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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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: 

Native Fish and Red-eared Slider Turtle Feeding, Tuesdays, October 11, October 25, 11 am

Wild Senses, Tuesdays, October 4, October 18, 11 am

Under the Boardwalk--Fish and Turtle Feeding, Wednesday, October 12, 3 pm 

black squirrel chewing a nut on the ground

Nutty Adventure Scavenger Hunt

September 23-October 9

Use our mobile guide to take a nutty adventure on the all-accessible Mashburn Family Discovery Trail, starting at the map kiosk in the Nature PlayScape parking-lot. On this scavenger hunt, you’ll learn a little about nuts while checking out some lovely features along the way. All participants who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered to win a Light in the Forest ticket for this December (four winners). Free for members and nonmembers with daily admission.

Black walnuts on a burlap table top

Black Walnut Hunting at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Celebrate our native black walnut by helping us gather and process this year’s crop. Head out on the land to hunt for black walnuts and help husk them with our antique equipment. We’ll crack and taste some cured black walnuts from last year’s crop, touch on black walnut trees’ importance for wildlife, and provide suggestions for culinary usage of this gourmet nut. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission). 
A Barred Owl in a tree

Hootin’ in the Holler 

Whoooo’s hootin’ tonight? Learn the different species of owls in our area and take a hike to visit our neighbors down in the holler. RAPTOR Inc. will provide us with a behind-the-scenes tour of their beautiful home for birds of prey. We’ll take a challenging night hike and learn to “call” our feathered friends. It will be a hoot! Members $20; nonmembers $26 (includes daily admission).

A Barred Owl sits on a branch

Owl Bet It's a Hoot: Wisely Presented by Youth at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Ever learn something special from a child? Owl bet you will at our investigation stations led by knowledgeable kids. You’ll discover unique owl characteristics, adaptations, and behaviors. We’ll also go on a night hike where we call, look, and listen for our feathered friends. Find out, "Whooooose in the woods?" Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $16 (includes daily admission). 

A smiling young white man holds up a blue t-shirt that says "Hike for  Your Health"

Hike for Your Health with Roads Rivers and Trails

Looking for a way to stay active? Join us on one of our popular hiking excursions, led by Nature Center staff and Roads Rivers and Trails representatives. While the focus of these hikes is physical well-being, we’ll casually explore local natural history and science along the way, boosting your mental well-being, too! Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission).

Click here to learn more about our trails at Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails.

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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. This program is recommended for adults and children ages 12 and up with an adult.

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Family Flashlight Scavenger Hunt at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

What could be more fun than a night hike? A scavenger hunt at night! During this night hike, we’ll use our senses and our flashlights to experience nature in a new way. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission). 

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Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Art Show

October 21-23, 10 am - 5 pm

Immerse yourself in color and pattern, become inspired by the whimsical images, and view a variety of contemporary quilts and fiber artworks during this exhibition. The Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium is adorned with over 100 colorful artworks created by more than 25 local quilters and fiber artists. Free admission to members; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate.

A white man in shorts and a blue t-shirt walks down a trail toward the camera holding a hiking stick

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. 

Woman with camera in hand, taking a photograph of green foilage.

See Like a Camera: A Beginner's Guide to Photographing Nature

Sunday, October 23, 1-3 pm

See nature in a new light! Join us for a hands-on, family-oriented beginner photography program. Expose yourself to a new perspective and see nature through the eyes of your camera. Connect with the outside world and learn how to frame your favorite nature subjects. We’ll explore key photography concepts in a brief classroom-style lecture and at interactive stations along our trails. Preregistration required. Members free; nonmember adult $10 and nonmember child $6 (includes daily admission).
A white child dressed in a Halloween costume makes a funny face at the camera

Nighttime Trail Fest (For Kids!)

Friday, October 28, 7-9 pm   

Spiders, bats, and bones, oh my! Don your costumes for this non-spooky woodland Halloween adventure. Enjoy on-trail nature crafts, activities, and festive treats as the sun sets on the autumn forest. Preregistration required. Members $8; nonmembers $8 (includes daily admission). 

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Wildflower Seed Harvesting Project at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Give back by gathering wildflower seeds during this family-friendly learn-by-doing volunteer project. On this walking and working tour, we’ll visit the fields to harvest then take you through cleaning, drying, and processing seeds that will be used to improve our sites. Head home with native plant seeds, inspiration, and tips for your own yard. Preregistration required. Fees help fund our native plant education efforts. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission). 

A small boat made of tree bark, sticks, and leaves floating on the water

Mini-Boat Float Challenge on Avey’s Run 

Will your imaginary tiny riders survive the journey down Avey’s Run? Join us for this special STEM program on boat building with natural material to find out! We will explore the principles of float and sink and boat construction while we build. Ages 6-10 with an adult. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission). 

Person screenprinting

Print Like Charley 

Saturday and Sunday, December 10 & 11

Multiple time slots from 11 am-3 pm

Enjoy trying your hand at screen-printing as you pull your own Charley Harper print! Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $16 (includes daily admission).

 

Saturday, December 10, 11 am 

Saturday, December 10, 11:30 am 

Saturday, December 10, 12 pm 

Saturday, December 10, 12:30 pm 

Saturday, December 10, 1 pm 

Saturday, December 10, 1:30 pm 

Saturday, December 10, 2 pm 

Saturday, December 10, 2:30 pm 

Sunday, December 11, 11 am 

Sunday, December 11, 11:30 am 

Sunday, December 11, 12 pm 

Sunday, December 11, 12:30 pm 

Sunday, December 11, 1 pm 

Sunday, December 11, 1:30 pm 

Sunday, December 11, 2 pm 

Sunday, December 11, 2:30 pm