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As of August 23, 2021, masks are required in all our buildings for all vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Masks are not required outdoors or under pavilions and tents.
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Music Under the Moon
Back by popular demand, Cincinnati Nature Center is proud to once again welcome local blues trio, The Ben Levin Three (music from 7-9 pm). Known for their riveting, high-energy shows, this is one you will not want to miss. Set against the idyllic backdrop of Cincinnati Nature Center’s Groesbeck Estate, enjoy an evening of Music Under the Moon. Bring your friends and dance to the music of Ben Levin Three as they release their latest album, Still Here. Stroll through our native greenhouse and learn about all of the pollinator attracting plants. Food, beer, wine, and a signature native cocktail will be available for purchase. Light snacks will be provided.
P.S. You'll also get a sneak peek at our fall plant sale and a chance to purchase plants ahead of the sale kicking off for the general public the next day!
Get to Know Long Branch Farm & Trails Hike
This hike is for members who have never visited Long Branch Farm & Trails before, or for those who would like to know more about it. Come check it out! You’ll hear some history, fun facts, and see the natural treasures Long Branch has to offer. Members $5.
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. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $21 (includes daily admission).
Native Garden Creation from the Ground Up
Sunday, September 19, 2-4 pm --- CANCELED
With your powers of observation and a little understanding of how nature works, you can create a garden for wildlife. During this in-the-field class in Anderson Township, you’ll learn how to assess your yard’s moisture and light levels, how to choose native plants that want to be in your yard, strategies for dealing with sod and aggressive introduced landscape plants, as well as some planning strategies and tips to ensure success. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $15.
Tuesday, November 9, 6:30-8:30 pm — CANCELED
Put your skills to the test with Trivia Night at the Groesbeck Estate! Competing teams will go head-to-head for both bragging rights and prizes in this general knowledge showdown. Beer and wine will be available for purchase and pizza-by-the-slice will be for sale. Guests are welcome to bring snacks, but no outside beverages except for water, please. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $5 (includes daily admission).
Fall Bird Walks
The season is changing and so the migration begins! Join our knowledgeable 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 are welcome. Member adult free; nonmember adult $9 (includes daily admission).
Get to Know Rowe Woods
Join us for a special tour starting at the Krippendorf Lodge where you'll hear about our history and heritage. We’ll then trek along part of the Upland Trail where we'll see some of Rowe Woods’ best natural features. Along the way, you'll learn about our mission and how we work hard to protect and preserve our land and the wildlife that calls it home. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $14 (includes daily admission).
Native Gardening in the Fall
On this walking tour of our native gardens, we’ll help you learn to take cues from nature to maximize your native garden’s value for wildlife in fall and winter. We’ll share lessons learned from our native gardening experience while answering your questions and providing inspiration for fall planting or your dreams for next spring. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission).
Native Foraged and Farmed Harvest Days at Long Branch Farm & Trails
Put your hunter-gatherer instincts to work -- learn by doing as you help forage, harvest from farmed native plants, and wildcraft nature’s fall bounty. We’ll gather together, sample some of our harvest, and pick up some tips for processing while caring for the land. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $21 (includes daily admission).
Tastes of Fall at Long Branch Farm & Trails
Bring your friends for an evening of conversation and cocktails inspired by the autumn forest. In partnership with Karrikin Spirits Company, we’ll eat, drink, and explore the flavors of nature. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $34 (includes daily admission).
Bats: Beyond the Bad Rap (Online)
Explore the mysterious world of these misunderstood mammals as we chat with Ann Wegman, Animal Resources Coordinator at Cincinnati Museum Center, and meet live bats! Learn about the bats of southwest Ohio, their ecological benefits, and threats, and what you can do to help them. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10.
Perimeter Hike at Long Branch Farm & Trails
Get your boots on and take a 4+ mile autumn hike on our “perimeter trails” at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission).
Native Wildflower Propagation
Learn by doing as we gather and process wildflower seeds from our grounds. We’ll explore the importance of seeds, tour the greenhouse, and send you home with seeds and instructions to set you up to grow your own native perennials for 2022. Member adult $20; nonmember adult $29 (includes daily admission).
Conversations on Conservation: Fostering Empathy for Wildlife (Online)
Sunday, November 7, 2-4 pm. - CANCELED
What does it mean to have empathy for wildlife and what role does empathy play in conservation? Can you have empathy for a barnacle? Spoiler: You can! Jim Wharton, Director of Conservation Engagement and Learning at the Seattle Aquarium, will discuss what it means to have empathy for animals, why we empathize with some animals more easily than others, and discuss how institutions like the Seattle Aquarium are using empathy to save species. The Aquarium and its partners have been leading the conversation around developing empathy for conservation outcomes. Discover how fostering empathy for animals can teach us to be more empathetic with each other. Member adult free; nonmember adult $9 (includes daily admission).
Conservation Impact Course
Saturdays, Nov. 13 and Dec. 8, 9 am-12 pm in person at the Cincinnati Nature Center
Tuesdays, Nov. 16-Dec. 14, 6-8 pm online via Zoom
Together with the University of Cincinnati, we're offering a 7-week conservation course, Impact! How to Accelerate Your Efforts in Conservation. In this course, you'll learn how conservation is as complex as nature itself, consisting of a rich tapestry of interpretation, environmental education, psychology, politics, science, technology, and economics. This primer is intended to evoke deeper thought and understanding of how and why your contributions matter. Along the way, you’ll be challenged to investigate environmental issues and assess your ability to contribute to their resolution, either as individuals or collectively.
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 $29 (includes daily admission).
Besties Night–DIY Natural Fall Centerpieces
Wednesday, November 17, 7-8:30 pm - CANCELED
Thursday, November 18, 7-8:30 pm - CANCELED
Grab your best bud and spend the evening in our spectacular Groesbeck Estate crafting a lovely centerpiece for your holiday table. We’ll use a variety of natural materials to make our centerpiece and learn a bit about each plant we include. Drinks and light snacks will enhance the fun. By the end of the evening, you’ll have something beautiful (and interesting) to share with family and friends. Member adult $20; nonmember adult $29 (includes daily admission).