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2019 EVENTS

Check out our full lineup of Great Outdoor Weekend events below! Questions about planning or attending an event? Contact us at events@greenumbrella.org.

NEW Event! GOW Friday Night Kick-off

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

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Click each event title to learn more!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Bird Banding  |  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM this event is CANCELLED

Hike and Pie  |  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Off Trail at Oak Glen  |  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Great Pumpkin Roll Ride  |  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Public Lands Day at Parky's Farm  |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Bowyer Farm Native Plant Sale   |  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hike-A-Thon Plus  |  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Creepy Critters  |  9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Adventure Hikes on Bender Mountain  |  9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

East Fork Canoe Adventure  |  9:30 AM - 12:00 PM this event is CANCELLED

Fall Trail Fest and Family Bike and Pet Parade  |  9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Reptilian Rendezvous | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Meet-the-Artist at the Nature Shop | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Butterfly Bonanza  |  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Bird Banding  |  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Life Under a Log in the Nature PlayScape  |  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

How Wildlife Supports Agriculture  |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Beach Hike to the Whitewater River  |  10:00 AM - 12:30 PM please note that the map on our webpage incorrectly places this event.  Please search “Campbell Lakes Preserve” on Campbell Rd Harrison, OH 45030 for Google Maps to give a correct location. 

Orienteering  |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Little Miami State Park 40th Anniversary Fall Trail Fest  |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hoppy Horticulture & Yoga  |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Fun by the River  |  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Cardinal Conservation Booth  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Explore and Enjoy Big Bone Lick  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fossil Fun and Creek Critters  |  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Learn Grow Engage  |  11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Great Hunt  |  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Fly Casting and Fly Tying  |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Off Trail at Oak Glen  |  11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Women’s Community Walk  |  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Adventure Time at the Summit Center  |  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Canoeing and Basic Boat Building  |  12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center Open House|  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mill Creek Urban Hike  |  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Hives, Holes and Hideaways  |  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mill Creek Mini Urban Stream Adventure  |  1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Primitive Fire Starting and Marshmallow Roasting  |  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center Open House | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

REFS - Nature Adventure Day  |  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Introduction to Caldwell Preserve  |  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Explore Kirby Nature Preserve  |  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tag a Monarch Butterfly  |  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Williamsburg's Great Outdoors Celebration!  |  4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Oxbow West Sunset Walk  |  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Raptors with Dr. Tom Sproat  |  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Senses in the Dark  |  7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Avondale Night Walk  |  7:30 PM - 10:00 PM  this event is CANCELLED

Saturday Night with the Stars  |  8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Look to the Sky  |  8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

SPACE WALK  |  8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
EVENT DETAILS

SATURDAY

Bird Banding  |  Saturday, September 28   |  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 

Hosted by MetroParks of Butler County

Do you have an interest in birds? Just want to get outside and learn something new? Come out and join in on bird banding with MetroParks of Butler County at Forest Run MetroPark - Wildlife Preserve Area. Bird banding is an important practice to track and learn many things about birds, and is an essential tool in the study and conservation of migratory birds. September is a big month for birds, as they make their way south to their winter homes in the southern areas of North American, the Caribbean, and even Central and South America! This program will be offered at two different times on Saturday, September 28th: 8:00am-9:30am and 10:00am-11:30am. Both programs will be held at Forest Run MetroPark - Wildlife Preserve Area, located at 1810 New London Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013.

Forest Run MetroPark - Wildlife Preserve Area

1810 New London Rd.

Hamilton, OH 45013

513-867-5835

Hike and Pie  |  Saturday, September 28  |  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hosted by Three Valley Conservation Trust

A guided morning tour/walk at Ruder Nature Preserve that ends with coffee, orange juice, pie and doughnuts.

Ruder Nature Preserve

Corner of Bonham Rd. and Shadowy Hills Dr.

Oxford, OH 45056 

513-461-1561

Off Trail at Oak Glen  |  Saturday, September 28  |  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County

Four years after a devastating oil spill, life is beginning to return to Oak Glen. Join a Great Parks nature interpreter on a strenuous off-trail hike to hear the story of this tenacious preserve and to see the beauty of a land reborn. Registration required by 9/25. Please RSVP at www.greatparks.org. Specific start time.

Oak Glen Nature Preserve

7584 Thompson Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45247 

513-365-7461

Great Pumpkin Roll Ride  |  Saturday, September 28  |  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Cycle Club

Enjoy cycling through scenic hills and valleys in Southwest Ohio on low-traveled roads. In addition, there is a Family Fun Ride this year. A catered lunch is included in the registration fee. Please register at www.greatpumpkinrollride.com.

Blue Note

9660 Dry Fork Rd.

Harrison, OH 45030

513-909-5003

Public Lands Day at Parky's Farm  |  Saturday, September 28  |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County

Volunteer to join Great Parks as we improve Parky's Farm for the barn animals that call it home, the wildlife that surround it and the guests that come to experience it! Help us to work on native pollinator areas, planting trees and many other volunteer tasks to honor National Public Lands Day. Ages 7 and up.

Parky’s Farm

10073 Daly Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45231 

513-521-7275

Bowyer Farm Native Plant Sale  |  Saturday, September 28  |  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Come see what's happening at the zoo's farm. We've been putting in trails, a honeybee apiary, a native plant nursery, hay fields to feed to the zoo's animals, and so much more to come. While you're there take home a few plants of our 300+ species of perennials and trees to create your own back yard habitat. Most perennials are $10, and most trees are $20. Parking and restrooms available. 

Bowyer Farm

2210 Mason-Montgomery Rd.

Lebanon, OH 45036

Hike-A-Thon Plus  |  Saturday, September 28  |  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hosted by Miami University

Get your sneakers or hiking boots ready - we are right around the corner from the 2019 Hike-A-Thon Plus hosted in the Miami University Natural Areas! Hike anytime from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. All Miami faculty, staff, students, and community members of Oxford are invited. Even 4-legged friends on leash are welcome. The Hike-A-Thon Plus offers more than just an everyday hike in Oxford. You get the beauty of the natural landscape as well as more than 20 fun, interactive stations along route to the Dewitt Cabin. Hike-A-Thon partner stations include monarch butterfly way stations, geocaching, bird watching, raising awareness of Paws for A Cause - Miami’s service dog organization, and much more. There are a lot of opportunities to learn something new while you enjoy the health benefits of taking a hike! This is a free event and no registration is required. Hikes begin from either the Natural Areas entrance off Route 73 or via the new Oxford Area Trails on Bonham Road.

Miami University Natural Areas

4830-4868 Oxford Trenton Rd

Oxford, OH 45056

513-529-0881

Creepy Critters  |  Saturday, September 28  |  9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County

Do you love creepy critters? You will if you spend the morning with us at Glenwood Gardens! Meet in the Gardenview Room at the Cotswold Visitor's Centre for an introduction to some creatures often thought of as creepy. Interact with the animals and learn about some we might meet on our walk. As we walk along the paved woodland trail, keep your eyes and ears ready for some cool creepy critters. We can pause to observe them and appreciate their place in the world! RSVP to 513–771–8733.

Glenwood Gardens

10397 Springfield Pike 

Cincinnati, OH 45215

513–771–8733

Adventure Hikes on Bender Mountain  |  Saturday, September 28  |  9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Hosted by Western Wildlife Corridor

We offer two hikes where you can learn about the plants and animals living on Bender Mountain. Both offer hikes through outstanding old growth forest. The strenuous hike, starting at 9:30 AM, will climb a steep trail to the ridge top. Here, we will be treated to spectacular views of the Ohio River valley. After hiking along the ridge, we will descent on the Bender Valley trail and back to the starting point. The moderate hike, starting at 10:00 AM will meander along the slope of Bender Mountain. On this hike we will visit a Paw Paw grove and, with some. luck may be able to sample this delectable fruit.

Bender Mountain Nature Preserve

Bender Road, ½ mile from River Road

Delhi Township, OH 45238

513-922-2104

East Fork Canoe Adventure  |  Saturday, September 28  |  9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Clermont County Park District

Join the Clermont County Park District and the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District at Sycamore Park in Batavia for a 45 minute canoe trip down the East Fork Little Miami River. Our naturalists will give a brief talk about the flora and fauna while you enjoy nature from the water. Children over 5 are welcome! Participants need to be able to get in and out of canoes and walk through shallow waters. You will get wet! The canoe float will begin at 9:30 AM. Registration is required. Please RSVP to parkdistrict@clermontcountyohio.gov.

Sycamore Park

4082 OH- 132

Batavia, OH 45103

513-732-2977

Fall Trail Fest and Family Bike and Pet Parade  |  Saturday, September 28  |  9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Hosted by Friends of the Little Miami State Park

Come celebrate the Little Miami State Park with a pet and bike parade on the bike trail! The family pet and bike parade will start at 9:45 AM at 50 West Cycling. The parade is a one to two mile walk to either the fall trail fest at Avoca park, or continued to see the new sign for the state park! Decorated bikes and costumed pets are encouraged!

50 West Cycling

7669 Wooster Pike

Cincinnati, OH 45227

513-608-0350

Reptilian Rendezvous l Saturday, September 28 |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks
Calling all spokespersons for scales! Drop by the new Ault Park Commons and meet some cool, no, cold (blooded) creatures. You’ll be amazed at what slithers and crawls in our own backyards and how these animals help our local ecosystem stay in balance. Meet at the shelter. Call 861.3435 for more info.

Ault Park Commons Shelter

5090 Observatory Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45208

Meet-the-Artist at the Nature Shop  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center

Meet local artist, Lori Vogel and watch how as she draws in amazing realism our wildlife friends on slabs of wood. Meet local grower, Erin Phillips- she’ll have her farm stand filled for you to taste and purchase her garden-fresh jellies, dressings and oils. This will take place at the Nature Shop at the Rowe Woods Visitor Center. Drop in anytime.

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

513-831-1711

Butterfly Bonanza  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by Boone County Arboretum

Explore the wonderful world of butterflies at our outdoor butterfly garden. Get up close and personal with several type of butterflies. Kids will enjoy a craft! Guided tours of the Butterfly Garden will be at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 12:00 PM. Drop in anytime.

Boone County Arboretum

9190 Camp Ernst Road

Union, KY 41091

859-586-6101

Bird Banding  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hosted by MetroParks of Butler County

Do you have an interest in birds? Just want to get outside and learn something new? Come out and join in on bird banding with MetroParks of Butler County at Forest Run MetroPark - Wildlife Preserve Area. Bird banding is an important practice to track and learn many things about birds, and is an essential tool in the study and conservation of migratory birds. September is a big month for birds, as they make their way south to their winter homes in the southern areas of North American, the Caribbean, and even Central and South America! This program will be offered at two different times on Saturday, September 28th: 8:00am-9:30am and 10:00am-11:30am. Both programs will be held at Forest Run MetroPark - Wildlife Preserve Area, located at 1810 New London Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013.

Forest Run MetroPark - Wildlife Preserve Area

1810 New London Rd.

Hamilton, OH 45013

513-867-5835

 

Life Under a Log in the Nature PlayScape  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center

Join the search for the little creatures that call old logs home! Borrow our naturalist’s bug catchers, magnifying glasses and shovels and head out into the Nature PlayScape to see what you can find. We’ll also make a special critter craft to take home. Suitable for all ages. Drop in anytime.

Nature Playscape

4949 Tealtown Rd.

Milford, OH 45150

513-831-1711

How Wildlife Supports Agriculture  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hosted by Gorman Heritage Farm

What do bluebirds, bats and butterflies have in common? They all help farms grow food! Join us for a tour of Gorman Heritage Farm with an emphasis on our programs that support local wildlife: bluebird boxes, bat boxes, a monarch way-station, bee hotels, and a native wildflower sanctuary. We'll start with an introduction in the Gorman Heritage Farm Interpretive Center. Then we'll head outside to walk the grounds together, winding through the gardens and up to the Farmyard, where we'll meet some of our farm animals. Along the way, we'll look for native wildlife and learn how protecting wild species can be good for agriculture. We'll wrap up with some steps you can take to promote biodiversity in your own yard.

Gorman Heritage Farm

10052 Reading Road

Cincinnati, OH 45241 

513-563-6663 

Beach Hike to the Whitewater River  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society

Lakes- White Sand- Clear Natural Stream- In Cincinnati! Join us as we walk in Campbell Lakes Preserve, a unique and beautiful glacial remnant landscape of Cincinnati, that will certainly be new to you. From the parking lot (a great area to see birds e.g. hawks, eagles and herons) we will walk along the white sandy shore of small lakes, passing a beaver dam, looking at plants, birds, insects and tadpoles. Our trail leads to the beautiful Miami Whitewater River (a tributary of the Great Miami River) where we will relax, wade, and net (temporarily) some of our native fish for observation. Please show your all your discoveries to our leaders Wayne Wauligman and Denis Conover, fine naturalists, who can share their knowledge with you. Great hike for kids and all! Dress so feet can get wet, if you wish! (Our bedrock in Cincy Area is Ordovician Period, familiar grey and 444 Million years old. Directly on top are these glacial deposits, sand and gravel, (and boulders too) carried down from farther north by glaciers in the last 2 million years.) For more information, contact Bob Bergstein at 513-477-4438 or Bergstein123@gmail.com.

Campbell Lakes Preserve

10431 Campbell Rd

Harrison, OH 45030

513-477-4438

Directions: Google knows the address “Campbell Lakes Preserve” at 10431 Campbell Rd Harrison, OH 45030. Only 26 minutes from Downtown Cincy.

From Downtown, drive 4 miles north on I-75.

Take exit #4 (from I-75) onto I-74 West (always towards Indianapolis) and drive 19 miles.

Take exit #3 (Dry Fork Road).

At the bottom of the exit, turn left and drive 0.4 miles.

Turn right onto Simonson and drive 0.5 miles.

Turn left onto Kilby Road and drive 0.1 miles.

Turn right onto Campbell Road and drive 0.3 miles. 

Turn left into the Campbell Lakes parking lot where we will meet.

Orienteering  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hosted by Orienteering Cincinnati

Use a detailed map to find your way through Miami Natural Areas, various lengths and levels of difficulty will be offered in conjunction with the Miami Natural Areas Hikeathon Plus. Free instruction will be provided for beginners. Email info@ocin.org for more details.

Miami University Natural Areas

4830-4868 Oxford Trenton Rd

Oxford, OH 45056

513-405-1426

Little Miami State Park 40th Anniversary Fall Trail Fest  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hosted by Friends of the Little Miami State Park

The Little Miami State Park is turning 40!  Come celebrate on the trail at Avoca park and see the newly installed park sign!  Enjoy vendor booths related to the environment, health, and family fun while appreciating the bike trail that we all love! Drop in anytime.

Avoca Park

7949 Wooster Pike/US 50

Cincinnati, OH 45227

513-608-0350

 

Hoppy Horticulture & Yoga  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hosted by Civic Garden Center

Join us at the Civic Garden Center on Saturday, September 28th for Hoppy Horticulture & Yoga in the garden. In partnership with Rhinegeist, we're offering yoga classes (with a DJ!), tours of the gardens with our horticulturist, Greg Torres, and tours of our Green Learning Station with Kylie Johnson. And of course, beermosas made with Rhinegeist beer! There will be two yoga sessions: 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Following each of these will be our 30-minute tours of the gardens and Green Learning Station (GLS). Beer & beermosas from Rhinegeist will be available for purchase until 2:00 PM.

Civic Garden Center

2715 Reading Road

Cincinnati, OH 45206 

513-221-0981

 

Fun by the River  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Hosted by Izaak Walton League

7 Acres on the Little Miami River located on the Little Miami Bike Trail. Special features – Raptors Inc. from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM and Robin Green, Naturalist, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Canoe/kayak safety training/lessons; fly fishing and fly tying; archery; air gun target practice; rock painting; color contest and Benefits of Trees presentations. Drop in anytime.

Izaak Walton League

544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd

Loveland, OH 45140

513-394-1871

 

Cardinal Conservation Booth  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hosted by Cardinal Land Conservancy

Cardinal Land Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the land you love in southwest Ohio. By working with members, partners and local governments, we identify and prioritize the best remaining greenspaces and agricultural lands to protect forever. We also utilize the best management practices for restoration. Stop by our booth to take the photo pollinator quiz to win a prize.

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150 

513-207-0700

 

Explore and Enjoy Big Bone Lick  |  Saturday, September 28  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hosted by Friends of Big Bone

Walk the trails of Big Bone Lick State Historic Site with archaeologists and paleontologists to learn why it is considered to be the Birthplace of American Vertebrate Paleontology. Learn about the Ice Age, native Americans, fossil mammals, as well as the geology and native vegetation of the area. Visit an 1800's-era campsite. Bring artifacts and fossils to be identified by experts. Tours will take place throughout the day and will begin beside the Visitor Center. 

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

3380 Beaver Rd.

Union, Kentucky 41091

859-384-3906

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

 

Learn Grow Engage  |  Saturday, September 28  |  11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Come get your hands dirty! Community Garden Open House and Work & Learn Gardening Sessions. Join us at the Price Hill Community Garden to tour Turner Farm's new half-acre community garden and through family friendly Work & Learn sessions learn about growing and harvesting fall vegetable crops, using cover crops and the dos and don’ts of composting. The Price Hill Community Garden, built in 2017, by the Turner Farm Community Garden Program provides a location and opportunity for Price Hill residents, and others, to grow fresh and healthy food in a collectively managed market-style garden and individual beds. Joshua Jones, garden manager, and Peter Huttinger, program director, will be on hand to conduct tours and lead hand-on educational gardening projects. The garden is accessible for families using strollers from Purcell Avenue. However, access to the garden for a person in a wheelchair would be difficult.  Should you have questions about accessibility please contact Peter Huttinger at peter@turnerfarm.org or 513-328-0100. Tours are open. Each of the Work & Learn sessions are limited to 12 participants.

Price Hill Community Garden

956 Purcell Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45205

513-328-0100

 

The Great Hunt  |  Saturday, September 28  |  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County

Lace up your boots and grab your binoculars as you hit the trail to find signs of wildlife. Meet at the visitors’ center and return with your evidence by 2 p.m. to claim your prize! Drop in anytime.

Miami Whitewater Forest

9001 Mt. Hope Rd.

Harrison, OH 45030

513-367-4774

 

Fly Casting and Fly Tying  |  Saturday, September 28  |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hosted by Buckeye United Fly Fishers

Learn to fly cast as well as tie flies to catch the Big One! BUFF will provide volunteers to demonstrate and give attendees the opportunity to learn firsthand the basics of fly casting and fly tying. Attendees will be able to take the flies they make home with them.

Izaak Walton League

544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd

Loveland, OH 45140

513-394-1871

Off Trail at Oak Glen  |  Saturday, September 28  |  11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County

Four years after a devastating oil spill, life is beginning to return to Oak Glen. Join a Great Parks nature interpreter on a strenuous off-trail hike to hear the story of this tenacious preserve and to see the beauty of a land reborn. Please RSVP at www.greatparks.org. Specific start time.

Oak Glen Nature Preserve

7584 Thompson Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45247 

513-365-7461

 

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 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

  

Adventure Time at the Summit Center  |  Saturday, September 28  |  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County

Come see what the Nature Center in Roselawn is all about! Live animals, crafts, games, and a rock-climbing wall will be provided. Enjoy this fun, free, all-ages event, and check out the new nature center. We will have a rock wall that can be climbed under supervision of our staff.  The craft will be something they can take home at the end of the day.  We will have the nature center open for self-exploration with a volunteer to talk about the different animals. 

Summit Center

1580 Summit Road 

Cincinnati, OH 45237

513-365-7461

 

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

Hosted by Camping and Education Foundation

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

 

Mill Creek Urban Hike  |  Saturday, September 28  |  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Hosted by Mill Creek Alliance

We will be hiking along the Mill Creek Greenway trail, investigating ecosystems as well as the built environment along the trail. We will be looking at some of the restoration projects in the creek as well as some of the installations along the trail. The hike will start at Salway Park next to Old Timber Inn.  If the weather cooperates leading up to the event, we will have fruit available from the apple and pear trees located at Freedom Tree.

Mill Creek Greenway Trail Head

4336 Spring Grove Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45232

513-731-8400

 

Hives, Holes and Hideaways  |  Saturday, September 28  |  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County

Where do squirrels go when it’s time for bed? Do beavers have a living room? How many bees live in the same hive? Join an interpreter to learn about different types of animal homes. Then work together to build our own hideaway in the woods. Visitors will sit through a short interactive presentation about animal home and then we will build a fort in the woods together out of items we find outside. Terrain may be rough, sturdy shoes are encouraged.

Sharon Woods

11450 Lebanon Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45241

513-563-4513

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.
LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center

5400 Lanius Lane

Cincinnati OH 45224

Mill Creek Mini Urban Stream Adventure  |  Saturday, September 28  |  1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Hosted by Mill Creek Alliance

Join us for a canoe trip down the historic Mill Creek between Salway Park and Millcreek Rd. yellow bridge. Paddling with the seasoned guides of the Mill Creek Yacht Club is the best way to experience the wonders of the Mill Creek while learning about our long-abused but surprisingly resurgent urban stream. Join the Commodore and other Yacht Club veterans on Saturday, September 28 as we explore the Mill Creek in our canoes. On this urban stream adventure, you will gain panoramic views of stream channelization, enjoy the beauty of tree-lined riparian corridor, and travel a newly-constructed riffle. Please note that we require paddlers to be 18 years of age or older for this urban stream adventure. The voyage will start at the Salway Park in Northside and finish at the Millcreek Rd. yellow bridge (subject to change). We will spend about 1.5 hours on the water with educational stops along the way, plus about an hour of combined time on the land before and after paddling.  Please check our Facebook page and website for updated information about this event. RSVP at lkeller@themillcreekalliance.org by Thursday, September 26. See below for important safety information before registering.

 

*Ohio EPA recommends no contact with waters of the Mill Creek because it can have high levels of fecal coliform bacteria and other pathogens from time to time, especially within 48 to 72 hours of a rainstorm heavy enough to cause combined sewer overflows. It is your personal choice on whether to participate, based largely on the strength of your immune system and your willingness to take a calculated risk. If you have an open cut or weakened immunities, you should not go. You should be 18 or older to be on the water with us. You will need to be sure-footed in some places. Be ready to climb out of the canoe to get past shallow spots and low-head dams. Potential safety hazards include sudden drop-offs, hidden holes, foot entrapments, slippery algae, submerged obstacles, jagged objects and sealed bottles with volatile methadone ingredients. Germicidal gel and a simple first-aid kit will be available.

Salway Park

4336 Spring Grove Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223 

513-563-8800

Primitive Fire Starting Sampler and Marshmallow Roasting  |  Saturday, September 28  |  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center

Venture out to our Fernwood cabins to try your hand at primitive fire making! We’ll have a variety of techniques to explore, including flint and steel, in this hands-on experience. Finish up your visit with a toasty marshmallow treat at our campfire. All supplies provided. Drop in anytime.

Fernwod Cabins

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

513-831-1711

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

REFS - Nature Adventure Day  |  Saturday, September 28  |  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hosted by Northern Kentucky University

The NKU Research and Education Field Station (REFS) invites you and your family to join us for the annual REFS Nature Adventure Day. This event will have activities including: guided wetlands nature tours and a scavenger hunt (with prizes) through the St. Anne Wetlands (bring rain boots for wetland nature tours), and competitive turtle races. Nature stations with activities such as plant pressing, invasive species intruders, wetland herps and how to identify them, rolly-polly refuges, what’s in your pond?, monarchs and other pollinators, incredible insects, and others will take place throughout the event. This event is also part of the international “Take Your Child Outside” or TACO week. Spend this afternoon getting outside and learning more about the flora and fauna that call these wetlands their home. The NKU REFS facility will also be open for display of student research at REFS, and for restroom availability. The St. Anne Woods and Wetlands natural areas adjacent to NKU REFS are owned by the Campbell County Conservation District. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of fun and adventure!

Research and Education Field Station (REFS)

99 Harrision Court

Melbourne, KY 41059

859-572-6637

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 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

Explore Kirby Nature Preserve  |  Saturday, September 28  |  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hosted by Western Wildlife Corridor

Come and explore the Kirby Nature Center, the Western Wildlife Corridor's home in Addyston, Ohio. Explore our Monarch Waystation, Prairie area, Creek area, Girl Scout bird viewing area and our new Bluebird trail. Plus, there are 1.6 miles of maintained trails to hike. See first-hand areas with the invasive Honeysuckle removed compared with areas where it has not been cleared. Children activities available.

Kirby Nature Center

2 E Main Street

Addyston OH 45001

513-921-9453

 

Tag a Monarch Butterfly  |  Saturday, September 28  |  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Hosted by 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. Learn about the monarch’s fascinating life cycle, habitat, and migration as you participate in our citizen-scientist program by helping to place a tiny identification tag on one beautiful, delicate wing of each butterfly. This hands-on science activity contributes to the gathering of information about how climate trends and human encroachment affect the monarch butterfly migration patterns, overwintering sites, and populations. To make your experience more enjoyable please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. You’ll also want to bring your camera!

Fernald Preserve Visitors Center

7400 Willey Road

Hamilton, OH, 45013

513-648-3330

Williamsburg's Great Outdoors Celebration!  |  Saturday, September 28  |  4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hosted by Village of Williamsburg

Celebrate nature with Williamsburg! Visit our park for disc golf challenges, scavenger hunt, food and other family friendly activities. Bring your chair for the music concert at 6:00 p.m. in our community park located at 150 E Main Street, Williamsburg, Ohio 45176.  Hike/bike along the Williamsburg-Batavia trail throughout the day. The Williamsburg-Batavia Hike/Bike Trail is part of the American Discovery Trail that spans coast-to-coast across the United States. Drop in anytime. Trailhead begins at the end of Broadway Road in Williamsburg; GPS Coordinates – N 39.05033, W 84.06132. Parking for the Hike/Bike Trail is available at Harmony Hill -299 Willow St.; Public Parking – 285 Main St.; Public Parking on streets and at the Community Park. Call (513) 724-6107 or (513) 601-7395 for more information. 

150 E Main Street

Williamsburg, OH 45176

513-601-7395

Oxbow West Sunset Walk  |  Saturday, September 28  |  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Hosted by Oxbow, Inc.

Join us in Oxbow West for a 1-1/4 mile hike on relatively flat gravel roads.  No restrooms on site.  Meet at the parking area.  Sunset in the Oxbow brings a variety of animals and birds to the area for their nightly rest, or for some, the beginning of a night’s hunt.  Herons, Beavers, Egrets, Otters & Eagles may come out to play and to be seen along our route.

The Oxbow

17000 Reardon Drive

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

513-375-1025

Raptors with Dr. Tom Sproat  |  Saturday, September 28  |  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hosted by Kenton County Parks & Recreation

Meet live owls and a hawk with Dr. Tom Sproat of Biose Inc. Don't miss a rare opportunity to see birds up close and personal. Specific start time.

Lincoln Ridge Park

420 Independence Station Road

Independence, KY 41051

859-525-7529

Senses in the Dark  |  Saturday, September 28  |  7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Hosted by MetroParks of Butler County

Looking for a fun and interactive way to end your evening? Come and explore with us as we use our senses in the dark during a night hike at Rentschler Forest MetroPark! We will be using our night vision during the night hike, so flashlights are not needed. Specific start time. Registration is required: YourMetroParks.net or 513-867-5835.

Rentschler Forest MetroPark

5701 Reigart Road

Hamilton, OH 45011

513-867-5835

 

Avondale Night Walk  |  Saturday, September 28  |  7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Hosted by Avondale Development Corporation

Avondale is one of the many communities participating in the Go Vibrant Million Step Challenge through an active living Grant from Interact for Health and Go Vibrant. Avondale is proud to boast having won the Million Step Challenge in both 2016 and 2017. As part of the Avondale Thriving Communities Initiative and the Go-Vibrant Million Step Challenge, Avondale residents in partnership with Avondale Development Corporation, Green Umbrella, Go-Vibrant, Art Works, Gabriel’s Place and the City of Cincinnati will be hosting the third annual Night Walk.  The event will begin with registration and “glow gear up” on the lawn of Gabriel’s Place at 7:30 PM. The 1 .5 mile walk through Avondale will begin at 8:30 PM. Avondale Night Walk will feature a constellation light display, glow games, glow activities, glow giveaways and a preview of the Artworks Avondale side walk and wall murals depicting the rich history and bright future of Avondale. The event will culminate with a Glow Party on the lawn with free food, beverages and Avondale’s own DJ A.D. Please contact April Gallelli at agallelli@growavondale.org or 513-861-2232 x 102 if you wish to pre-register or have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Gabriel’s Place

3618 Reading Road

Cincinnati, OH 45229

513-861-2232

  

Saturday Night with the Stars  |  Saturday, September 28  |  8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Observatory Center

Get outdoors – really outdoors at the Cincinnati Observatory. We’ll take you to the planets, stars and beyond with views through our many telescopes. Under clear skies you’ll see giant Jupiter, and the spectacular ringed planet Saturn.  If it’s cloudy you can tour historic observatories, learn how telescopes work and get all your “spacey” questions answered. No reservations required. Free and open to the public. 

Cincinnati Observatory Center

3489 Observatory Place

Cincinnati, OH 45208

513-321-5186

Look to the Sky  |  Saturday, September 28  |  8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Hosted by Cincinnati Astronomical Society

On Saturday night, we'll sweep through the summer sky, focusing on the various celestial wonders of the season.

Cincinnati Astronomical Society

5274 Zion Road

Cleves, OH 45002

513-941-1981

SPACE WALK  |  Saturday, September 28  |  8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Hosted by Mill Creek Alliance

SPACE WALK is an after dark immersive visual art installation designed to convey the true scale of our solar system, both in terms of the size of the planets and their distances from the sun. Following a linear path spanning 3/4 of a mile and at a scale of 3.5 Billion:1, this walkable installation replicates the vastness of space in a tangible way. Beginning at the sun, a hand painted globe filled with 50 pulsing LED lights intended to emulate solar activity, explorers continue along the path visiting each planet as they travel further out from the sun. Our miniature planets are hand-painted in realistic detail with blacklight acrylic and lit with solar powered UV lights after dusk. SPACE WALK intends to be the most realistic to-scale outdoor model of our solar system in the world and lives along the Mill Creek Greenway path at Salway park, in Cincinnati, OH.

Mill Creek Greenway Trail, Salway Park

4520 Spring Grove Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45232

513-731-8400

SUNDAY

Breakfast in the Woods!  |  Sunday, September 29  |  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hosted by Valley View Foundation

Meet us at 8:00 AM at Valley View's southern entrance behind Pattison Elementary and enjoy the awakening day along the winding Valley View trails.  The guided hike will be approximately 2 miles through both forest and field and we will finish up with a campfire breakfast. All ages welcome!

Valley View Nature Preserve

5330 South Milford Road

Milford, OH 45150

513-218-1098

Sunday Bird Watching Group |  Sunday, September 29  |  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Hosted by Preserve Burnet Woods 

Explore this vital oasis of green space in the heart of Uptown! We'll gently ramble through the trails, paths, and walkways of Burnet Woods taking notice of which feathered friends are seeking refuge (or hunting!) in the woods. Meet by the lake in front of Trailside Nature Center on Brookline Avenue. Bring your own binoculars if possible. Suggested entrance to park is Ludlow Avenue entrance. Walks are led by knowledgeable local birders and are an excellent opportunity to learn for new birdwatchers.

Burnet Woods 

3251 Brookline Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45220

Camp Washington Urban Farm Open House & Volunteer Workday  |  Sunday, September 29  |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hosted by Camp Washington Community Board

The Camp Washington Urban Farm is a 2.5 acre farm in the heart of Camp Washington. The mission of the Camp Washington Urban Farm (CWUF) is to increase access to locally produced food for residents of Camp Washington area food desert. Our vision is to transform an underutilized urban space into an urban farm to provide greenery, produce natural food, grow community-wide partnerships, and foster principles of teamwork through teaching, working, harvesting, and, eating. Join us to either take a tour or grab a shovel and help! Bring your children!

Camp Washington Urban Farm

3220 Colerain Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45225

513-256-8908

Cardinal Conservation Booth  |  Sunday, September 29  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hosted by Cardinal Land Conservancy

Cardinal Land Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the land you love in southwest Ohio. By working with members, partners and local governments, we identify and prioritize the best remaining green spaces and agricultural lands to protect forever. We also utilize the best management practices for restoration. Stop by our booth to take the photo pollinator quiz to win a prize.

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

513-207-0700

Meet-the-Artist at the Nature Shop  |  Sunday, September 29  |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center

Meet local artist, Lori Vogel and watch how as she draws in amazing realism our wildlife friends on slabs of wood. Meet local grower, Erin Phillips- she’ll have her farm stand filled for you to taste and purchase her garden-fresh jellies, dressings and oils. This will take place at the Nature Shop at the Rowe Woods Visitor Center. Drop in anytime.

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

513-831-1711

Wonderful Water  |  Sunday, September 29  |  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Hosted by Clermont County Park District

Drop by Izaak Walton League anytime between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explore beneath our river’s surface, try your hand at testing river water quality, and see what animals depend on our healthy river systems.

Izaak Walton League

544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd

Loveland, OH 45140

513-240-2615

Excitebike! |  Sunday, September 29  |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hosted by Rhinegeist

Participants will have access to information and conversations about bicycle maintenance, safe ridership, and enjoyment. Special attention will be paid to safe commuting and the promotion of active transit. Mechanics will be on hand for consultations and--time permitting--minor tune-ups or repairs. Local organizations and experts will present information and demonstrations to build interest in bicycle ridership across a range of styles. Drop in anytime.

Hannah Playground

226 Stark Street

Cincinnati, OH 45214

513-352-4000

 

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

Amazing Animals  |  Sunday, September 29  |  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Hosted by MetroParks of Butler County

Animals are amazing! Come learn about many of Ohio's native animals and the habitats they live in. During the first hour of the program, we will have native animal ambassadors to meet and learn from. During the second hour, we will explore different habitats, such as ponds, prairies, and woodlands in our search for native wildlife. Join in on the fun!

Forest Run MetroPark - Timberman Ridge Area

1976 Timberman Rd

Hamilton, OH 45013

513-867-5835

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

Hosted by Camping and Education Foundation

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 3:30pm. 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

 

Black Walnut Cracking  |  Sunday, September 29  |  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center

Try your hand at cracking black walnuts and savor some fresh nutmeats! The experience is imbued with botany, history and lore of the black walnut. Drop by the front of the Rowe Visitor Center anytime between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Suitable for all ages.

Rowe Visitor Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

513-831-1711

 

Bird of Prey Open House  |  Sunday, September 29  |  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hosted by RAPTOR Inc.

During the Open House our educators will be available to welcome guests, lead tours, conduct educational programs with our avian ambassadors, share biological artifacts, and answer questions. Participate in special activity stations, shop for merchandise, and enjoy some treats! Open Houses are FUN and FREE!

RAPTOR Inc.

961 Barg Salt Run Road

Milford, OH 45150

513-825-3325

 

Look to the Sky  |  Sunday, September 29  |  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Astronomical Society

On Sunday, we'll safely observe the Sun, searching for prominences and other features of our nearest star.

Cincinnati Astronomical Society

5274 Zion Road

Cleves, OH 45002

513-941-1981

Harvest Festival 2019  |  Sunday, September 29  |  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hosted by Camp Joy

Bring the whole family to Camp Joy's annual Harvest Festival! This free of charge event includes a complimentary picnic lunch, games, hay wagon rides, pumpkin painting, fishing, climbing tower and giant swing, canoeing, face painting, cider making, and live music.

Camp Joy

10117 Old 3-C Highway

Clarksville, OH 45113

937-289-9145

 

Summer Camp Greatest Hits  |  Sunday, September 29  |  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hosted by Imago

For this day we pick our favorite activities from an entire summer of camps and condense them into one day. You'll launch rockets, go on a mini-safari, make nature artwork, get creative to help animals and so much more.

Imago

700 Enright Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45205

513-921-5124

Wonderful Water  |  Sunday, September 29  |  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hosted by Clermont County Park District

Drop by Izaak Walton League anytime between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explore beneath our river’s surface, try your hand at testing river water quality, and see what animals depend on our healthy river systems.

Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center

211 Railroad Avenue

Loveland, OH 45140 

513-240-2615

Show and Tell on the Farm: ABC's of Farm Life  |  Sunday, September 29  |  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hosted by MetroParks of Butler County

What begins with the letters Q and R on the farm? Come and explore the ABC's of Farm Life through hands-on activities, craft, snack, natural playscape, farmscape with live animal demonstrations and tours inside the beautiful and historical Augspurger House. Free program for all ages. 

Chrisholm Historic Farmstead

2070 Woodsdale Road

Trenton, OH 45067

513-867-5835

 

Shaker History on a Sundae  |  Sunday, September 29  |  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hosted by Friends of White Water Shaker Village

Explore the most intact Shaker Village remaining in Ohio including Meeting House, Dwelling and eight additional structures.  Interpreters will provide you with the Shaker experience.  Learn about this unique religious sect that made Southwest Ohio their home for nearly 100 years. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, including homemade ice cream.

11813 Oxford Road

Harrison, OH, 45030

513 367-9069

 

Hike Doe Run!  |  Sunday, September 29  |  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hosted by Kenton County Parks & Recreation

Enjoy the great outdoors with a hike at Doe Run Lake! This guided hike will cover hilly, wooded, possibly wet and muddy terrain. Pick up a Hike Bingo sheet at the start of the hike (one per family) and see if you can locate all the listed items on the trail. After we hike we will share snacks. Meet in the parking lot at the soccer fields. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Hikers younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult, and all hikers will be asked to sign a waiver. Co-sponsored by Kenton County Parks & Recreation, the City of Erlanger and Kenton County Public Library. Registration is requested. Please RSVP to jennifer.beach@kentonlibrary.org.

Doe Run Lake

1501 Bullock Pen Road

Covington, KY 41017

859-525-7529

Tree and Wildflower Walk |  Sunday, September 29  |  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hosted by Preserve Burnet Woods

Join UC’s Dr. Denis Conover for an exploration of the habitats/plants of Burnet Woods! Dr. Conover shares information on identifying the over-100 species of trees documented in Burnet Woods, native v. non-native plants, the impact of invasive species, and more. Come see what the woods have to offer this week! Meet outside Trailside Nature Center (the Ludlow Avenue entrance is recommended if parking). Free. Hiking footwear/clothing to be both on and off trail is recommended. Hike is usually less than 2 miles but of moderate to difficult intensity.

Burnet Woods

3251Brookline Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45220

Tag a Monarch Butterfly  |  Sunday, September 29  |  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Hosted by 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. Learn about the monarch’s fascinating life cycle, habitat, and migration as you participate in our citizen-scientist program by helping to place a tiny identification tag on one beautiful, delicate wing of each butterfly. This hands-on science activity contributes to the gathering of information about how climate trends and human encroachment affect the monarch butterfly migration patterns, overwintering sites, and populations. To make your experience more enjoyable please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. You’ll also want to bring your camera!

Fernald Preserve Visitors Center

7400 Willey Road

Hamilton, OH, 45013

513-648-3330

 

Oxbow East Exploration  |  Sunday, September 29  |  4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hosted by Oxbow, Inc.

Join us for an opportunity to visit our new area that is not open to the public.  Expect a 1.5-mile hike to see Heron, Diving Ducks, Eagles and other wildlife. No restrooms.  Meet at Oxbow West Parking area to carpool to tour site. RSVP to 812-290-2941.

The Oxbow

17000 Reardon Drive

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

513-375-1025

SPACE WALK  |  Sunday, September 29  |  7:40 PM - 9:00 PM

Hosted by Mill Creek Alliance

SPACE WALK is an after dark immersive visual art installation designed to convey the true scale of our solar system, both in terms of the size of the planets and their distances from the sun. Following a linear path spanning 3/4 of a mile and at a scale of 3.5 Billion:1, this walkable installation replicates the vastness of space in a tangible way. Beginning at the sun, a hand painted globe filled with 50 pulsing LED lights intended to emulate solar activity, explorers continue along the path visiting each planet as they travel further out from the sun. Our miniature planets are hand-painted in realistic detail with blacklight acrylic and lit with solar powered UV lights after dusk. SPACE WALK intends to be the most realistic to-scale outdoor model of our solar system in the world and lives along the Mill Greek Greenway path at Salway park, in Cincinnati, OH.

Mill Creek Greenway Trail, Salway Park

4520 Spring Grove Avenue 

Cincinnati, OH 45232

513-731-8400