Program Details

All Great Outdoor Weekend programs for 2015 are listed below. We will be updating this list as more are added so stay tuned!

If you represent an organization, business or school that would like your event to be a part of Great Outdoor Weekend, please register here. Note: All programs are created by members of Green Umbrella, so first be sure to join with a Group membership available online by clicking here.

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Come discover what life lurks beneath the surface of a pond. See turtles, frogs, and salamanders, as well as critters that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. You can take pond water...

Sunday, September 27th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O' Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Anderson Township Park Distict

GeoTrail Launch Event for all ages!
Whether you are an experienced geocacher or new to the adventure, come see what the buzz is all about. The park district is launching a...

Saturday, September 26th
Beech Acres Park
6910 Salem Road
Cincinnati, OH 45230
Drop in from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Boone County Arboretum

Learn all about butterflies and butterfly gardening at the beautiful Boone County Arboretum! Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer horticulture and gardening questions....

Saturday, September 26th
Boone County Arboretum
9190 Camp Ernst Road
Union, KY 41091
Drop in anytime between 12:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Camp Joy

Harvest Fest is a free day open to families to explore Camp Joy. Activities include a ropes course, apple cider making, pumpkin and face painting, hay ride, great food, live music...

Sunday, September 27th
Camp Joy
10117 Old 3-C Hwy
Clarksville, OH 45113
Drop in anytime 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Children's Meeting House Montessori School

This hike is sure to please whether you seek reptiles, amphibians, birds, or bugs. Bring binoculars and your enthusiasm as we hike over a pond, though woods, and by an early...

Saturday, September 26th
CMH Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
This program repeats three (3) times on Sunday: 9:30 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Bring your toddler or preschooler to hear books and learn about butterflies, moths, birds and ladybugs. The lives of these amazing animals will fascinate, entertain, and educate...

Sunday, September 27th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
10:00 - 10:40 am

Please sit by our crackling campfire and enjoy some marshmallows, whether you like them lightly toasted or blackened. Regular and vegan marshmallows provided. Please feel free to...

Sunday, September 27th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
Ongoing activity between 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Use natural objects such as leaves, twigs, flowers, pebbles and feathers to create a unique design on a plain t-shirt or towel. Participants can choose to hike our beautiful...

Sunday, September 27th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
Ongoing activity between 9:30 am - 2:30 pm.

Bring your toddler or preschooler to hear books and learn about Australia's native animals such as the wallaby, kangaroo, platypus, and koala. The lives of these amazing...

Sunday, September 27th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
1:30 - 2:00 pm.

Bring your family to interact with some of Ohio's native animals. Students and alumni of CMH School will have a variety of native Ohio species to touch, hold, and learn...

Sunday, September 27th
Children's Meeting House Montessori House
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Drop in anytime.

Join us in a dynamic presentation with one of Australia's sweetest animals, the wallaby. We will have one adult and one baby wallaby for you to touch and learn about. We...

Sunday, September 27th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Cincinnati Astronomical Society

On Saturday, peer into the center of our Milky Way; take in tremendous views of the remote Andromeda Galaxy and other celestial treasures through our 4 large telescopes. Astronomy...

Saturday, September 26th
Cincinnati Astronomical Society
5274 Zion Road
Cleves, OH 45002
Drop in any time between 8:00 pm - 12:00 am.

Sunday features a Total Lunar Eclipse! You’ll watch the Full Moon slip into the Earth’s shadow, darkening and turning redder minute by minute. A spectacular way to end...

Sunday, September 27th
Cincinnati Astronomical Society
5274 Zion Road
Cleves, OH 45002
Drop in any time between 8:00 pm - 12:00 am.

Cincinnati Museum Center

Learn about mineral properties, how geologists use them to identify unknown mineral specimens and how you can use them to identify your own specimens!

Saturday, September 26th
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45203
Drop in from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Create plantable seed infused paper casts that will bring about beautiful blooms!

Saturday, September 26th
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45203
Drop in between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm

Join us for some fun in the sun in front of Cincinnati Museum Center.  Learn about sun safety and UV light with fun hands-on activities.  (Great Outdoor Weekend...

Saturday, September 26th
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45203
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Bring in what you’ve found in the natural world and tell us what you’ve been able to learn about it for “points” at Nature’s Trading Post. Points can...

Sunday, September 27th
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45203
Drop in from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Explore the forces that act on airplanes while in flight. Learn about the Wright brothers and the first flight of a heavier-than-air craft in 1903.

Sunday, September 27th
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45203
Drop in from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Create plantable seed infused paper casts that will bring about beautiful blooms!

Sunday, September 27th
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45203
Drop in between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm

Cincinnati Nature Center

More than 30 species of native plants are available to turn your yard into an eco-friendly garden for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. All plants are native to the region...

Saturday, September 26th
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Drop in anytime from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Think you’re a master nature fort builder? Come show us your skills in the Nature PlayScape! Drop in during the scheduled time to build your best fort using all natural...

Saturday, September 26th
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Drop in anytime from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Nothing beats the thrill of looking into the eyes of a hawk, owl or falcon! You can see these amazing birds up close as RAPTOR Inc. brings them to you live! Visit them anytime...

Saturday, September 26th
CNC's Rowe Woods
4949 Tealtown Road (513) 831-1711
Milford, OH 45150
Open house style - Drop in any time between 12:00 - 3:00 pm.

What better way to celebrate Great Outdoor Weekend than teaching kids the importance of giving back to the natural places we love? Drop in for an hour of volunteering in the...

Saturday, September 26th
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Drop in from 9:30 - 10:30 am.

During this indoor presentation, Ron Powell from the North American Pawpaw Growers Association will share the history and qualities of North America’s largest native fruit -- the...

Saturday, September 26th
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Presentation starts at 2:00 pm and runs through 3:00 pm.

Join us at our fire pit in the Nature PlayScape to enjoy s’mores and fun! Come help us start the fire at 11:00 am, or drop in any time after that until 1:00 pm. We’ll...

Saturday, September 26th
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Drop in from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

Drop in anytime to learn about Monarch Butterflies' amazing migration to their wintering grounds in Mexico. This program features a range of child-friendly activities as well...

Sunday, September 27th
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Drop in anytime from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join us for a special walk with your aging or ailing dog along the accessible 0.9 mile Discovery Trail. Pet owners will find companionship, comfort, and support while their dogs...

Sunday, September 27th
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Hike will leave promptly at 2:00 pm.

Come see how children learn through experiences at our Cincinnati Nature Center Nature Preschool. Walk through the classroom with your child to see how supporting the Nature of...

Sunday, September 27th
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
2:00 - 4:00 pm.

More than 30 species of native plants are available to turn your yard into an eco-friendly garden for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. All plants are native to the region...

Sunday, September 27th
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Drop in anytime from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Cincinnati Observatory Center

Get outdoors – really outdoors at the Cincinnati Observatory.

We’ll take you to the Moon, the planets, and beyond with views through our many telescopes. Under clear...

Saturday, September 26th
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Drop in anytime between 7:30 - 9:30 pm.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Did you know the Cincinnati Zoo has a farm in Warren County? Part of the land is farmed by Green BEAN Delivery for their home delivery business as well as the Zoo’s animals...

Saturday, September 26th
The Zoo's Farm: EcOhio
2210 Mason-Montgomery Road
Lebanon, OH 45036
Drop in anytime from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Native Plant Sale & Education Booths open from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Guided Hikes of the Wetland take place at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm Animal Appearances may occur from 10:00 - 11:00 am

Civic Garden Center

Stop by the Civic Garden Center's beautiful grounds any time on Saturday to pick up a Scavenger Hunt that will guide you through gardens of all kinds in search of natural treasures. Bring your...

Saturday, September 26th
Green Learning Station
2715 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Drop by anytime between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Take a stroll through our 8-acre park to see a wide variety of plants, gardens, and sustainable features at our Green Learning Station. Stop by during daylight hours for a self-...

Saturday, September 26th
2715 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Drop in anytime between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM

Take a stroll through our 8-acre park to see a wide variety of plants, gardens, and sustainable features at our Green Learning Station. Stop by during daylight hours for a self-...

Sunday, September 27th
2715 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Drop in anytime between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM

Clermont County Park District

The Clermont County Park District is once again partnering with the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality as part of the...

Saturday, September 26th
Sycamore Park
4082 State Route 132
Batavia, OH 45103
9:30 - 11:30 am 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Grab a net and join us as we splash around in the river searching for aquatic insects and other critters. We'll use the bugs we catch to determine how clean the water is....

Saturday, September 26th
Sycamore Park
4082 State Route 132
Batavia, OH 45103
Drop in anytime between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Fernald Preserve

Migrating monarch butterflies are here for only a limited time! They’ll be passing through our area this fall on their way to their ancestral roosts in Michoacán, Mexico....

Saturday, September 26th
7400 Willey Road
Cincinnati, OH 45013
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Migrating monarch butterflies are here for only a limited time! They’ll be passing through our area this fall on their way to their ancestral roosts in Michoacán, Mexico....

Sunday, September 27th
7400 Willey Road
Cincinnati , OH 45013
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Lunar eclipses are some of the most spectacular and easy to view astronomical events. Unlike solar eclipses, which have special safety requirements, a lunar eclipse can be viewed...

Sunday, September 27th
7400 Willey Road
Harrison, OH 45013
Starts at 8:30 PM ends at 11:00 PM

Friends of Big Bone

Tour the trails at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, the birthplace of American Vertebrate Paleontology. Paleontologists, archaeologists, historians, and the Friends of Big Bone...

Saturday, September 26th
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Road
Union, KY 41091
Guided tours begin approximately every 45 minutes. First tour begins at 10:00 AM, last tour begins at 3:00 p.m.

Granny's Garden School

It is a free, old fashion, family, memory-maker kind of event that is perfect for families with young children. There are lots of photo ops, so don...

Sunday, September 27th
Loveland Primary School
550 Loveland-Madeira Road
Loveland, OH 45140
The festival goes from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Great Parks of Hamilton County

Discover the joy and magic of outdoor play. The whole family will enjoy building outdoor homes for fairies, gnomes, insects and small animals. Families or individuals should stop...

Saturday, September 26th
Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Road
Sharonville, OH 45241
Drop in anytime from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Join us for a hike along the Oakleaf Trail where we will explore some of the fascinating folklore associated with the flora and fauna found in our forest.

Saturday, September 26th
Miami Whitewater Forest
9001 Mt. Hope Rd.
Harrison, OH 45030
Hike starts at 10:00 AM and ends approximately at 11:30 AM.

Get outdoors on a search for wildlife in several unique habitats.

Saturday, September 26th
Woodland Mound, Seasongood Nature Center
8250 Old Kellogg Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45255
Hike starts at 2:00 PM and ends around 3:00 PM

You will learn how to identify at least 20 trees during this nature hike! Anyone is welcome from students with projects to tree hobbyists to general nature lovers.

Hikers...

Saturday, September 26th
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
3455 Poole Road (513) 385-4811
Cincinnati, OH 45251
Hikes start at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Learn the basics of birding so you can enjoy it all year round. Young and old will enjoy the hike as we explore the birds of yard and forest. Bring binoculars if you have them.  Meet at...

Sunday, September 27th
Miami Whitewater Forest - Timberlakes Program Shelter
9001 Mt. Hope Rd.
Crosby Township, OH 45030
Hike starts promptly at 1:00 PM and ends around 2:00 PM.

Discover the joy and magic of outdoor play. The whole family will enjoy building outdoor homes for fairies, gnomes, insects and small animals. Families or individuals should stop...

Sunday, September 27th
Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Road
Sharonville, OH 45241
Drop in anytime from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Join the naturalist for this hike and explore the changes of fall. Take in the sights and sounds of it all and see what we can find along our journey.
Meet at Seasongood...

Sunday, September 27th
Woodland Mound, Seasongood Nature Center
8250 Old Kellogg Road
Cincinnati, OH 45255
Hike starts at 2:00 PM and ends approximately at 3:00 PM.

You will learn how to identify at least 20 trees during this nature hike! Anyone is welcome from students with projects to tree hobbyists to general nature lovers.

Hikers...

Sunday, September 27th
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
3455 Poole Road (513) 385-4811
Cincinnati, OH 45251
Hikes start at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Roll your sleeves up and get your hands wet sneaking a peek at the water world of the wetland. Wetlands serve as nurseries for many insect and amphibian species. Participate in collecting and...

Sunday, September 27th
Winton Woods Winton Centre
10245 Winton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231
Drop in anytime from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Greenacres Foundation

Come make a fish print and learn about the ancient practice called "Gyotaku" (fish rubbing). Fish printing originated in Japan or China in the early 1800s to preserve...

Saturday, September 26th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Open House style, drop in any time between 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Come learn about fly fishing! Buckeye United Fly Fishers (BUFF) members will teach you how to tie a simple lure and cast using a fly fishing rod and reel into a target hoop. BUFF...

Saturday, September 26th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Stop by between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

We'll use equipment the pros use to see how healthy the water is in the Little Miami River and learn about Greenacres Saturday Stream Snapshot Citizen Monitoring Program....

Saturday, September 26th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Open House style: Drop in any time between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Izaak Walton League

This is a basic introduction to canoeing. Participants will learn all you will need for a safe canoeing trip including how to select the proper equipment, how to maneuver the...

Saturday, September 26th
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Multiple times throughout day Session 1: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Session 2: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Ever wanted to try your hand at archery? Ever wanted to try your hand at archery? Instructors will show you the proper way to load and shoot arrows at a stationary target....

Saturday, September 26th
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Open House style: drop in any time between 12:00 - 3:00 pm.

Ever wanted to try your hand at sports shooting? This basic introduction session is for beginners with minimal gun handling experience who may be interested in taking a rifle...

Saturday, September 26th
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Open House Style: drop in any time between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

MetroParks of Butler County

Walking in the natural world is good for your body, mind and spirit. Earlier this year there was a controlled burn at the meadow. Let's investigate and discover the...

Saturday, September 26th
Forest Run MetroPark Wildlife Preserve Area
1810 New London Rd
Hamilton, OH 45013
Hike starts at 10:00 AM and ends around 11:30 AM.

Hike in a park that is normally closed to the public. Mill Race Preserve, part of the MetroParks of Butler County system and Three Valley Conservation Trust are teaming up to lead...

Sunday, September 27th
Four Mile Creek MetroPark: Mill Race Preserve
5401 Corso Road
Oxford, OH 45056
Hike starts at 4:00 PM and ends around 5:30 PM.

End Great Outdoor Weekend with a spectacular event. Bring your blanket and lawn chair to watch the night sky. This will be the last total lunar eclipse - or Blood Moon - to be...

Sunday, September 27th
Forest Run MetroPark
1976 Timberman Rd
Hamilton, OH 45013
Drop in between 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities

The 4th annual Mill Creek ReCreation Celebration, hosted by the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities, is on September 27 at Koenig Park (...

Sunday, September 27th
Koenig Park
520 W Columbia Avenue
Reading, OH 45215
Events run from 1:00 - 6:30 pm.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

This is an introductory course to Kayaking for students 12 years old and older. Students will be able to sign up for a timeslot at the Izaak Walton League on the day of the...

Saturday, September 26th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
There are Three Times throughout the day: 8 paddlers per time slot: 10:00 - 11:00 am 12:00 - 1:00 pm 2:00 - 3:00 pm Come early to reserve your spot! Reservations are taken early on Saturday morning.

Learn from a State Watercraft Officer how to properly throw a throwbag to rescue a drowning victim!

Directions: Take Exit 52 off I-275 onto Loveland-...

Saturday, September 26th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Open House style: Drop in any time from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Catch and identify critters found in rivers and streams and learn how these critters are used to determine the health of a river. Actual sampling will take place in the Little...

Saturday, September 26th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
This is an open house style event from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

ODNR Division of Watercraft will have a patrol vessel on site. Feel free to climb on board and take a tour!

Directions: Take Exit 52 off I-275 onto...

Saturday, September 26th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Open House style: drop in any time between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Ohio River Foundation

Come spend the afternoon with Ohio River Foundation educators, collecting and identifying the freshwater macroinvertebrates of Tanner's Creek. ...

Saturday, September 26th
Guilford Covered Bridge Park
Indiana 1
Guilford, IN 47025
Drop in anytime from 12:00 - 3:00 pm.

Oxbow Inc.

Join your guides in the Wetland to watch herons gather and get ready for there night roost. A beaver may...

Saturday, September 26th
Oxbow, Inc
17000 Main Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Starts at 5:30 pm and finishes by 7:30 pm.

Join your guides in the Wetland to watch herons gather and get ready for there night roost. A beaver may wander by as sunset approaches. A Bald Eagle may fly over looking for a...

Sunday, September 27th
Oxbow, Inc
17000 Main Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Hike starts at 5:30 pm and finishes by 7:30 pm.

The Land Conservancy of Hamilton County

Experience life on a working farm and discover the way food connects us to soil, sun, water and each other. An hour-long tour by hay wagon begins promptly at 1 PM. During the...

Saturday, September 26th
Turner Farm
7400 Given Road
Indian Hill, OH 45243
Hour-long tour by hay wagon begins promptly at 1:00 PM

Western Wildlife Corridor

For this annual fall event, Western Wildlife Corridor offers two hikes where you can learn about the plants and animals living on Bender Mountain. Both offer hikes through...

Saturday, September 26th
Bender Mountain
6480 Bender Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233
9:30 am - 12:00 pm.

YMCA Camp Ernst

Camp Ernst is a residential summer camp where happy campers get a chance to ride horses, go boating, try out our zip line, airwalk, climbing wall and...

Sunday, September 27th
Camp Ernst
7615 Camp Ernst Road
Burlington, KY 41005
Drop in any time between 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

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