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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Conservation Changemakers 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 

Did you miss the program? Click here to watch it!

Wednesday, October 19, 7-8 pm 

Nicole Jackson, Environmental Educator and Founder of Black in National Parks Week

Did you miss this program? Click here to watch it! 

Wednesday, November 9, 7-8 pm

Priya Nanjappa, Toad Scientist and Vice President of Conservation Programs at National Parks Conservation Association

Did you miss this program? Click here to watch it!

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 is required for these programs presented on the Zoom platform. Free for member adults and nonmember adults. 

Image of book cover "Saving Us"

Book Discussion Group: 

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World 

Tuesdays, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, and December 6 and 13, 10-11:30 am

Book discussions are a great way to meet others who share your concern about an issue. Join volunteer and Nature Center member Jennifer Goldschneider to discuss Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Katharine Hayhoe. It is an optimistic view on why collective action is still possible—and how it can be realized. Participation is free for members though you need to provide your own copy of the book; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. Space is limited to 10 people. To participate, contact Connie O’Connor at

Wild persimmons ready for jamming

Make and Take Persimmon Jam

Sunday, December 11, 1:30-3:30 pm - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, December 17, 10 am-12 pm - SOLD OUT!

Create unique, soulful holiday gifts in a give back conservation experience. Each registration includes three canned and finished 4 fluid ounce jars of persimmon jam, perfect for unique holiday gift giving. Preregistration is required for all participants. This program is designed for adults or interested youth ages 12 and up with an adult/caregiver. Member adult $20; nonmember adult $30 (includes daily admission).

Animal tracks on a snowy bank of a pond.

Beginner Tracking ID (Online)  

Who goes there?! Join us for a lively evening of learning about the most common animal tracks we are likely to see in Ohio forests. This class will include beginner track identification and tracking methods. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10.  

Cardinal perched on a snowy branch

Christmas Bird Count  

Shake off the holiday humbug as you head outdoors for the nation’s longest-running citizen science bird project. You will be part of a team that counts every bird seen, so the more eyes, the better! No experience necessary. Preregistration required. Member adult free; nonmember adult free. 

Snow prairie in the morning fog at Long Branch Farm and Trails

New Year’s Day Perimeter Hike at Long Branch Farm & Trails 

Start the first day of 2023 on the trails! Explore the outer edges on this 4+ mile hike at Long Branch Farms & Trails. Experience the quiet winter landscape and learn a bit about the history of the land on this fun hike. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

A mug of steaming hot coffee

Winter Sunrise Hike, Coffee, and Treats 

Kick off the first Saturday in 2023 with a beautiful winter morning hike! We’ll hit the trails as daylight breaks and see the quiet forest and winter wildlife start the day. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

Great Blue Heron hunting in a snowy pond.

How Do Birds Survive Winter? (Online) 

Winter can be harsh, but our local feathered friends have many interesting ways to survive. Learn about the cold-weather strategies used by different groups of birds in this online program. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10.  

Two young raccoons watch the photographer

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course, Winter (Online) 

This all-online format with live instructors is great for people who don’t have the time or ability to drive to the Nature Center for in-person classes. Enjoy the same quality speakers from the comfort of your home. Available to adults and mature teens 16 and up. Preregistration required. Application deadline is December 27. $270 for the full course, including all reading materials, certification fee with The Ohio State University, and online instruction. 

Great Horned Owl sitting in snowy pine tree

Bird Walk 

Start your weekend off right by joining our friendly birding group for a winter walk. The cold season is the perfect time to sharpen existing birding skills as the leaves are off the trees and birds are easier to spot! Beginners welcome. Preregistration required. Member adult free; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

Maple sugar tap in tree, over metal bucket

Maple Sugaring (Online) 

“Tap” into the origins of this unique, local, and native food! Explore the history of maple sugaring, learn about the syrup-making process, and discover foodie secrets. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10. 

A drop plops into water creating a ripple.

The Ripple Effect (Online) 

January 23-March 6, 2023 

Are you wondering what actions you can take to impact conservation, or if one person can make a difference? Just as one drop in a pond creates ripples, your actions can inspire waves of positive change for people and nature. This self-paced online course will show you how. Preregistration required by January 18. Member adult free; nonmember adult free. Donations welcomed! 

Maple tap dripping sap

Maple Date Night: A Taste through Time 

Love is in the maple-scented air at Rowe Woods! During this maple tasting experience, we’ll tap into how people’s love for maple syrup has changed through time as we savor foods and stories. Preregistration required. Member couple $55; nonmember couple $75. 

White-tailed rabbit profile

Making Peace with Deer and Rabbits in your Native Garden (Online) 

Using perspectives of naturalist, farmer, and forager, we’ll explore how our garden design and maintenance choices can affect our success with plants when you know you have deer and rabbits. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10. 

Woodcock foraging in the mud

Woodcock Walk 

Date is TBA 

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. CLICK HERE to be added to the notification list. When the time looks right, we will email you 24-48 hours ahead. Preregistration required. Member adult $6; nonmember adult $16 (includes daily admission).