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 March 3, 2021, masks are no longer required indoors or outdoors. Children and adults may wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal levels of risk. 

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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). 

Summer

Native Fish & Red-eared Slider Turtle Feeding, Every Other Tuesday beginning June 7, 11 am

Wild Senses, Every other Tuesday beginning June 14, 11 am

Under the Boardwalk--Fish and Turtle Feeding, Wednesdays, June 15, July 13, August 17, 3 pm 

Poison Ivy and other Itchy, Stingy Plants, Saturdays, June 11, July 9, August 13, 10 am 

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Bluebird Box Watch

Every Thursday, March 31–July 28, 9:30-11 am

Discover what kind of bird families may be nesting in the bluebird boxes at Rowe Woods. Will you find a new nest being built, eggs, newborn chicks, or an empty box? Join us as we monitor some bluebird boxes and learn how the Nature Center supports bluebirds (and other birds) with their 100+ monitored bluebird boxes. Members $5; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission).

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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. Recommended for adults and children 8 and up. Preregistration required. Recommended for adults and ages 8 and up with an adult. 

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After-Dinner Creek Romp at Long Branch Farm & Trails   

Thursdays, July 14, 21, 28, 7–8:30 pm  
Fridays, July 15, 22, 29, 7–8:30 pm

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Enjoy exclusive access to aquatic wonders at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Search for mussels, crayfish, snakes, minnows, kingfishers, and fossils, while looking for signs of other stream visitors. Don’t miss this guided, in-the-stream hike! Preregistration required. Recommended for adults and children aged 7 and up with an adult. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission). 

A monarch butterfly sits on the pink flowers of a swamp milkweed plant.

Pretty Flowers, Picky Pollinators

Take a leisurely hike to observe pollinators in action, and discover how colors, patterns, shapes, and smells play an important role in the partnership between native plants and pollinators. On our hike, we’ll be visiting the Witt Pollinator Garden to “see like a bee,” try to pet a bee (optional), discover who’s living in the bee hotel, and experience how much work it is to be a pollinator. This will be a sting-free experience. This program is most suited to children ages 6 and up in the company of an adult caregiver. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission). 

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Hike for Your Health with Roads Rivers and Trails

Sunday, July 17, 2-3:30 pm - Upland Trail at Rowe Woods

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).

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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. 

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Healthy in Nature Trail Run

Saturday, July 23, 8;30-9:30 am -- Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Get healthy in nature by running our trails. Each month we’ll explore the changes in nature. This is a beginning-intermediate run and will be 2-3 miles. We welcome ages 12 and up (with an adult) for this fun outdoor run.

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Butterfly Search with Queen City Pollinator Project 

Saturday, August 20, 10 am–12 pm - No registration necessary for this drop-in program.

Drop in and learn about your neighborhood butterflies! Find out more about the defenses caterpillars have, the host plants they survive on, and the transformation these marvelous insects go through. Together, we’ll track butterflies and caterpillars and upload findings to iNaturalist to help scientists with conservation efforts! Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate.