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Great Outdoor Weekend

Join us for The Great Outdoor Weekend September 27th - 29th

Great Outdoor Weekend

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.

Campfire on the Bluff Series: Stories and Songs  |  Friday, September 27, 2019  |  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Park Board

Kick-off your Great Outdoor Weekend with a sunset campfire filled with stories and song! Join us at the newly renovated Austin E. Knowlton council ring atop a beautiful, forested bluff in California woods for fire, stories, campfire songs, and fun. This event is adult-friendly, family-friendly, but not stroller friendly as the bluff sits atop a steep set of trail stairs. We are limited by parking and seating space, so please carpool as much as possible. If you can, bring a low camp chair in case we run out of seating. No preregistration required. Call 513-231-8678 or email gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov for more information.

California Woods

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

 

Fossil Fun and Creek Critters  |  Saturday, September 28  |  11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Park Board

Explore Stanbery Creek with us this Great Outdoor Weekend! Get your feet wet, get a little muddy, look under rocks for critters of the past… Fossils! Please wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes (old sneakers, Keens ok). Meet near the playground.

Stanbery Park

2221 Oxford Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45230 | 513-231-8678

 

Women’s Community Walk  |  Saturday, September 28  |  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Hosted by Hey Girl Hey

Join Hey Girl Hey for a Women’s Walk in Beautiful Downtown Cincinnati. This event is woman centered and family-oriented with 2 miles of beautiful downtown scenery. Walk or Ride! Put simply, walking is the single, most powerful thing a woman can do to improve her health. Daily walking dramatically reduces the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease by 50%, diabetes by 58%, and dementia and Alzheimer’s by 50%. Walking also improves mental health with a ~48% risk reduction for anxiety and depression. Beyond weight loss and disease prevention, walking becomes a keystone habit that leads to a cascade of tiny rebellions against disease – eating more vegetables, taking vacations, spending less time alone, getting more vitamin D in nature.

Smale Riverfront Park

166 W Mehring Way Cincinnati, OH 45202 | 513-238-2240

 

Canoeing and Basic Boat Building  |  Saturday, September 28  |  12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Hosted by Camping and Education Foundation in Partnership with Cincinnati Parks

In partnership with the Cincinnati Parks, the Urban Wilderness Program staff of the Camping and Education Foundation lead canoeing, woodmanship, and basic boat building sessions. Drop in anytime; the last canoe session begins at 3:30 PM. Hands-on activities inside of Trailside Nature Center too! Park on Brookline Drive off of Ludlow/Jefferson Ave. Call 513-772-7479 for more information before 9/28.

Cincinnati Parks’ Burnet Woods Lake

3251 Brookline Drive Cincinnati, OH 45220 | 513-772-7479

 

LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center Open House  |  Saturday, September 28  |  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks

Have you ever wondered “Where is LaBoiteaux Woods?” or “Is that building at LaBoiteaux Woods ever open?” Let us answer those questions and more when you visit the hidden nature center found right in your neighborhood. Meet the Naturalist who work there, hear a talk about the animals that live there, take a short guided hike on a trail or use a trail map to explore on your own, make a craft to take home, find out about volunteer opportunities, and learn about the upcoming programs offered at LaBoiteaux Woods and other Cincinnati Parks’ Nature Centers. Animal talks on the hour guided hikes on rough trails on the half-hour. Nature Center is wheelchair and stroller accessible, trails are not. Program is free, no registration required. Appropriate for all ages. Drop-in anytime.

LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center

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

 

Introduction to Caldwell Preserve  |  Saturday, September 28  |  1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Hosted by Caldwell Nature Center Advisory Committee

Take a guided walk through the forested ridges and ravines of Caldwell Nature Center, one of Cincinnati’s little-known gems. Explore the “hidden” natural habitats, discover the pawpaw patch, hear stories of its human history both chivalrous and scandalous, and learn your way around so you can come back and explore on your own. Suitable for all ages but will go up and down some steep hills. Free parking by the Nature Center (entrance off North Bend Rd.) Restrooms are available in the Nature Center before and after the hike. While the hiking trails are not accessible, there is a short paved Wheelchair-accessible trail by the nature center.

Caldwell Nature Center and Preserve

430 W. North Bend Road Cincinnati, OH 45216 | 513-591-1742

 

Introduction to Orienteering  |  Sunday, September 29  |  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hosted by Orienteering Cincinnati and Cincinnati Park Board

Participants will be given a detailed orienteering specific map and instruction, so they may complete an orienteering course (or two).  Orienteering Cincinnati will provide all the equipment needed including timing equipment, maps, and compasses (which will not be necessary).  Participants should wear shoes for walking, hiking or running with good traction and clothing suitable for the weather. Orienteering challenges the mind and body. It is an extremely popular sport in Europe and is gaining serious traction in the United States and Cincinnati.  Orienteering Cincinnati sponsors over 35 events or activities annually providing many opportunities for residents of the Greater Cincinnati area to learn & develop many skills instrumental to orienteering and to being successful in life in general.  Such as planning, analysis, adaptation, execution, and assessment.  It also gets participants out into nature and provides the opportunity to explore green spaces in a way unlike any other. Come learn about this exciting and rapidly growing sport.  There is no cost and you’ll have a lot of fun. Email info@ocin.org for more details.

Mt. Airy Forest

5083 Colerain Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45223 | 513-824-3100

 

Canoeing and Basic Boat Building  |  Sunday, September 29  |  12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Hosted by Camping and Education Foundation in Partnership with Cincinnati Parks

In partnership with the Cincinnati Parks, the Urban Wilderness Program staff of the Camping and Education Foundation lead canoeing, woodmanship, and basic boat building sessions. The last canoe session begins at 3:30 pm. Hands-on activities inside of Trailside Nature Center too! Park on Brookline Drive off of Ludlow/Jefferson Ave. Call 513-772-7479 for more information before 9/28.

Cincinnati Parks’ Burnet Woods Lake

3251 Brookline Drive Cincinnati, OH 45220 | 513-772-7479