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2021 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.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Cincinnati Nature Center Free Admission  |  8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

Kayak, SUP & Paddle Boats |  8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Self-Guided Tour of the Oxbow  |  8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Hike with an Urban Forester |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Wildlife Walk-A-About |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Bird Watching Hike |  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sensing Yourself in Nature |  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Nature Play Day at Pattison Park |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Aiken High School Agricultural Pathway Showcase |  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Loveland Learning Garden: Scavenger Hunt  |  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Fall Plant Sale |  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

3rd Annual Run the Riffles |  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Competitive Bird-Watching and Open Trails |  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Great Outdoor Weekend at Big Bone Lick |  9:00 AM -6:00 PM

Garden Art |  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  &  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Free Pedal Boat Rentals |  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

East Fork Canoe Adventure |  9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Free Admission to Highfield Discovery Garden |  9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Adventure Hike at Kirby Nature Preserve | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free Ten Minute Golf Lesson | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Reptiles with Naturalist Shannon | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Honeysuckle Removal | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Introduction to Green Burial Hike | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LiveWell Ludlow Landscape Hike | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Play, Explore, Build at AJ Jolly Park | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Green School and Nature Playscape Tours | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Donut Bike Ride | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Free Outdoor Modern Dance Class | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Orchard Build | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Field Science for the People | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Open House at Permaganic Ecogarden Food Forest | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tree Sale Pick Up | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Fun By The Little Miami Scenic River | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Storytime in the Park  | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Archaeological Site Tour  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Great Outdoor Weekend Artists' Market  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Guided Hike @ Portman Trail, Edge of Appalachia  |  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Autumn Native Plant and Bird Seed Sale  |  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Farm Encounters Walk  |  10:30AM - 12:00 PM

Leaf Art  |  10:30AM - 12:00 PM

Nature Play  |  10:30AM - 12:00 PM

Monarch and Butterfly Hunt  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hiking 101 for Teens  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Canoeing and Camping Skills |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary  |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

International Children's Day  |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Community Art Walk  |  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pursuing PawPaws  |  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Arboretum on Wheels and Butterfly Garden Tours |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Stand Up Paddleboard Try-It Sessions |  12:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Farmyard Fun on the Farm |  12:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Meet Great Parks Raptor Ambassadors |  12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Environmental Education Center & Nature Trails |  12:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Winton Queen Sightseeing |  12:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Storytime With a Naturalist|  2:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Get "Wild" at the Library  |  2:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Paseo Silvestre  |  2:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Amazing Animals |  2:00 AM - 3:30 PM

California Creek Crawl |  2:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Free Row Boat Rentals At Sharon Woods Harbor|  2:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Free Row Boat Rentals at Winton Woods|  2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hike-and-Pie at Ruder Preserve|  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Outdoor Skills Sessions |  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wild Church |  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Day - Night Sky Watch at CAS |  4:00 PM - 11:59 PM

Concert In the Park and Free Family Activities | 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Free Concert In the Park-Jelly Smooch at Winton Woods Harbor Amphitheatre |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oxbow Guided Tour  |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Urban Stargazing 101  |  8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Owl Prowl |  9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Cincinnati Nature Center Free Admission  |  8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

Breakfast in the Woods  |  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Kayak, SUP & Paddle Boats |  8:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Self-Guided Tour of the Oxbow  |  8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

The 2021 Lick Run Stormwater 5K and Festival  |  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Butterfly Walk at Woodland Mound  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Rooftop Yoga Session at Rhinegeist Brewery  |  10:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Mountain Bike Group Ride  |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Exploring the Great Miami River  |  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Family Walk Up the Exciting Howard Creek  |  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Y.G.2.G's "Winged" Nature Walk & Picnic at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati  |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Storytime in the Park  | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Archaeological Site Tour  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Great Outdoor Weekend Artists' Market  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tour the New Whitewater Canal Trail  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Autumn Native Plant and Bird Seed Sale  |  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Arboretum on Wheels and Butterfly Garden Tours |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Intro to Orienteering  |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Community Art Walk  |  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Nature and History Hike at Cedar Falls Trail  |  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Creek STOMP!  |  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Environmental Education Center & Nature Trails |  12:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Adventure Hike at Bender Mountain Preserve  |  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

RAPTOR Inc. Open House  |  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Flowers on the Farm - Show & Tell  |  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Expressing Yourself Through Nature |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Guided Nature Walk and Talk  |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Foraging Hike at Heritage Acres  |  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Shaker Farming Life - Outstanding in their Field  |  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Raptors with Dr. Tom Sproat  |  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Reptiles with Naturalist Shannon  |  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Oxbow Guided Tour  |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

EVENT DETAILS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SATURDAY

Cincinnati Nature Center Free Admission |  Saturday, September 25   |  8:00 AM -  7:30 PM 

Cincinnati Nature Center will provide free admission for Great Outdoor Weekend so everyone can take advantage of our beautiful hiking trails at Rowe Woods.

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

(513) 965-4899

Kayak, SUP & Paddle Boats |  Saturday, September 25   |  8:00 AM -  8:00 PM 

AJ Jolly Park and Campground is a 1,000-acre park that offers many outdoor activities. It has kayaks, SUP and paddle boats for rent by the hour on its 200-acre no-wake lake. Enjoy a quiet and peaceful day surrounded by nature. Never been in a kayak, but always wanted to try one out? This is a great opportunity. Life jackets provided.

 

Hosted by AJ Jolly Park | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

AJ Jolly Park and Campground

1501 Race Track Road

Alexandria, KY 41001

(859) 635-4423

Self-Guided Tour of the Oxbow  |  Saturday, September 25   |  8:00 AM -  8:00 PM 

Self-guided tour of the Oxbow, by car or on foot. Points of interest are marked numerically. There will be printed guides in the Oxbow parking area.

 

To reach the Oxbow parking area, go south on US Hwy 50 from the I-275 #16 exit. In about 200 yards, turn left (east) at the edge of the Circle K (between the Circle K and Waffle House) and go over the levee to where the road T’s with a fence directly in front of you. Turn right and go to the Oxbow entrance sign. Turn left into the Oxbow. The upper parking area is immediately on the right.  You can also use Google Maps and search for "Oxbow Nature Conservancy".

 

Hosted by Oxbow Inc.| ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Oxbow Nature Conservancy

17160-17278 Reardon Drive

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

(812) 290-2941

Hike with an Urban Forester |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

We'll be hiking a portion of the Benny Vastine loop for an approximate total of 1-mile. There is a small parking lot directly across from the trailhead, as well as an overflow lot down Montague closer to Sleepy Hollow. There are a few places where the trail gets rocky or narrow (due to plant overgrowth), so please consider this a medium difficulty hike. We also recommend wearing close-toed shoes and long pants to prevent injury/exposure to irritants like poison ivy.

 

Hosted by City of Covington | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Benny Vastine Trailhead

1755 Montague Road

Covington, KY 41016

(859) 380-5944

Bird Watching Hike |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

Join expert birder Travis Young for a hike on the Lee McNeely Birding Trail. Travis will share his knowledge showcasing the trail's many bird residents as well as the fall migratory birds that are passing through Northern Kentucky.

 

Hosted by The Boone Conservancy & NKY Bird Club | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Northern Kentucky. Conservancy Park

5989 Burlington Pike

Burlington, KY 41005

(859) 743-8173

 

Sensing Yourself in Nature |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

Meet at the Shelter at the New Kenton County Park to obtain a 5 Senses in Nature Scavenger Hunt card. Spend some time on the trails in a self-directed hunt to discover nature with all of your senses. Afterwards, pick up a craft kit to take home and a snack at the shelter. Co-Sponsored by Kenton County Public Library. 

Hosted by Kenton County Parks & Recreation and Kenton County Public Library | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

New Kenton County Park

604 Independence Station Road

Independence, KY 41051

(859) 525-7529

Nature Play Day at Pattison Park  |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Come by anytime between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. for open-ended creative play in the Park. We’ll have opportunities for you to explore and play on your own or with other participants, park staff, and volunteers. Ideal for ages 3 – 12 but all ages are welcome! Nature Play Days are designed to allow kids to have meaningful learning experiences in nature which is not just fun, it’s great for health, learning, and development!

 

Hosted by Clermont County Park District  | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Pattison Park Lakeside

2228 US-50

Batavia, OH 45103

(513) 760-8393

Aiken High School Agricultural Pathway Showcase  |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

At Aiken High School in College Hill, we have instituted a robust Agricultural Career Tech Pathway for the benefit of our students, families, and community. Aiken is the historic site of the Farmer’s College, and has revived it agricultural roots. On our campus you will tour the project-based learning evidence of our international students in our school-based community garden and chickens, orchard of diverse fruit trees, honeysuckle removal and habitat restoration, and a natural resource trail linking to the Greater Cincinnati Parks System. During your time on our campus, student leaders and educators will be available to share the unique backgrounds of our international students and the process by which we continue to grow on our campus. Our Agribusiness Student-Roasted Coffee will be available for purchase to drink and in 12 ounce bags at the event, and the proceeds will be donated to the Great Outdoor Weekend.

 

Hosted by Aiken New Tech High School

Aiken High School

5641 Belmont Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45224

(523) 388-8157

Loveland Learning Garden: Scavenger Hunt |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Bring your kids and come enjoy an outdoor garden scavenger hunt!  Use your observation skills to investigate what's growing and living in the fall garden. Follow hints while searching for new discoveries in nature. Find vegetables, smell herbs, collect seeds, learn about compost, identify garden tools, look for living things in the garden habitat and more. Appropriate for ages 4-10. Loveland Learning Garden is located on the grounds of Loveland Primary & Elementary schools (in the center courtyard) at 600 Loveland-Madeira Rd. Visit www.lovelandlearninggarden.org and follow on Instagram and Facebook .

Hosted by Loveland Learning Garden | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Loveland Learning Garden

600 Loveland-Madeira Rd.

Loveland, OH 45140

(513) 658-9382

Fall Plant Sale  |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Civic Garden Center's Fall Plant Sale will features a wide variety of native perennial plants and trees, donated plants, and bulbs. Each booth will be staffed by knowledgable gardeners who can help you decide which plant is best suited for your garden and how to care for that plant. Many of the plants included in our sale were chosen because of the wide range of ecological services they offer and were grown from seed collected from local seed sources. This event will also include tours of our grounds, a celebration of the 10 year anniversary of our Green Learning Station, a bake sale, a garden book sale, and music.

 

Hosted by Civic Garden Center | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Civic Garden Center

2715 Reading Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45206

(513) 221-0981

 

3rd Annual Run the Riffles  |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Paddle the Mill Creek and do some creek side exploration during the Great Outdoor Weekend. The 3rd Annual Run the Riffles will again include a kayak race, a mini urban stream adventure (paddle/pedal/walk loop), a Spacewalk, and a Mill Creek float. Events kick off at Salway Park, along the Greenway Trail, in Spring Grove Village. Event details coming soon at:

https://www.themillcreekalliance.org/calendar-of-events/2021/9/25/run-the-riffles

 

Hosted by Mill Creek Alliance | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Salway Park

4330 Spring Grove Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

513-563-8800

Competitive Bird-Watching and Open Trails  |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

The Grail at Grailville in Loveland welcomes guests for Great Outdoor Weekend. This location will host competitive birdwatching--an activity great for folks of all ages and abilities--that also helps The Grail track biodiversity. Guests will find the trails and outdoor labyrinth open for use as well. The Grail invites guests to bring picnic lunches to enjoy the rustic setting. The Grail is located on 72 acres just outside Loveland at 931 O'Bannonville Road. https://goo.gl/maps/L3vMwGqtwG7PY36v5

 

Hosted by The Grail in the US

The Grail at Grailville

931 O'Bannonville Road

Loveland, OH 45140

+1 (513) 683-2340-2

Great Outdoor Weekend at Big Bone Lick  |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

9:00 A.M. Bison Trace & Cedar Run Trail Mosaic:

The outing begins with a guided walk to see the bison herd and hear of their natural history. The hiking begins as we progress along upland forest ridges through a genuinely peaceful area of Big Bone Lick. Enjoy the serenity of wooded seclusion as you ply the trails of one of Kentucky’s most unique parks. Location: Museum Approximate Time: 1-1.5 Hours Ages: All Ages

 

1:00 P.M. Big Bone Beginnings:

Have you ever wondered what is so special about Big Bone Lick? Why does it have such a funny name? This program will answer all those questions and more. The program begins with a discussion of the natural and geologic history of Big Bone Lick followed by a guided tour of the exhibits, including the diorama pit, and concludes with a short walk (0.5 miles) to the main salt-sulfur spring on the park. Location: Museum Approximate Time: 45 minutes Ages: All Ages

 

3:00 P.M. The Nature of Big Bone Lick:

Tree Edition: Ahhh nature… it is one of the best things about Big Bone. There are many sides to the nature of the Park including our trees. On this one mile long walk, we will cover the basics of tree ID and learn about 10 common trees of Big Bone Lick. Location: Museum Approximate Time: 45 Minutes Ages: All Ages

 

5:00 P.M. Fire Starting, the Pioneer way:

Would you be able to start a fire without matches or a lighter? Come discover how to start fire using flint and steel like the pioneers did. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at starting a fire. Location: Recreation Shelter Approximate Time: 45 Minutes Ages: All Ages

 

Hosted by Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

3380 Beaver Rd.

Union, KY 41091

(859) 384-3522

Free Pedal Boat Rentals  |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

Take a pedal boat out on Miami Whitewater Forest Lake for (1) hour to enjoy what a great diverse ecosystem Miami Whitewater Forest Lake offers. Must be 16 years of age or older to rent the boat. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18 years or older). Boats will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Miami Whitewater Forest Boathouse

9001 Mt. Hope Rd

Harrison, OH 45030

(513) 245-7447

Garden Art  |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  &  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Garden Art participants will have the opportunity to turn hubcaps into flowers, rocks into ladybugs, fences into masterpieces! Young and old, experience and no experience, all hands are welcome! Let's create a colorful garden together.

 

Hosted by Food & Growers Association | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Batesville Community Garden

707 Columbus Avenue

Batesville, IN 47006

(812) 216-9377

East Fork Canoe Adventure  |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:30 AM - 11:00 AM 

Join the Clermont County Park District and the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District at Roadside Park in Batavia for an hour long canoe trip down the East Fork Little Miami River. We’ll l search for beaver, wood ducks, turtles, and other aquatic wildlife then make a brief stop at Sycamore Park. Children over 10 are welcome! Participants need to be able to get in and out of canoes and walk through shallow waters. You will get wet! Registration is required to rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov.

 

Hosted by Clermont County Park District; Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Roadside Park

4435 OH-222

Batavia, OH 45103

(513) 760-8393

Free Admission to Highfield Discovery Garden |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:30 AM - 5:00 PM 

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Highfield Discovery Garden, this is a great opportunity to explore the themed gardens with your children at no cost. Great Parks one of a kind 12-acre Children’s Garden is designed to encourage guest to explore the natural world in a fun, engaging environment. Come play in the Discovery Tree, tiptoe past a dragon and meet some of our animal ambassadors. Recommended for families with Children under the age of twelve.

 

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Glenwood Gardens

10397 Springfield Pike

Cincinnati, OH 4215

(513) 245-7447

Wildlife Walk-a-about  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 11:00 PM 

Let’s get wild on this excursion into the forests of Miami Whitewater Forest. Explore animal, homes, footprints and more as you explore this wonderful world of wildlife. Close-toed shoes recommended. Meet at the Timberlakes Program Shelter. 10 a.m. program (Sign Language Interpreter Provided)

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Miami Whitewater Forest, Timberlakes Program Shelter

9001 Mt. Hope Rd

Harrison, OH 45030

(513) 245-7447

Adventure Hike at Kirby Nature Preserve|  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Please join us at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 25th for an Adventure Hike at Kirby Nature Center! A moderate hike will begin through our prairie and into a beautiful cedar glade. Then we’ll hike up a creek valley through an equally beautiful forest. A strenuous hike will also begin through our prairie and cedar glade, then we’ll climb through a very nice mature forest to a hillside limestone quarry where you’ll be treated to a view of the Ohio River Valley. For both hikes, meet at Kirby Nature Preserve, 2 East Main Street in Addyston, Ohio. A map can be found on our website https://www.westernwildlifecorridor.org/map/kirby/. Contact Tim at 513-922-2104 for details.

Hosted by Western Wildlife Corridor | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Western Wildlife Corridor

2 East Main Street

Addyston, OH 45001

(513) 922-2104

Free Ten Minute Golf Lesson |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

If you’ve always wanted to try out golf but never had the nerve or just want to get a quick fix, come visit the driving range at Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course where PGA Professionals will provide free 10-minute golf lessons. First come, first served as time allows.

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course

8801 Mt. Hope Rd.

Harrison, OH 45030

(513) 245-7447

Reptiles with Naturalist Shannon |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Landen Deerfield Park, 2258 US-22, Maineville, OH 45039 https://goo.gl/maps/V94pXPwFndBVxFyH9 Meet our Ohio registered Ohio Division of Wildlife animal ambassadors with Naturalist Shannon and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists during this open-house-style outdoor event. Then go on a scavenger hunt to look for our numerous resident turtles in the Landen Deerfield Park pond. Stanley the gray rat snake, Leonard the woodland box turtle, Speedy the map turtle, and Noodle the eastern musk turtle look forward to meeting you!

Hosted by Warren Country Park District 

Landen Deerfield Park

2258 US-22

Maineville, OH 45039

(513) 833-7360

Honeysuckle Removal |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Northside Greenspace Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization founded to identify, preserve, and restore natural areas in Northside and surrounding communities. Northside is a neighborhood known for its diverse population, its wonderful old houses, its hip shops and restaurants, and its civic spirit. Many Northside organizations work together to maintain a vibrant, safe, inclusive community. We share information about the civic issues and environmental processes that impact natural areas. We lead field trips that provide community members with the opportunity to experience the beauty and complexity of nature. Our work projects provide hands-on learning experiences for community members and result in tangible improvements to our greenspaces. Our advocacy alerts public and private agencies and individuals to what they can do to conserve and improve our urban ecosystems. Northside Greenspace Inc. works at maintaining a different kind of community: the mature forests and natural areas that surround Northside's urban core. These hillside greenspaces — Parker Woods, Buttercup Valley, and Badgely Run, all owned or managed by the Cincinnati Park Board — represent some of the nicest preserves in the city, and all are within walking distance of anywhere in Northside. http://northsidegreenspace.org.

 

Hosted by Northside Greenspace Inc. | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Parker Woods Montessori School parking lot

4370 Beech Hill Ave

Cincinnati, OH 45223

(513) 399-7996

LiveWell Ludlow Landscape Hike  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Meet LiveWell Ludlow community coalition members at Carlisle Field (Ludlow) where Sleepy Hollow meets Deverill St. on Saturday, September 25th between 10am-12pm. There is ample off street parking. You will be provided with a walking map of trail systems that lead to Devou Park and through the City of Ludlow. Families are welcome with the understanding that the paths are NOT stroller and wheelchair friendly. Pets are welcomed but leash laws are enforced. You and your family will also create a Take Away Garden to grow vegetables and herbs for your home. A recipe card will be provided to make homemade salsa. The Take Away Garden and Trail Map are FREE for all participants (1 limit per family). No RSVP required.

 

Hosted by LiveWell Ludlow

Carlisle Field

Sleepy Hollow Rd.

Ludlow, KY 41016

(859) 341-4264

Play, Explore, Build at AJ Jolly Park |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Play, Explore, and Build with the Campbell County Public Library while outside enjoying the park! Families will also be entertained by a balloon artist from Cincinnati Circus! We will supply all of the necessary building materials and you supply the imagination and creativity. This will be a family friendly STEAM based building program with an emphasis on engineering. We will explore building with materials including Makedo Cardboard Construction tools, Rigamajig, Big Blue Blocks, Plus Plus blocks, Keva planks, Tegu Magnetic blocks, Polydron Sphera, and more. https://www.cc-pl.org/events/play-explore-build-at-a-j-jolly-park-2

 

Hosted by Campbell County Public Library

AJ Jolly Park  ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

1501 Race Track Road

Alexandria, KY 41001

(859) 572-5035

Introduction to Green Burial Hike  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary is the only dedicated natural burial ground in the Tri-State Region. Comprised of 40 gorgeous acres of rolling hills, meadows, woodlands and creeks located just east of I-275, Heritage Acres is a unique natural setting where people can be laid to rest in an environmentally friendly return to the earth, "ashes to ashes, dust to dust," as has always been the traditional human way. In short, Heritage Acres is a preserve where nature is allowed to be, well, nature -- more like a park than what we have come to think of as a "cemetery." This tour and hike will be led by Heritage Acres founder Bill Gupton, Cincinnati's local expert on "green burial," so there will be plenty of opportunity to ask any and all questions about that subject. But it will also be just a lovely (and occasionally strenuous) hike on woodland trails, across creeks, and through fields replete with stunning natural beauty. Directions to Heritage Acres can be found here: https://www.heritageacresmemorial.org/visits/

 

Hosted by Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary

796 Locust Corner Road

Cincinnati, OH 45245

(513) 633-8703

Green School and Nature Playscape Tours  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

Bethany School in Glendale invites you to come explore the only Net Zero school building in the Midwest and the 2nd-most energy efficient in the US! Our new LEED Platinum certified school buildings and nature playscape, designed by Emersion Design LLC and constructed by Conger Construction Group, will be open for drop-in tours starting at 10am. The event will conclude at 12pm with a game of kickball with members of our school community!

 

Visitors will begin in the new sustainably designed cafeteria / dining hall, where coffee, tea, snacks and educational materials will be available to introduce them to the LEED Platinum buildings. Guides will be available to show you around the buildings and outdoor, nature-inspired playscape and to answer any questions you may have. At noon, we will head outside to enjoy a game of kickball (a religion here at Bethany School) in a small field adjacent to our nature playscape. Care will be available for younger children in our nature playscape while elementary aged children and older play kickball in the adjacent field.

 

Location: Bethany School is located in Glendale Village, with easy access from I-75. Signage around the campus will direct you from the main parking lot on Oak Road to the dining hall where the tours will begin. Google Maps link to our school: https://goo.gl/maps/vxWgiQRhjqzWb5mL6

 

Hosted by Bethany School

Bethany School

555 Albion Ave

Cincinnati, OH 45246

(513) 331-5200

Donut Bike Ride  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Red Bike hosts a Saturday morning bike ride series called Picnic Club. Join us for the Donut Ride on Saturday, September 25 at 10 a.m. Enjoy a sweet treat before taking to the road, lanes, and trails for an 8-mile, conversational-pace bike ride Uptown. The ride meets at the Howell & Clifton Red Bike station located at 322 Howell Avenue, 45220 in the Clifton neighborhood. Everyone is invited to participate! Ride starts at 10:00 AM. Dress appropriately for the weather and the bike ride. Wear a helmet. Bring water to stay hydrated. You must be 18 years of age or older to use Red Bike, or accompanied by an adult who takes responsibility for the minor’s Red Bike use.

 

Hosted by Cincy Red Bike | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Howell & Clifton Red Bike Station

322 Howell Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

(513) 621-2453

Free Outdoor Modern Dance Class  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Take a free outdoor community modern dance class at Salway Park! Join us for a class on Saturday, Sept 25, at either 10-11am or 12-1pm. While you are there enjoy the park along the Mill Creek and activities from the Mill Creek Alliance. At the end of each class there will be a short 5 minute performance of choreography from this year's Global Water Dances. This class is mainly designed for adults and teens, and older kids can also participate with parents. Live drumming will accompany the classes. It is recommended that you sign up in advance by emailing alissa.stachowski@gmail.com, but you can also just show up that morning. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can move in - class may be held on grass or pavement. Salway Park is on Spring Grove Avenue near Crawford Avenue and Winton Road, and is across the street from Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. There are 2 parking lots and street parking. The class will be closer to the orange playground area and Old Timber Inn.

 

Alissa Stachowski, Dance Instructor (with Mill Creek Alliance site at Salway) | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Salway Park

Spring Grove Ave. 

Cincinnati, OH 45232

(513) 807-1348

Orchard Build  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

As a part of Great Outdoor Weekend, we will be establishing a new public orchard in North Fairmont. Please join us and help plant a tree! RSVP here - If you are able to join and sign up, please do follow through! It changes our plans and makes these days difficult if people change their mind last minute. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Common Orchard (GU) | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

North Fairmont New Orchard Lot

1808 Baltimore Ave

Cincinnati, OH 45225-1903

(513) 379-1197

Field Science for the People  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

We will have an open house with several stations for small groups to learn more about natural plants, watersheds, invasive species, restoration and management. We will partner as appropriate with Great Parks. The UCCFS is located in Miami Whitewater Park.

 

Hosted by UC Center for Field Studies, Miami Whitewater Park | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

UC Center for Field Studies

11053 Oxford Rd

Harrison, OH 45030

(513) 295-6159

Open House at Permaganic Ecogarden Food Forest  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Permaganic, Co is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which manages the EcoGarden and Main Street Kitchen located in Mt. Auburn/Over the Rhine. For over 23 years, the EcoGarden has been one of the most positive, vital and stable forces in this community. In 1998, Turner Farm and the Civic Garden Center teamed up with IMPACT Over-the- Rhine to build a youth-centered community garden in an area that was deemed high-risk and in the midst of dilapidated housing and blighted lots. Despite the changes that have occurred over time, the youth in this neighborhood still face challenges. Many of them are fighting hunger issues, and all of them need a safer, more nurturing environment. Permaganic was established in 2010 and has continued to fulfill this crucial role in the neighborhood.

Hosted by Permaganic Co. | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Permaganic EcoGarden Food Forest

1718 Main Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 621-4769

 

Tree Sale Pick Up |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

All native tree and shrub orders must be placed by September 3rd. Plants will be available for pick up on September 25th at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve and Sharon Woods. https://www.hcswcd.org/treesale.html

 

Hosted by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve

3455 Poole Road
​Colerain Township, OH 45251

Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Road
Sharonville, OH 45241

(513) 772-7645

Fun by the Little Miami Scenic River  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

Izaak Walton League, Cincinnati Chapter is once again hosting several activities outdoors on our Lodge and Grounds. Izaak Walton League is located at 544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd., Loveland, Ohio. Join us for outside activities including Kayaking Lessons, Archery, Air Rifles, Fly Fishing Lessons, Fly tying, Rock Painting and Color Contest. Hiking and Biking always available.

 

Hosted by IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE OF AMERICA INC | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Little Miami Scenic River

544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd

Loveland, OH 45224

+11513394187

Storytime in the Park  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

Enjoy the great outdoors with a special nature themed storytime in your local park or library. For children and families. For a list of locations and times, visit cinlib.org/events (direct link is https://cincinnatilibrary.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=great%20outdoor%20weekend%20storytime)

Hosted by Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Various Locations

(513) 369-7855

Archaeological Site Tour  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Guard Archaeological Site tour that includes a tour of the excavation, the village site, the ARI gardens, and a information booklet on local archaeology and the Guard Site.

 

Hosted by The Archaeological Research Institute | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Archaeological Research Institute

424 Walnut Street

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

(812) 290-2966

Great Outdoor Weekend Artists' Market  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Daily at the Rowe Visitor Center, meet local artists and makers who use the great outdoors for inspiration for their work.

 

Hosted by The Cincinnati Nature Center | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

(513) 965-4899

Guided Hike @ Portman Trail, Edge of Appalachia  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  &  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Take a guided nature hike up the Helen C. Black Trail at the Edge of Appalachia that will pass through ridgetop hardwood forests, Atlantic white cedar stands, moss covered boulders, and end at the overlook platform to see Cedar Falls.

 

To get to the Helen C. Black Trail, take the quickest route for you east of Cincinnati. SR-32, or SR-52 are the two quickest choices, with SR-125 being a slower option. Approximately drive time will be 1 hour 30 minutes, one way, from the center of Cincinnati.

Use this Google Maps link to get directions to the parking lot of the trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/xFjcKBn8eejUdnJM6

Only one guided hike is offered given the length of the trail.  Departure time from the trailhead will be 11AM, so please arrive by 10:50AM to make sure you are able to join the group.  The hike is will end at least by 4PM, although it may end sooner depending on the group. 


The trail is 1.6 miles, one-way, for a total hiking distance of 3.2 miles. Conditions will be slightly muddy, to potentially very muddy in place, depending on recent weather.  Footing is moderately difficult with exposed roots and rocks.

No restroom facilities are located at this trailhead. 

As with any outdoor hiking option, please bring water for the hike, snacks and or a lunch, and be both weather and tick aware in your clothing choices.

 

Hosted by The Nature Conservancy in Ohio

Edge of Appalachia Preserve System's Joan Jones Portman Trail

3223 Waggoner Riffle Rd.

West Union, OH 45693

(937) 672-8576

Autumn Native Plant and Bird Seed Sale  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Turn your yard into a pollinator and wildlife paradise and stock up while supplies last! Select from more than 60 species of native plants, shrubs, and trees, and a wide assortment of bird seed, nuts, and suet.

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

(513) 965-4899

Farm Encounters Walk  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Taste our garden veggies, join the animals in their pasture, learn to feed chickens, and walk through our historic buildings in this public, guided farm walk! This program is the perfect introduction to all that happens at Gorman Heritage Farm for new members, first time farm visitors, families, and individuals looking to get closer to the animals and gardens.

 

FAQs

What ages is this program suited for?

This program is great for adults and families with children over 3 years old. This is a delightful way for participants of all ages to get a more behind-the-scenes look at the farm’s history, animals, and food production.

 

What should I wear?

Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk about a mile on a path with some detours into pastures. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended for those wishing to get closer to the animals.

 

Where should we park and meet?

You can park in our parking and meet the educator in front of the Interpretive Center.

 

Hosted by Gorman Heritage Farm | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Gorman Heritage Farm

10052 Reading Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45241

(513) 967-0058

Leaf Art  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Celebrate the Great Outdoors with a nature inspired art project. Make a leaf person or learn how to use leaves to make stamps! For location information, visit https://cincinnatilibrary.org/locations/AN/

 

Hosted by Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Anderson Branch Library

7450 State Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45230

(513) 369-7855

 

Nature Play  |  Saturday, September 25   |  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Explore nature through play! Children and their families can discover nature through gardening and pond play, nature sensory bins, and a forest tree dramatic play area. Bring the whole family and enjoy nature with us! Event will be held rain or shine. For location information, visit https://cincinnatilibrary.org/locations/GE/

 

Hosted by Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Green Township Branch Library

6525 Bridgetown Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45248

(513) 369-7855

Hiking 101 for Teens  |  Saturday, September 25   |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Teens are invited to join staff from the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library at French Park as we celebrate National Public Lands Day and the Great Outdoor Weekend, in partnership with Cincinnati Parks! Newbie hikers and seasoned pros can join us to learn about how to identify different regional plants, some tips on how to prepare for a hike, and to just enjoy our local parks! All registrants will receive a (free!) hiking kit. #getoutside! We will meet in front of the house. (view park map) https://www.cincinnatiparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/French_Trails2017_11x17_web.pdf Map to French Park https://www.google.com/maps/place/French+Park/@39.1963929,-84.4261765,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xc1917e32255270f9!8m2!3d39.1963929!4d-84.4261765

Hosted by Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library| ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

French Park

3012 Section Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45237

(513) 369-7855

Monarch and Butterfly Hunt  |  Saturday, September 25   |  11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Let’s search for butterflies! This park is full of wonderful plants for pollinators, and tons of butterflies! Join MetroParks and Bob Nuhn on a hunt for these fluttering beauties. Bob has had the butterfly "bug" ever since childhood and has led a local butterfly count for years - even submitting his findings to the North American Butterfly Association! This free program is open to all ages.

 

Hosted by MetroParks of Butler County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Forest Run MetroPark - Timberman Ridge Area

1976 Timberman Road

Hamilton, OH 45013

(513) 867-5835

Canoeing and Camping Skills  |  Saturday, September 25   |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

In partnership with the Cincinnati Parks, the Camping and Education Foundation staff leads canoeing (all equipment provided) and various hands-on camping skills. The last canoeing session begins at 2:30 pm. Park on Brookline Drive off of Ludlow/Jefferson Avenue. Call 513-772-7479 for more information.

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks/Camping and Education Foundation | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Burnet Woods

3251 Brookline Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45220

(513) 772-7479

Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary  |  Saturday, September 25   |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

Come wander and wonder with us at Hilltop Farm Nature Preserve's restored pollinator habitat as we discover some extraordinary insights into the relationships between pollinators and flowers. This program is for all ages. We will embark on a personal, guided hike through the restoration to get an intimate view of the habits of pollinators and how flowers are designed to attract pollinators. Please bring hand lenses, binoculars, journaling materials or anything else that helps you discover natural history of pollinators. Afterwards, you are free to explore and make connections on your own. Hilltop Farm has mowed trails and open habitat, so please wear appropriate shoes and dress accordingly. You will need to hike a little ways (almost a half mile) from parking to get to the restored site and trails. Preserve address: 28797 Stout Road, West Harrison, Indiana 47060 Detailed information, driving instructions, and guide for Hilltop Farm Nature Preserve can be found through links at https://oakheritageconservancy.org/2015/09/09/hilltop-farm/.

Preserve map:

https://oakheritageconservancy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Hilltop-Preserve-Guide.pdf

Driving instructions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//28797+Stout+Rd,+West+Harrison,+IN+47060/@39.0005908,-85.7621952,9z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x88402c277ea9f10b:0x561730c281585fbd!2m2!1d-84.8281616!2d39.2872358

 

Hosted by Oak Heritage Conservancy | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Oak Heritage Conservancy

28797 Stout Road

West Harrison, IN 47060

(812) 701-2531

Fly Tying and Fly Casting Demonstrations  |  Saturday, September 25   |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

BUFF will provide at least 3 fly tyers and 3 fly casters to demonstrate skills. We will give individuals opportunities to tie their own flies and try their hand at fly casting. BUFF members have tables set up to demonstrate and help attendees tie flies. We also have an area set up to have attendees use pour fly rods.

 

Hosted by Buckeye United Fly Fishers | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Izaak Walton League

544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd

Loveland, OH 45140

(513) 543-4056

International Children’s Day  |  Saturday, September 25   |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

The Cincinnati USA Sister City Association (CINUSCA) is delighted to partner with USA Balloonatics to celebrate Cincinnati’s first ever, International Children’s Day. Celebrate the children of the world and the culture and heritage of our neighbors and friends from around the globe. Festivities will include a parade, food trucks, cultural entertainment, and more! CINUSCA is connected to nine cities around the world through the Sister City Program. They include Liuzhou, China, Gifu, Japan, Kharkov, Ukraine, Munich, Germany, Harare, Zimbabwe, Nancy, France, New Taipei City, Taiwan, Mysore, India, and Amman, Jordan. This celebration is an opportunity to introduce our Sister Cities to the people of Cincinnati. Enjoy the family friendly festivities and learn more about our global connections right here at home. For more information, please contact Bob Herring (Robert.c.herring@gmail.com) or Rama Kasturi (rama.kasturi64@gmail.com). Registration is not required for this event.

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks/Cincinnati USA Sister City Association | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Trailside Nature Center

3251 Brookline Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45220

(513) 751-3679

Community Art Walk |  Saturday, September 25   | 11:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Walking tour of more than 30 pieces of public art in and around downtown Batesville including The Umbrella Sky Project, Batesville's international art exhibit. Tours will offer the history of over 30 pieces of public art at 23 stops in downtown Batesville, as well as local schools, library, and businesses. A total of 8 tour times will be offered each day with groups leaving every ½ hour from 11 am-2:30 pm. Tours will last approximately 90 minutes. Walking tours will cover around 3.5 miles. Bus tours are also available for anyone requiring transportation during this event. Individuals are encouraged to register for a guided tour time at https://www.baacindiana.org/registration. Self-led tours can also be enjoyed by using the interactive map on this same webpage.

 

Hosted by Batesville Area Arts Council

Veteran's Park

401 South Street

Batesville, IN 47006

(630) 445-3630

Pursuing PawPaws |  Saturday, September 25   | 11:00 PM - 12:00 PM  &  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Go on the hunt for Ohio’s native tropical fruit and chat all things pawpaw with a nature interpreter on the way. Sturdy shoes recommended.

 

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre

11450 Lebanon Rd

Sharonville, OH 45241

(513) 245-7447

Stand Up Paddleboard Try-It Sessions  |  Saturday, September 25   |  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Have you ever paddled … while standing up? Why not try it? Join certified American Canoe Association instructors for a 20-minute session focusing on techniques to stay on your board while maneuvering on flatwater. All equipment is provided. Participants must properly fit in provided lifejackets and not exceed the 250-pound board capacity. For ages 16 and up. Limited availability. Water and weather dependent. (Reserve a spot at greatparks.org)

 

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Winton Woods Harbor

10245 Winton Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45231

(513) 245-7447

Meet Great Parks Raptor Ambassadors  |  Saturday, September 25   |  12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Drop in to meet and greet a variety of local, native birds of prey. Interpreters will be on hand to answer questions. Cameras and sketchpads are welcome.

 

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Winton Woods Harbor

10245 Winton Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45231

(513) 245-7447

Farmyard Fun on the Farm  |  Saturday, September 25   |  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Contact yard will be open for petting of our many farmyard friends from noon-3 p.m. Education Interpreters will be hosting fun farm programs all afternoon. Pony, Cow and Donkey meet and greets along with spending some time with our Llama. Watch and learn about the animals, how they are groomed and cared for.

 

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Parky's Farm in Winton Woods

10073 Daly Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45231

(513) 245-7447

Arboretum on Wheels and Butterfly Garden Tours  |  Saturday, September 25   |  12:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

The Boone County Arboretum in a 121 acre campus that contains over 3,600 plant and tree species that are kept in conservation as a living museum. Our facility has over 2 miles of paved walking trails, children's garden, vegetable garden, and butterfly garden as well as a bird viewing area, amphitheater, and short unpaved hiking trails. Our program for GOW includes tours of our butterfly garden, a kids craft, and a hands-on experience with our mobile classroom, the Arboretum on Wheels. We will also have native trees, shrubs, vines, and pollinator plants available for a suggested donation.

 

Hosted by Boone County Arboretum | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Boone County Arboretum

9190 Camp Ernst Road

Union, KY 41091

(301) 481-8978

Environmental Education Center & Nature Trails  |  Saturday, September 25   |  12:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Nature center has numerous interactive displays, native wildlife specimens, bird blind, aquarium and wildlife observation areas. Learn about Kentucky plants and animals in and around AJ Jolly Park and its 200-acre lake. The Center has two main nature trails: the Interpretive Trail and the Homestead Trail. The Interpretive Trails is almost one mile long over gentle terrain with paved, boardwalk, gravel and turf walking surfaces. Trail visitors will experience field, forest and wetland habitats, and find numerous educations signs describing the many natural features of the Center. The Homestead Trail is a 1/3 mile forested loop trail over moderate terrain. Lot of educational opportunities, scenic beauty, and peaceful retreats.

 

Campbell County Environmental Education Center at AJ Jolly Park | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Campbell County Environmental Education Center 

1261 Race Track Road

Alexandria, KY 41001

(859) 572-2600

Winton Queen Sightseeing  |  Saturday, September 25   |  12:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Take a sightseeing cruise aboard the Winton Queen on Winton Lake. Guest will learn about the history of the park and keep an eye out for wildlife. Cruses will run every 30 minutes, max capacity 20 guest per. cruise, all ages welcomed.

 

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Winton Woods Harbor

10245 Winton Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45231

(513) 245-7447

Storytime with a Naturalist  |  Saturday, September 25   |  2:00 PM - 2:30 PM 

Storytime in the Picnic Grove – Nature themed book reading with our naturalist staff and a simple craft. Stay to hike & explore LaBoiteaux Woods on your own. Online registration for this event is required by September 21st. Please register at https://www.cincinnatiparks.com/explore-nature. For more information, please call 513-542-2909 or email lara.wardlow@cincinnati-oh.gov. All outdoors. Severe weather cancels event.

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks, Explore Nature! | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve

5400 Lanius Lane

Cincinnati, OH 45224

(513) 542-2909

 

Get "Wild" at the Library |  Saturday, September 25   |  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Can you eat like a bird? Build like a spider? Travel like a seed? Catch a fish? Come try these challenges and more at our Great Outdoors Party on the Patio and then make a cool birdfeeder to take home. For location information, visit https://cincinnatilibrary.org/locations/SH/

Hosted by Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Sharonville Branch Library

10980 Thornview Dr.

Cincinnati, OH 45241

(513) 369-7855

Paseo Silvestre |  Saturday, September 25   |  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Saquemos a relucir nuestro lado salvaje en esta excursión por los bosques de Miami Whitewater Forest. Descubre animales, hogares, huellas y más mientras exploras el maravilloso mundo de la vida silvestre en este programa bilingüe para disfrutar de la naturaleza. Se recomienda el uso de zapatos cerrados. El grupo se reúne en el refugio del programa Timberlakes. (Gratis)

 

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Miami Whitewater Forest, Timberlakes Program Shelter

9001 Mt. Hope Rd

Harrison, OH 45030

(513) 245-7447

Amazing Animals  |  Saturday, September 25   |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 

Animals are amazing! Some can run fast, while others can fly or swim. They all have incredible adaptations for survival and have so much to teach us! Join in and learn about different types of animals while visiting with live animal ambassadors. This free program is open to all ages!

 

Hosted by MetroParks of Butler County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Village Green Park

301 Wessel Drive

Fairfield, OH 45014

(513) 867-5835

California Creek Crawl  |  Saturday, September 25   |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 

Celebrate Great Outdoor Weekend with us by exploring Lick Run Creek. Look for wildlife (macroinvertebrates) and signs of verrrrry ancient wildlife (fossils) at the same time! Wear sturdy, closed toed shoes for this fun yet muddy exploration. Please register at https://www.cincinnatiparks.com/explore-nature. Registration closes on 9/22/2021 by 12:00am. Severe weather, thunderstorms, or high wind advisory cancels this event. For more information, please call (513) 231-8678 or email gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov.

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks, Explore Nature! | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

California Woods Nature Preserve

5400 Kellogg Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45230

(513) 231-8678

Free Row Boat Rentals At Sharon Woods Harbor  |  Saturday, September 25   |  2:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Take a row boat out Sharon Lake for (1) hour to enjoy what a great diverse eco system Great Parks Lakes offer. Must be 16 years of age or older to rent the boat. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18 years or older). Boats will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Sharon Woods Harbor

11450 Lebanon Rd

Sharonville, OH 45241

(513) 245-7447

Free Row Boat Rentals at Winton Woods  |  Saturday, September 25   |  2:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Take a row boat out on Winton Lake for (1) hour to enjoy what a great diverse eco system Great Parks Lakes offer. Must be 16 years of age or older to rent the boat. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18 years or older). Boats will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Winton Woods Harbor Boathouse

10245 Winton Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45231

(513) 245-7447

Hike-and-Pie at Ruder Preserve  |  Saturday, September 25   |  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

The Helen S. Ruder Preserve is on the south side of Four Mile Creek, it provides board-walked access for wheel-chairs and strollers to natural areas adjacent to the Miami University Natural Area Trails and the Oxford Area Trail. Participants can take a leisurely loop path with volunteer interpreters and after completing the walk enjoy pie and refreshments. There is limited parking on Bonham Road, more parking is at Leonard Howell Park on the other side of Four Mile Creek.

Hosted by Three Valley Conservation Trust

The Helen S. Ruder Preserve

G799+5F

Oxford, OH 45056

(513) 524-2150

Outdoor Skills Sessions |  Saturday, September 25   |  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us at various locations across Cincinnati to learn outdoor survival skills from Girl Scouts as they explain or demonstrate skills like fire-building, knife skills, knot-tying and orienteering. Troop 44351 will be at Sycamore Park in Batavia from 3-5 PM.

 

Hosted by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

Sycamore Park

4082 OH-132,

Batavia, OH 45103

(513) 619-1371

Wild Church |  Saturday, September 25   |  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Wild Church is a fresh expression of our need to connect, our need to heal, and our need to be in community. Sharon Woods Buckeye Shelter across from Buckeye Falls is the gathering place. After a time of reflection, participants can take a nature hike, walk a labyrinth, enjoy the playground, admire the Buckeye Falls, and stay for a vegetarian meal. No Great Parks vehicle pass?  No problem!  Tell the gatekeeper you are an invited guest of "Wild Church" for free admission to this event.

 

Hosted by Wild Church Cincinnati

Buckeye Shelter at Sharon Woods

11450 Lebanon Road

Sharonville, OH 45241

(513) 560-4912

Day - Night Sky Watch at CAS |  Saturday, September 25   |  4:00 PM - 11:59 PM 

Spend the day at CAS observing the nearest star to Earth (Safe solar viewing) and your evening observing the early Fall night sky. We'll have our observatories open to the public with sky tours on the hour starting at 9PM.

Hosted by Cincinnati Astronomical Society | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

The Cincinnati Astronomical Society

5274 Zion Rd

Cleves, OH 45002

(513) 304-3270

Concert in the Park and Free Family Activities  |  Saturday, September 25   |  4:30 PM - 7:00 PM 

Enjoy live music in our outdoor amphitheater, go fishing with the Little Miami Conservancy (bring your own pole or borrow one of ours), break a board with Premier Martial Arts, learn about monarch butterflies, and enjoy some refreshments from Marco’s Pizza!

Hosted by Warren County Park District | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Landen-Deerfield Park

2258 US 22/3

Maineville, OH 45039

(513) 833-7360

Free Concert In the Park-Jelly Smooch at Winton Woods Harbor Amphitheatre |  Saturday, September 25   |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Jelly Smooch plays funky rockin’ blues, blues-rock and even some classic soul. The bands bluesy style will captivate with their own unique way of singing and performing the blues.

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Winton Woods Harbor

10245 Winton Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45231-2626

(513) 245-7447

Oxbow GUIDED TOUR  |  Saturday, September 25   |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

We will meet in the Upper Parking Lot and will travel by car to drive along the Oxbow road, stopping at each point of interest to view wildlife and discuss the land. IF this date is full, Check Sunday, 9/26/21. Registration closes at midnight 9/23/21 Directions will be provided by noon on 9/24 along with confirmation of your reservation. Register here: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/MpbfovlsJFZZGvxbWdBilA

Hosted by Oxbow Inc. | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Oxbow Nature Conservancy

17160-17278 Reardon Drive

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

(812) 290-2941

Senses in the Dark |  Saturday, September 25   |  7:30 PM - 9:00 PM 

How do our five senses work in the dark? Explore Rentschler Forest MetroPark with us at night time as we do fun activities on an interactive hike! We will be using our night vision during this night hike, so flashlights are not needed. Registration is required by 9/24/21 for this event. Space is limited. To register, please visit: https://reservations.yourmetroparks.net/programs/2622/. This program is free and open to all ages!

 

Hosted by MetroParks of Butler County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Rentschler Forest MetroPark

5701 Reigart Road

Hamilton, OH 45011

(513) 867-5835

Urban Stargazing 101 |  Saturday, September 25   |  8:30 PM - 9:30 PM 

Learn the basics to be a backyard stargazer as we map our way across the Cincinnati night sky! Members of the Future Galileos from the Cincinnati Observatory will be on hand with telescopes, so even your littlest astronomer will have an up-close encounter to the sky above us! Check for weather cancellation by calling (513) 369-4445 by 5pm day of the event. For location information, visit https://cincinnatilibrary.org/locations/BH/

 

Hosted by Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Bond Hill Branch Library

1740 Langdon Farm Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45237

(513) 369-4445

Owl Prowl |  Saturday, September 25   |  9:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

Who’s “Hoo” in the forest at night? Be a night owl with your local naturalist and explore the forest to see and hear owls in their natural habitat. Discover how owls are perfectly adapted for a nocturnal lifestyle, learn some owl calls, then hike a moderate, 1 mile loop through the preserve. Be prepared to hike at night, and wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear for the hike. Flashlights and headlamps are acceptable, but we prefer if possible to use red lights for nighttime instead of standard led lights. Tennis shoe lights are prohibited for this hike.

 

Hosted by Clermont County Park District | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Kelley Nature Preserve

297 OH-126

Loveland, OH 45140

(513) 760-8393

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SUNDAY

Cincinnati Nature Center Free Admission |  Sunday, September 26   |  8:00 AM -  7:30 PM 

Cincinnati Nature Center will provide free admission for Great Outdoor Weekend so everyone can take advantage of our beautiful hiking trails at Rowe Woods.

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

(513) 965-4899

Self-Guided Tour of the Oxbow  |  Sunday, September 26   |  8:00 AM -  8:00 PM 

Self-guided tour of the Oxbow, by car or on foot. Points of interest are marked numerically. There will be printed guides in the Oxbow parking area.

 

To reach the Oxbow parking area, go south on US Hwy 50 from the I-275 #16 exit. In about 200 yards, turn left (east) at the edge of the Circle K (between the Circle K and Waffle House) and go over the levee to where the road T’s with a fence directly in front of you. Turn right and go to the Oxbow entrance sign. Turn left into the Oxbow. The upper parking area is immediately on the right.  You can also use Google Maps and search for "Oxbow Nature Conservancy".

 

Hosted by Oxbow Inc.| ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Oxbow Nature Conservancy

17160-17278 Reardon Drive

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

(812) 290-2941

Breakfast in the Woods |  Sunday, September 26   |  8:00 AM - 9:30 PM 

Join us for a casual, guided hike along the trails winding through 190 acres of field and forest topped off by breakfast and cheer in the woods at our fire ring. Hike will begin at the south entrance to Valley View behind Pattison Elementary School.

 

Hosted by Valley View | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Valley View Nature Preserve

5330 South Milford Road

Milford, OH 45150

(513) 218-1098

Kayak, SUP & Paddle Boats |  Sunday, September 26  |  8:00 AM -  8:00 PM 

AJ Jolly Park and Campground is a 1,000-acre park that offers many outdoor activities. It has kayaks, SUP and paddle boats for rent by the hour on its 200-acre no-wake lake. Enjoy a quiet and peaceful day surrounded by nature. Never been in a kayak, but always wanted to try one out? This is a great opportunity. Life jackets provided.

 

Hosted by AJ Jolly Park | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

AJ Jolly Park and Campground

1501 Race Track Road

Alexandria, KY 41001

(859) 635-4423

The 2021 Lick Run Stormwater 5K and Festival |  Sunday, September 26   |  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

The South Fairmount Community Council and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati are excited to co-host the annual Stormwater 5K and Festival at the Lick Run Greenway on Sunday, September 26th. Enjoy the scenery of this brand new urban park and stream as you complete the 5K around the nation’s largest green infrastructure project and receive a commemorative medal.

 

The 5K will be used to raise funds for the South Fairmount Community Council, a non-profit organization, and to raise awareness of the importance of water quality and flood control for urban communities. This race was inspired by the dedicated and involved people of South Fairmount to attract people from inside and outside the community, educate them on the benefits of healthy neighborhoods and stormwater management, and raise funds to provide services for the residents through their local Community Council. Fortunately, an opportunity to bring awareness to the South Fairmount neighborhood coincides with a project focused on climate change and water quality, with the intentional impact of improving the environment of the neighborhood.

 

Unable to make it on the 26th? This race this year will be hybrid, so you can complete the 5K on your own time and have a medal sent to you. Not big on doing a 5K? No worries! Enjoy food trucks and meet environmental organizations from around Cincinnati at the simultaneous Stormwater Festival being held at the Greenway as well. The 5K will run from 9AM to 2PM, and the Festival from 10AM to 2PM. The registration fee for the 5K is $30 per person and can be paid at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Cincinnati/LickRunStormwater5k. The Lick Run Greenway is located at 1645 Queen City Avenue (45214). Coming from I-75S, take Exit 2B toward Harrison Avenue. Continue onto the Western Hills Viaduct Lower Deck and keep right at the fork, following signs for Beekman St/Queen City Avenue. Merge onto Harrison Avenue, then turn left onto Queen City Avenue. The Greenway will be on the left. See our parking map for additional parking locations.

 

Hosted by South Fairmount Community Council

Lick Run Greenway

1645 Queen City Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45214

(513) 467-8611

Butterfly Walk at Woodland Mound |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

Walk around the prairie at Woodland Mound and spy some butterflies. Learn about the fall flowers that draw these insects to the habitat, identify butterfly species, and make some citizen science observations. Meet at Seasongood Nature Centre

 

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Woodland Mound Seasongood Nature Center

8250 Old Kellogg Rd

Anderson Township, OH 45255

(513) 245-7447

Rooftop Yoga Session at Rhinegeist Brewery |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 11:30 PM 

A yoga instructor from our friends at Embra Studios will host up to 50 participants for a morning yoga session on our rooftop deck. (First come, first serve basis). Sunday 9/26. Doors at 10a, class at 10:30a. On Sunday 9/26 we'll also be offering half off draft to-go purchases when you bring a growler from home to refill!

 

Hosted by Rhinegeist Brewery | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Rhinegeist Brewery

1910 Elm Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

(615) 260-8507

Mountain Bike Group Ride |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Join for a fun day on the Versailles State Park Mountain Bike Trails. This is a no-drop group experience. This means that no one is left behind, and you can count on an experienced leader to be there to help. The riders will have multiple speed groups, from beginner to advanced, and sweepers to ensure everyone returns safely. All attendees will be responsible for bringing enough food and water to endure the entire activity. Beginner groups are more casual paced. These are geared toward riders within their first year of riding mountain bikes and are interested in learning from a mountain bike veteran. Intermediate rides are medium paced rides that are geared toward riders with 2+ years of consistent mountain biking experience. This ride will take breaks, but the focus will be on riding the entire trail system at a reasonable pace. Finally, an advanced ride could form. These are for riders who are looking to push themselves for training or for fun. This group will take breaks, but much shorter than the Intermediate rides. If you like to hammer the pedals, this is the group for you

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Versailles State Park SIMBA/CORA MTB Group ride

1387 US 50

Versailles, IN 47042

(859) 512-5045

Exploring the Great Miami River |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Join us in the river and discover the variety of life under the surface! We'll do some seine fishing, look at macroinvertebrates, hunt for fossils, and more. *Come dressed appropriately to hike and wade on uneven terrain and in the river. Closed toed shoes that are well attached to your feet are a must.* We'll be there from 10:00am - 1:00pm, feel free to drop in anytime and stay as long as you want. Park at the back of the parking lot and follow signs down the path to the river access point. Note that we are not using the canoe launch as our access point for this event.

 

Hosted by Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Miami Township West Community Park

4063 E Miami River Rd.

Cleves, OH 45002

(513) 772-7645

Family Walk Up the Exciting Howard Creek |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

We are limiting this fun event to 20 people, so please RSVP to Bob Bergstein at 513-477-4438 or bergstein123@gmail.com. He will then contact you to confirm your place for this exciting event. Feet will get wet, so wear old sneakers or similar footwear. Great for families. Remember the fun of exploring creeks when you were a kid. This event is great for kids of all ages. We will start our walk at the UC Center for Field Studies (in Miami Whitewater Forest) with our guides Herpetologist-Birder Wayne Wauligman and Botanist Denis Conover. We will then walk a mile up the creek bed of Howard Creek, looking at wildflowers, catching (and releasing) frogs, tadpoles, snakes, fish, butterflies etc. You will get a good look at whatever we see, and our guides can answer your questions about them. We will listen and watch for birds. Last time we saw two bald eagles high in the sky. Howard Creek is surrounded by woods, not on the trail maps. You will feel like you're exploring the Amazon. Some years the creek is mostly dry, but expect water and wear shoes that will get wet as we walk in the creek. Great for the whole family. Hike will finish about 1 pm.

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

University of Cincinnati Center for Field Studies

11053 Oxford Road

Harrison, OH 45030

(513) 477-4438

Y.G.2.G's "Winged" Nature Walk & Picnic at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati  |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

YG.2.G.'s "Winged" Nature Walk & Picnic. Youth and adults will dawn wings from their favorite nature creature. (birds, butterflies, fairies, angels, super hero (with wings) etc. The idea is to be creative as possible. We we walk through a park or trail, while we learn about the culture and history of the nature around us. Ending the day with a Grand Picnic for all! Bring your Picnic Baskets and blankets. Please join us at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati. 2715 Reading Road 45206. YourGo2Girl Youth Entertainment Y.G.2.G. was established in 1996. Over the years Y.G.2.G. has dedicated its efforts in providing art programs to youth and young adults who would otherwise not have access to it. In our program we recruit, train, manage and educate our youth on the importance of the business side of entertainment. Our youth are able to showcase their unique talents, and all their hard work in our annual "Beast of Battles" Talent Competition. We are your "Go 2" for all your entertainment needs at an upcoming event, whether it's a dance group, models, singers, poets, cheer squads we have it all!

 

Hosted by YourGo2Girl (yg2g) Youth Entertainment Drill/Dance Teams

Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member 

2715 Reading Road

Cincinnati, OH 45206

(513) 406-7680

Storytime in the Park  |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

Enjoy the great outdoors with a special nature themed storytime in your local park or library. For children and families. For a list of locations and times, visit cinlib.org/events (direct link is https://cincinnatilibrary.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=great%20outdoor%20weekend%20storytime)

Hosted by Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Various Locations

(513) 369-7855

Archaeological Site Tour  |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Guard Archaeological Site tour that includes a tour of the excavation, the village site, the ARI gardens, and a information booklet on local archaeology and the Guard Site.

 

Hosted by The Archaeological Research Institute | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Archaeological Research Institute

424 Walnut Street

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

(812) 290-2966

Great Outdoor Weekend Artists' Market  |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Daily at the Rowe Visitor Center, meet local artists and makers who use the great outdoors for inspiration for their work.

 

Hosted by The Cincinnati Nature Center | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

(513) 965-4899

Tour the New Whitewater Canal Trail |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Walk or bike a brand new section of the Whitewater Canal Trail. The folks at WCT have been busy building trail this summer and the Great Outdoor Weekend is a “soft opening” for the nearly-completed 11 mile section of trail. The trail follows the historic Whitewater Canal and you can see old locks, the only covered bridge aqueduct in the country and a working grist mill at various places along the trail. Join us on Sunday September 26 from 10AM to 4PM at the Yellow Bank Trailhead parking lot (15040 US 52, at Yellow Bank Road–west of Brookville, IN VIEW IN GOOGLE MAPS). Canal Trail volunteers will be there to tell you about the trail and answer your questions. You can walk or ride on your own, as far as you like, or you can join us for guided walks at 10:30 AM or 1:00 PM. You’ll have your choice of a short walk (about 1 mile) including Lock 21 and wildlife habitat area or a longer walk to Goose Creek (about 3.5 miles total). For the more ambitious travelers, the mill in Metamora is about 5.5 miles from the Yellow Bank Trailhead, and the Laurel Feeder Dam is about 11 miles from Yellow Bank. More information on those destinations will be available from the WCT volunteers.

Hosted by Whitewater Canal Trail | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Whitewater Canal Trail -- Yellow Bank Trailhead

15040 US 52

Metamora, IN 47030

(513) 535-8174

Autumn Native Plant and Bird Seed Sale  |  Sunday, September 26   |  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Turn your yard into a pollinator and wildlife paradise and stock up while supplies last! Select from more than 60 species of native plants, shrubs, and trees, and a wide assortment of bird seed, nuts, and suet.

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

(513) 965-4899

Intro to Orienteering  |  Sunday, September 26   |  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

In partnership with the Cincinnati Parks, Orienteering Cincinnati is offering free "try it" orienteering courses. This sport that combines problem solving, navigation and fitness. Each person competes at their own pace. Families with young children often walk courses together to teach them along the way. Start any time between 11am -2pm. Pre-register at https://www.ocin.org/events.php. Drop-ins welcome. Follow the "orienteering" signs and meet at the Stone Steps Pavilion. For more information, email info@ocin.org.

 

Hosted by Cincinnati Parks/Orienteering Cincinnati | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

1500 Stone Steps Ridge Rd.

Mt Airy Forest, Stone Steps Pavilion

Cincinnati, OH 45223

(513) 405-1426

Nature and History Hike at Cedar Falls Trail  |  Sunday, September 26   |  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Learn about the historic land use in the area of Cedar Mills, OH while overlooking the remains of an early 20th century sawmill at the trailhead. Then depart on a 3.2 mile roundtrip, guided nature hike to see Atlantic white cedar groves, moss covered boulders, and Cedar Falls. The hike will be led by a TNC Ohio field staff.

 

Hosted by The Nature Conservancy in Ohio

35 Cedar Mills Rd

Edge of Appalachia Preserve System's Helen C. Black Trail at Cedar Falls

Blue Creek, OH 45616

(937) 672-8576

Creek STOMP! |  Sunday, September 26   |  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Discover the creek and all the critters who live in and around the water at Sycamore Park. Naturalist Stef will bring all the nets, buckets, and magnifying glasses that you need for your water exploration! Who will catch the biggest crayfish? Wear water-appropriate clothing and shoes

 

Hosted by Clermont Park District | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Sycamore Park

4082 OH-132

Batavia, OH 45103

(513) 760-8393

Community Art Walk |  Sunday, September 26  | 11:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Walking tour of more than 30 pieces of public art in and around downtown Batesville including The Umbrella Sky Project, Batesville's international art exhibit. Tours will offer the history of over 30 pieces of public art at 23 stops in downtown Batesville, as well as local schools, library, and businesses. A total of 8 tour times will be offered each day with groups leaving every ½ hour from 11 am-2:30 pm. Tours will last approximately 90 minutes. Walking tours will cover around 3.5 miles. Bus tours are also available for anyone requiring transportation during this event. Individuals are encouraged to register for a guided tour time at https://www.baacindiana.org/registration. Self-led tours can also be enjoyed by using the interactive map on this same webpage.

 

Hosted by Batesville Area Arts Council

Veteran's Park

401 South Street

Batesville, IN 47006

(630) 445-3630

Arboretum on Wheels and Butterfly Garden Tours  |  Sunday, September 25   |  12:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

The Boone County Arboretum in a 121 acre campus that contains over 3,600 plant and tree species that are kept in conservation as a living museum. Our facility has over 2 miles of paved walking trails, children's garden, vegetable garden, and butterfly garden as well as a bird viewing area, amphitheater, and short unpaved hiking trails. Our program for GOW includes tours of our butterfly garden, a kids craft, and a hands-on experience with our mobile classroom, the Arboretum on Wheels. We will also have native trees, shrubs, vines, and pollinator plants available for a suggested donation.

 

Hosted by Boone County Arboretum | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Boone County Arboretum

9190 Camp Ernst Road

Union, KY 41091

(301) 481-8978

Environmental Education Center & Nature Trails  |  Sunday, September 26   |  12:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Nature center has numerous interactive displays, native wildlife specimens, bird blind, aquarium and wildlife observation areas. Learn about Kentucky plants and animals in and around AJ Jolly Park and its 200-acre lake. The Center has two main nature trails: the Interpretive Trail and the Homestead Trail. The Interpretive Trails is almost one mile long over gentle terrain with paved, boardwalk, gravel and turf walking surfaces. Trail visitors will experience field, forest and wetland habitats, and find numerous educations signs describing the many natural features of the Center. The Homestead Trail is a 1/3 mile forested loop trail over moderate terrain. Lot of educational opportunities, scenic beauty, and peaceful retreats.

 

Campbell County Environmental Education Center at AJ Jolly Park | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Campbell County Environmental Education Center 

1261 Race Track Road

Alexandria, KY 41001

(859) 572-2600

Adventure Hike at Bender Mountain Preserve |  Sunday, September 26   |  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Please join us at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 26th for an Adventure Hike at Bender Mountain Preserve! A
moderate/strenuous hike will climb through a beautiful forest, where at the top is a spectacular view of the
Ohio River Valley. We will meander along the slope of Bender Mountain, and with a little luck will be able to
sample the delectable fruit of the Paw Paw tree. Meet at the gravel parking area on Bender Road about 1⁄2 mile
from Hillside. A map can be found on our website https://www.westernwildlifecorridor.org/map/bender.
Contact Joyce at 513- 921-1543 for details.

 

Hosted by Western Wildlife Corridor | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Western Wildlife Corridor - Bender Mountain Preserve

6320-6468 Bender Rd,

Cincinnati, OH 45233

(513) 921-1543

RAPTOR Inc. Open House  |  Sunday, September 26   |  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

RAPTOR Inc. will open our doors to the public on the last Sunday of each month (March-November) from 1pm to 4pm. During these times our educators will be available to welcome guests, lead tours, conduct educational programs with our avian ambassadors, share biological artifacts, and answer questions. You will have the opportunity to visit various educational stations where you can see and learn about the birds of prey native to our area and the work that RAPTOR Inc. does to protect these magnificent creatures. The Open Houses are FUN and FREE, but DONATIONS are greatly appreciated! DETOUR NOTICE: Between February 8 and November 12, 2021 a road closure could impact your drive to RAPTOR Inc.’s facility. For complete details, see:

https://clermontengineer.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2021/01/c106-418-roundbottom-rd-detour_2-8-21-to-11-12-21_updated-detour.pdf

 

Hosted by RAPTOR Incorporated | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

RAPTOR Incorporated

961 Barg Salt Run Rd.

Milford, OH 45150

(513) 825-3325

Expressing Yourself Through Nature |  Sunday, September 26   | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 

Meet at Shelter 3 at Lincoln Ridge Park. Create art, write, make music, compose poetry, and more- through nature. How does nature inspire you to express your true self? A variety of tools will be provided.

Hosted by Kenton County Parks & Recreation and Kenton County Public Library | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Lincoln Ridge Park, Shelterhouse #3

420 Independence Station Road

Independence, KY 41051

(859) 525-7529

Flowers on the Farm - Show & Tell |  Sunday, September 26   | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

How many flowers can you find at the farm? Who tastes these flowers with their feet? Through fun hands-on activities we will explore the world of flowers. Wonder if any of our farm animals eat flowers? Take home your very own sunflower along with visiting the farm animals, too. FREE program for all ages.

 

Hosted by MetroParks of Butler County | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Chrisholm Historic Farmstead MetroPark

2070 Woodsdale Road

Trenton, OH 45067

(513) 867-5835

Guided Nature Walk and Talk |  Sunday, September 26   | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 

Northside Greenspace Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization founded to identify, preserve, and restore natural areas in Northside and surrounding communities. Northside is a neighborhood known for its diverse population, its wonderful old houses, its hip shops and restaurants, and its civic spirit. Many Northside organizations work together to maintain a vibrant, safe, inclusive community. We share information about the civic issues and environmental processes that impact natural areas. We lead field trips that provide community members with the opportunity to experience the beauty and complexity of nature. Our work projects provide hands-on learning experiences for community members and result in tangible improvements to our greenspaces. Our advocacy alerts public and private agencies and individuals to what they can do to conserve and improve our urban ecosystems. Northside Greenspace Inc. works at maintaining a different kind of community: the mature forests and natural areas that surround Northside's urban core. These hillside greenspaces — Parker Woods, Buttercup Valley, and Badgely Run, all owned or managed by the Cincinnati Park Board — represent some of the nicest preserves in the city, and all are within walking distance of anywhere in Northside. http://northsidegreenspace.org/

 

Hosted by Northside Greenspace Inc. | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Parker Woods Montessori School parking lot

4370 Beech Hill Ave

Cincinnati, OH 45223

(513) 399-7996

Foraging Hike at Heritage Acres |  Sunday, September 26   | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Each month, Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary, Cincinnati's only natural burial ground, offers educational foraging hikes. This month, we welcome Greater Outdoor Weekend participants for a memorable foraging hike. Learn seasonally appropriate foraging tips from an expert in the field, enjoy tasty treats of your own picking, and maybe even meet some new friends.

Hosted by Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary

796 Locust Corner Road

Cincinnati, OH 45245

(513) 633-8702

Shaker Farming Life - Outstanding in their Field |  Sunday, September 26  | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Tour the amazing buildings and learn about the Shaker experience at White Water Shaker Village including the last remaining brick Meeting House to be found anywhere in the world. Docents will be available to answer questions while you explore the buildings and the grounds of the North Family Settlement. Farming tools and implements will be available to view in the stable and the wagon shed.

 

Hosted by Friends of White Water Shaker Village | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

White Water Shaker Village

11791 Oxford Road

Harrison, OH 45030

(513) 367-9069

Raptors with Dr. Tom Sproat |  Sunday, September 26  | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Meet live owls and a hawk with Dr. Tom Sproat of BOISE Inc. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see the birds up close and personal. This program. will be held at Lincoln Ridge Park, Shelterhouse #3 (420 Independence Station Road, Independence, KY 41051)

 

Hosted by Kenton County Parks & Recreation| ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Lincoln Ridge Park, Shelterhouse #3

420 Independence Station Road

Independence, KY 41051

(859) 525-7529

Reptiles with Naturalist Shannon |  Sunday, September 26   |  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Landen Deerfield Park, 2258 US-22, Maineville, OH 45039 https://goo.gl/maps/V94pXPwFndBVxFyH9 Meet our Ohio registered Ohio Division of Wildlife animal ambassadors with Naturalist Shannon and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists during this open-house-style outdoor event. Then go on a scavenger hunt to look for our numerous resident turtles in the Landen Deerfield Park pond. Stanley the gray rat snake, Leonard the woodland box turtle, Speedy the map turtle, and Noodle the eastern musk turtle look forward to meeting you!

Hosted by Warren Country Park District 

Landen Deerfield Park

2258 US-22

Maineville, OH 45039

(513) 833-7360

Oxbow GUIDED TOUR  |  Sunday, September 26  |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

We will meet in the Upper Parking Lot and will travel by car to drive along the Oxbow road, stopping at each point of interest to view wildlife and discuss the land. IF this date is full, Check Saturday, 9/26/21. Registration closes at midnight 9/23/21 Directions will be provided by noon on 9/24 along with confirmation of your reservation. Register here: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/n3Loe7U0tdfprBq1RC2pJA

Hosted by Oxbow Inc. | ♻️ Green Umbrella Member

Oxbow Nature Conservancy

17160-17278 Reardon Drive

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

(812) 290-2941