Where the Wild Things Are

Six Things You Need to Explore at the Cincinnati Nature Center, Now and Often

Article by Stephanie Meinberg

Photography by Cincinnati Nature Center Staff Photographers

Originally published in Loveland Lifestyle

Something for everyone. 20 miles of trails and 1,800 acres of natural habitat play host to hundreds of activities for all ages and interests—astronomy buffs, boomers and birders; fire-making, frog-spotting, walking paths and more.

Plant NATIVE! A flagship conservation program to boost native plant populations—critical for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Straight from their greenhouse, the Nature Center sells ready-to-plant natives perfect for your yard. Their Native Plant Sale runs daily April 19 – June 2.

Maple masterminds. Hands-on collecting and sugaring may be over, but you might still find the syrup (liquid gold!) at the Rowe Visitor Center. Made from native sugar maples, it’s an early spring decadence you’ll crave all year long.

A space for kids. They’ll splash, dig, build, balance, climb and explore inside 1.6 acres of natural wonderland. Your kids will likely get dirty (and creative), but parents can relax knowing the Schott Nature PlayScape is completely enclosed.

Camps & classes. Early education is paramount—and the Nature Center covers it all. Spring break and summer camps. Programs for homeschoolers, teachers, schools and scouts. A fully licensed Nature Preschool. All working to instill a lifelong love of nature.

Hike for your health. Take in the fresh air, sunshine, wildlife and woodlands (a few water crossings, too) on spectacular trails. Grab a passport at the Visitor Center, then stamp it for each completed hike, 15 in all. Your heart—and soul—will thank you.

For more info on membership or nonmember fees, visit

Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford | Long Branch Farm & Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen

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