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Fun Outside with the Great Outdoor Weekend, 2013

by The Cincinnati Team

Great Outdoor Weekend 2013 - September 28-29 

Cincy Great Outdoor Weekend


The Great Outdoor Weekend offers a huge assortment of free outdoor activities across the region. An initiative of Green Umbrella,  it is a sampling of the best outdoor recreation and nature education activities offered in the greater Cincinnati region. This year there are over 120 opportunities for adults and children to engage with the environment around us. You might get a little dirt on your hands learning about composting or water on your feet taking a creek walk. You might work your way up 60 feet in the air exploring the tree tops or pick up a bow and arrow for the first time and try your hand at archery. Best of all, all programs are FREE and open to the public. 

Cincinnati Nature Center - 

Monarch Butterfly Tagging, Sunday, 2-4 PM

Find out how monarchs say “back off!” and flowers say “free food!” as you learn about host and nectar plants. Play the “Egg to Mexico” game, then help attach a tiny identifying tag to a southbound monarch before setting these black and orange wonders back on their way.

S'mores-n-More in the Nature PlayScape, Sunday, 4-5 PM

Cook and eat s’mores over a fire and then head out to explore the PlayScape. Play Facilitators will be present to attend the fire and provide materials to aid in exploration. They’ll provide the ingredients for s’mores; feel free to bring additional food to cook.

Green Food in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

Green Food news for Cincinnati                                                    

Veg News' has listed Cincinnati as one of its "5 Surprising Veg-Friendly Cities in an article by Samuel Hartman of Louisville.  One of those reasons was Park and Vine in downtown Cincinnati.  Their emphasis is on "veganism, sustainability and good food down pat," he noted.  He also recognized Loving Hut in Pleasant Ridge, Melt Electric Deli in Northside, Myra's Dionysus in Clifton Heights and Shanghai Mama's downtown.  Other cities mentioned in the 5 named are Anchorage, Alaska; Kansas City, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Base Camp Cafe - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Green Restaurant Association has designated the Base Camp Cafe at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens as the greenest restaurant in the country.  It is one of only 15 restaurants across the nation to receive the highest rating by the organization.  The restaurant opened this year after being remodeled and retrofit.  One quarter of its power comes from the Zoo's solar electricity array.  These improvements are expected to save the restaurant $10,000 per year.

Other programs within the restaurant that add to its designation include composting of food waste, full recycling program, energy saving kitchen equipment, and the amount of locally grown foods.  The Base Camp offers grass-fed burgers, made-to order salads, and a healthy kids' menu.

Krohn Conservatory Showcases Exotic Butterflies of Morocco

by The Cincinnati Team

​​Exotic Butterflies of Morocco at Krohn Conservatory         

Starting April 20th - June 30th, Krohn Conservatory will be open from 10 am-5 pm so you can experience the butterflies of Morocco.  If you haven't been in the butterfly room and experienced a butterfly landing on your nose, this is an event not to be missed and long remembered.  Daily, butterflies are released into the space.  It becomes a lavish assault to your senses...the sound of water flowing, bursts of colorful flowers, and musical rhythms in a setting that will remind you of the marketplaces of the Moroccan region.

To get your $1 off coupon for the show, click here.  If you are a photographer, come for the special night-time viewings on April 22 and 29, May 6, 13 and 20, and then enter the photography contest.  For other special events, check out their website.


Concerts Add to Zoo Blooms Celebration

by The Cincinnati Team

Zoo Blooms Features Free Thursday Concerts            

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden once again will burst into bloom in mid-April.  Did you know that the Zoo is one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio?  Or that the Zoo offers the largest tulip display in the Midwest?  Over one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and tulips will come together for one of the most spectacular displays ever.  With 100,000 tulips alone, the display has been dubbed "Tulip Mania."

Every Thursday in April, the Zoo will offer "Tunes in Bloom" concerts with free admission after 5 pm (parking is not included).  Held from 6-8:30 pm, the evenings feature some of Cincinnati's finest and most respected music groups:

  • April 11 - Jake Speed and the Freddies, The Turkeys
  • April 18 - Shiny and the Spoon, Shiny Old Soul
  • April 25 The Ark Band, The Cliftones

Trains, Trestles and Traditions Now at Krohn Conservatory

by The Cincinnati Team

It's a must go!  This year's Krohn Conservatory Holiday show, The Return of Trains, Trestles and Traditions is one of the best ever!  Plan to take you family before it closes on January 6.

The show will appeal to all ages, but especially to train lovers and gardeners.  It's absolutely a treat! Trains wander over bridges and through tunnels and covered bridges, including the favorite, Tommy the Train. All are LGB trains that use "G"scale, a larger size that children can see more easily amongst the poinsettias, amaryllis', cyclamens and evergreens. The size is also perfect with flowers for garden railroading.

Applied Imagination brought all their talents to bear in designing the layout and building the miniature replicas of outstanding Cincinnati landmarks.  Even more interesting is that they are built out of natural materials.  The Roebling Suspension Bridge is made of bark...who would have thought that it looks like stone when placed in this display? Try to identify the historical buildings that have been recreated by Applied Imagination for the event.  







































































Buildings are, in order, Ault Park Pavilion, Union Terminal, Taft Museum, Eden Park Gazebo, Eden Park Water Tower, Krohn Conservatory.  Tommy the Train is going by the Batavia Train Station.

Thank you to the Cincinnati Parks, Krohn Conservatory and all the sponsors giving this gift to Cincinnati citizens for the holidays. 


Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Wins Two National Awards from Keep America Beautiful

by The Cincinnati Team


Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Wins Two National Awards                     
Keep America Beautiful recently awarded the Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB) program both  its Civic/Nonprofit award and its America Recycles Day Award.
KCB won the recycling award because of their One Stop Drop event.  They set up a day partnering with 2TRG, the Cincinnati Zoo, Hamilton County, City of Cincinnati and Whole Foods.  The day allowed recycling of electronics, batteries, dried out pens and markers, plastic bags and number 5 plastics.
The other award winning program was Sustainability in Action (SIA). This program worked with Cincinnati Public Schools, including Dater High School, Rees E. Price Academy, Roselawn Condon, Rockdale Academy and Silverton Padeia. It was funded by P&G, Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District, and City of Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality.
That program seeks to teach students "green" habits using hands-on activities. They saved tons of waste from going into landfills. These pioneering programs will no doubt be replicated around the nation to spread the word on recycling!

Butterflies Return to Krohn Conservatory

by The Cincinnati Team

.Butterflies Return to Krohn Conservatory - Thru June 24     

Krohn Conservatory again is hosting its popular spring time butterfly show, this year titled "On the Wings of Harmony." Sponsorships from Procter and Gamble and Macy's help make the show possible. Visitors will be treated to vibrant, colorful butterflies from every continent on earth, except Antarctica.  The butterflies are in free flight throughout the display, landing on flowers and everyone's brightly colored clothing.  It's delightful!

Cincinnati Nature Center Listed on National Register of Historic Places

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Nature Center Again in the News!                 Krippendorf Lodge at the Cincinnati Nature Center

Earlier this fall the Cincinnati Nature Center was touted for following up on its leadership in the "No Child Left Inside" movement by opening its new play area for young children.  Now the Krippendorf Estate has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

They were recognized for both its unique landscape and for the Krippendorf Lodge.  Carl Krippendorf is nationally recognized for his knowledge as a horiculturalist.  He also was very actively involved in the architectural design of the building.  It is representative of the shingle style, popular in the late 1800's.

If you have hiked the woods at the Nature Center, you know how beautiful the terrain is there.  Over the years, thousands of daffodils were planted so the hillsides and meadows simply glow on a sunny spring day.

The Krippendorf Lodge currently houses the offices of the Nature Center on the second floor and serves as a reception and meeting center on the first.  Take time to visit there and imagine what life must have been like for the Krippendorfs in the early 1900's, before there was electricity or cars.  What a great gift this was to our city!

Mt. Airy Forest Added to National Register of Historic Places

by The Cincinnati Team

Mt Airy Forest added to National Register of Historic Places            

Mt. Airy Forest, and much of the Cincinnati Park System as a whole, has been documented to be historically significant. The recent placement of  Mt. Airy Forest on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service is a way of recognizing this importance...a fitting way to celebrate its 100th Annniversary!

The National Register is a prestigious list of the country’s most significant historic sites. Mt. Airy Forest is now officially recognized as nationally significant. Historic documentation of the entire Cincinnati Park system provided part of the context for the listing of Mt. Airy Forest, recognizing the historic significance of the Cincinnati Park system as a whole, setting the stage for future nominations of either individual sites within the park system, or multiple sites.

The documentation of Mt. Airy Forest found that the period of significance was 1911-1959, and that it is significant for numerous reasons, including that the park:

  •  Is the firMt. Airy Forestst, or one of the first, municipal reforestation projects in the nation
  •  Is known for its depression-era development under federal WPA and CWA programs
  • Is significant for its employment of African-American Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) labor that provided the manpower to build much of the park (and who were stationed in the park)
  •  Has landscape architecture significance through its association with noted early 20th Century designer, George Kessler and State Forester, Edmund Secrest
  •  Has architecture of the "rustic" design mode
  • Features remarkable quality craftsmanship of its buildings and its association with R. Carl Freund, the Cincinnati Park Board's most prolific architect and designer of 37 park buildings between 1930 and 1959.

Explore the Outdoors at Cincinnati's Great Outdoor Weekend

by The Cincinnati Team

Great Outdoor Weekend - September 24-25      

The Cincinnati Great Outdoor Weekend, an initiative of Green Umbrella presents a diverse sampling of nature activities in Greater Cincinnati the weekend of September 24-35.  There will be environmental education and outdoor recreation activities at over 51 sites around the area. It's all part of a push to get all of us, especially kids, enjoying the outdoors.  

Activities that sounded fun to me:

•Oiley Oiley Ocen FREE!  Backyard Games at Burnet Woods Valley shelter.  Sunday 1-3pm

•Great ARTdoors - Seeing Nature through the Arts at Gorman Heritage Farm and Evendale Cultural Arts Center, Saturday and Sunday, 10-4pm

•Be a Nature Detective at Woodland Mound - Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm

•Nature Scavenger Hunt and Critter Hike - Children's Meeting House Montessori School, Saturday 9-3pm

•Historic / Scientific Hike and Fossil Identification at Big Bone Lick State Park -Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm

For a copy of the brochure, detailing over 75 activities, go to great outdoor weekend brochure

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