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). 

UPCOMING: 

Resident Raptors
Tuesday, February 20, 1 pm 
 
The Bert & Ernie Show! (Turtle Tales)
Thursday, February 2211 am 
 
Native Fish and Red-eared Slider Turtle Feeding
Tuesday, February 2710 am
 
Wild Senses
Tuesday, February 27, 11 am
 
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).

Maple Fest–Drinks, Food, Games

Maple Fest

Saturday, February 24, 1–5 pm – SOLD OUT!

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.   

Bob Buring giving a presentation in front of the evaporator.

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). 

Krippendorf Lodge with yellow daffodils in the foreground.

Stroll with a Naturalist 

Join a front desk naturalist for a Sunday stroll and learn what’s happening in the natural world. The stroll may take you back in time as you visit different parts of the Krippendorf Lodge. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission). 

Family builds a fire together.

Intro to Fire Building 

Want to learn how to build a crackling fire or improve your skills? Join us for the best tips and tricks for fire building, as well as using primitive tools and natural materials to start fires. Once you’ve put in the dedication to make your fire great, enjoy a roasted marshmallow treat! Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission).  

Barred owl perched in the forest.

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’ll be a hoot! Preregistration required. Members $20; nonmembers $30 (includes daily admission). 

Wood frog peaking out of water.

Finding Frogs and Salamanders  

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, 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).   

 

House wrens on nest box with young.

Make and Take Birdhouse for Chickadees or House Wrens 

Learn the basics of how to provide nesting spaces for birds in this fun, hands-on class. We’ll explore the fundamentals of bird habitat spaces in your yard, then you’ll construct your own bird house to take home. Preregistration required. Members $15; nonmembers $21 (includes daily admission). 

Total solar eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Viewing  

Join us as we witness this rare event together! During the peak of the eclipse, 99% of the sun will be obscured by the moon. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission). 

Three terra cotta pots.

Plant a Pot for a Buck 

Saturday, April 20 and Sunday April 21, 10 am–4 pm 

Choose from 10–12 native species of ready-to-grow seed, fill a pot with soil, sprinkle your seed, insert a plant label, and experience the joy of growing it yourself. Cash only—bring your dollar bills. One species per pot. Each pot is only $1. No registration necessary for this drop-in program. Free admission for all for Earth Day Weekend. 

American toad sits inside of an overturned terra cotta pot in the mulch.

DIY Upcycled Toad Abodes 

Did you know a single toad can eat 10,000 insect pests every summer? During this program, we’ll build one-of-a-kind toad abodes to welcome these insect-gobbling amphibians to your garden. We’ll give old containers a second life and adorn them with natural materials and lost treasures. Participants are welcome to bring their own plastic containers or broken pots, but options will be provided.

This program is perfect for adults and/or families with children aged 8 and up. Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $16 (includes daily admission).  

Noel walking down trail with 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. Members $8; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission). 

Pink cone flowers in garden

2024 Garden Tour: Noteworthy Natives

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, June 22, 9 am–5 pm

Join us for Cincinnati’s premier garden tour, presented by Wimberg Landscaping Company, featuring 10 magnificent gardens that incorporate native plants in unique and creative ways.  Locations include North Avondale, Blue Ash, Loveland, and Indian Hill. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2024.