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 November 8, 2021, masks are required in all our buildings for all unvaccinated people. Masks are not required outdoors or under pavilions and tents. 

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Christmas Bird Count  

Shake off the holiday humbug as you head outdoors for the nation’s longest-running citizen science bird project. You will be part of a team that counts every bird seen, so the more eyes, the better! No experience necessary, just dress to be outdoors for an extended period. Members free; nonmembers free. 


New Year’s Day Perimeter Hike at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Start off 2022 with a 4+ mile hike exploring the outer edges of Long Branch Farm & Trails. Experience the beauty of winter on the scenic trails of Long Branch and learn the history of the land. Members $10; nonmembers $20 (includes daily admission).  

Two naturalists look over a pond.

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course

Tuesdays and Thursday, January 4-February 24, 6-8 pm (online only)

The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is a great way to meet like-minded new friends and get to know nature center staff while taking your commitment to nature a step further! The course emphasizes hands-on natural resource and environmental education coupled with volunteer service and 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.

Participants of this OCVN course will have 32 hours of live online class time and will be required to do 8 hours of independent outdoor homework, plus readings and multiple-choice quizzes. You must have access to a computer and internet to take this course.

If you prefer to attend an in-person version, click here to be notified when registration becomes available. For more information contact Connie O’Connor at

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. Members free; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission). 

How Do Birds Survive Winter? (Online) 

Our local feathered friends get creative to survive winter. Hear personal stories and see photographs of winter bird behavior as they navigate cold temperatures and reduced food availability. Members $5; nonmembers $10.  

Winter Pre-Wildflower Walk 

Sunday, January 16, 2-3 pm 

Many of our spring- and summer-blooming wildflowers are growing outside right now all around us, but in radically different winter forms. We’ll solve the mystery of how and why these ordinary-looking plants survive the chilling cold while we look ahead to spring blooms. Members $5; nonmembers $15 (includes daily admission). 


Planning Spring Native Gardens (Online) 

Are you dreaming about adding new elements to your native garden? Learn how to prepare your space in anticipation of vibrant spring blooms. Members $5; nonmembers $10.  


Maple Sugaring Basics (Online) 

Ever wonder how maple syrup is produced, or want to try doing it yourself? From taps to evaporators, this online class will give you a basic overview of the maple sugaring process and what you’ll need to get started. Member adults $10; nonmember adults $15. 


Woodcock Walk 


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 If interested, click here to be on the notification list. When the time looks right, we’ll email everyone 24-48 hours ahead. Members $5; nonmembers $15 (includes daily admission). 

Winter Stroll and Campfire Treats 

Bring your friends and get outside for a fun afternoon of hiking and treats! We'll stroll the forest exploring winter’s beauty then head back to the campfire to make bourbon cinnamon rolls. Members $10; nonmembers $20 (includes daily admission). 


Backyard Birding for Adults (Online)   

Winter is a fabulous time to learn how to bird! Join like-minded nature novices in this online class to learn common songbird identification and how to attract birds to your backyard. Members $5; nonmembers $10.     


David Sibley: The Psychology of Bird Identification at Cincinnati Art Museum 

Sunday, March 20, 2-4 pm  - Tickets go on sale January 10 at 9 am!

The Sibley Guide to Birds was the realization of a lifelong dream for David Allen Sibley, who began painting birds when he was seven years old and has continued painting them for over three decades. The Sibley Guide to Birds contains over 6,600 original illustrations by Sibley, now recognized as America’s leading ornithologist/illustrator. Everywhere David Allen Sibley goes, hundreds of fellow birders come out to meet him for his inventive presentations and lectures. In this lecture at Cincinnati Art Museum, illustrated with photos, drawings, and a few tests, David talks about how we perceive the world around us, and how our brains both help and hinder our efforts at bird identification. Cincinnati Nature Center and Art Museum Members $20; nonmembers $25.