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


Wild Senses, Tuesdays, November 29, December 13, 11 am 
Native Fish and Red-eared Slider Turtle Feeding, Tuesdays, December 6, 11 am 
The Bert & Ernie Show! (Turtle Tales), Thursdays, starting December 1, 11am

A Walk in the Woods Art Show

November 19-December 4, 10 am-5 pm

Cincinnati Nature Center is excited to host our annual A Walk in the Woods exhibition in Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium. This holiday exhibition features local artists inspired by the beauty of a walk in the woods expressing themselves through a variety of media: photography, mixed media, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and fiber. Members are free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. 100% of the proceeds support our mission. 

Tile with face of a dog

Create-Your-Own Tile Workshop 

Saturdays and Sundays, November 19, 20, 26, and 27

Multiple time slots from 10 am–4 pm 

Meet Ceramic Artist Bonnie Mitchell and learn how to carve your own tile using the sgraffito technique during this hands-on workshop. Preregistration required. Members $35; nonmembers $40 (includes daily admission).

Saturday, November 26, 10 am - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, November 26, 11 am 

Saturday, November 26, 12 pm 

Saturday, November 26, 1 pm - CANCELED

Saturday, November 26, 2 pm - CANCELED

Saturday, November 26, 3 pm - CANCELED

Sunday, November 27, 10 am 

Sunday, November 27, 11 am 

Sunday, November 27, 12 pm 

Sunday, November 27, 1 pm 

Sunday, November 27, 2 pm - SOLD OUT! 

Sunday, November 27, 3 pm - SOLD OUT!  


Light in the Forest logo

Light in the Forest 

Select dates, December 1-January 1, 5:30-9 pm

(Closed December 24 and 25)

Enjoy a peaceful walk in the winter woods at our annual holiday lights event! Our expanded trail features new installations by five regional light artists, added children's activities, live music, festive shopping, a decorated historic home, and more!
Charley Harper print of various birds and wildlife

Woodland Wonders 

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. 

Person screenprinting

Print Like Charley Harper

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 


Abner Hollow Cabin hidden in a beautiful winter landscape scene.

Holiday Hike  

Cincinnati winters have changed a lot over the last 500 million years. On our hike along the Geology Trail to Fox Rock, we’ll look for clues on the land that reveal how the weather swung from tropical to ice age cold. We’ll also touch on how early settlers, who lived in Abner Hollow Cabin, celebrated the holidays 200 years ago, as well as how the Krippendorf family honored the season during the heyday of their estate. Preregistration required. Member adult $7; nonmember adult 13 (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).

Tree in Nature Shop with Christmas ornaments on it.

Nature Shop Winter Blow Out Sale

Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8, 2023, 10 am5 pm

Shop our fabulous Winter Blow Out Sale and find hot deals on all the coolest stuff 25-90% off!

Maple tap dripping into an aluminum bucket

Maple Tree Tapping Day 

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).  

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). 

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).