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.

As of March 3, 2021, masks are no longer required indoors or outdoors. Children and adults may wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal levels of risk. 

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A Bay-breasted Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler by Kelly Volz

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

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Trail Yoga

Saturday, May 28, 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 at Rowe Woods. Member adult $9; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission). 

Music Under the Moon

Friday, June 3, 7-10 pm, featuring Steve Covington and the Humble Strays 

Friday, July 15, 7-10 pm, featuring The Hot Magnolias 

Friday, August 19, 7-10 pm, featuring the Noah Wotherspoon Band 

Set against the idyllic backdrop of our Groesbeck Estate, the sun will set on the summer woods and give way to a night filled with music and dancing. Preregistration required. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $25 (includes daily admission). 

Click here to learn more about each night's featured band. 

National Trails Day Sunrise Hike and Coffee 

Start summer off right with a cool early morning hike, followed by hot coffee. Join us to celebrate our  award-winning trails on a moderate pace forest hike. On our way, we will take advantage of the early morning wildlife activity and do a little tracking and birding. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $16 (includes daily admission). 

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Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Program

Tuesdays (June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19) from 9 am-5 pm (click here to register) 

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center in collaboration with OSU Extension in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, the mission of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is to “promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio's natural resources through science-based education and community service”. The program emphasizes hands-on natural resource and environmental education coupled with volunteer service. Coursework includes training in geology, plants, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, ecology, stewardship, and interpretation. Classes are offered throughout the state, and Cincinnati Nature Center is the largest provider. $270 for the full course, including all reading materials, certification fee with OSU, and live instruction. Application deadline is May 31, 2022.

A male Indigo Bunting sits in a tree looking off to the right

Summer Bird Walks

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

The Salamander Trail winds through the woods at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Discover Long Branch Farm & Trails

Saturday, June 11, 10-11:30 am

Discover the magic of Long Branch! Varied landscapes, meandering creeks, and a colorful history make this a nature-lover's paradise. Join us to unveil the beauty of this hidden gem! Member adult $5.

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Movement in Nature: Four Elements Yoga at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Yoga for the Water Element: Sunday, June 12, 9:30-11 am

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).  

Krippendorf Lodge and terrace

Discover Rowe Woods

Sunday, June 12, 10-11:30 am

Discover the magic of Rowe Woods! Rich history, scenic vistas, and ecological wonders make this place a delight for all. Hike with us to unearth the magic for yourself! Member adult $5.

 

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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).   

 

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Besties Evening Hike and Toast to Summer 

Grab someone special and join us to welcome summer with a solstice hike and champagne toast. We’ll enjoy a little wildlife spotting on this moderately paced hike through the old Groesbeck Estate. We’ll end our evening on Groesbeck’s Tritsch Terrace with drinks and forest views. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission).  

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Make and Take “Nocino” – Walnut Liqueur  

Nocino, walnut liqueur, has been made from immature white walnuts in northern Italy for centuries. In this hands-on class, we’re making a hyper-local version of this nutty liqueur by using our native black walnuts. Preregistration required. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $35 (includes daily admission). 

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Garden Tour: Noteworthy Natives

Saturday, June 25, 9 am-5 pm

Visit 13 magnificent private gardens which incorporate native plants in unique and creative ways. Garden locations include Columbia Tusculum, Hyde Park, Norwood, Clifton, Avondale, Indian Hill and Montgomery. Tickets are $40 per person. 

 

 

A basket of elderflowers sits on a table next to a glass bottle full of a pale elderflower cordial. Some elderflower blooms rest on the neck of the botle

Make Elderflower Cordial from Scratch at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

We’ll celebrate our own American elder as we hand harvest honey-scented elderflowers and walk you through the entire process of making elderflower cordial. You’ll head home with a pint of aromatic syrup and our list of top ideas for using it. Preregistration required. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $22 (includes daily admission). 

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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).

 

Hoots & Hops  

Tickets go on sale June 1 at 9 am.

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

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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 with watercolors outdoors. Then enjoy painting in the garden or at Lotus Pond. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

image of a pentagonal-shaped mossarium with mosses, rocks, and a ceramic owl inside.

DIY Mossarium and Mi-moss-as  

Grab a friend and a drink and join us for a therapeutic afternoon crafting a of mossarium while sipping on a mimosa-inspired cocktail. We’ll use ethically foraged moss to create miniature greenscapes encased in glass. A perfect addition to your office or home space, your unique mossarium is sure to bring the calming effects of nature inside. Program fees include all mossarium supplies, one mimossa specialty drink, and snacks. Additional wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Preregistration required. Member adult $24; nonmember adult $34 (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 wood background with Scrabble letters scattered along the top and bottom. The letters in the middle spell out TRIVIA.

Put your skills to the test with Trivia Night at Cincinnati Nature Center! Competing teams will go head-to-head for both bragging rights and prizes in this general knowledge showdown. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $15 (includes daily admission).  

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Summer Perimeter Hike at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Explore the outer edges on this 4+ mile hike at Long Branch Farms & Trails. Experience the summer fauna and foliage and learn a bit about the history of the land on this fun hike. For those willing to stay a bit longer after our hike, you will be invited to take a quick tour of the our native plant nursery. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

Meet the Artist: Ralph Tyree 

Join us for a presentation by photographer Ralph Tyree. Ralph’s work perfectly captures the beauty of nature— bringing viewers into the scenery by reflecting the mood, feeling, and spirit of the moment. Ralph is our featured artist for our photography exhibition, Nature in Focus. His visual presentation will be followed by the exhibition's reception. Preregistration required. Member adult free; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

Certified Interpretive Guide Training

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. Preregistration required. $380 for non-NAI members (includes instructor fee, one-year membership, certification fee, course materials). 

Book Discussion Group: Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet 

Thursdays, Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 3-4:30 pm -- Email lottmaca@ucmail.uc.edu to join.

This last book by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that there’s one thing we all have the power to change—our mind. Our way of looking, seeing, and thinking determines every choice we make, the everyday actions we take or avoid, how we relate to those we love or oppose, and how we react in a crisis. This is a practical way through anxiety and fear and into a space where we can be of service to our community. You will need to secure a copy of the book. To participate, contact Chris directly at lottmaca@ucmail.uc.edu. Limited spots available. Member adult free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate.