Did you know that the City of Cincinnati's Park District is in danger of losing its Nature Education Department?  The department, established in 1927, is one of Ohio's oldest. It's loss is nothing short of dismaying!

Just to let you know what we would be losing...

  • Park Naturalists serve over 40,000 people per year
  • 1200 programs are held each year
  • All ages are served...preschoolers, school-aged children, teens, adults of all ages and families
  • Program evaluations give it an Excellent rating 98% of the time
  • The Staff is nationally recognized as leaders in Urban Environmental / Nature Education
  • The Nature Next Door inner city outreach program won a national award
  • 250 educational programs at Nature Centers and local parks were provided to over 11,350 students and 1,435 teachers
  • Nature Connections, a free educational program for grades 4-6th graders reaches low-income, inner-city
  • Educators provide 42 summer day camps in 15 Cincinnati park locations (5,500 campers
  • Nature Education staff participated in 36 regional and neighborhood events
  • Volunteers donate over 1500 hours each year for a value of $12,500 or more
  • Trailside Nature Center has weekend hours year-round, enjoyed by 2714 visitors.  Free

Interestingly, the citizens of Cincinnati get over $1.69 of services for every $1 of city money spent on Nature Education.  For every dollar of general fund city money, Nature Education brings in an additional $0.69 through grants, sponsorships, program fee revenue, and private donations.Cincinnati Parks Nature Education

Does it really make any financial sense to cut this department when it is a money maker for the department?  I would say "NO!"

Even more importantly, does it make educational sense to cut the department funding?  Do you want a population who doesn't appreciate the beautiful trees we have planted around the city and know whether they are Oaks or Maples?  Do we want a population that doesn't appreciate the beauty of nature that surrounds us in our Parks?  Again, I would say "NO!"

Now it is up to you to enlist your Cincinnati City Councilmen and women to see it from both the financial and educational sides.  Only with a concerted effort will Nature Education programs held by the Cincinnati Parks be saved for children and adults to enjoy next year.