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National Trails Month
Step into summer and celebrate National Trails Day with us all month long in June!
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
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
Summer Bird Walks
Discover Long Branch Farm & Trails
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.
Hike for Your Health with Roads Rivers and Trails
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).
Discover Rowe Woods
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.
Full Moon Walks
A Mindful Walk in the Woods
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.
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).
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).
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).
Firefly Fiddle Fest
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).
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).
Forest Bathing at Long Branch Farm & Trails
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.