Events & Programs


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Adult Programs

Cincinnati Nature Center offers programs for the adult outdoor enthusiast. Programs are limited in space, and preregistration is often required, so to ensure placement please register online well in advance of the class start date.

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Bird Walks

Saturday, February 23, 8-10 am - Bill McGill
Saturday, March 9, 8-10am - Michael Kravitz, Oscar Wilhelmy 
Saturday, March 23, 8-10am - Darlena Graham, Prez Riggs
Saturday, April 13, 8-10am - Anne Horne, Oscar Wilhelmy 
Saturday, April 27, 8-10am - Debra Hausrath
Saturday, May 11, 8-10am - Rose Vitale
Saturday, May 25, 8-10am - Bill McGill

This is the perfect time to begin to sharpen existing birding skills as the leaves are off the trees and birds are easier to find! Join our friendly group and dress to be outdoors for a couple of hours. Beginners welcome. Meet in the main parking lot at 8 am.  Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Woodcock Walk


Sometime in late February early March, as dusk falls, join us in the fields of the Nature Center to discover this secretive game bird and see its extraordinary mating ritual. If interested, go to our website and register to be on the notification list. When the time looks right, we will email you 24-48 hours ahead. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 


Back to Basics --Backyard Birding for Adults

Saturday, March 9, 3:30-5 pm

Join like-minded nature novices in this hands-on birding tutorial. We will practice using binoculars while we take a leisurely wildlife spotting stroll through Rowe Woods. Common song bird identification and backyard feeder choices will be included in our exploration. Binoculars provided. Preregistration required. $5 members; $14 nonmembers (includes daily admission). 


Cooking with Maple Syrup

Sunday, March 10, 3-5 pm

Maple syrup is not just for pancakes.  In this cooking class, you’ll learn how maple syrup can be utilized to elevate and add interest to your culinary endeavors. We’ll touch on using maple syrup in salad dressing, as a glaze on meat, as a substitute for sugar in baking, in desserts, in beverages and more. Chocked with sample bites and infused with maple sugaring history and lore, you’ll depart with a deeper understanding of maple syrup. Preregistration required. Members $18; nonmembers $27 (includes daily admission).


St. Patrick’s Day Hike and Pull

Sunday, March 17, 3-5pm

Celebrate the return of green with a hike infused with natural history and Irish legends. We’ll move at a leisurely pace exploring the Upland and Wildflower trails, keeping an eye out for ephemeral wildflowers and early spring migrant birds. We’ll join forces to pull a few invasive plants to make room for the yet-to-appear native flora.  Irish-inspired treat will be your pot of gold! Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).


Contemplative Nature Study – Lao Tzu

Saturday, March 23, 10-11:30 am

Observe the giving and receiving flow of nature, guided by the profound words attributed to the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu. Lao Tzu was the legendary author of the ancient Chinese text, The Tao Te Ching. On this easy walk, you’ll be invited to write what you observe, and share your discoveries and experiences. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).


Woodland Wildflowers – Using Science and Stories to “See” the Forest

Sunday, March 24, 2:30-4 pm
Saturday, March 30, 10-11:30 am
Sunday, April 7, 2:30-4 pm
Saturday, April 13, 10-11:30 am

For a few short weeks in early spring, woodland wildflowers spring to life, carpeting the forest floor until a canopy of tree leaves blocks out the light. While hiking and learning to identify flowers, we’ll unveil a relationship between ants, 100-year-old wildflowers and the trees above them. Preregistration required. Members $5; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).


Conservation Starters: Gardening for Hummingbirds

Wednesday, April 10, 6:30-8 pm

Discover the joy of attracting hummingbirds, nature’s flying jewels! We will learn about our local hummingbird species, discuss the use of nectar feeders and determine what native and annual plants work best to support these delightful birds. Participants will get to take home a small native nectar plant from our nursery to use in their garden or pots. Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission).


Photography Workshop - Curious Critters: From Portraits to Picture Book

Friday, April 12, 7 – 9pm

Join Sigma Pro photographer David FitzSimmons for a fun-filled presentation of beautiful and bizarre CURIOUS CRITTERS. Learn how David turned his mesmerizing animal portraits into four traveling exhibits, numerous magazine articles, and a children’s picture book series that has won a dozen national book awards and sold over 100,000 copies. After explaining the history of the project, David will talk about the techniques, challenges, and purposes for photographing creatures against white backgrounds. Hear stories of animal antics and see amazing images, including sea life from “CURIOUS CRITTERS: Marine.”  Over $500 in door prizes will be given away.  All registrants will receive a $20 gift card at the program to ProCam Photo and Video Gear located in Amelia, Ohio. This program is made possible by Cincinnati Nature Center,  PROCAM Cincinnati, and SIGMA. Preregistration required. Members: $15; nonmembers $20.


Spring Wildflower Photography Workshop

Saturday, April 13, 10am – 4pm

Capture spectacular spring wildflowers images alongside Sigma Pro photographer David FitzSimmons. Learn professional macro and landscape photography techniques while exploring spring ephemerals all around Cincinnati Nature Center. Workshop includes classroom and field sessions, as well as a light lunch. Sigma will provide loaner lenses in popular mounts. All registrants will receive a $20 gift card at the program to ProCam Photo and Video Gear located in Amelia, Ohio.  Plus, over $500 in door prizes will be given away!  Registration is limited to 16 participants to provide individualized attention.  This program is made possible by Cincinnati Nature Center,  PROCAM Cincinnati, and SIGMA.   Preregistration required.  Early Bird Pricing, Register before February 28, Members: $129.99; nonmembers $139.99.

Pricing after February 28, Members $139.99; nonmember $149.99.


Herb Gardening: Good for You, Good for Wildlife

Saturday, April 20, 2-4 pm

In this hybrid cooking/gardening class, local author, herbalist and cooking instructor, Rita Heikenfeld, will highlight tips on using culinary herbs for flavor and health as she prepares tasty samples that highlight the range of culinary uses for herbs. Pollinator gardening specialist, Steve Inglish, will enlighten you on the importance of pollinator conservation and how gardening with herbs can benefit pollinators. Herbs will be available for purchase. Preregistration required. Members $12; nonmembers $21 (includes daily admission).


Forest Bathing at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Saturday, April 20, 9:30-11:30 am
Sunday, May 5, 1-3 pm
Sunday, June 9, 1-3 pm

Forest Bathing, also called Shinrin-yoku, is a practice of immersing yourself in nature that was developed by the Japanese to relieve stress. This guided Forest Bathing walk offers an opportunity to slow down and awaken the senses which allows you to quietly take in nature’s gifts. Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $19.


Trail Yoga

Saturday, April 27, 2-3 pm
Saturday, May 25, 9:30-10:30 am

Connect to nature in a deeper way through the mindful movement and meditative practices found in yoga. During this on-the-trail experience, participants will be guided through a flowing sequence near water, strengthening postures using a tree and walking meditation incorporating nature awareness. All levels are welcome. Preregistration required. Members $7, nonmembers $16 (includes daily admission).


Back to Basics: Intro to Foraging for Wild Edible Plants at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Wednesday, May 1, 6:30-8:30 pm

Geared for the absolute beginner, this introductory foraging class will focus on the basics of plant identification with an emphasis on safe and responsible collecting practices. Much of this class will take place in the field (so dress for hiking) as we search for the forager’s top five common plants. We’ll round out the experience by showcasing several applications for foraging wild greens. Preregistration required. Members $8; nonmembers $17 (includes daily admission).


Outdoor Yoga

Saturday, May 4, 10-11 am

Yoga is a form of exercise that incorporates mindful movement and meditation to connect the body, mind and spirit. Participants will gain an understanding of Vinyasa yoga as well as enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. All levels are welcome to attend. Preregistration required. Members $7, nonmembers $16 (includes daily admission).


Gardening for Butterflies and Pollinators

Saturday, May 11, 1-3 pm

Steve Inglish, team leader of the Nature Center’s butterfly monitoring program, will give a brief indoor introduction, and then head out to the Pollinator Garden to see butterfly host and nectaring plants, as well as the key habitat requirements and features you’ll need to create your own butterfly garden. We’ll explore resources to help you transform your yard into a caterpillar nursery, as well as how to certify your yard as wildlife habitat. Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission).


Battling Green Invaders -- Identifying and Removing Invasive Plants from your Property

Saturday, May 18, 2-4 pm

Creating a wildlife-friendly yard entails restoring it to native species and that means removing invasive plants. If you find yourself asking, “Which plants are invasive?” or “How do I remove invasive plants?” this beginner level class is for you. Using examples from the Nature Center’s gardens and grounds, Natural Areas Manager Olivia Espinoza will provide tips and tricks for battling those invaders. Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission).


Garden Design: Using Native Plants to Create a Visually Appealing Deer-Resistant Garden

Saturday, May 25, 2-4 pm

Get advice on your native plant garden plan from a landscape designer who’s also an expert in deer resistance. Using photos and sketches of your garden, we’ll look at ways to create a deer resistant garden with native plants that is also stylish and well designed. Explore native plants in the grounds and look at incorporating timeless design techniques to refine your native garden bed with guidance and critiques from the teacher. Ask questions about plant performance and plant choices. Leave with a clear direction on how to make improvements for your landscape bed. Preregistration required. Members $10; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission).


Certified Interpretive Guide Course

Tuesday-Friday, July 16-19, 8:30-5 pm

Join certified interpretive trainer Jason Neumann for a four-day course about techniques and tips for effectively interpreting information to people in a way that is personally relevant and engaging. If you work for, or hope to work for, a nature center, museum or other organization where docents and guides are used, this training is for you. Also relevant for high school teacher and college professors who want to better inspire and engage their students. Curriculum, certification and registration are through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). $380 for non-NAI members (includes instructor fee, one-year membership, certification fee, course materials). Preregistration required. More info available at: