We operate 5 Nature Centers offering programs in neighborhood parks. More info about a specific Nature Center Park Naturalists are happy to customize our programs to best fit your educational needs. Please view our School Program Brochure!
Winter Break Camps
9:00a.m. - 2p.m. - $20 per child (resident); $25 per child (non-resident)
Join us for indoor and outdoor activities such as hiking, games, crafts, and much more. Each Nature Center and camp date will have a different theme and activities; sign up for more than one! Bundle up, pack a lunch & drink, and be ready for FUN!
Fri., December 6th, 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. & Sat., December 7th, 2:30p.m. - 4:30p.m. - LaBoiteaux Woods
Choose from over fifteen different nature themed crafts to make and take, many using natural or recycled materials. Brighten your holidays and build family memories with projects suitable for ages 3 to 93. Make natural decorations a part of your family's holiday celebration. $5 per person. Pre-paid reservations are required. Call 542-2909 for registration or more information.
Sat., December 7th & 14th, 1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. - Washington Park
Santa is spending time in Washington Park and you are invited to make gifts, ornaments and other fun creations. Explore Nature! staff provides the activities on the dates noted above.
Homeschool: Cincinnati Skies Planetarium Show for Ages 5 & Up
Thur., December 12th, Choose 1 of 2 sessions: 10a.m. - 11:00a.m/noon - 1:00p.m.
Learn to identify trees The program will include information on how stars form and function, star types, nebulas, novae and more. Participants will receive materials to construct star charts for nighttime viewing at home. $5 per person. Call 751-3679 by Dec.11.
Who Needs Leaves? Winter Tree ID Hike
Sat., December 14th, 2:00p.m. - 3:30pm - Parker's Woods Preserve
Learn to identify trees in any season using the "three B's" buds, branches and bark. Hike through this beautiful preserve and see how many trees we can ID. Find out interesting tree trivia along the way! This program is geared towards teens and up. No shelter or available restroom. Call 231-8678 or email
, to register by Dec. 13.
Lantern Lit Look into the Past
Sat., December 14th, 5:00p.m. - 6:30p.m. - Memorial Pioneer Cemetery
Join us for a history and ghost tour through the oldest county cemetery and the final resting place of Major Benjamin Stites - the founder of Columbia. Beginner ghost hunting equipment, such as electromagnetic field (EMF) detectors, electronic voice phenomena (EVP) recorders, infrared thermometers, and even dowsing rods are used with hope of communicating those laid to rest here. Geared toward adults; meet in the parking lot. Call 761-4313 by Dec. 12 for reservations.
Experience the oldest public planetarium west of the Allegheny Mountains. Discover stars, constellations, galaxies and more. Learn the stories behind the constellations in the night sky during this holiday season. From nebulas and novae to star formation and more, this show has it all! Appropriate for adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. t. Fee: $5 per person. Call 751-3679 for reservations and pre-payment.
National Audubon Bird Counts
Sun., December 22nd, noon - 5:00p.m. - Western Bird Count
Sun., December 29th, noon - 5:00pm - Eastern Bird Count
Spend a day or half-day improving your birding skills and advancing your knowledge of trends in bird populations in Hamilton County. Full or half-day birders welcome. Fee: $5 per person goes to Audubon. Call 321-6070 ext 16 for information and meeting locations.