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Our Coronavirus Update -- Current as of 02/16/2021

[02/16/2021 10:15 am] Please note that masks are still required in all of our buildings and on our trails when passing others.

[11/09/2020 3:16 pm] Cash is being accepted at the gatehouse. Please note that masks are still required in all of our buildings and when passing others on our trails. 

[10/10/2020 9:50 am] Note for Nonmembers: Cash will not be accepted at the gatehouse. You can purchase advance admission online here or plan to use a credit card upon admission. 

[09/29/2020 3:55 pm] Registration changes October 1, 2020. Starting on October 1, we will no longer require visitors to register to visit Rowe Woods. After careful consideration of member and visitor feedback, reviewing visitation data from the past three years, and our current safety protocols, we are confident that we can continue to provide a healthy place for you to enjoy nature at Rowe Woods without having to register.

During this pandemic, we implemented strict safeguards to help protect our visitors, program participants, and staff from COVID-19. With these protocols in place, we successfully welcomed more than 1,200 children to our summer camps, over 100,000 people on our trails, and hundreds of families to our programs including firefly hikes, bird walks, and Dinner Under the Stars. We are proud of our commitment to safety and we’re determined to continue to ensure your safety while visiting.

We will continue to require masks to be worn when inside all of our buildings at all times. Masks also must be worn outside when you are unable to maintain six-foot distance from others. This includes our programs and when passing people along our trails. We will closely monitor visitation and if necessary, we may revert back to mandatory registration for visitation.

Your support throughout this crisis has been--and will continue to be--vital to our success. Thank you for being a part of our Nature Center family and community. 

[07/28/2020 9:41 am] Statewide Mask Order and Visiting the Nature Center: On July 23, Gov. DeWine issued a statewide mask mandate, requiring individuals to wear facial coverings in public at all times. What does this mean for Cincinnati Nature Center visitors? Visitors must wear a mask:

  • Inside all indoor facilities (Rowe Visitor Center, Krippendorf Lodge, Groesbeck Estate, restrooms).
  • Outdoors, when unable to maintain a six-foot distance from people who are not members of your household. We recognize that our trails are not more than six feet wide. To comply with regulations and to safeguard everyone’s experience, everyone must mask up when passing others on our trails.

[07/01/2020 7:15 am] As of July 1, 2020 the Nature PlayScape is once again open to visitors. Pre-registration is still required to visit Rowe Woods.

[05/31/2020 2 pm] On June 1, 2020, Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods will open to members and non-members. Registration for specific timed visitation slots is required for everyone and there are new protocols and rules in place.  All trails, boardwalks, the Rowe Visitor Center, and The Nature Shop will also be open. Masks will be required to be worn while inside all facilities. Read the full list of rules and register to visit here.

[04/09/2020 4:55 pm] Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails locations are now open in a limited capacity to MEMBERS ONLY. Members must preregister for their visitation day and time. New policies and strict procedures are in place to enforce social distancing. All restrooms, public buildings (including pavilions, picnic areas, cabins, and more) are closed. Read the full list of rules here. 

[04/07/20 8:40 am] Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails remain closed at this time. All programs are canceled through May 1. We continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they occur.

[03/23/20 2 pm]  We make this announcement with heavy hearts. Starting this Tuesday, March 24, through Monday, April 6, in accordance with the intent of Governor DeWine’s Shelter-in-Place Order, we will be closed to help protect the health and safety of our members, visitors, staff, and community at-large. This closure affects both Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails locations. 

Why are we closing when public parks are open? As a non-governmental nonprofit, we do not fall under the public parks exemption. Instead, we—and our staff—fall under the non-essential nonprofit ruling. We cannot come into work to maintain our trails, open our gates, or ensure the safety of our visitors and our land.

We also want to safeguard the health of everyone in our community—visitors, members, donors, staff, and beyond—as much as we can. Right now, that means social distancing and staying at home. It’s hard, but it’s the right choice for everyone around us.

We know how much having our trails open has meant to all of you during the unfolding of this COVID-19 crisis—it’s meant a lot to us, too. We appreciate your understanding and continued support of the Nature Center.

We encourage you to continue to get outdoors within your backyards and neighborhoods and to share your nature discoveries with us. We’ll post at-home nature activities to do and share with you what our now house-bound staff are doing to stay connected to nature during their own time at home on our social media channels. 

As the news unfolds, we will provide you with updates as quickly as possible. Please check here and our website for current information. Stay safe and embrace this time with family and friends.

This crisis will pass, and we'll be so grateful to welcome you back to our beautiful trails. 


[03/18/20 12:22 pm] The Nature PlayScape is CLOSED until further notice. Our trails at Rowe Woods & Long Branch Farm & Trails remain open.

We did not make this decision lightly. We know how much children need engaging outdoor opportunities during this uncertain time. The Nature PlayScape is designed to have many shared materials and elements that encourage children to play together. As such, we feel we must close this space based on current social distancing recommendations. In the coming weeks, please check out our Facebook page for ideas on how to encourage nature play at home.

[03/17/20] To ensure the safety of our members, visitors, and staff, Cincinnati Nature Center is taking the following preventative actions through Sunday, April 5

  • The Rowe Visitor Center will be closed.
  • Trails will remain open.
  • All programs and classes will be cancelled. Refunds will be offered.
  • Staff will be present at Rowe Woods.
  • Long Branch Farm & Trails will remain open to members.

We are taking extra safety precautions, including:

  • Membership cards will be scanned from a distance at the Gatehouse.
  • Public water fountains will not be operating.
  • Restrooms and public areas will be cleaned more frequently in compliance with Center for Disease Control standards.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation. In times like these, which are filled with anxiety and uncertainty, we hope that nature will provide you with peace, tranquility, and solace. 

Please refer to back here and/or our social media for further updates.