For Adults

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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A pair of brown hiking boots on a trail.

Trailblazer Challenge 

Saturday, October 21, 8 am-12 pm 

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. Preregistration required for each date. Fees are priced per hike. Ticket prices vary based on length and topic of hikes. Click on the links for more details and pricing.   

Cocktail tools and drink

Get a Muddler and Forage a Cocktail 

Pick out a handmade, one-of-a-kind “tornado” muddler made from a 100-year-old black walnut tree that fell at our Long Branch Farm & Trails location during the July 2022 tornado; then learn to muddle a foraged cocktail. Preregistration required. Member adult $30; nonmember adult $40 (includes daily admission).  

Charcuterie board with foraged selection.

Foraged Charcuterie Making

Friday, June 9, 6:30-8:30 pm 

It’s charcuterie with a twist! Join us as we elevate this iconic spread of fruits, cheeses, and meats to craft our very own foraged versions. Preregistration required. Member adult $50; nonmember adult $60 (includes daily admission). 

A forest full of fireflies at night.

Firefly Monitoring Night 

Join us as we search Rowe Woods for lesser-known species of fireflies and collect data to contribute to Firefly Atlas, a community science initiative of Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation aimed at advancing knowledge and conservation of North America’s fireflies.  Preregistration required. Member adult $7; nonmember adult $12. 

Green heron perched on a stick.

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).  

Girl in coral tank and black yoga pants doing yoga in the forest.

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).  

Matt Brennan on top of a snowy mountain.

“Hit the Trail”: An Inspirational Talk with Matt Brennan 

Cincinnatian Matt Brennan will regale us with fresh tales of adventure from his recent Mt. Everest climb while empowering others to hit the trail since “the best views of the mountain are never from the parking lot.” Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

Firefly on blade of grass.

Firefly Fundamentals (Online & In-person) 

Monday, June 12, 7-8 pm—Live Online via Zoom 

ANDFriday, June 16, 8:30-10 pm—In-person at Rowe Woods 

This program has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. If you're interested in programs like this, click here to learn more about Firefly Monitoring Night for adults or Nature's Fireworks! A Firefly Evening Program for the whole family.

Join us to learn more about summer’s most charming creaturesfireflies! We’ll get to know the fundamentals of our local firefly species, their life cycles, and firefly conservation in this hybrid online and in-person program. Preregistration required. Member adult $17; nonmember adult $27 (includes daily admission).  

Two young raccoons watch the photographer

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course, Summer (In-Person) 

The mission of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program (OCVN) 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. Application deadline is May 30. $300 for the full course (entire six-day series), including all digital reading materials, certification fee with OSU (for ages 18 and up), and live instruction. 

The summer cohort is the only one offered at Cincinnati Nature Center that is entirely in person!

A middle aged woman sits in the grass and meditates with eyes closed and hand on chest.

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). 

Group of hikers walking over a bridge on a trail.

Toast to Summer: Solstice Hike  

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 the Groesbeck Tritsch Terrace with drinks and forest views. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission).   

Photo of purple coneflower next to a fountain in a native garden

Garden Tour: Noteworthy Natives

Saturday, June 24, 9 am–5 pm

Join us for Cincinnati’s premier garden tour featuring 11 magnificent gardens which incorporate native plants in unique and creative ways.

Guests receive a Garden Tour program booklet to help plan their self-guided tour. Locations include Anderson, Hyde Park, Milford, Montgomery, and Pleasant Ridge. Order tickets by June 7 to receive the tour booklet in the mail! This program is open to anyone 13 years of age and older. Member adult $40; nonmember adult $45.

Elderberry syrup in a glass jar.

Make Elderflower Syrup 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 syrup. You’ll head home with a pint of aromatic syrup, instructions, and our list of top ideas for using it. 

Morning sun shining through the forest.

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). 

Foraging elderberry at LBFT

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). 

Watercolor palette

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 $15; nonmember adult $25 (includes daily admission). 

Purple cone flower

Native Plant 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). 

Hoots & Hops with summer night background.

Hoots & Hops

Friday, July 14, 6-10 pm

Friday, August 11, 6-10 pm

Tickets go on sale May 15 at 9 am!

This popular event features beer tastings from local craft breweries, food bite samples from area restaurants and caterers, self-guided hikes on Nature Center trails, interactive educational stations, food trucks, and live music. Preregistration required for this event for ages 21 and up. Member adult $45; nonmember adult $45. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 15 at 9 am! 

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). 

Ohio native buttonbush

Native Shrubs for Wildlife and the Home Landscape 

In this on-the-trail field class, we’ll showcase a range of native shrubs that have eye appeal for humans and high value for wildlife, and provide tips on their maintenance. Preregistration required. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $22 (includes daily admission). 

Ohio native sunflower with bee.

Native Plant Showcase: Summer 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). 

Various natural remedies and DIY cosmetics.

Besties Night: Foraged Summer Skincare 

Grab a friend and a glass of wine for this summer self-care themed besties night. We’ll sip and socialize while we use foraged ingredients to create an exfoliating body scrub and a cooling balm, the perfect combo to refresh summer skin. Preregistration required. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $35 (includes daily admission). 

Perseid meteor shower over a tree and field at night.

Perseid Meteor Shower Watch at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Projected Date: Saturday, August 12, 10 pm-1 am 

Click here to be notified when tickets are available for this program.

Every year, around this time, the sky comes alive with the Perseid meteor shower. Bring a lawn chair and join astronomy club member adults as we watch for meteors. If interested, click here to be on the notification list. If the skies are clear for meteor viewing, we’ll email everyone 24-48 hours ahead. Preregistration required. Member adult $8; nonmember adult $12. 

NAI logo

Certified Interpretive Guide 

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 (NAI). Preregistration required. $395 for non-NAI member adults (includes instructor fee, one-year membership, certification fee, course materials). 

Two hands basket weaving

Foraged Crafting: Basketry Basics at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Join us in using foraged materials to create a simple, elegant hand-woven basket. This beginner level program will cover a variety of fundamental basketweaving techniques, as well as tips and tricks on foraging your own basketry material. Ideal for beginners who have no weaving knowledge. Preregistration required. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $35 (includes daily admission).  

Native sunflowers

Native Plants 101 (Online, Self-paced) 

Click here to learn more and register for the August 28–October 2, 2023 Course.

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 Wednesday, August 16. Member adult $50; nonmember adult $55.