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.

As of August 23, 2021, masks are required in all our buildings for all vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Masks are not required outdoors or under pavilions and tents.

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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 $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

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

Nature Discovery at the Nature Nook, Thursdays, 12 pm

Snake Handling and Feeding, Every Other Tuesday, 11 am

Click here to register for your preferred program date and time.

A young white child in a Halloween costume looks up at the camera with their tongue sticking out. Along the bottom of hte graphic, it says "Nighttime Trail Fest for Kids; Friday, October 29, 7-9 pm"

Nighttime Trail Fest (For Kids!) 

Friday, October 29, 7-9 pm —SOLD OUT

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. Members $8; nonmembers $8 (includes daily admission).

Mini-Boat Float Challenge

Saturday, November 6, 3-4:30 pm

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’ll explore the principles of float and sink and boat construction while we build. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

Wildflower Seed Harvesting Project at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Sunday, November 7, 2-4 pm

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 your 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. Members $6; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission).

Legs in black leggings and wearing grey running shoes job along a trail covered in colorful fallen leaves.

Healthy in Nature Trail Run 

Sunday, November 14, 11 am-12 pm

Get healthy in nature by running our trails.  Each month we will explore the changes in nature.  This is a beginner-intermediate run and will be 2-3 miles.  We welcome ages 12 and up with an adult for this fun outdoor run. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).

 

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Hike for Your Health with RRT 

Sunday, November 14, 2-3:30 pm—Woodpecker Trail at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Grab your Hike for Your Health passport and get hiking with Nature Center staff and a representative from Roads Rivers and Trails (RRT), a local adventure outfitter. Join us each month as we traverse our trails (approximately 2-3 miles each hike). Purchase your passport ahead of time, available at the Rowe Visitor Center for $4. Members $6; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission).

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Full Moon Walks

Friday November 19, 7:30-9 pm—Beaver Moon at Long Branch Farm & Trails

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 8 and up. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission). 

A Walk in the Woods Art Exhibit

November 20-28, 10 am-5 pm, Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium

Join us for our annual Walk in the Woods exhibition—a holiday exhibition featuring local artists inspired by the beauty of a walk in the woods expressing themselves through a variety of media, including photography, mixed media, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and fibers.

Create Your Own Tile Hands-On Workshop

Saturdays, November 20 and November 27, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm

Sundays, November 21 and November 28, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm

Make a special gift or keepsake! Meet local ceramic artist, Bonnie Mitchell, and learn how to carve your own image into a tile using the sgraffito technique during this workshop. Members $25; nonmembers $30 (includes daily admission). 

Click here to choose your time and date to register. 

Flint & Steel Fire Making

Sunday, November 21, 2-3:30 pm

Make fire with flint and steel in this hands-on class. We’ll cover safety and how to find and prepare natural tinder then coax flames from sparks. We’ll celebrate by roasting marshmallows. Members $7; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission).

Gobble Wobble Walk

Friday, November 26, 10-11 am

Friday, November 26, 11 am-12 pm

Friday, November 26, 2-3 pm

Shake your tail feathers and walk off those extra scoops of mashed potatoes! Enjoy nature stories on guided walks on our most family-friendly trails. Join us for a lovely walk along Geology Trail! Members $6; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission).

Light in the Forest — Tickets go on sale November 1!

Wednesdays–Sundays, December 1 – January 2, 5-9 pm 

(Closed December 24 and 25) 

Experience Cincinnati Nature Center in a whole new light! Walk through an enchanting display of lights and illuminated trees reflecting peace and inspiration. Event features installations by Brave Berlin (a BLINK light show artist), live music, a bonfire, holiday shopping, and more! Member adult $10 and member child $5; nonmember adult $12 and nonmember child $7. 

Please click here to choose your preferred date and time to register. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 1.

Tracking for Everybody (Online)  

Who goes there?! Join us for a lively evening of learning about the most common animal tracks we’re likely to see in Ohio. This class will include beginner track identification and tracking methods. Members $5; nonmembers $10.     

 

Print Like Charley Harper 

Saturday, December 11, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm 

Sunday, December 12, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm

Enjoy your hand at screen printing as you pull your own Charley Harper print. Sessions begin every hour; all supplies are provided and include one print. Members $10; nonmembers $16 (includes daily admission). 

Click on your preferred date and time below to register.

Saturday, December 11

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Sunday, December 12

11 am 

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Winter Solstice Trail Run for Women and Girls 

Sunday, December 19, 1-2:30pm 

Celebrate the winter solstice at Cincinnati Nature Center.  Join us on our award-winning trails as we “unplug” from our daily lives and “plug into nature."  This two-stage 5-mile run is meant for intermediate to experienced runners only.  Join us for stage 1 only or stay for the full experience. Members $5; nonmembers $15 (includes daily admission).

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. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission). 

 

Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush 

Select Saturdays and Sundays, January 15-February 27.

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. Members free; nonmember adults $10, nonmember children $6 (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 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. Members $5; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission). 

 

Revel in the magic of maple season! Sample maple beer and edible delights, and join in games, crafts, and stories that are sure to be fun for all ages. Member adults $12, member children $5; nonmember adults $18, nonmember children $11 (includes daily admission). 

 

Finding Frogs and Salamanders 

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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. If interested, click here to be on the notification list. When the time looks right, we’ll email everyone 24-48 hours ahead. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission).