Explore Nature Winter Programs

 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
Tues., March 28, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm –  Mt. Airy Forest, Oak Ridge Lodge
Let’s grow!  It’s spring and time to learn about gardens, composting, and other spring things.  Meet your favorite Pokémon 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 REGISTER HERE