California Woods Nature Preserve

Closed due to Flooding

  • California Woods is closed due to flooding (California Woods gate closes when the Ohio River reaches 48′)

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We apologize, but in order to help preserve nature this preserve doesn’t allow access to any dog family members.

With its 113 acres of forest and year round education programming, California Woods Nature Preserve offers something for all nature lovers. The park features 53 species of trees, more than 200 species of herbaceous plants and adjacent to the Magrish Preserve, a designated Important Birding Area. Lick Run Creek passes through this preserve, and is home to kingfishers, snapping turtles, small fish, myriad invertebrates and the occasional visit from grebes, mallards, wood ducks and beavers.

On one of California’s hiking trails, look for pileated woodpeckers and even great horned owls among the tall sycamores. A butterfly and hummingbird garden is located directly in front of the nature center. *No Pets Allowed at this Preserve*


California Woods & Nature Center

5400 Kellogg Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45230

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!

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.

Nature Center Programming

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

For more information please call (513) 321-6070 or view the full School Programs brochure.

Calendar of Events


Public Art

The nature center was built in 1938 as a pool house consisting of the two-story center section. Over the years the building came to be used as a day camp and is now a nature center. A second floor was added in 1950, the east wing in 1968 and the front deck in 1987. Despite all the alterations, the building still reflects the Modern approach taken by original architects Hubert M. Garriott & John W. Becker. The pool was filled in to create a parking lot in the early 1990s.

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