Caldwell Nature Center School Programming

Caldwell Nature Center School Programming

430 West North Bend Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45216 (Carthage/Hartwell). Naturalist Olivia Canada, 513.761.4313 or olivia.canada@cincinnati-oh.gov


Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: Pre-K – 4

This interactive program focuses on the everyday life of an Ohio Native American child in the late 1700’s, including food, clothing and shelter. Children experience daily life skills, pictographs, games and stories. The hike stresses Native Americans’ historic uses of forest resources.

Note: To include daily life style activities, program must run a minimum of 2 hours.


Season Available: February Grade Level: Pre-K – 5

Experience how Sugar Maple trees produce sap and why it is collected for syrup only during this brief season. Watch us collect the sap and cook it down. Taste maple sap in three stages of production. The basic program is one hour in length with half taking place outdoors.

An extended program for grades K – 5 that lasts up to 3 hours, including a 30 minute lunch break, includes the basic program plus *a hike to tap a Maple tree *an interactive demonstration of Native Americans’ use of maple sap *science experiments and additional hands-on activities. Half of the extended program occurs outdoors.


Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: Pre-K – 6

Participate in an interactive introduction and an exploratory creek hike to find Cincinnati’s famous fossils. A two hour program for Pre-K through Kindergarten covers fossils only. Grades 1 and older investigate geologic processes such as rock formation, soil types, weathering and other forces, past and present, that shape Cincinnati.


Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: K – 2

Discover the differences between living and non-living things as we learn how plants and animals interact with their physical environment. We investigate the basic needs of organisms, how their habitat fill those needs and the important role of adaptations. During the hike, children explore three different local habitats.


Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: 3 – 8

Everything is connected! Study how organisms survive in their ecosystem and how the energy all organisms need flows through the system. As children explore food chains and food webs, they discover what roles everyone plays in a n ecosystem and that everything is important.


Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: 3 – 6

Children investigate the unique role of plants as producers of food through photosynthesis. A hike can include plant life cycles, pollination, seed distribution, how plant structures are related to function and interactions between plants and animals. Fall programs can include leaf collections and the use of classification keys.


Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: 2– 6

A lively series of demonstrations introduces children to how air, water and heat produce Earth’s weather. Children learn how to read a weather map. They perform experiments introducing air pressure, convection currents, and how different types of clouds bring different types of weather. On the hike, we look for the effects of weathering and erosion and measure temperature in various locations.

The programs listed below are available year-round at most Nature Centers. Their content and presentation styles can be modified for children of all ages


Nature reinvents itself with each changing season. These hikes and programs explore and explain the changes and phenomena associated with the particular season of your visit. Included are these favorite topics: Why leaves change color and fall in autumn; How animals prepare for or survive winter; spring flowers; pollination, and bird migration.


Learning to identify and appreciate local wildlife opens doors to understanding the natural world and how humans and wildlife interact. Most programs use a combination of taxidermy mounts and small live animals (snake, turtle, toad). The emphasis can vary to suit your needs and objectives.


Planning a unit on birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees, or wildflowers? A Naturalist program can bring it to “life” with taxidermy or mounted specimens, slides, lore and information, and hands-on exploration in a park or other natural area.


How do plants and animals become endangered? What animals are endangered in Ohio? What are people doing about it? A Naturalist talk with hands-on games and activities answers these and other questions.