Connect with nature this September and have an Adventure in Cincinnati Parks

Connect with nature this September and have an Adventure in Cincinnati Parks

Fall is right around the corner and a great time to be out volunteering and engaging outdoors in Cincinnati Parks. Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being. Spending time in the outdoors has been found to improve short-term memory, concentration and creativity—while reducing the effects of stress and anxiety. Volunteering on National Day of Service or National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits that come from connecting with nature.


Adventure with Cincinnati Parks during The Great Outdoor Weekend. Hosted by the Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance, the weekend is an annual outdoor events sampler for the Greater Cincinnati region. Children and adults can participate in the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs Cincinnati has to offer. With over 100 events available locally please visit https://www.greatoutdoorweekend.org/events for all program and event details. Check out how you can get involved over the month of September in these great events.


September 11, 2021 – National Day of Service

Register here: https://cincinnatiparks.regfox.com/911-national-day-of-service-2021

Join us for a city-wide day of service to honor those affected by the 9/11 tragedy. Select from volunteer opportunities all over the city.


Saturday, September 25, 2021, 9 am – 12pm – National Public Lands Day

Register Here: https://cincinnatiparks.regfox.com/connect-with-nature-this-september-at-cincyparks

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. Learn more about each location where you can participate – and bring the family! Bring your friends! *Each volunteer must register separately, please share!*


  • Hoffner Park – Mulching tree rings and around playset areas
  • Jergens Park –  Mulching tree rings & playset area
  • Mt Airy Forest – Mulching tree rings & picnic area
  • LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve – Trail clearance/invasive plant species removal
  • Mt. Storm Park – Mulching playset area and tree rings


  • Eden Park at the Playhouse in the Park – Planting new garden & mulching in adjacent areas
  • Eden Park at Fulton Roundabout – Planting, clearing brush along woodlines
  • Eden Park at Hinkle Garden – Trail clearance & mulching
  • Hauck Botanical Garden – Planting & mulching gardens
  • Burnet Woods – Litter removal


  • Ault Park – Heekin Overlook45208, Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout Trail clearance & habitat restoration
  • Ault Park – Cherry Tree Groves45208, Hyde Park/Mt.Lookout Trail clearance & habitat restoration
  • Ault Park – Observatory entrance45208, Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout Trail clearance & habitat restoration
  • Bettman Nature Preserve – Garden maintenance, planting
  • California Woods Nature Preserve – Invasive species removal of Amur honeysuckle

Engage & Adventure: Great Outdoor Weekends and “Story Times in Your Parks”

International Children’s Day  |  Saturday, September 25   |  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Cincinnati USA Sister City Association (CINUSCA) is delighted to partner with Cincinnati Parks and USA Balloonatics to celebrate Cincinnati’s first ever, International Children’s Day. Celebrate the children of the world and the culture and heritage of our neighbors and friends from around the globe. Festivities include a parade, food trucks, cultural entertainment, and more! CINUSCA is connected to nine cities around the world through the Sister City Program. They include Liuzhou, China, Gifu, Japan, Kharkov, Ukraine, Munich, Germany, Harare, Zimbabwe, Nancy, France, New Taipei City, Taiwan, Mysore, India, and Amman, Jordan. Enjoy the family friendly festivities and learn more about our global connections right here at home. Registration is not required for this event.

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks/Cincinnati USA Sister City Association

Trailside Nature Center

3251 Brookline Drive | Cincinnati, OH 45220 | (513) 751-3679


Storytime with a Naturalist & Cincinnati Hamilton Co. Public Library |  Saturday, September 25   |  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Register Here: https://explorenature.regfox.com/great-outdoor-weekend-storytime-with-a-naturalist

Storytime in the Picnic Grove – Nature themed book reading, music sing-along, and a simple craft with our Cincinnati Parks Naturalist staff & CHPL staff. Afterward stay to enjoy the story walk around the field, hike & explore LaBoiteaux Woods on your own. Online registration for this event is required by September 21st. For more information, please call 513-542-2909 or email lara.wardlow@cincinnati-oh.gov. All outdoors. Severe weather cancels event.

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks, Explore Nature! and Cincinnati Hamilton Co. Public Library

LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve

5400 Lanius Lane | Cincinnati, OH 45224 | (513) 542-2909

California Creek Crawl  |  Saturday, September 25   |  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Register Here: https://explorenature.regfox.com/great-outdoor-weekend-creek-crawl

Celebrate Great Outdoor Weekend with us by exploring Lick Run Creek. Look for wildlife (macroinvertebrates) and signs of very ancient wildlife (fossils) at the same time! Wear sturdy, closed toed shoes for this fun yet muddy exploration. Severe weather, thunderstorms, or high wind advisory cancels this event. For more information, please call (513) 231-8678 or email gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov.

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks, Explore Nature!

California Woods Nature Preserve

5400 Kellogg Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45230 | (513) 231-8678


Intro to Orienteering  |  Sunday, September 26   |  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Register Here: https://www.ocin.org/events.php

In partnership with the Cincinnati Parks, Orienteering Cincinnati is offering free “try it” orienteering courses. This sport that combines problem solving, navigation and fitness. Each person competes at their own pace. Families with young children often walk courses together to teach them along the way. Start any time between 11am – 2pm. Drop-ins welcome. Follow the “orienteering” signs and meet at the Stone Steps Pavilion. For more information, emailinfo@ocin.org.

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks/Orienteering Cincinnati

Mt Airy Forest, Stone Steps Pavilion

1500 Stone Steps Ridge Rd. | Cincinnati, OH 45223 | (513) 405-1426


Get “Wild” at Rapid Run Park |  Saturday, September 25   |  1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Join us for stories, songs, and activities about trees. For children ages 3-6 with a caregiver. No registration needed.

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks, Cincinnati Parks Foundation and Cincinnati Hamilton Co. Public Library

Rapid Run Park, Shelter

4450 Rapid Run Rd. | Cincinnati, OH 45205

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