Fun For All

Fun for All!

Preregistration is required for most programs. For programs requiring registration, please register online well in advance of the class start date to ensure placement. Cincinnati Nature Center may update the status or format of programs based on conditions at the time of the program. 

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

CLICK HERE to view the Events & Programs Calendar.

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

Photo of naturalist with a snake

Visitor Center Nature Moments

Join us at the Rowe Visitor Center for interactive programs presented by a naturalist. No registration necessary for these drop-in programs. 

Members free; nonmember adult $10 and nonmember child $6 (includes daily admission). 


Native Fish and Red-eared Slider Turtle Feeding
Tuesday, December 510 am
Wild Senses
Tuesday, December 5, 11 am 
Resident Raptors
Tuesday, December 12, 1 pm 
The Bert & Ernie Show! (Turtle Tales)
Thursday, December 1411 am 

Light in the Forest 

Join us for a celestial walk through the illuminated woods! Marvel at the many light displays and interactive activities as you stroll through the forest. There will be music, food trucks, drinks, and holiday shopping. Bring your friends and family to this seasonal tradition. Reserve your tickets today! Member adult $12, member child $8; nonmember adult $15, nonmember child $10.  

Charlie Harper art featuring a variety of wildlife and birds.

Woodland Wonders 

Saturday, December 9–Saturday, January 6, 10 am–5 pm daily (except Christmas) 

This holiday tradition features the artwork of renown American artist and illustrator, Charley Harper, and many other local artists who are inspired by our Woodland Wonders. Free print with $50 Charley Harper purchase. No registration required. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. 

Print Like Charley Harper  

Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10, 11 am-3 pm (Multiple time slots available)

Try your hand at screenprinting as you pull your own Charley Harper print. Prints are made on mixed-media cotton rag paper (12 inches by 18 inches multimedia paper). This is similar to the size that Charley was working with for these images. Preregistration required. Members $11; nonmembers $17 (includes daily admission).

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Maple Tree Tapping Days 

Help us tap the trees as we start the sugaring season. Head out into the sugarbush with a maple guide to learn the ins and outs of tree identification and tapping, all while drilling holes, setting taps, and hanging sap buckets. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).  

Family Flying Squirrel Watch 

Flying squirrels are usually hidden in the forest but they reveal themselves at dusk. After a brief indoor orientation, we’ll head out to our new flying squirrel viewing area to watch the magic unfold as these seldom seen forest residents glide in for their evening meal. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).  

Maple Syrup Making & Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush 

Click here to register! January 20, 21, 27 and February 3, 10, 11, 18 (Multiple time slots available)

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).  

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. Full Moon Walks provide rare opportunities to hike Nature Center trails when we’re normally closed. These nighttime walks utilize level upland trails—we avoid steep hills, steps, and stream crossings for safety. Recommended for 12 and up. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).

Tools of the Sugar House 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. You’ll 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 $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission). 

Backyard Maple Sugaring 

Have you always wanted to make syrup from the maple trees in your yard? This hands-on how-to workshop is for those wishing to make syrup and will be filled with “sweet” advice. Selection of trees, tapping, sap collection, sap storage, and boiling will be addressed, as well as finishing and canning syrup on a small scale. Preregistration required. Members $15; nonmembers $21 (includes daily admission).  

Maple Fest–Drinks, Food, Games

Maple Fest

Saturday, February 17, 1–5 pm

Saturday, February 24, 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. Adult $20; child $6.   

Finding Frogs and Salamanders  


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, and then we'll head outdoors to search for these amphibian creatures.

If interested, click here to be added to the notification list. When conditions are favorable, we’ll email everyone 24-48 hours ahead. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).