For Adults

For Adults

Preregistration is required for most programs. For programs requiring registration, please register online well in advance of the class start date to ensure placement. Cincinnati Nature Center may update the status or format of programs based on conditions at the time of the program. 

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Hoots & Hops 

Friday, July 19, 6-10 pm

Nature comes alive in the nighttime! This beloved summer event features local beer tastings, food bite samples from area restaurants and caterers, interactive activities, food trucks, live music, and so much more. Preregistration required. Member and nonmember adult $50 (includes daily admission for nonmembers).  

This event is a fundraiser for Cincinnati Nature Center and all revenue earned goes towards our mission of Inspiring Conservation. 

A sign that reads, "Stay on Marked Trails" in the forest.

Protecting What you Love: Keeping Yourself and Our Landscape Safe 

Join Nature Center staff member and Leave No Trace trainer Jeanette Tacon, as we discuss ways you can prepare yourself and your family to recreate safely and mindfully while hiking—whether at the Cincinnati Nature Center, other local parks, or even our National Parks. Topics include preparing for outdoor adventures, identifying and mitigating human impacts, reporting historical artifacts, packing the Ten Essentials, respecting wildlife, trail etiquette, and more! At the end of this hands-on program, participants will have a greater understanding of the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace and be given an LNT Awareness Workshop certificate of completion. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

Groesbeck Estate

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). 

Full moon surrounded by music notes and stars.

Music Under the Moon 

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Friday, July 26, 7-10 pm – SOLD OUT!

Summertime is back once again, and so, too, is Music Under the Moon at Cincinnati Nature Center. Set against the idyllic backdrop of Cincinnati Nature Center’s Krippendorf Lodge, this summer concert series will feature a different local band each month. Come for one date or join us for all four. Either way, each show is sure to be high energy and have everyone on their feet! Each date will feature a different local food truck with food for purchase.  Wine, beer, and a signature foraged cocktail will be available for purchase as well. Preregistration required. Member adult $20; nonmember adult $30 (includes daily admission).  

Magnolia warbler perches on branch.

Summer Bird Walks 

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Saturday, July 27, 8-10 am 

Saturday, August 10, 8-10 am 

Saturday, August 24, 8-10 am 

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. This program is for adults.  Beginners welcome; binoculars encouraged. Preregistration required. Member adult free; nonmember adult $12 (includes daily admission).  

Young woman lunges to stretch.

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 $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission).  

Aronia melanocarpa

Aronia Berry Harvest Experience at Long Branch Farm and Trails

Saturday, July 27, 6-8 pm

During this harvest and tasting experience, we’ll introduce you to the merits and uses of Aroniaberry and share tips on how to enjoy this native, healthful fruit that’s a powerhouse of antioxidants, outpacing blueberries and elderberries.

In the course of this hands-on harvest experience, you’ll:

  • Learn while doing as you help us bring in the harvest
  • Pick up tips growing and using Aronia berry
  • Learn about the philosophy and goals of our native perennial polyculture plots -- bring your questions related to foraging and gardening with native edible plants
  • Help make Aronia berry jelly from scratch from the berries we just harvested
  • Head home with your own 4 ounce jar
  • Enjoy some “conservation in a glass” Aronia wine while you sample from our selection of charcuterie from our foraged and farmed native plant program

Member adult $20; nonmember adult $30 (includes daily admission).

Morning sunlight shining through the trees.

Sunday, July 28, 1–3 pm 

Sunday, August 11, 1–3 pm    

Forest bathing is a practice of immersing yourself in the tranquility of nature to relieve stress. This guided stroll at our Rowe Woods location 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). 

Basket full of grape leaves

Learn with your hands as you help harvest for future education programs or contributions to our native edible species polyculture farming efforts. Every outing will be a unique blend of gathering, learning, and tasting with a community of people interested in foraging. Preregistration required. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $25 (includes daily admission). 

Purslane and Anise Hyssop: Wednesday, July 31, 6:30-8 pm at Rowe Woods

Black Chokeberry (Aronia) Harvest and Self Heal: Saturday, August 3, 2:30-4 pm at Long Branch Farm & Trails – CANCLED

Two cocktails in glasses with limes and mint.

Foraged Cocktails: Summer Spirits 

Bring the bold, bright flavors of summer to your next cocktail party! Come along as we transform foraged summer ingredients into tasty cocktails. During this hands-on class, participants will learn about safe and sustainable foraging while they create and sample a flight of summer-themed foraged cocktails. All class participants will leave ready to host a foraged cocktail party of their own—with recipes and one complimentary bottle of foraged syrup. This is an adult class offering exclusive for ages 21+. Preregistration required. Member adult $45; nonmember adult $55 (includes daily admission).  

Blackberry liqueur

Make and Take: Wild Blackberry Liqueur at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Whether you’re a foodie, forager, or native gardener, you’ll savor this entire wild blackberry liqueur-making experience. While the French have crafted Crème de Mûre and the English have enjoyed blackberry cordial for centuries, we’ll celebrate our very own native wild blackberry as we take you through all the steps of capturing a taste of the wild in a jar. Preregistration required. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $35 (includes daily admission). 

Certified Interpretive Guide 

Monday, August 19-Thursday, August 22, 8:30 am-5 pm – Click here to learn more!

Join certified interpretive trainer Jason Neumann for a four-day course about techniques and tips for effectively interpreting information to people in a way that is personally relevant and engaging. If you work for, or hope to work for, a nature center, museum, or other organization where docents and guides are used, this training is for you. Also relevant for high school teachers and college professors who want to better inspire and engage their students. Curriculum, certification, and registration are through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). Preregistration required. $600 for non-NAI member adults (includes instructor fee, one-year membership, certification fee, course materials). 

Nature journal with a squirrel illustration.

The Practice of Nature Journaling 

Nature journaling is the process of noticing, wondering, and documenting the natural world. Its form may include sketches, poems, and notes. Join us to experience the joyful and restorative process of connecting with nature by putting pencil to paper. Absolutely no journaling skills are necessary! Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

Rose lip balm

Besties Night: Rose Balm and Rosé 

Bring your bestie and join us for a fun evening of crafting and self-care. We’ll sip on rosé wine while we use foraged ingredients to make a rosehips “everything” balm—the perfect solution to flyaways, dull skin, and tired cuticles. Each ticket includes a glass of rosé wine and two tins of everything balm. Preregistration required. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $35.