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COMING SOON! Check back soon to find over 120 events and programs for 2014 Great Outdoor Weekend—all free and open to the public.

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We’ll hike the trail in search of hidden wonders that will be camouflaged along the trail. How good will your eyes be a spotting a predator or prey? 

This event...

Saturday, September 27th
Woodland Mound, Seasongood Nature Center
8250 Old Kellogg Rd
Anderson Twp., OH 45255
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Come learn about fly fishing. BUFF members will teach you how to tie a simple lure and how to cast using a fly fishing rod and reel into a target hoop. BUFF will supply all materials and equipment...

Saturday, September 27th
Izaak Walton League
544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd
Loveland 45140
Stop by between 10:00 AM - 3:00PM

Boone County Arboretum

An event for the whole family! Tour our newly expanded Butterfly Garden. You will leave with ideas and information to start your own butterfly garden at home. Staff and volunteers...

Saturday, September 27th
Boone County Arboretum
9190 Camp Ernst Road
Union, KY 41091
Drop in anytime between 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

Camp Joy

A fun day for the whole family.  Free and open to the public, Harvest Fest is a great way to enjoy a day at Camp Joy with your family.  We will have music, food &...

Sunday, September 28th
Camp Joy
10117 Old 3-C Hwy
Clarksville, OH 45113
1:00-5:00 pm

Children's Meeting House Montessori School

Raptors Inc. will have several native birds of prey on display and will discuss their many fascinating adaptations.  Learn how sharp talons, strong beaks, keen eyesight, and specialized...

Saturday, September 27th
Children's Meeting House Montessori House
927 O' Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
Presentation starts 12:00pm to 12:45 pm

Bring your toddler or preschooler to hear books and learn about our fine feathered friends - birds.  We will read books about these amazing creatures that will fascinate, entertain, and...

Sunday, September 28th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
11:00am-11:45am

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

Sunday, September 28th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
Ongoing activity between 11:00am and 3:00 pm.

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...

Sunday, September 28th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Raptors Inc. will have three native birds of prey on display and will discuss their many fascinating adaptations. Get an up close look at some of these amazing birds and ask questions. Learn how...

Sunday, September 28th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
Presentation will go from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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 28th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
Ongoing activity between 9:30am and 2:30pm.

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...

Sunday, September 28th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
Between 12:00pm and 3:00 pm.

Participants will have an intimate encounter with native songbirds that are usually only viewed from a distance. Join master bird bander, Lester Peyton, as he examines and...

Sunday, September 28th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
Between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm

Bring your toddler or preschooler to hear books and learn about caterpillars, butterflies & moths, and metamorphosis. The lifecycles of these amazing creatures will fascinate, entertain, and...

Sunday, September 28th
Children's Meeting House Montessori School
927 O'Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Cincinnati Astronomical Society

 Celebrate the autumn equinox and the change of the seasons.  Learn the constellations and their stories. View colorful double stars, exploding stars, our Milky Way’s sister galaxy...

Saturday, September 27th
Cincinnati Astronomical Society
5274 Zion Road
Cleves, OH 45002
Open House Style: Drop in any time between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

Explore the universe by day. Come observe spectacular, and safe, views of our nearest star-the Sun.  There will be astronomy Q&A, a hike of the solar system,...

Sunday, September 28th
Cincinnati Astronomical Society
5274 Zion Road
Cleves, OH 45002
Open House Style: Drop in any time between 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Cincinnati Nature Center

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

Saturday, September 27th
Rowe Woods at Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road (513) 831-1711
Milford, OH 45150
Open house Style - Drop in any time between 12:00pm - 3:00 pm.

Ron Powell from Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association will share the history and qualities of North America’s largest native fruit -- the pawpaw. The talk will cover growing pawpaw trees, use of...

Saturday, September 27th
Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Presentation starts at 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

See how CNC supports the "nature of children" through "children in nature" at CNC's nature preschool.  Walk through the classroom with your child to...

Sunday, September 28th
Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

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

Sunday, September 28th
Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Drop in from 10:00 am -11:00 am.

Join us at our fire pit in the Nature PlayScape to enjoy s’mores and fun. Come help us start the fire at 11 AM, or drop in any time after that before 1 PM. We’ll provide ingredients...

Sunday, September 28th
Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Drop in from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Cincinnati Observatory Center

Celebrate the autumn equinox and discover why the seasons change. View through the beautiful 169 year-old Mitchel Telescope. Behold colorful double stars, exploding stars, the...

Saturday, September 27th
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Drop in anytime between 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Explore our nearest star-The Sun! The afternoon includes tours of the historic observatories, astronomy Q&A, demonstrations and activities for all ages. Hike our scale model...

Sunday, September 28th
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Drop in anytime between 1:00 pm to 4:00pm.

Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati

Growing food isn’t just for farmers! At the Civic Garden Center we grow food in pots, on rooftops and in our own "backyard” vegetable garden. Learn easy...

Saturday, September 27th
Green Learning Station
2715 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 27th
Green Learning Station
2715 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

When gardening enthusiast Cornelius J. Hauck landscaped the Civic Garden Center/Hauck Botanic Garden property in the first half of the 20th century, he named it Sooty Acres in reference to the...

Saturday, September 27th
Green Learning Station
2715 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Starts promptly at 2:00-3:00 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 27th
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 27th
Sycamore Park
4082 State Route 132
Batavia, OH 45103
Drop in Anytime between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Fernald Preserve

Become involved in the citizen-scientist program of tagging monarch butterflies! We tag so that we can learn more about their migration patterns and population. Information...

Saturday, September 27th
Fernald Preserve
7400 Willey Road (513) 648-4026
Harrison, OH 45030
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Become involved in the citizen-scientist program of tagging monarch butterflies! We tag so that we can learn more about their migration patterns and population. Information...

Sunday, September 28th
Fernald Preserve
7400 Willey Road (513) 648-4026
45030, OH 45030
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Great Miami Rowing Center

It's never to late to try rowing!  Join us at Great Miami Rowing for a FREE introductory program for adults that will teach you the basics of the sport...

Saturday, September 27th
Great Miami Rowing Center
110 North B Street (513) 892-4672
Hamilton, OH 45011
Starts at 12:00 pm and Finishes at 3:00 pm

Great Parks of Hamilton County

Did you know that September is National Honeybee month?  Celebrate the honeybee and all it provides for us.  Try the waggle and round dances.  Explore the life of...

Saturday, September 27th
Winton Woods Parky's Farm - Hayloft Barn
10073 Daly Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231
Drop in any time, open house style from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Enjoy a magical hike through lantern-lit woods. Guided hikes will depart every eight minutes between 7 pm and 8:30pm. You will meet some "trees", take a look at its...

Saturday, September 27th
Glenwood Gardens
10397 Springfield Pike (513) 771-8733
Cincinnati, OH 45215
6:30 - 8:30 pm. We will start distributing tickets at 6:30 pm, hikes begin between 7 pm and 7:30 pm. Hikes will depart every eight minutes, each group will be on the trail for about 1 hour, finishing by 8:30 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.

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

Visit the Adventure Outpost in Winton Woods! Challenge your family and friends to our 23-foot outdoor climbing wall.  Then test your skills on our archery range using a...

Sunday, September 28th
Winton Woods Adventure Outpost
McKelvey Road (513) 521-2345
Cincinnati, OH 45231
Drop in anytime between 12:00 pm and 4:00 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.

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Sunday, September 28th
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
3455 Poole Road (513) 385-4811
Cincinnati, OH 45251
Hikes start at 10:00 am and then again at 1:00 pm.

We’ll hike the paved trail in search of unnatural items. These silly clues will help us discover real nature around us! Fun for the whole family.

For more...

Sunday, September 28th
Woodland Mound
8250 Old Kellogg Road (513) 474-0580
Anderson Township, OH 45255
Starts at 2:00 pm, finishes at 3:00 pm.

Green Acres

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 1800's to...

Saturday, September 27th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Open House Style, drop in any time between 1:00 pm - 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 27th
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.

Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek

Laughing Brook is a uniquely innovative project combining public art and environmental education at a constructed wetland in Salway Park along the Mill Creek Greenway Trail.  The center piece...

Saturday, September 27th
Salway Park
4520 Spring Grove Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45223
Ongoing throughout the day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

Did you know that Cincinnati has an awesome geologic past and that you can find the fossils to prove it? Join us at Trammel Fossil Park to find the fossils that scientists from...

Sunday, September 28th
Trammel Fossil Park
Tramway Drive
Sharonville , OH 45241
10:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Izaak Walton League

This is a basic introduction to canoeing. Participants will learn how to select the proper equipment, maneuver the canoe with different strokes, and what supplies and equipment are needed for a...

Saturday, September 27th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Multiple Times Throughout Day Session 1: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Session 2: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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

Saturday, September 27th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Open House Style: drop in any time between 12:00 pm - 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 27th
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 - 3:00 pm.

Loveland Primary and Elementary Schools

Join us at Granny's Harvest Celebration.  You can pick a bouquet of flowers from our extensive flower gardens including our dahlia collection, join in old-fashion fun and...

Sunday, September 28th
Granny's Garden School
550-600 Loveland Madeira Road
Loveland, OH 45140
1:00-5:00 p.m.

Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities

The Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities (Council) will be hosting the third annual Mill Creek ReCreation Celebration on Saturday, September 27 at Vorhees Park in Reading. We’...

Saturday, September 27th
Twin Creek Preserve
12072 Best Place (513) 563-8800
Sharonville, OH 45241
Events run from 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM

Celebrate recreation in the Mill Creek Watershed! Join us for the third annual Mill Creek ReCreation Celebration Bike Ride. We'll take you on an educational and historical...

Saturday, September 27th
Twin Creek Preserve
12072 Best Place
Sharonville, OH 45241
The bike tour will begin at 2:30 PM and end at 4:00 PM.

Celebrate recreation in the Mill Creek Watershed! Join us for the third annual Mill Creek ReCreation Celebration Canoe Outing. Paddling the Mill Creek is a unique way to...

Saturday, September 27th
Twin Creek Preserve
12072 Best Place
Sharonville, OH 45241
Canoe outing begins at 1:30 pm and ends at 4:00 pm.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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

Saturday, September 27th
Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter
544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
There are Three Times throughout the day: 10:00 am - 11:00 am 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm Come early to reserve your spot! Reservations are taken early on Saturday morning.

Participants will learn about boating saftey including lifejackets and rescue techniques. They will then get a chance to rescue a 'drowning sailor' in a game called "Rescue Me."...

Saturday, September 27th
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 - 3:00 pm.

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

Saturday, September 27th
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

Come tour the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Patrol Boat and learn about boating safety. Learn how to select and use a personal floatation device and how to operate your boat safely.

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Saturday, September 27th
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 - 3:00 pm.

Oxbow Nature Conservancy

Take a hike at our beautiful wetland floodplain along the Great Miami River.  At the end of the day ducks, herons and geese are settling back into their Oxbow haunts, a...

Saturday, September 27th
Oxbow Nature Conservancy
17000 Main Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Starts at 5:30 pm and finishes by 7:30 pm.

Take a hike at our beautiful wetland floodplain along the Great Miami River.  At the end of the day ducks, herons and geese are settling back into their Oxbow haunts, a...

Sunday, September 28th
Oxbow Nature Conservancy
17000 Main Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Starts at 5:30 pm and finishes by 7:30 pm.

Valley View Nature Preserve

Join us at Valley View and enjoy more than 5 miles of mowed trails through open prairie, stream side forests, wooded hillsides and wetlands.  Enjoy a guided tour of our...

Saturday, September 27th
Valley View Nature Preserve
5330 S Milford Road
Milford, OH 45150
Open all weekend - stop by any time! Hayrides and Community Garden Tours from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Western Wildlife Corridor

For this annual fall event, Western Wildlife Corridor is hosting two hikes at Bender Mountain – strenuous and moderate. The strenuous hike will start at 9:30 am with a climb...

Saturday, September 27th
Delhi Township
P. O. Box 389077
Cincinnati, OH 45238
9:30am - 12:00pm.

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