Things to Do

For Adults

All programs require preregistration and follow Cincinnati Nature Center's COVID Program Safety Protocol.  Please register online well in advance of the class start date to ensure placement. 

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Meet the Artist: Ralph Tyree 

Join us for a presentation by photographer Ralph Tyree. Ralph’s work perfectly captures the beauty of nature— bringing viewers into the scenery by reflecting the mood, feeling, and spirit of the moment. Ralph is our featured artist for our photography exhibition, Nature in Focus. His visual presentation will be followed by the exhibition's reception. Preregistration required. Member adult free; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

elderberries hanging from bush

Make and Take: Elderberry Syrup Making at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Friday, August 19, 6-7:30 pm

Humans have used elder for thousands of years. Working in community and taking cues from nature, you’ll learn by doing as you help harvest ripe elderberries from our farmed plots then head back to the barn to destem, wash, and process the berries into elderberry syrup. Preregistration required. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $25 (includes daily admission).

A graphic with a full moon surround by music notes. Underneath the image it says "Music Under the Moon"

Music Under the Moon

Friday, August 19, 7-10 pm, featuring the Noah Wotherspoon Band — SOLD OUT Please contact registrar@cincynature.org to be added to the waiting list.

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). 

Click here to learn more about each night's featured band. 

A trail goes into deep green woods

A Mindful Walk in the Woods   

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).   

 

Certified Interpretive Guide Training

Learn techniques and tips for effectively interpreting information to people in a way that is personally relevant and engaging. Certification through National Association for Interpretation. Preregistration required. $380 for non-NAI members (includes instructor fee, one-year membership, certification fee, course materials). 

A wood background with Scrabble letters scattered along the top and bottom. The letters in the middle spell out TRIVIA.

Put your skills to the test with Trivia Night at Cincinnati Nature Center! Competing teams will go head-to-head for both bragging rights and prizes in this general knowledge showdown. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $15 (includes daily admission).  

A male Indigo Bunting sits in a tree looking off to the right
Indigo Bunting by Kelly Volz

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). 

A Black woman doing yoga outdoors

Trail Yoga

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). 

Drawing of a Robin's Nest with Two Eggs

Introduction to Scratchboard

Saturday, August 27, 10 am-4pm 

Discover Scratchboard through this introductory workshop with Kathy Conroy. Sometimes called “the art of taking away,” Scratchboard is an art medium that allows for amazing detail but is also surprisingly forgiving and versatile. You'll receive step-by-step instruction and materials as you build your skills; you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time with Kathy Conroy to learn and practice. Preregistration required. Members $100; nonmembers $110 (includes daily admission).

 

Drawing of a Great Blue Heron

Beyond the Basic: Advanced Scratchboard Workshop*

Sunday, August 28, 10 am-4 pm (*Participants must have basic scratchboard skills to attend.)

Expand your basic Scratchboard skills with this workshop focused on advanced techniques. See your artwork come alive with more decorative processes and application of colorful inks! You'll receive step-by-step instruction as you build your skills and have plenty of one-on-one time with our teacher, Kathy Conroy, a signature member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. You'll leave with a work of art! Preregistration required. Members $100; nonmembers $110 (includes daily admission).

Image of sunlight streaming through trees

Forest Bathing at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Sunday, August 28, 1-3 pm

Sunday, September 4, 1-3 pm

Sunday, October 23, 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 woman doing a yoga pose in a forest

Movement in Nature: Four Elements Yoga at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Feel the direct connection to the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water) within ourselves and in nature as we explore each element through different yoga postures and sequences and energetic movement. Fee is per session. Member adult $9; nonmember adult $19 (includes daily admission).  

Book Discussion Group: Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet 

Thursdays, Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 3-4:30 pm -- Email lottmaca@ucmail.uc.edu to join.

This last book by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that there’s one thing we all have the power to change—our mind. Our way of looking, seeing, and thinking determines every choice we make, the everyday actions we take or avoid, how we relate to those we love or oppose, and how we react in a crisis. This is a practical way through anxiety and fear and into a space where we can be of service to our community. You will need to secure a copy of the book. To participate, contact Chris directly at lottmaca@ucmail.uc.edu. Limited spots available. Member adult free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. 

A yellow, full harvest moon rises over tree silhouettes

Harvest Moon Date Night 

Friday, September 9, 7-10 pm  

Forage, feast, and drink under the light of the full moon! Bring a loved one and delight in this one-of-a-kind date night experience. Preregistration required. Member adult $30; nonmember adult $40 (includes daily admission).

A cup of steaming coffee in the sunrise

Sunrise Hike and Coffee 

End the summer with a cool early morning hike, followed by hot coffee. Join us to celebrate the Nature Center’s award-winning trails on a moderate-paced forest hike. On our way, we will take advantage of the early morning wildlife activity and do a little tracking and birding. Preregistration required. Member adult $6; nonmember adult $16 (includes daily admission). 

Photo of an Eastern Bluebird

Fall Bird Walks

The season is changing and so the migration begins! Join our seasoned bird leaders as we hit the trails to observe year-round species and birds who are just passing through. Dress to be outdoors and bring your binoculars. Beginners welcome. Preregistration required. Member adult free; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission).  

A close up of a jumping spider

Weekday Science Lectures 

Natural History presented by Dr. Hedeen 
Tuesday, September 13, 10-11:30 am

Reptiles and Amphibians by Dr. Hoffman
Wednesday October 12, 7-8:30 pm 

Spiders by Dr. Uetz 
Tuesday November 15, 7-8:30 pm 

These lectures alternate times to serve both retirees and working adults. Each session will begin with a tribute to our volunteers and announcements from member action teams, followed by a guest lecture. On weekdays, feel free to bring lunch and go for a hike with experienced volunteers afterwards. On weeknights, feel free to bring your dinner at 6 pm to socialize with staff and/or each other. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist graduates can apply these programs to their continuing education hours. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $15 (includes daily admission). 

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Hoots & Hops  

This popular event features beer tastings from local craft breweries, delectable food bite samples from area restaurants and caterers, self-guided hikes on our trails, interactive educational stations, food trucks, and live music. Member adult $45; nonmember adult $45. 

Common Plants for First Aid at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Saturday, September 24, 4-5:30 pm

In this hands-on class, Lisa Hildebrandt, a student of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, will share three plants she uses regularly in her household: broadleaf plantain, yarrow, and comfrey. Preregistration required. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $25 (includes daily admission).

A photo of Northern Parula

Fall Birding Field Trip: Fernald Preserve  

Join us for an intermediate level birding trip to the Fernald Preserve, one of the most popular birding areas in the Cincinnati region. Our trip will focus on the challenges of identifying fall migrants across a variety of bird groups. Late September is an ideal time to see thrushes, warblers, and vireos migrating south for winter, and early waterfall migrants should be returning. Preregistration required. Member adult $15; nonmember adult $20. 

Conservation Changemaker Speaker Series (Online) 

Wednesday, September 28, 7-8 pm 
The Bug Chicks (Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker), Entomologists, and Educators 
Brandon Reynolds, Environmental Consultant and Founder of B the Keeper 

Wednesday, October 19, 7-8 pm 
Nicole Jackson, Environmental Educator and Founder of Black in National Parks Week 

Wednesday, November 9, 7-8 pm 
Priya Nanjappa, Toad Scientist and Vice President of Conservation Programs at National Parks Conservation Association

Wednesday, December 7, 7-8 pm 
Lyla June, Indigenous Scholar, Musician, and Community Organizer 
Jheri Neri, Founder of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition

Get ready to think about conservation in new and different ways! Be inspired as you hear from compelling speakers who are changing the conversation about our environment, making an impact in their communities, and thinking about how to make nature more accessible and equitable for all. Preregistration required for these programs presented on the Zoom platform. Free for member adults and nonmember adults. 

A water color tray is to the left of the photo, on the right are flowers painted in water colors

Basic Watercolor Painting 

Enhance your artistic skills and spark your creativity as Cynthia Kukla, Emerita Professor of Art, provides a quick overview of how to paint with watercolors outdoors. Then enjoy painting in the garden or at Lotus Pond. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

Heritage Walk: Architecture & Landscape of the Former Krippendorf and Groesbeck Estates 

The Rowe Woods property boasts two estates that are on the National Register of Historic places. Join us for a 2.5-hour docent-led walking tour of both the interior and exterior of the homes built in the early 20th century by Carl Krippendorf and Grace Groesbeck. By exploring architectural style, horticulture, and landscape design, we’ll see the ties between the two families, how they both sought to blend the natural world with the designed human world with influence from the British designer Gertrude Jekyll, and how their efforts set the stage for the property that would become Cincinnati Nature Center. Member adult $20; nonmember adult $30 (includes daily admission). 

 

A photo of Pluto

How to Teach Grown-Ups About Pluto 

Are you mad about what astronomers did to Pluto? Do you still think it’s a planet? Based on his new book, Dean Regas will follow the history of Pluto, how cool a world it is, and why it's not a planet. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission).

A Downy Woodpecker on a block of suet at a feeder

Wild Bird Feeding 101 (Online) 

Kick off the cooler season by adding bird feeding to your yard! Join us to explore the newest techniques in attracting and supporting native birds with bird feeders and native plants. We’ll also discuss what seeds are best suited to our area, and what to do about other wildlife who want to take advantage of the feast. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission).

A photo of a perimeter trail at LBFT in the fall

Autumn Perimeter Hike at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Explore the outer edges on this fun 4+ mile hike at Long Branch Farms & Trails. Experience the fall fauna and foliage and learn a bit about the history of the land on this enjoyable hike. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

An image of greenery and fruit for a wreath

Besties Night: Green Holiday! 

Grab a friend and join us for an evening of greening up the holiday! In this class, we’ll make the holiday season more environmentally friendly with fun hand-printed wrapping paper and natural, pretty door decorations. Wine and beer available for purchase. Lite bites included!  Preregistration required. Member adult $25; nonmember adult $25. 

Elderberry berries over leaves

Native Edible Trees and Shrubs in the Home Landscape (Online) 

Blending aesthetics, value for wildlife, and human food in the home landscape is entirely possible. In this online class, we’ll touch on a range of edible trees and shrubs that are “good for you, good for wildlife,” as well as some “from the forest” planning and management approaches that help us work with nature. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $15.