Things to Do

Fun for All!

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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Photo of naturalist with a snake

Visitor Center Nature Moments

Join us at the Rowe Visitor Center for interactive programs presented by a naturalist. Members free; nonmember adult $10 and nonmember child $6 (includes daily admission). 

UPCOMING: 

Wild Senses, Tuesday, February 7, 11 am 
Native Fish and Red-eared Slider Turtle Feeding, Tuesday, January 31, 11 am
The Bert & Ernie Show! (Turtle Tales), Thursday, February 9, 11 am
 
Maple sap evaporator and wood pile..

Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush 

Hit the trail for a guided interactive maple hike. Collect sap in the sugarbush and see the steaming evaporator as we boil down to “liquid gold” maple syrup. Preregistration required. Members free; nonmember adult $10, nonmember child $6 (includes daily admission).

Small group tour of sugar house with guide beside steamer.

Tools of the Sugar House 

Sunday, January 29, 11 am-12 pm 

Sunday, February 5, 11 am-12 pm 

Sunday, February 26, 11 am-12 pm 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. You will be able to look inside the sap storage tanks, help set up for the day’s programs, and help prepare the materials to fire up the evaporator. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission). 

A photo of the full moon

Full Moon Walks

Witness the night’s magic transform the trails as we marvel at the full moon and reveal natural history happenings on this guided hike. Recommended for adults and children ages 12 and up with an adult. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes admission).

Barred Owl sitting in tree

Wise Old Owls and Their Stories (Online) 

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30-7:30 pm

Learn about Ohio owls and their adaptations in this virtual program. Explore the history of the saying “Wise Old Owls” and discover how and when to look for owls by using your different senses. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission). 

Maple Fest text on an orange maple leaf graphic.

Maple Fest

Saturday, February 18, 1-5 pm 
Saturday, February 25, 1-5 pm 

Revel in the magic of maple season! Sample maple beer, collect sap in the sugarbush, and join in games and activities that are sure to be fun for all ages. Preregistration required. Member adult $15 and member child $5; nonmember adult $21 and nonmember child $11 (includes daily admission).
Frog sitting in water, peeking out at camera.

Finding Frogs and Salamanders 

Date is TBA  

In early spring, when the weather is just right, salamanders and frogs move to ponds and vernal pools to breed. Discover what to look and listen for, then we'll head outdoors to search for these amphibian creatures. CLICK HERE to be added to the notification list. When conditions are favorable, we’ll email you 24-48 hours ahead. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission). 

Wildflower Stroll with Noel  

Join Naturalist Noel for a Sunday stroll and learn what wildflowers are blooming. The stroll may take you back in time as you visit different parts of the Krippendorf Estate. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission). 

Make and Take Birdhouse for Chickadees or House Wrens 

Learn the basics of how to provide nesting spaces for birds in this fun, hands-on class. We’ll explore the fundamentals of bird habitat spaces in your yard, then you’ll construct your own bird house to take home. Preregistration required. Members $13; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission). 

Pawpaw Planting Project at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Celebrate Earth Month by giving back. During this family-friendly, learn-by-doing volunteer project, you’ll help plant hundreds of baby pawpaw trees “way down yonder” by O’Bannon Creek at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Participants will receive five pawpaw seeds to take home to grow their own trees. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission). 

Spring Native Plant Sale

Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, June 4

Visit Rowe Visitor Center for our annual Spring Native Plant Sale to gather herbs, native plants, flowering trees, and shrubs to create a bright and beautiful garden while providing a wonderful habitat for wildlife! 

Earth Day Weekend—Artists & Makers Market 

Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, 10 am-4 pm 

Join us in celebrating Earth Day with a weekend filled with artists who creatively recycle, reuse, and upcycle to make their artwork and makers with delicious offerings from their gardens and farms. No registration required. Just drop in at Rowe Visitor Center. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. 

Print Like Charley Harper  

Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, 11 am-3 pm  

Create an Earth Day tote by screen-printing an iconic Charley Harper image on a cotton tote bag that you’ll love to take with you everywhere you go! Preregistration required. Members $15; nonmembers $21 (includes daily admission).

Make a Hiking Stick 

Grab a pre-harvested honeysuckle branch and craft it into a hiking stick with our hand tools. Use our leather stamping set and brass tacks to embellish your new hiking companion. Preregistration required. Members $8; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission). 

Family Make and Take: Mini-Pollinator Garden 

The whole family will learn-by-doing as you plant ready-to-grow seeds in pots to take home plus go on a mini nature hike through the Witt Pollinator Garden. Through plant-related crafts and activities, we’ll explore how caring for plants helps wildlife. Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $16 (includes daily admission).