Explore Nature! Fall Programs and Events

Public Programs

Campfire on the Bluff – SOLD OUT
Fri., November 18, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. — California Woods Nature Preserve

FREE! Meet live owls and learn about the night time forest and lore while enjoying a
roaring fire on a beautiful bluff in California Woods! Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and
cook a s’more. There is a short but steep luminaria-lit hike up to the bluff. This program is
FREE, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. This event is sponsored by the
California Woods Advisory Council. Call 231-8678 by Nov 16 for registration information.

A Glimpse into the Past: The First Thanksgiving
Sat., November 19, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve
The table has been set and the harvest is in. Discover the truth behind America’s first
Thanksgiving celebration and explore how this iconic holiday has changed over the past
395 years. Create a turkey call, try your hand at cursive with a feather quill pen, and enjoy
games that pilgrim children would have engaged in. Enjoy a nature scavenger hunt with
your family designed to help you find all the fixings for the big meal.
Fee: $5 per person or $15 per family (up to 4 children and 1-2 adults). Appropriate for
families with children of all ages. Call 542-2909 by Nov. 16 for registration information.

Harvest Day
Wed., November 23, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Avon Woods Nature Preserve
On this Thanksgiving Eve, join us to celebrate the fall harvest, learn about local
Native American tribes and their culture. Make a charming craft to take home.
Pack a lunch and drink, and dress for the weather. For ages K-3rd grade.
Fee: $15 per child with a $3 administrative fee.
Register online by Nov. 21

Homeschool Programs

Cincinnati Park Naturalists provide a local resource for homeschooling families through weekday natural history and science programs that are educational and encourage hands-on learning. Join other homeschoolers for fun and learning!  Register online at: https://parks.cincyregister.com/homeschoolfall16  for the programs listed below.

A PIONEER EXPERIENCE FOR AGES 9 – 13  Thursday, November 10 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – California Woods Nature Preserve
5400 Kellogg Avenue, 45230 (Mt. Washington/Anderson Twp.)
How did pioneer children and families live in the early 1800’s? Learn how children and families lived in 1803 the year of the Louisiana Purchase and Ohio’s statehood. See how lifestyle challenges, religion, and traditions help shape Cincinnati. Play an “Oregon Trail” style game and make choices and “purchases” for your interactive journey west. On your trek, encounter characters such as a school teacher and medicine woman. Bring a lunch with a drink and dress for the weather. Adults assisting children with program activities are not charged the fee.

CINCINNATI SKIES AT THE WOLFF PLANETARIUM
FOR AGES 5 AND UP
Thursday, December 8 –  10 – 11 a.m.  OR  1 – 2 p.m.
(Choose only one session; program activities repeat) Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods
3400 Brookline Drive, 45220 (Clifton)
Experience the oldest planetarium west of the Allegheny Mountains. Discover stars, constellations, galaxies and more. Learn the stories behind Orion, the Big and Little Dippers and many other constellations in the night time sky. The program includes information pertaining to how stars form and function, star types, nebulas, novae and more.

Scout Programs

Hike Badge!
Sun., November 7, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. — LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve
Cub Scouts, Brownies and Tenderfoots can complete requirements to help earn their Hiker belt loop
and badges. Create first aid kits and go on an adventurous hike filled with scenarios that will challenge
your knowledge and skills. Fee: $6 per scout and chaperone (leaders are free). Bring a snack and drink.
Scout leaders should call 542-2909 by Nov. 3 for reservations.

Outdoor Adventurer for Brownies
Fri., November 18, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. — Avon Woods Nature Preserve
Get ready to explore the great outdoors! Join us as we play a survival game, try exciting outdoor challenges,
learn how to tie knots and use a bandana as well as help improve our local forest ecosystem.
Fee: $5 per scout with up to two free leaders. Call 861-3435 by Nov. 15 for more information and paid registrations.
GET MOVING! Journey Junior Girl Scout Overnight

November 18 -19, Fri. 6:00 p.m. to Sat. 4:00 p.m. — Caldwell Nature Preserve
Get girls energized about this journey! Scouts earn the Energize Award and Investigate
Award. We also help them get started with their leaders on a project to earn the Innovate
Award. This overnight features different energy experiments indoors and out. Patches are
not provided. Troops must bring their own food. Fee: $25.00 per scout and for non-leader
adults. Call 761-4313 by Nov. 3 for more information and paid reservations.


CINCINNATI PARKS’ 2017 MAPLE MAGIC FOR GIRL SCOUTS – SOLD OUT
WELCOME ALL: Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts!

Saturdays in February, 2017 at the Marian J. and Charles D. Lindberg Nature Center
in California Woods Nature Preserve 

5400 Kellogg Avenue, 45230 (Mt. Washington / Anderson Township)

Learn the history and mystery of Ohio’s oldest sweet……Maple Sugar!  We will tap maple trees, collect sap and learn how to turn it into the yummy stuff we all know so well. Meet other troops and ages along the way! After all that work, come inside the center and enjoy some pancakes, sausage and real maple syrup.
These programs fill very quickly so reserve your spot early. Please only choose one program date and time; programs are identical.
Cost is $8 per person which includes girls scouts, scout leaders and chaperones. There is a $3.00 administrative fee (per order, not per person). Paid reservations required.
For more information, please call (513) 231-8678.

Register Here!