American Heritage Girls
Magic Forest Halloween Hikes
Who: Daisy, Brownie, Young Juniors
Location: Caldwell Nature Center, 430 West North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45216
Date: October 20 and 21, 2017
Time: Hikes start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Hikes leave at 15 minute intervals. Each lasts about
Register Here Call (513) 321-6070 for more information.
Fee: $6.00 per person. There is a $3.00 administrative fee per transaction; so sign up the full troop
and family members during one transaction.
This is a family friendly and Halloween – alternative fun event! Girls and family members walk through a pumpkin-lit trail meeting costumed characters from nature and history. This is a non-scary holiday walk best suited to girls aged 5-10 years.
Holiday Crafts Workshop
Who: All Scout Levels
Location: LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center, 5400 Lanius Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45224
Dates: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. OR 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Register by: Call (513) 542-2909.
Fee: $6.00 per scout and non-leader adults. Non-refundable, pre-payment required.
Bring the scout troop to enjoy crafts made with natural materials as we warm up inside the nature center by the fire. Nature provides all the media necessary for creating amazing craft; you provide the creative touches. Please choose only one session to attend. Registration and payment due by 12/13
Maple in Mt. Airy
Who: All Scout Levels
Location: Oak Ridge Lodge, Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: Seating starts at 9:00 a.m. and go every half hour until noon. Entire program lasts 1 ¼ hours.
Fee: $8.00 per person. There is a $3.00 administrative fee per transaction; so sign up the full troop and family members during one transaction.
Online registration opens November 1, 2017. Call (513) 321-6070 for more information.
This event is perfect for scouts, organized groups and families of all ages! A free pancake breakfast is provided in Oak Ridge Lodge before your adventure begins. After breakfast, participants head outside to visit 4 stations and meet with sugar makers from the past and present. Discover how trees produce the sugar at the Maple Tree station and stop by the Evaporator station to discover how we turn the sap into syrup. The Native American station will delight you with small samples of pure maple sugar while the Pioneers will warm your mouth with a taste of maple tea. Yum….lots of tasting! The program including breakfast takes approximately 1.25 hours.
Pancakes in the Woods
Who: All Scout Levels
Location: California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45216
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2018
Time: Breakfast sating starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.; first come, first serve.
Register by: No reservations required. Call 231-8678 for more information.
Fee: Suggested donation of $7.00 per person on the day of the event.
Celebrate the maple season! Enjoy pancakes and sausage grilled by celebrity chefs. Learn about the process and story
of maple sugaring. Ongoing demonstrations, make and take projects and hands-on activities during the event. Due to limited parking, a van shuttle is often used for overflow parking areas. All proceeds benefit California Woods and Magrish Riverlands Preserves.
General Programming Information (Nature Study; Ecology; Science; Local History; Outdoor Skills)
Let us help you plan the perfect scouting program for your girls! Program areas include Nature Study, Ecology, Environment, Science, Local History, Outdoor Skills, and more. We can tailor any program to meet your badge requirements.
Weekday After-School Programs at Our Nature Centers or Neighborhood Parks: Up to two hours in length depending on arrival time. Fee: $5 per scout & chaperones; primary leaders are FREE. An additional fee may be charged for program/craft materials. Minimum fee equivalent to 15 scouts/paying adults. Fee does not include patches/badges.
Weekday After-School Outreach Programs at Your Facility:
Depending on the facility resources, we may not be able to complete badge activities such as hiking, habitat investigations, etc. Activity details should be discussed with the Naturalist before confirming the program. Within City Limits: Up to two hours in length depending on starting time. Fee: $75 for the first 30 – 60 minute program. $25 for additional programs (same topic, location, day). An additional fee may be charged for program/craft materials. Fee does not include patches/badges.
Out of City Limits: All of the above plus an additional fee may be charged for mileage..
Half or Full Day Programs at Our Nature Centers: From 3 – 5 hours in length depending on arrival time.
Fee: $15 – 25 per scout & chaperones; primary leaders are FREE. Minimum fee equivalent to 15 scouts/paying adults. Fee does not include patches/badges. These programs can be scheduled on weekdays during school breaks (but not on national holidays). Weekends are limited due to public programs and special events; call our main office at 321-6070 for staff availability.
Many public weekend programs are related to badge work but are best suited for registration by individual girls & their families. All require pre-registration and may have a fee. Check our website at www.cincinnatiparks.com for the current list of programs.
American Heritage Badges Offered:
The following are activity requirements that can be provided by our Naturalist staff in these 3 Frontier Skills: Our Heritage, Science & Technology and Outdoor Skills. Most of these activities are appropriate for Tenderhearts and Explorers but adjustments to the program can include girls in the Pathfinder, Pioneer and Patriot levels. Please contact the Nature Centers listed below regarding scheduling and questions.
Caring for My Environment
Camping (requires advanced notice and scheduling with our Main Office at 321-6070)
Canoeing (available only at Trailside)
Fishing (available only at Trailside)
Freedom Seekers (available only at LaBoiteaux)
Gardening and Plant Science
Insect – Inspect – a
Native American (available only at LaBoiteaux or Caldwell)
Nature & Wildlife
Our Feathered Friends
Pioneers; Early Settlement of Cincinnati (available only at California)
Space Exploration (available only at Trailside)
Avon Woods Nature Center 4235 Paddock Rd. (Paddock Hills/Avondale) 513-861-3435
- Provides hikes and activities in nature, study local wildlife, outdoor skills and science topics such as weather. After school programs can be designed to meet scout badge requirements for all levels.
Caldwell Nature Center 430 West North Bend Rd. (Carthage/Hartwell) 513-761-4313
- Provides hikes and activities in nature, study, local wildlife, Ohio Native Americans, geology, outdoor skills, weather and stream studies. Special programs: Scout Overnights, Maple Sugaring (February only). After school programs can be designed to meet scout badge requirements for all levels.
California Woods Nature Center 5400 Kellogg Ave. (California/ Mt. Washington) 513-231-8678
- Provides hikes and activities in nature, study local wildlife, Ohio pioneers, outdoor skills and science topics such as weather and stream studies. Special programs: Maple Surgaring (February only) and Green Up Day. After school programs can be designed to meet scout badge requirements for all levels.
LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center 5400 Lanius Lane (College Hill/ Northside) 513-542-2909
- Provides hikes and activities in nature, study local wildlife, outdoor skills, compass and map skills and Native American life. Special Program: Local history of the Underground Railroad. After school programs can be designed to meet scout badge requirements for all levels.
Trailside Nature Center and Wolff Planetarium, 3400 Brookline Drive (Clifton) 513-751-3679
- Provides hikes and activities in nature, study local wildlife, and outdoor skills. Special Programs: Planetarium shows and fishing or canoeing on Burnet Woods Lake. All programs are designed to help meet scout badge requirements for all levels.
Other Cincinnati Parks – Naturalist programs can be scheduled in most Cincinnati Parks. Contact the Nature Center closest to the specific park.
Tours of Krohn Conservatory 1501 Eden Park Dr. (Eden Park) 513-352-4080 ext. 21
- Tours available through the showroom, desert, tropical and orchid rooms of the greenhouse during the weekdays of Monday- Friday. Admission fee is charged.
Call our Main Office at the Bettman Center (321-6070) regarding these opportunities:
- Community Service Projects: Centers can provide these for troops of all ages.
- Volunteering Opportunities are available for troops or individuals at special events.
- Hiking Trails: at regional parks and the Nature Centers. Trails range from the very short up to 10+ mile LaTrainee de L’Explorateurs in Mt. Airy.
- Outdoor Scouting Overnights: at regional parks and the Nature Centers.