For Kids and Teens

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For Kids & Teens

The following programs are designed to meet the needs of school-age children in a safe outdoor setting. Please register online well in advance of the class start date to ensure placement.

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"Frost" by Holly Webb

Nature in Winter Storytime 

Wednesday, February 28, 10:30-11 am 

Join us in Rowe Visitor Center’s Whittaker Library for a relaxed nature storytime. We'll read chilly weather-inspired nature books and try out simple nature crafts. Perfect for children ages 18 months to 4 years with an adult. No registration necessary for this drop-in program. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate.  

Leprechaun hat with clover on the front.

Lucky Leprechaun Hunt in the Nature PlayScape 

Sunday, March 17, 1–2:30 pm 

Leprechauns are loose in the PlayScape, and we need your help finding them! Search for clues to figure out where the leprechauns are hiding and win a special prize. Ideal for children of any age with an adult caregiver. No registration necessary for this drop-in program. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. 

Hand made fairies.

Fairy Adventure in the Nature PlayScape  

Saturday, March 23, 10–11 am OR 11:30 am–12:30 pm 

Join us in exploring the magic of spring in the PlayScape by crafting your own wand with the help of fairies. Find all the fairies scattered throughout the PlayScape to complete your wand and capture the magic of spring. Perfect for ages 5 and up with an adult caregiver. No registration necessary for this drop-in program. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. 

Pill bug upside down, partially rolled.

Holy Moly Roly Polies! 

Get ready to roll out and meet everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood isopod! Join us as we explore the ground under our feet to find and interact with these cute and active little decomposers! As we roll logs and look for roly polies, we'll also try to spot insects, toads and salamanders. Children need to attend with an adult caregiver. Activities are best suited for children ages 4-10 with an adult caregiver. Our walk includes mild hills and gravel trails. Preregistration is required. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission).  

Young girl looks through binoculars.

Beginner Birding for Families  

We’re going birding and the whole family is invited! From binocular use to identification tips and tricks, we’ll learn the basics of backyard birding in this kid-friendly hike! Each ticket includes an Ohio Department of Natural Resources field guide to common birds in the area. This program is perfect for age 7 and up with an accompanying adult. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).   

Child with muddy hands.

Earth Painting in the Nature PlayScape 

Sunday, April 21, 11 am12:30 pm 

Join us for an Earth Day celebration in the Nature PlayScape! We’ll make our own “paint” with mud and create one-of-a-kind natural paintings. Perfect for ages 5 and up with an adult caregiver. No registration necessary for this drop-in program. Free admission for all for Earth Day Weekend. 

Toddler with her father in the Nature PlayScape.

Wild with My Child: Colorful Potions 

During this self-paced discovery program, young children and their caregivers will explore nature together through multiple senses and outdoor exploration. Meander the trail and create colorful potions to discover the many colors of nature during play experiences. Children need to attend with an adult caregiver. Activities are best suited for children ages 1–3 years. Our walk includes mild hills and gravel trails. Preregistration required. Member adult $5 and member child $5; nonmember adult $11 and nonmember child $11 (includes daily admission). 

Young girl blows away dandelion seeds.

Wonders of Wind in the Nature PlayScape 

Saturday, May 18, 10–11 am 

How do you see the wind? During this playful program, we’ll learn about this seemingly invisible natural phenomenon and how it affects our day-to-day life. We’ll use our senses to tell which way the wind is blowing and create a fun craft to help us “see” the wind. No registration necessary for this drop-in program. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate.