Explore Nature test

Explore Nature Fall Events and Programs

Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature! has a mission to educate people of all ages about our relationship with nature, and instill enthusiasm about the natural and historical resources in the Cincinnati Parks system. Then, it will only feel natural to assist in its protection and management!

Have you ever made maple syrup right from the maple tree? Did you know Cincinnati Parks has a planetarium? Or that the simple stone shelters scattered through our parks actually exemplify a variety of architectural influences?

We have so many programs and facilities designed to get you and your friends or family interacting with the abundant nature thriving right in our city. Teachers are encouraged to contact us or view our brochures below, regarding school programs, to enhance lesson plans. Exploring nature is as close as the nearest Cincinnati Park.

Programs

Featured Programs

Scout Programs

Let us help you plan the perfect scouting program for your scouts! Program areas include Nature Study, Ecology, Environment, Science, Local History, Outdoor Skills, and more. From hands-on career experiences to fulfilling requirements of merit badges, we can tailor any program to meet the needs or interests of your group.

Preschool and School Programs

If you would like additional information on Cincinnati Parks’ various types of School Programming and opportunities, please click on the appropriate link below:

If you would like additional information on Cincinnati Parks’ various types of preschool programs and opportunities, please click here. For more information please call (513) 321-6070 or view the full School Programs brochure.

Homeschool Programs

  • Adventures in Homeschool Science Camp (for children 6 – 12 years old)
  • August 28 – September 1 (Mon. – Fri.), 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – LaBoiteaux Woods Preserve
  • Discover your inner scientist as we uncover the mysteries of space, make slime and learn about more about “Grossology” in nature, enjoy close encounters with some feathered friends while investigating the physics of flight and be part of a TREErific day performing experiments on plants. Each day includes a local expert that assists campers with in-depth investigations. Campers are split into age appropriate groups. Active games, projects and other engaging activities are part of the daily schedule.

Register online before August 23. For more information, call 542-2909.

Nature Centers & Preserves

See what our nature centers have to offer! Explore all of the rolling hills, hiking trails, green spaces and community gardens. Interested in reserving a nature center?

Birthday Parties

FOR AGES 5 – 12

*Most weekends are available August 15 – April 15 but call 321-6070 to check on availability during unlisted dates.

For a two hour party at a Nature Center, the Naturalist provides 90 minutes of fun-filled nature activities such as a short hike, hands-on activities, and a simple craft to keep as a memento. Please schedule at least 3 weeks in advance of your proposed dates.

Fee: $150 for up to 10 children; $15 for each additional child.

If more time is needed for the food and gift portion of the party, the cost is $25 for each additional 30 minutes.

TOPICS TO CHOOSE FROM

Creepy Crawly (Insects, Spiders, Reptiles and Amphibians)

*This theme is more appropriate during the Spring and Fall months.

Outside

Bingo hike; Insect Hunt with nets and games such as Creepy Crawly Crunch, Eeek! Spider! or Lemonade will be played.

Inside

“What is an Insect vs Spider” presentation; Live animal presentation and a choice of craft, such as the Turtle Shell Hide or Climbing Spider.

Activities for older participants may include

Quick Frozen Critters game; frog catch craft (an adaptation of the ball in the cup craft); and a deeper investigation on common insects and how to identify them on the hike.

Forest Friends

Outside

Camouflage Hike which will include an activity where two teams take turns hiding and finding different color cut-out rabbits and Forest Friends Bingo. Games include Fox and Rabbit, Camouflage and Animal Catchers.

Inside

Taxidermy and live animal presentation; mammal puppet craft.

Activities for older participants may include

How Many Squirrels Can Live in This Forest and Bat and Moth games outside. Craft for this age group may include the Bat Catch (an adaptation of the ball and cup craft).

Winged Wonders (Birds, Butterflies and Bats)

Outside

Bingo hike; Games such as Birds-n-Worms and Build a Bird relay race.

Inside

Depending on the topic chosen, “How do birds and others fly” presentation, Feather Fun and Build a Bird activity. Craft choices are Butterfly Clothes Pin Craft; Tic-Tac-Toe Birds or Butterfly Suncatchers

Activities for older participants may include

Scavenger Hunt; Migration Headache game; Paper Animal flying contest.

Fantastic Fossils

*not available at Trailside in Burnet Woods or Avon Woods (no creek for fossil hunting).

Outside

Fossil Hike in creek. Game: Fossil puzzle relay race and Trilobite Tag.

Inside

”How did fossils form” presentation; Fossil Bingo and Fossil Wheel Craft.

Activities for older participants may include

Fossil card slap game; Fossil Cootie Craft.

Summer Camps

We’ll hike through forests and fields, explore creeks, make crafts, and play games to learn more about the plants and animals that live right here in Cincinnati. Our award winning camps are run by Explore Nature! staff and summer counselors. These camps vary in topic and age range, but all children participate in active fun centered around local nature topics. Themes and activities vary each summer, so camp is “new” for your child each year!

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