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The following programs are designed to meet the needs of school-age children in a safe outdoor setting. Please register online well in advance of the class start date to ensure placement.

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Golden sugar maple leaves

Homeschool Maple Sugaring                      

Join a naturalist for this winter adventure to find some of our native maple trees and learn about how the process of photosynthesis is involved with the production of maple syrup, which we call “liquid sunshine.”  Help with sugaring work and sample warm maple syrup right off the evaporator. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).

Winter scene over Powel Crosley Lake

Nature in Winter Storytime  

Wednesday, February 8 and 22, 10:30-11 am  

Join us in the Rowe Visitor Center at Whittaker Library for a relaxed nature storytime. We’ll read chilly weather inspired nature books and try out simple winter crafts. No preregistration required; this is a drop-in program. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. 

Two downy woodpeckers on a suet cake feeder in the snow.

Suet for your Sweetie 

Do you know any birds that could use a little extra love this Valentine’s Day? Join us for a fun family program where we make suet bird feeders for the feathered friends in our yards. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission). 

Full moon glowing

Full Moon Storytime  

Join us for a special evening storytime at Rowe Woods. We’ll enjoy fireside storytelling in Rowe Visitor Center’s library, complete with evening tea and cookies. We’ll also take a short nighttime stroll to see if we can spot the moon rising! Perfect for children ages 3-8, with an adult caregiver. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission).  

Dew drops on moss

Fairy Adventure in the Nature PlayScape 

Date TBA

Join us in exploring the magic of spring in the Nature PlayScape by crafting your own wand with the help of fairies. Find all the fairies scattered throughout the PlayScape to complete your wand and capture the magic of spring. No registration necessary for this drop-in program located in the Nature PlayScape. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate.   

Two kids, one girl and one boy, work together to build a fire from sticks.

Family Fire Building 

With your family, learn and perform the best tips and tricks for fire building. We’ll use primitive tools and natural materials to start our fires. Once you’ve put in the dedication to make your fire great, enjoy a roasted marshmallow treat! Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission).  

Tin cans without labels

Create a Tin Can Bug Hotel in the Nature PlayScape 

Date TBA

Let your budding explorer transform a tin can and natural materials into a whimsical bug hotel. Hang your bug hotel up at home and see who checks in. Ideal for ages 4-8 with an adult caregiver.No registration necessary for this drop-in program located in the Nature PlayScape. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate.

Child and father exploring plant.

Wild With My Child: Colors of Spring at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Friday, May 5, 10:30-11:30 am

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 the many colors of spring during play experiences. Members $5; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission). 

Flower Painting in the Nature PlayScape 

Sunday, May 14, 10 am-12 pm 

Explore the Nature PlayScape and collect flowers to use as paintbrushes. You’ll then make a special card for an important person in your life using flowers and paint. Drop-in anytime between 10 am and 12 pm to participate. Suitable for children of all with an adult caregiver. No registration necessary for this drop-in program located in the Nature PlayScape. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate.  

Froggy Games in the Nature PlayScape 

Saturday, May 20, 10-11:30 am 

Join us in celebrating National Frog Jumping Day by hopping your way through the PlayScape to complete various frog-themed games. Try all the froggy games and leap off with a special prize. We’ll also make a jumpy frog craft to play with after the program. Perfect for ages 5-10 with an adult caregiver. No registration necessary for this drop-in program located in the Nature PlayScape. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate.