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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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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.
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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).
Wild Bird Feeding 101 Online Program
Kick off the cooler season by adding bird feeding to your yard! Join us to explore the newest techniques in attracting and supporting native birds with bird feeders and native plants. We’ll also discuss what seeds are best suited to our area, and what to do about other wildlife who want to take advantage of the feast. Members $5; nonmembers $10.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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
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.
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.