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One Bag of Trash Challenge  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Join Keep Cincinnati Beautiful in the One Bag of Trash Challenge! Take a walk, collect a bag of trash, challenge 3 friends to do the same, and help us cleanup the Queen City one bag of trash at a time. At your leisure, you can participate in this viral cleanup challenge! It's a great activity to get involved in while remaining socially distant and safe from COVID-19. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful can supply trash bags and gloves if needed, or just grab what you have at home! Once you've collected your bag, post to social media and challenge your friends! They can either collect a bag of trash or donate cash to KCB! Hashtag #OneBagOfTrash and enter to win raffle prizes all season long. www.keepcincinnatibeautiful.org/onebagoftrash


Discovery Trail Scavenger Hunt  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center

This activity will be a self-guided, kahoot based scavenger hunt that allows guests to scan the QR code or enter the short link in front of our visitor center (on a sign) into their device. Once they have the kahoot quiz pulled up, the directions will guide them along our accessible Discovery Trail through a series of questions. The answers can be found on our exhibitory along the discovery trail. The entire activity is free, self led, and can be done in 20-50 minutes.

Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods

4949 Tealtown Rd.

Milford, OH 45150

Self-Guided Hike at The Bender Mountain Nature Preserve  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Western Wildlife Corridor

The Bender Mountain Nature preserve is accessible to the public for a self-guided hike during daylight hours. To enter the preserve you have to cross a creek bed that is typically dry this time of year (dependent on the weather). Please be advised the trails are on hilly terrain and can be strenuous to hike. For more information about the preserve and a map of the trail please visit our website at http://westernwildlifecorridor.org/map/bender/. Any questions, feel free to email us at info@westernwildlifecorridor.org

Bender Mountain Nature Preserve

6320-6468 Bender Rd. 

Cincinnati, OH 45233

Edible City Food Mapping Activity |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Edible City Project

Food Mapping is a participatory exercise that engages communities in creating art, while mapping food sources, resources, and community assets. This activity invites conversation about the personal health, community, economic, and ecological impacts of our food systems. Watch this how to video, download the fruit and nut identification packet and data collection sheet, then venture out to identify food growing in your community! You can check out the CORV website for more descriptions of Food Mapping and polished examples

Outdoor StoryWalk®  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library

Enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time as you follow the StoryWalk® around participating library locations! Participating library locations: Cheviot Branch, Green Township Branch, Greenhills Branch, Hyde Park Branch, Mariemont Branch, Northside Branch, Pleasant Ridge Branch and Wyoming BranchThe StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson

Participating Library Locations

Norwood Library Chalk Art Contest  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library

The Norwood Library is inviting children and teens in grades 1st - 12th to celebrate the Great Outdoor Weekend with us by heading to your favorite park or outdoor area to create a nature inspired chalk drawing. This chalk art contest is available to children and teens only and submissions will be accepted from 9/19/20 - 9/27/20. Stop by our branch today to pick up your chalk and directions for participating in the chalk art contest!

Norwood Branch Library

4325 Montgomery Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45212

Self-Guided Sustainability Tour  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Civic Garden Center

Stroll through our eight acre park to see a wide variety of plants, gardens, and sustainable features at our Green Learning Station. Location: Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206 Parking lot located on the corner of Reading Rd and Oak St. More info: https://www.civicgardencenter.org/about-us/who-we-are/

Civic Garden Center

2715 Reading Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45206

Nature Quest  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County

Nature Quest challenges participants to find and log 15 organisms in the same class by either using the Seek app by iNaturalist or another method of their choosing. Once they find 15 species of a class, the guests can send a screenshot of their findings to naturequest@greatparks.org to receive a link to purchase a badge for $3.00. If they earn 10 badges they will receive the nature quest master trophy. Participants can find creatures in a park, or even around their house if they prefer. If a participant is unable to go outside to identify organisms, they can email naturequest for alternative ways they can earn badges.

Anywhere Creatures are Located

Mural Walking Tour  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by ArtWorks

ArtWorks Youth Apprentices and Professional Artists turn bare walls into public masterpieces-to date, we've created hundreds of murals throughout Greater Cincinnati and the Northern Kentucky Region.  Walk through historic downtown streets exploring Cincinnati's impressive collection of larger-than-life murals.

Download the Map Here

Great Parks Hunt  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County

Join Great Parks of Hamilton County for a picture scavenger hunt during Great Outdoors Week! Find picture hints on our Instagram account (@great_parks) about secret locations all over Great Parks of Hamilton County. Your team of four or less will earn points for posting selfies at the secret locations with the hashtag #greatparkshunt OR by emailing photos (all in one email, please!) to skent@greatparks.org. Prizes will be awarded to teams who accrue 25 points or more during Great Outdoors Week! Questions? Email skent@greatparks.org

Great Parks (at least half of them!)

Self-Guided Oxbow Tour  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Oxbow, Inc.

Self-guided tour of the Oxbow. You can do this tour by car and foot as desired. Points of interest will be marked numerically.  Access the Oxbow, Inc. self-guided tour information through this link. For more information call 812-290-2941.

Oxbow Nature Conservancy

17160-17278 Reardon Dr.

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Space Walk  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

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. (513) 731-8400

Mill Creek Greenway Trail, Salway Park

4520 Spring Grove Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45232

Trash-a-Thon  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Mill Creek Alliance

https://www.themillcreekalliance.org/trash-a-thon-teams Pick up trash anywhere in the watershed. Explore some of Cincinnati's urban trails or get down and dirty with the stream. This is a competition! Teams are playing to win! Any trash you pickup can be added towards the total trash pickup for one of the Tire Vulture Teams (TVTs). Read the team bios on our website. There is a trash tally sheet you can print out and submit so we can keep track of how much trash we collect. Bonus points are awarded for large and unusual items as well as common items like "urban tumbleweeds" (those darn plastic shopping bags that hang from the trees that spoil scenery and degrade habitat). Supplies are available. Registration is not required but helpful for supply and other communication.

Mill Creek or Any of the 37 Political Jurisdictions that Call the Mill Creek Watershed Home

Nature Quest  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Oak Heritage Conservancy

Nature Quest challenges encourage kids of all ages to be curious about nature. Each Nature Quest challenge is a one-page handout designed to help you explore nature. Print it off (or take a screen shot), and take it with you to any park, nature preserve, or public natural area. Each challenge has a set of prompts to complete. We’ll challenge you to look for animal tracks, draw insect wings, listen for frogs, and more. We’re working with naturalists in the area to design eight Nature Quest challenges, and we’ll release them all through the Fall. The themes will be tied to the changing season, and each one will highlight a park or nature preserve in southeast Indiana. For the Great Outdoor Week, we’ll highlight Hilltop Farm Nature Preserve, where you can see monarch butterflies on their migration. To find the preserve, just enter “Hilltop Farm Nature Preserve” in Google Maps. Download the Nature Quest challenge at www.oakheritageconservancy.org/get-involved/. Later in the year, look for a Nature Quest challenge about spider webs, pond life, and more…and teaser: one all about sandhill cranes (you can see thousands at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in December and January). If you complete all eight challenges, you can enter to win the Grand Prize!

Hilltop Farm Nature Preserve

28976 Stout Rd

West Harrison, IN 47060

Exploring Bull's Run - Scavenger Hunt  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Bull's Run Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

There’s so much to discover at Bull’s Run Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum! Stop by and pick up a self-guided Scavenger Hunt any day during Great Outdoor Week to uncover the wonderful trails on this 11-acre preserve. With nature around every corner, newcomers of all ages are sure to have a great time exploring, while even regular visitors are sure to find something new! The self-guided Scavenger Hunt list can be picked up at the bulletin board near the entrance. Happy trails!

Bull's Run Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

3909 Rosedale Rd.

Middletown, OH 45042

Self-Guided Interactive Phenology/Nature Walk  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Three Valley Conservation Trust

Three Valley Conservation Trust(TVCT) invites you to come immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Ruder Preserve along our newly installed boardwalk, and observe how TVCT is actively pursuing conservation and habitat restoration. Temporary, hyperlinked signage allows visitors to explore and understand the native species TVCT has planted at Ruder, and how the phenology program at Ruder is contributing to the National Phenology Network. Ruder Preserve is open daily from dawn to dusk. Our boardwalk is both stroller and wheelchair accessible. Helen S. Ruder Preserve is located in Oxford, Ohio at the corner of Bonham Road and Shadowy Hills Drive. Accessible parking is available on-site, off of Shadowy Hills Drive. Additional/non-accessible parking is located a short walk, northeast of Ruder, at Leonard Howell Park on Bonham Road.

Helen S. Ruder Preserve

Shadowy Hills Dr. at Bonham Rd.

Oxford, OH 45056

Williamsburg Batavia Hike Bike Trail  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Village of Williamsburg

Visit the Williamsburg-Batavia Hike Bike Trail for hiking and biking an adventure to East Fork State Park or visit our Community Park to play a round of Disc Golf. Trailhead begins at the end of Old Broadway Road in Williamsburg GPS Coordinates – N 39.05033, W 84.06132

Williamsburg Batavia Hike Bike Trail

GPS Coordinates - N 39.05033, W 84.06132

Williamsburg, OH 45176

Self-Guided Activities  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by MetroParks of Butler County

Log Off...Shut Down...Get Outside!:

Are looking for new way to explore the outdoors? Nature related topics, crafts, activities and ways to enjoy the outdoors are shared daily Monday – Friday at https://www.yourmetroparks.net/log-off.-shut-down.-get-outside

Scavenger Hunts: 

Go on a scavenger hunt at MetroParks of Butler County locations using videos and PDFs that can be found at https://www.yourmetroparks.net/log-off.-shut-down.-get-outside/scavenger-hunts


All MetroParks locations offer trails for hiking – either natural trails, paved trails or both! Find park locations & trail maps on each park page at https://www.yourmetroparks.net/


Grab your rod & reel and go fishing at any of the following MetroParks.

  • Voice of America MetroPark – 7850 VOA Park Drive West Chester, OH 45069 - The northern
    most pay lake at Voice of America MetroPark continues to waive fees, normally collected, and is permitting FREE "Catch & Release" fishing until further notice. 

Other bodies of water have no fees from MetroParks but may require state permits.


Paved trails for biking are available at the following locations:


Spend some time on the water! Small, hand-carried boat launches are available at:

  • Voice of America MetroPark – 7850 VOA Park Drive West Chester, OH 45069 -Launch Fees, at the northern most lake at Voice of America MetroPark, normally collected, for hand carried Watercraft are being waived to provide additional access to water recreation until further notice.

Orienteering - ParkQuest  |  Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27 |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Orienteering Cincinnati

Orienteering Cincinnati's ParkQuest is a series of self-serve hiking adventures in which you use our detailed maps to visit a series of checkpoints in various Cincinnati area parks. From the Orienteering Cincinnati ParkQuest website, you can print your own map or simply view it on your mobile device. There are courses at various lengths and levels of difficulty in parks throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. On some courses, the locations to be visited are permanently marked with posts; for others you can use our free phone app which will make a tone or vibrate when you find the specified locations. The phone app will even give you hints if you ask. Some maps and courses are accessible to strollers and wheelchairs, but many use unpaved hiking trails, and advanced courses may require off-trail navigation through uneven terrain.

Burnet Woods 

3251 Brookline Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45220

Eden Park

950 Eden Park Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Valley View Foundation, Pattison Elementary School

5330 S Milford Rd.

Milford, OH 45150

A J Jolly Park

1501 Racetrack Rd.

Alexandria, KY 41001

Forest Run MetroPark

1976 Timberman Rd.

Hamilton, OH 45013

Solar System and Rainbows  |  Monday, September 21 - Saturday, September 26  |  Self-Guided

Hosted by Kenton County Parks and Kenton County Public Library

Celebrate Great Outdoor Week with a visit to the park! Pick up a materials kit at the office at Lincoln Ridge Park and follow along with the recording for a look at two wonders of the outdoors: rainbows and the Solar System! Do some science, make some art, learn some fun facts! Great hands-on activities! Includes the "Planets in our Parks;" a Planet Scavenger Hunt in the Kenton County Parks. Kits (one kit per family, please!) can be picked up by the door at 420 Independence Station Road, Independence, KY 41051, beginning on Monday, September 21, during office hours (7:30 am- 4:00 pm); while supplies last.  Facebook book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/781560676029285/

Facebook (Pick Up Kits at Lincoln Ridge Park Office)

420 Independence Station Road

Independence, KY 41051

Free Admission  |  Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27  |  8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center

Guests can join our Rowe Woods location for free to the public this September 26th and 27th for Great Outdoor Weekend. Preregister a hiking tie to come hike, explore, and enjoy a moment in nature! Participants can preregister for a visiting slot on our website to come to the Rowe Woods site for free. Masks are required when passing on trail and entering buildings (including restrooms).

Register here: https://www.cincynature.org/visit-us/register-to-visit-rowe-woods-8/register-to-visit-for-non-members-28/

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Rd.

Milford, OH 45150