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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.

Seeing Stars and the Full Snow Moon in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team


Astronomy Lessons at the Cincinnati Nature Center and Cincinnati Observatory - February 14th and 25th         

The Full Moon Walk will take place at the Cincinnati Nature Center on February 25th. Attendees, eight years old and up, should gather at the Creekside Barn at 7:30 pm.  Imagine looking for signs of animals and wildlife while hiking under a full moon. Registration is required.

Native American tribes often named full moons.  Because the full moon in February usually occurred during the heaviest snow falls, it was called the Full Snow Moon.  Other tribes referred to it as the Full Hunger Moon or Little Famine Moon because hunting was difficult and food scarce.  The Cherokee tribe named it the Full Bony Moon because it was a time when they were forced to gnaw on bones and eat bone marrow soup.

"Turn the lights down low, the stars are out" at the Cincinnati Observatory Center brings romance to you on February 14th at 7 pm. The "Birthplace of American Astronomy" is scheduled to give your Valentine a true, out-of-this-world experience high atop Mt. Lookout.  In addition to viewing the planets of Venus, Jupiter and Mars through the historic telescopes, you will be treated to an evening of music, drinks, chocolate, and flowers.

Host of the evening, Dean Regas, astronomer and co-host of the PBS program Star Gazers, will be talking about the red stars of passion in the winter sky.  Volunteers will also give tours of the building.  This will be an unusual and unexpected opportunity to bring romance to your relationship!

Reservations are required for the evening at $50 per couple.


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!

Cincinnati Great Outdoor Weekend Excitement

by The Cincinnati Team

Outdoor Excitement - September 24-26                     

Cincinnati Great Outdoor Weekend

 Be sure to plan for the exciting events associated with the Cincinnati Great Outdoor Weekend and put them on your calendar. During this fall weekend, experience a FREE sampling of the best nature activities in the Cincinnati Region.  A few of the fun activities are detailed below.

The Civic Garden Center is sponsoring multiple shows of Riki Tiki Tavi on both days.

The Cincinnati Nature Center is sponsoring Scavenger Hikes for your family the entire day on both Saturday and Sunday. They also have numerous other plans worth exploring.

Woodland Mound, a Hamilton County Park in Anderson Township will have a variety of programs, including Hedgeapples in the Morning (doesn't sound like a very good item for breakfast to me!).  Stanberry Park and the Cincinnati Park naturalists are presenting Orienteering: Treasure Hunt for All ages.

For more information, go to their website:

S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G with the Museum Shops of Greater Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G with the Museum Shops of Greater Cincinnati

Sharon Center at Sharon Woods will be open on June 26-27th for a showcase and sale of unique merchandise from gift shops associated with local museums and cultural centers.  The shop will be open one weekend only from 10 AM to 6 PM. 

Shops bringing merchandise will represent a variety of goods rarely seen in one location.  Items will be available from: the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Nature Center, Taft Museum, Krohn Conservatory, Beringer Crawford Museum, the National Underground Railroad Center, Hamilton County Park District and more.

November - Things to Do in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

There's always something fun to do in Cincinnati...aren't we lucky to live in a city with so many cultural and recreation activities!

  • November 2 - Full Moon Walk - 7:30pm at Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods  - 513-200-0991 to register -   Walk approximately 2 miles under the Hunter's Moon and hear seasonal readings for $5.
  • November 5-8 - Art in Bloom at Cincinnati Art Museum - 513-639-2995 -  Celebrate art and flowers and features floral interpretations of nearly one hundred masterpieces in the Art Museum’s permanent collections by amateur and professional designers. Free.
  • November 6th-22nd - A Tuna Christmas at Mariemont Players - 513-684-1236  This hilarious comedy takes place in the third smallest town in Texas with radio station personalities reporting on Yuletide activities and local lawn displays. 
  • November 7 - Fourth Annual Pumpkin Chuck at Stanberry Park- 513-233-9111 Get rid of your old rotting pumpkin in a fun way. See video:
  • Late in November-January - Holiday Toy Trains at Behringer Crawford Museum - 859-491-4003 (under the Kids tab) Fun train display includes Tommy the Train.  Victorian room with dress up clothes for children. 

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