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National Trails Month

Step into summer and celebrate National Trails Day with us all month long in June!

National Trails Day

Saturday, June 4, 7 am-9 pm at Rowe Woods

 

Order a Protect What You Love T-Shirt!

Show your trail spirit and love of the Nature Center with a new Protect What You Love shirt—just in time to wear for National Trails Day! All proceeds from this shirt support our mission. Click here to order online!

 

National Trails Month June Exclusives

  • Hike for Your Health Bonus! Hike all our trails in June and receive a Nature Center hat in addition to the standard Hike for Your Health Challenge prizes.
  • Invite your friends for free Friday Night Hikes! Rowe Woods will be open to the public at no charge on June 10, 17, and 24 from 5–9 pm
  • Scavenger Hunt at Long Branch Farm & Trails

 

 

National Trails Month Programs

Get outdoors, celebrate nature, and join us for a variety of programs during the month of June!

Music Under the Moon

Friday, June 3, 7-10 pm 

Set against the idyllic backdrop of our Groesbeck Estate, the sun will set on the summer woods and give way to a night filled with music and dancing. Preregistration required. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $25 (includes daily admission).

National Trails Day Sunrise Hike and Coffee 

Start summer off right with a cool early morning hike, followed by hot coffee. Join us to celebrate our  award-winning trails on a moderate pace forest hike. On our way, we will take advantage of the early morning wildlife activity and do a little tracking and birding. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $16 (includes daily admission). 

A group of people post with the trash they pulled from the creek

Stream Clean Up 

Give back and have a unique experience on a naturalist-guided stream cleanup. We’ll hike out on a trail and back in the stream, collecting trash, checking out stream life, and seeing the Nature Center in a new way. Suitable for adults and interested youth ages 10 and up with a caregiver. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission). Program fees help fund ongoing stream monitoring efforts. 

Two white toddler flip through a picture book outside

Preschool Storytime in the Nature PlayScape  

Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 10-10:30 am  — No registration needed. This is a drop-in program.

Join us for a unique, outdoor storytime in the Nature PlayScape. Our story expert will read nature-themed books and offer a special craft. Each week is a new nature topic. Perfect for ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver. No registration necessary for this drop-in program.  Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. 

A forest in early evening with the yellow glow of fireflies everywhere.

Nature’s Fireworks! A Firefly Evening Program  

Did you know there are many species of fireflies in Ohio? Or that some of them are cannibals while others don’t even light up? Join us for a leisurely hike as we learn about these delightful creatures and discover the magic of an evening firefly light show. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).

A hite hand lifts up under a flying, glowing firefly

Goodnight Fireflies!  

Enjoy a summer evening storytime for families outside! After we read our books, we’ll go for a short evening stroll and discover the fireflies that like to come out early to begin their light show. Good for early elementary-aged children (ages 4-9) with an adult caregiver. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission).  

A male Indigo Bunting sitting in a tree

Summer Bird Walks

Summer visitors are back nesting while resident birds have young off and flying already. Join our seasoned bird leaders as we hit the trails to observe birds and their nests. Beginners welcome. Preregistration required. Member adult free; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 
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Make a Hiking Stick

Saturday, June 11, 8:30-9:30 am 

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. 
A forest trail at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Discover Long Branch Farm & Trails

Saturday, June 11, 10-11:30 am

Discover the magic of Long Branch! Varied landscapes, meandering creeks, and a colorful history make this a nature-lover's paradise. Join us to unveil the beauty of this hidden gem! Member adult $5.

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Hike for Your Health with Roads Rivers and Trails

Sunday, June 12, 2-3:30 pm - Fernwood 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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Discover Rowe Woods

Sunday, June 12, 10-11:30 am

Discover the magic of Rowe Woods! Rich history, scenic vistas, and ecological wonders make this place a delight for all. Hike with us to unearth the magic for yourself! Member adult $5.

the full moon against a black sky

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. 
A forest trail in the summer

A Mindful Walk in the Woods   

Saturday, June 18, 9:30-11 am 

Journey on a walk to appreciate and find peace in nature. The beauty of nature inspires joy and wonder. This walk offers an opportunity to learn a simple mindfulness technique that will help you enjoy this and any moment more fully. Member adult $9; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission).   
A kipper butterfly sips from a purple coneflower

Pollinator Search with Queen City Pollinator Project 

Saturday, June 18, 10 am–12 pm -- No registration necessary for this drop-in program. 

From bees and butterflies to moths, beetles, and more, the insects that pollinate our flowers need your help! Drop in to learn how to find and identify local pollinators while exploring the trails with Queen City Pollinator Project. Together, we’ll upload findings to iNaturalist to help scientists with conservation efforts! No registration necessary for this drop-in program. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. 

A group of white hands clinks together champagne glasses in a toast

Besties Evening Hike and Toast to Summer 

Grab someone special and join us to welcome summer with a solstice hike and champagne toast. We’ll enjoy a little wildlife spotting on this moderately paced hike through the old Groesbeck Estate. We’ll end our evening on Groesbeck’s Tritsch Terrace with drinks and forest views. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission).  

Black walnuts

Make and Take “Nocino” – Walnut Liqueur  

Nocino, walnut liqueur, has been made from immature white walnuts in northern Italy for centuries. In this hands-on class, we’re making a hyper-local version of this nutty liqueur by using our native black walnuts. Preregistration required. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $35 (includes daily admission). 

A woman with her back to the camera runs down a trail

Summer Solstice Trail Run for Women and Girls at Rowe Woods 

Celebrate the summer solstice at Rowe Woods and join us on our award-winning trails as we “unplug” from our daily lives and “plug into” nature. This 2-stage, 5-mile run is meant for beginner to intermediate runners. Come for stage 1 only or stay for the full experience. We welcome adults and youth 12 years old and up with an adult. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).

A black woman in a yoga pose in a forest

Trail Yoga

Saturday, June 25, 9:30-11 am 

Connect to nature in a deeper way through the mindful movement and meditative practices found in yoga during this on-the-trail experience at Rowe Woods. Member adult $9; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission). 
A graphic with cartoon fireflies playing a fiddle and an upright bass in front of a barn

Firefly Fiddle Fest  

Saturday, June 25, 6-10 pm 

Dance and sing alongside the fireflies! Grab a picnic blanket and bring the whole family for this night of music under the stars at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Fireflies will light the night as live music fills the summer air. Join in a game or stop by an activity station, feast on dinner from a local food truck, and enjoy a cold beer or wine (21+ only, please). Take a short stroll through the trails and you might just catch our glowing friends in action! Act fast, this is one you don’t want to miss. This program is suitable for all ages. Preregistration required. Member $12, member child $8; nonmember adult $18; nonmember child $14 (includes daily admission). 

A basket of elderflowers sits on a table next to a clear bottle that contains a yellowish liquid

Make Elderflower Cordial from Scratch at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

We’ll celebrate our own American elder as we hand harvest honey-scented elderflowers and walk you through the entire process of making elderflower cordial. You’ll head home with a pint of aromatic syrup and our list of top ideas for using it. Preregistration required. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $22 (includes daily admission). 

Sunlight streams through a thick forest

Forest Bathing at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Sunday, June 26, 1-3 pm 

Forest Bathing is a practice of immersing yourself in the tranquility of nature to relieve stress. This guided stroll is an invitation to slow down and awaken the senses, allowing you to quietly take in nature’s gifts. Preregistration required. Member adult $12; nonmember adult $22 (includes daily admission).
A young white girl throws a mudball into the air

Mud Ball Throwing in the Nature PlayScape 

Wednesday, June 29, 6-7:30 pm  — No registration necessary. This is a drop-in program.

Celebrate National Mud Day with an evening of muddy fun! Join us to take the cornhole toss game to a whole new level. We’ll make our own mud balls and try our hand at throwing them at targets located throughout the Nature PlayScape. Be prepared to get seriously muddy! Perfect for families with children of all ages. No registration necessary for this drop-in program.  Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate.