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For Kids & Teens

The following programs are designed to meet the needs of school-age children in a safe outdoor setting. 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.

Click on the program dates for pricing, registration information, and full descriptions.

CLICK HERE to view and sign up for Children's Saturday Programs. 

CLICK HERE to view the Events & Programs Calendar.

CLICK HERE to sign up and be notified for various upcoming programs.

A wooden gnome in the forest

Great Outdoor Gnome Hunt in the Nature PlayScape 

Saturday, September 24, 10-11 am 

Gnomes have taken over the Nature PlayScape, and we need your help finding them! Join us for some spying fun as we seek out our new hidden residents. See if you can find them all and win a prize! Perfect for families with children ages 5 and up. No registration necessary for this drop-in program located in the Nature PlayScape, but plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of the program to complete the hunt. This program may be canceled if it rains; please check our website before heading out to join us.  

Members free; nonmembers free admission. This is a special free program in honor of Great Outdoor Weekend.

A dad crouches next to his toddler in the PlayScape

Wild With My Child: Nature’s Treasures 

Wednesday, October 12, 9:15-10:15 am

Wednesday, October 12, 10:15-11:15 am 

Saturday, October 15, 3:15-4:15 pm

Saturday, October 15, 4:15-5:15 pm 

During this self-paced discovery program, young children and their caregivers will explore nature together through multiple senses and outdoor exploration. Meander the trail and visit naturalists along the way to discover nature’s treasures through play experiences. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmember adult $11, and nonmember child $7 (includes daily admission). 

A photo of a melty s'more

S’mores in the Nature PlayScape 

Saturday, October 22, 10:30-11:30 am 

It’s never too late in the year to enjoy s’mores! Drop in to the Nature PlayScape to make a campfire treat and get fueled up to play. Suitable for all ages. No registration necessary for this drop-in program. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission.  

An Eastern grey squirrel pauses on a branch with a walnut in its mouth

Homeschool Field Trip: What’s For Lunch?  

Explore food chains in the field, forest, and pond at Rowe Visitor Center with a naturalist. Participants will learn about how organisms interact within ecosystems through hands-on activities. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).