Explore Nature! Winter Programs & Events

 

Family Science Night
Sat., January 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm 
 Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods
Science is everywhere…from the ground to the sky above!  Become amateur astronomers viewing the stars in our telescope outside (clear skies permitting) then explore chemistry and other forms of science indoors through rotating stations. Some stations allow families to do experiments on their own while others have you assisting as the audience with a group demonstration. Meet at the Nature Center.  Fee: $15 per family (up to 4 children and 1-2 adults) or $5 per person. Paid reservations are required by Jan. 5 by calling 761-4313 or emailing olivia.canada@cincinnati-oh.gov.

Homeschool: Outdoor Winter Survivor Camp for Ages 9  – 13
Wed., January 11, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm  Caldwell Nature Preserve
Do you have what it takes to be a Winter Survivor? Find out as we master techniques in fire building, maintaining a fire and the camp fire cooking of desserts such as a banana boat and an orange kiss. A pill bottle survival kit is the make and take project.  Adding to the fun, campers race against other teams to complete an orienteering course in the shortest period to time.  As much as possible, activities occur outdoors. Dress in layers and warm clothing for the cold weather. Pack a hot dog, snacks and a drink with your lunch. Space is limited.  Fee: $25 per camper. Register online after Dec 1 at:  For more information, email Olivia.canada@cincinnati-oh.gov or call 761-4313 by January 9.
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The Secret Life of Stars
Friday, January 13, 7:00 – 8:00 pm 
 Wolff Planetarium, Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods
Twinkle, twinkle, little star… how I wonder, what you are.  Well, now we know, and you can too!  The big ones live fast and die young.  Some… eat their neighbors. While others… go out with a bang! From nebulas and novae to star formation and more, this show has it all!  Programs are open to adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited.  Meet at the Nature Center.
Fee: $5 per person.  Pre-registration required; call 751-3679 for paid registration and more information.

Wildflower Society Lecture Series
Friday, January 13 from 7:30 – 9 pm  – Avon Woods
Eavesdropping on Plant Conversations  – Dr. Kathryn Morris, Xavier University

Survivor Girls!: Overnight for Junior Girl Scouts – SOLD OUT
January 13 -14, 6:00 pm Friday – 4:00 pm Saturday  Caldwell Nature Preserve
Survivor Girls! Have fun and learn everything a kid needs to know about outdoor skills and fire building!  Girls become expert outdoor explorers as we learn all about what it takes to survive in the woods, safely and comfortably. Together we practice useful skills such as, fire building, using a map and compass, knot tying, basic first aid, as well as knife and fire safety. Our full schedule include nighttime and daytime activities such as hikes, games, crafts and skill building. Fee: $25 per scout and for non-leader adults. Non-refundable, pre-payment required. Special patches provided representing the different skills learned. Troops must bring their own food. Paid reservations are required by Jan. 1 by calling 761-4313 or emailing olivia.canada@cincinnati-oh.gov.

Olaf GO!  Holiday Break Day Camp for ages 5 – 10
Mon., January 16, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm 
  LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve
Winter can be a fascinating time to spend outside in nature. Discover the wonders of snow, snowflakes, and all things frozen with a variety of hands-on activiites!  Olaf leads us on a fun winter hike and becomes the focus of our make and take craft. Campers create their own indoor snowperson and if the weather cooperates, an outdoor snow sculpture! End the day enjoying a scrumptious frozen treat by the campfire.  Meet at the Nature Center.  Fee: $25 per camper.  Online registration begins on Dec 15. Call 542-2909 by Jan. 12 for more information.
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Yoga by Nature
Sat., January 21, 9:00 -10:00 am 
 LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve
Stay warm inside the Nature Center and and discover the benefits of stretching while viewing the quiet beauty of our nature preserve outside. Learn the basic poses while listening to the sounds of nature. Please bring your own yoga mat.  Appropriate for adults and families with children ages 10 and up.  Meet at the Nature Center.  FREE but reservations are required; call 542-2909 by Jan 19 for more information and reservations.

Adventures Under Glass: Preschool Camp at Krohn!
Three Mondays: January 23, 30 & February 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12 pm   Krohn Conservatory
Baby, it’s cold outside! Except at Krohn; where it’s warm and green. Our young campers ages 3 ½ – 5 and Park staff explore a new plant theme each Monday without crowds….Krohn is closed to the public on these Mondays! Scavenger hunts, songs, make and take crafts or projects, games and much more keep the preschoolers engaged and active in this 2 hour camp. Dress your child for the weather; we plan to go outside too!
Monday, January 23rd theme: Winter Birds from Near and Far!
Monday, January 30th theme: Yummy Gifts from Trees!
Monday, February 6th theme: Scavenger Hunt Day!
Fee: $35 per camper.
Paid registrations required by January 19. For more information, email gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov or call 231-8678.
Register online after Dec 15 – 
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Survivor Girls!: Overnight For Brownie Girl Scouts – SOLD OUT
January 27 -28, 6:00 p.m. Friday – 4:00 pm Saturday  Caldwell Nature Preserve
Survivor Girls! Have fun and learn everything a kid needs to know about outdoor skills and fire building!  Girls become expert outdoor explorers as we learn all about what it takes to survive in the woods, safely and comfortably. Together we practice useful skills such as, shelter building, using a map and compass, knot tying, basic first aid, as well as knife safety. Our full schedule includes nighttime and daytime activities such as hikes, games, crafts and skill building. Cost is $25 per scout and for non-leader adults. Non-refundable, pre-payment required. Special patches provided representing the different skills learned. Troops must bring their own food.
Paid reservations are required by Jan. 13 by calling 761-4313 or emailing olivia.canada@cincinnati-oh.gov.

“Frozen” Nature
 Sat., January 28, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Avon Woods Nature Preserve
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the magical power of creating ice? Families can join us as we delve into the winter world of snow and frost – we’ll discover how hail is formed, perform “cool” experiments and even go on an adventure hike looking for our frozen friends. Make and take crafts also included. Come dressed up but also bring a coat, hat and gloves for a good time in the cold!
Appropriate for ages 4 and up. Meet at the Nature Center. Fee: $10 per family (up to 4 children and 1-2 adults). Pre-registration required by Jan. 25. Call 861-3435 for registration or more information.

Homeschool : Maple Sugaring
Wed., February 8, 10:00 am – 12 pm  Caldwell Nature Preserve
Ages 5-7: Enjoy a lively indoor program about the importance of plants and photosynthesis and learn why maple syrup is made only at this time of the year. Go on a hike and tap a maple tree. See how maple syrup is made from tree sap and taste test three different stages of sugar concentration. The program also focuses on the history of maple in North America. Dress to be outdoors half of the program.
Ages 8-12: Enjoy all of the information from the above program PLUS some scientific experiments dealing with density and boiling point. Dress to be outdoors half of the program. Register online by Feb 7.
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Wildflower Society Lecture Series
Friday, February 10 from 7:30 – 9 pm – Avon Woods

The Prairies of Adams County
by Paul Knoop, Aullwood Audubon Center

Backyard Maple 101
Sat., February 11, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 
Caldwell Nature Preserve
Live off the land and learn to make your own maple syrup this winter.  Join in on the fun as we teach the tricks of the trade for making maple syrup at home. Discover what trees to tap, how to collect and cook the sap into syrup. Most of the program is held outdoors. Tree-tapping spouts are available for sale during the program. Meet at the Nature Center.  FREE but reservations are required. Call 761-4313 or email Olivia.canada@cincinnati-oh.gov by Feb 9 for more information and reservations.

Homeschool:  Ravine to Freedom for ages 8 – 15
Thurs., February 16, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm  LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center
Step back in time and walk part of a route used by escaping slaves during the 1850’s. Determine whether or not you have what it takes to attain your own freedom.  Our preserve lies within a series of vitally important escape routes used by slaves during the 1800’s en route to Canada.  A local focus brings the broader history of the Underground Railroad to life.  Call 542-2909 by for more information.  Register online by Feb 15.
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The Stars in Your Eyes
Fri., February 17, 7 – 8:00 pm 
Wolff Planetarium at Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods
Join us for a special evening of romance under the stars.  You’ll hear some of the greatest love stories ever told as we slowly make our way through the seasons.  The Wolff Planetarium… where the stars come to life  The program is open to adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. Fee: $5 per person.  Meet at the Nature Center. Seating is limited; please call 751-3679 for paid reservations.

Maple Magic for Girl Scouts   SOLD OUT
Saturdays in February: 10:00 am – Noon OR  2:00 – 4:00 pm California Woods Nature Preserve

Marian J. and Charles D. Lindberg Nature Center
Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette girl scouts learn the history and mystery of Ohio’s first sweet product, maple sugar! We will tap maple trees, collect sap, and learn how to turn it into that sweet stuff we all know so well. Meet other troops and ages along the way! After all that work, come inside and enjoy some pancakes, sausage and real maple syrup.

 Ravine to Freedom
Sat., February 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm  LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center
All Aboard!  Step back in time to the year 1853 as we traverse the only “undeveloped local escape route” associated with the Underground Railroad.  Conductors are aware that you are coming and are standing by with lanterns to guide your family through the cold night air to the safety of the next station.  Learn a secret language before setting out on the trail towards freedom and create a craft to remind you of this one of a kind experience.  Meet at the Nature Center. Appropriate for families with children ages 10 and up.  FREE but reservations are required. Call 542-2909 for Feb. 16 for more information and reservations.

Holiday Fun Camp
Mon., February 20, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm 
California Woods Nature Preserve
Be a maple sugar farmer for a day! Let’s tap some trees, haul some sap, and make maple syrup. Learn how maple trees make their sweet sap and how people figured out how to turn that sap into the sweet treat we enjoy today. Taste sap right out of the tree, then enjoy some maple syrup made right here at California Woods! This day of fun also includes games and a craft. Register online at www.cincinnatiparks.com. Email gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov or call 231-8678 for more information.

Homeschool: Cincinnati Skies Planetarium Show
Thurs., February 23, Choose 1 of 2 sessions – 10:00 – 11:00 am/ 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Wolff Planetarium at Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods
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 will include information pertaining to how stars form and function, star types, nebulas, novae and more.  Register online by Feb 22.
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 Maple in Mt. Airy
Saturday March 4, 2017 – breakfast seatings by reservation starting at 9:00 a.m.
Mt. Airy Forest (Oak Ridge Lodge)
Program fee: $8.00 per person (ages 3 and under are FREE), non-refundable.
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 program begins. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, maple syrup, and your choice of beverage (orange juice, milk or coffee). You are given 30 minutes to eat breakfast.
After breakfast, participants head outside to interact with sugar makers from the past and present to learn how trees produce the sugar and how people have tapped into this sweet source over the centuries. Participants visit 4 stations outside of the lodge: At the Maple Tree station learn how the trees make sap (sugar water) 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. Reserve your seat early for this popular event. Call 321-6208 for additional information.
REGISTER HERE .

GET MOVING! Junior Journey Overnight
March 10 -11, Friday – 6 pm;  Saturday – 4 pm  Caldwell Nature Preserve
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.  Fee: $25 per scout and for non-leader adults. Non-refundable, pre-payment required.  Patches are not provided. Troops must bring their own food. Paid reservations required before Feb 24 by calling 761-4313.

Homeschool: A Walk through Walden Woods for ages 7 and up.
Wed., March 15, 10:00 am – 12 pm  Avon Woods Nature Preserve
“All good things are wild and free…”  This year marks the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau and we’reThoreau’n’ a party! Learn more about this author who was a preservationist, poet, and lover of simple living. We’ll take a walk through the woods and work on nature journaling in a serene setting in true Thoreau style, as well as closely explore the elements of the outdoors that inspired him. For more information call 861-3435.

Pancakes in the Woods
Sunday, March 19, 9:00 am –  1:00 pm – California Woods Nature Preserve
Marian J. and Charles D. Lindberg Nature Center
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elebrate the maple season! Enjoy pancakes and sausage grilled by celebrity chefs. Learn about the process and story of maple sugaring. All proceeds benefit California Woods and Magrish Riverlands preserves. Suggested donation: $7 per person. No reservations required. Email gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov or call 231-8678 for more information.

WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Overnight
March 24 – 25, Friday @ 6:00 pm;  Saturday @ 2:30 pm Caldwell Nature Preserve
Get ready to dive in and learn about the substance that makes our Earth unique, Water! Girls earn the “Love Water”, “Save Water” and “Share Water” awards. We also get the scouts and leaders started to earn their “WOW” award on their own. This overnight also includes a night hike and activities inside and outside focusing on the wonders of water. Fee: $25 per scout and for non-leader adults. Non-refundable, pre-payment required.  Patches are not provided. Troops must bring their own food. Paid reservations required before March 10 by calling 761-4313.

 Krohn Conservatory for Homeschoolers for ages 6 – 10
Mon., March 27, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Krohn Conservatory
Enjoy a lively indoor program in Cincinnati’s “rain forest under glass”.  Learn about the importance of plants and photosynthesis, take a tour, and build your own faerie house.  Make a take home garden and watch it come into bloom this spring. Fee:  $25 per person.  Call 542-2909 for information.

Animal Habitats: Junior Girl Scouts  
Tues., March 28, 4:30 – 6:30 pm Caldwell Nature Preserve
Join us at the Nature Center to learn about different animals and their habitats. Participate in exploring, hiking, and investigating the animals that call Caldwell home. Junior Girl Scouts earn the requirements of the Animal Habitats Badge. Patches are not provided. Fee: $5 per scout and chaperone (leaders are free). Space is limited!  Scout leaders should call 761-4313 or email at Olivia.canada@cincinnati-oh.gov by March 24 for more information and paid registrations.

Bellsprout’s Garden: Spring Break Camp for ages 5 – 12
Thurs., March 30, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm – 
LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center
Let’s grow!  It’s spring and time to learn about gardens, composting, and other spring things.  Meet your favorite plant characters and learn about how plants grow as you start your “take home” garden!  Find out about the insects that will visit your garden this summer.  We will sample some tasty plants and even a bug or two.  A hike to the creek hike will help us discover the plants in our forest and wetland.
Fee: $25 per child.Call for more information – 542-2909