionfruit better known as “maypop.” Using our own frozen fruit, we’ll learn by doing as we show you how to tell when maypops are ripe, as well as how to process them into passionfruit liqueur. This program is designed for adults 21 and up. Preregistration required. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $35 (includes daily admission).

Maple syrup with couple in background.

Maple Date Night: A Taste through Time 

Love is in the maple-scented air at Rowe Woods! During this maple tasting experience, we’ll tap into how people’s love for maple syrup has changed through time as we savor foods and stories. Preregistration required. Member couple $55; nonmember couple $75. 

Maple Fest logo with orange leaf

Maple Fest

Saturday, February 18, 1-5 pm 
Saturday, February 25, 1-5 pm 

Revel in the magic of maple season! Sample maple beer, collect sap in the sugarbush, and join in games and activities that are sure to be fun for all ages. Preregistration required. Member adult $15 and member child $5; nonmember adult $21 and nonmember child $11 (includes daily admission).
White-tailed rabbit profile

Making Peace with Deer and Rabbits in your Native Garden (Online) 

Using perspectives of naturalist, farmer, and forager, we’ll explore how our garden design and maintenance choices can affect our success with plants when you know you have deer and rabbits. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10. 

Woodcock foraging in the mud

Woodcock Walk 

Date is TBA 

Sometime in late February/early March, as dusk falls, join us in the fields of the Nature Center to discover this secretive game bird and see its extraordinary mating ritual. Click here to be added to the notification list. When the time looks right, we will email you 24-48 hours ahead. Preregistration required. Member adult $6; nonmember adult $16 (includes daily admission).

Mason bees in a mason bee home.

Mason Bees for Beginners (Online) 

Bring some buzz to your outdoor space this spring! This online program will cover the basics of raising native Mason Bees, including house placement, seasonal care, bee health, and fall cocoon harvest. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10. 

Two young raccoons watch the photographer

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course, Spring (Online & In-Person) 

Tuesdays and Thursdays nights, March 21-April 27, 6-8 pm 

Saturdays, March 25 and April 15, 9 am-5 pm 

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The mission of this program is to “promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio's natural resources through science-based education and community service.” This is a hybrid offering with a mix of virtual and in-person classes with live instructors. Application deadline is March 7. Available to adults and mature teens 16 and up. $280 for the full course, including all reading materials, certification fee with OSU, and online instruction. Click here to learn more.

Coyotes in the City 

Coyotes have dramatically expanded their range and have colonized virtually every metropolitan area. Dr. Stan Gehrt will discuss his research on how coyotes live, how they move across the landscape while avoiding us, how they interact with each other, and how they function as predators in the urban ecosystem. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $15 (includes daily admission). 

Spring Bird Walks 

The migrants are returning from warmer climates and resident birds are beginning to nest. Join us for a casual walk to observe the pageantry of birds along our trails. Beginners welcome.  

Bright yellow Ohio native sunflowers.

Native Plants 101 (Online, Self Paced) 

Bring life into your outdoor space while helping the natural world! In this practical, self-paced online course, you’ll discover the benefits of planting native, learn about powerhouse plants, and create a personal garden plan. Preregistration required by March 8. Member adult $40; nonmember adult $45. 

Making Peace with Moles and Voles (Online) 

Moles and voles will eventually arrive in your native planting (but they’re probably already there). Using perspectives of naturalist, farmer, and forager, we’ll dig into the whole story on the holes in your yard and how to keep the peace in the garden through coexistence. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10. 

St. Patty’s Besties Night: Irish Brews and DIY Drink Coasters 

Grab a friend and wear something green for this beer-themed besties night on St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll eat, drink, and get crafty with foraged materials to create a unique set of coasters.  Preregistration required. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $35 (includes daily admission). 

Intermediate Birding Trip to East Fork State Park 

Join us in exploring East Fork Lake, a local birding hotspot where over 250 bird species have been sighted in the last 30 years. Our trip will focus on migrating waterfowl and provide participants an opportunity to practice field skills for open areas and large bodies of water. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $15.  

Wildflower Walks 

For a few short weeks, woodland wildflowers spring to life, carpeting the forest floor. Discover where these springtime gems lie and the interactions that make them unique. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $15 (includes daily admission). 

Forest Bathing at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

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). 

Sunset Hike for Spring Equinox 

Spring is in the air! Join us for a hike alongside the setting sun to bid winter adieu and welcome warmer weather, longer days, and spring visitors. We’ll end our hike with a toast to the end of winter! Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

Seasonal Foraging Walkabout at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

We’ll follow the seasons during this general foraging hike. Every outing will be a unique blend of gathering and learning together with a community of people interested in foraging. Preregistration required. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $25 (includes daily admission). 

Trailblazer Challenge 

Saturday, April 1, 9-11amSaturday, May 6, 9-11 amSaturday, June 3, 9-11 am

Come, take a hike, and learn from the experts including Matt Brennan, who has climbed six of the seven peaks that make up the Seven Summits- the highest point on each of the seven continents. Each hike will be themed and guided by our staff and skilled guest hiker and will touch on the Leave No Trace principles. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

How to Plant a Pocket Prairie: Site Preparation 

The key to success in creating your own native wildflower-filled, pollinator friendly, pocket-sized prairie is site preparation. Join us as we dive into the many ways to prepare your site, regardless of what’s there now. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission).  

Plantain Salve Class at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

From bites and stings to dry skin and scrapes, broadleaf plantain has been used to heal all manner of ailments for thousands of years. Join us to learn how to turn an often-overlooked garden weed into your new favorite cure-all salve. Preregistration required. Member adult $20; nonmember adult $30 (includes daily admission).  

Hummingbirds! (Online) 

Discover the joy of attracting hummingbirds, nature’s flying jewels! We’ll learn about our local hummingbird species, discuss the use of nectar feeders, and determine what native and annual plants work best to support these delightful birds. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10. 

Intermediate Birding Field Trip to Caesar Creek State Park 

This special birding field trip will explore a regional birding hotspot, Caesar Creek State Park. The park includes a large reservoir as well as a variety of woodland and open habitats where we’ll search for migrating waterfowl and songbirds returning to their breeding grounds.  Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $15. 

Nature Mindfulness: Uncovering Your Natural Awareness 

Reclaim your attention and begin to uncover your natural awareness. Join us to learn a simple mindfulness technique that will help you enjoy the moment more fully. Preregistration required. Member adult $9; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission). 

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. Preregistration required. Member adult $9; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission).  

Wildflower Photography: Spring Beauties and Camera Basics 

Learn to blend the basics of nature photography and the natural history of local spring wildflowers in this hands-on class. You’ll come to appreciate these precious beauties even more while you learn how to make your pictures even better. Preregistration required. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $25 (includes daily admission). 

A drop plops into water creating a ripple.

The Ripple Effect (Online, Self Paced) 

Are you wondering what actions you can take to impact conservation, or if one person can make a difference? Just as one drop in a pond creates ripples, your actions can inspire waves of positive change for people and nature. This self-paced online course will show you how.  Preregistration is required by April 17. Member adult free; nonmember adult free. Donations welcome!  Click here to learn more.

Wildcrafted Bites: Seasonal Flavors

Friday, April 28, 6:30-8:30 pm

Revel in last year’s harvest at this immersive, hands-on evening of crafting, foraged cocktails, and light bites. Our freezers and pantries are teeming with wild-harvested goods from the 2022 season! Preregistration required. Member adult $35; nonmember adult $45 (includes daily admission).

Native Plant Showcase: Spring Walk 

It’s time to show off the broad palette of native plants, shrubs, and trees that a native gardener might draw upon to add color, texture, and value for wildlife in the home landscape. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

Battling Problem Plants  

Creating wildlife-friendly yards entails making space for native species, and that means removing introduced plants. If you find yourself asking “Which plants are introduced?” or “How do I remove non-native ‘problem’ plants?” this beginner level class is for you. Using examples from the Nature Center’s gardens and grounds, Natural Areas Project Coordinator Carolyn Ramseur will provide tips and tricks for battling aggressive plants. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

Conservation Biology: A Deep Time Perspective to Modern Conservation Issues    

Biologists describe our modern times as the sixth great extinction event, the only extinction event mediated by another biological species. Modern conservation movements are trying to save as many species as possible, but since we cannot save them all, how do we choose? Member adult $5; nonmember adult $15 (includes daily admission). 

Native Plant Nursery and Edibles Plot Tour at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Cincinnati Nature Center’s Long Branch Farm & Trails has been reimagined as the Nature Center’s native plant-focused expression of inspiring conservation. Geared toward the homeowner interested in native gardening and restorative landscaping, we’ll take a behind-the-scenes look into the native plant nursery and native edible plant plots. Preregistration required. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $25 (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. Preregistration required. Member adult $20; nonmember adult $30 (includes daily admission). 

Grow Your Own Pawpaw Trees at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

We can raise pawpaw trees that benefit both humans and wildlife. Whether you’re growing pawpaw trees in your yard, wondering why there’s no fruit in your woodland pawpaw patch, or trying to raise zebra swallowtail butterflies, this hands-on, how-to class is for you. Preregistration required. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $22 (includes daily admission). 

Monarchs! (Online) 

Explore the mysterious migration patterns of monarch butterflies and learn how to support them on their journey. We’ll discuss ways to encourage these charismatic creatures, including gardening practices and community science. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10.  

Wildcrafted Bites: Flush of Greens 

Friday, May 19, 6:30-8:30 pm  

Around the world, spring greens serve as the harbingers of brighter days ahead. Journey around the world with us as we highlight global favorites featuring Ohio’s own native wild greens! Preregistration required. Member adult $35; nonmember adult $45 (includes daily admission).  

Grow (and use) Elderberry Bushes at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Join us for an in-the-field class. We’ll draw upon the natural history of this native shrub including how to propagate, grow, and prune elder bushes. We’ll touch on a range of culinary uses for the flowers and fruits and provide a few samples. Preregistration required. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $22 (includes daily admission). 

Forager's Gathering: Spring Greens 

Gather together as we capture the flush of wild edible spring greens during this progressive station-based foraging day for novice and experienced foragers alike. We’ll make the most of the season as we blend in-the-field hands-on activities interspersed with short sit-down classes. Enjoy foraging food bites, drink, and swag bags full of native goods! Member adult $50; nonmember adult $60 (includes daily admission).