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What's Happening Right Now at the Nature Center!

Want to know what's going on at Cincinnati Nature Center these days? Check below and see updates before you come to visit!

Trails & Conservation

  • Trail conditions are wet but they are all open as well as creek crossings.
  • Mapping of our fields is underway by drones
  • Wisteria, Honeysuckle and Bittersweet are all being worked on my volunteers
  • Vegetation samples are being collected at Long Branch Farm & Trails.
  • Prescribed burns will be taking place at Long Branch Farm & Trails and Rowe Woods if weather permits over the next few weeks.
  • Baseline data is being collected on our lakes and ponds.
  • Winter spraying of Honeysuckle is now in motion.
  • Check out the newly constructed railing on the Redwing Bridge.
  • A large tree has fallen and damaged the Overlook at Long Branch Farm & Trails. The area is currently closed until repairs are made.
  • The Far Ridge Trail now has a hammock stand and has a reroute that avoids the steps. Please go up the new section instead of coming down during wet and muddy weather.
  • Members: Check out our new Mayapple Trail and Beaver Trail at Long Branch Farm & Trails.
  • Injured or Orphaned Wildlife - Please follow the guidelines from this website.

Natural World

  • Witchhazel trees are sharing their lovely yellow tone.
  • Fall has arrived and blanketed our trails.
  • Our Pileated woodpeckers can be seen and heard in our woods.
  • Northern Flickers can be seen at the bird feeders as are Dark-eyed juncos.
  • Squirrels and chipmunks continue to cache nuts for the winter.
  • Magnolia buds are visible now in Oak Allee.
  • Look under leaves for fungi.
  • Beech trees are still holding on to their golden leaves.
  • Bittersweet makes lovely decorations in our home however at the end of the season make sure to dispose it your garbage rather than outside so it doesn’t become invasive in your neighborhood.
  • Warblers continue to migrate through our area with Black-throated Green Warbler being an easy one to identify.
  • Keep an eye on the mink, for they have been seen around the drainage of the Edge Trail.

 

Facilities Updates

  • Leaf blowers are being used for many safety reason in limited areas.
  • Thank you to our Facilities Team for filling our bird feeders regularly.
  • All drinking fountains have been winterized.
  • Fernwood Shelter restrooms are now closed. Nature PlayScape and Rowe Visitor Center are still open.
  • The Greenhouse renovation project is wrapping up in the next 4 weeks.

Volunteer Updates

  • Native yard and garden exhibit continues to progress outside of the Rowe Visitor Center near the main kiosk. 
  • Thank you to the volunteers who work in the Membership Department and The Nature Shop.
  • School Group leaders have been busy this season, we appreciate their hard work.
  • Land Stewards are celebrating 10 years of hard work.
  • Volunteers are prepping for Maple Season.
  • Don’t run away from a volunteer opportunity. Interested in volunteering? Join the Wednesday or Thursday group and learn more here.
  • Trailside Stations are presented by our volunteers.
  • Bird walks are led by volunteers every other Saturday.