Educational Programs that are designed to spark a lifelong passion for the environment. Children attending our Nature Preschool learn through hands-on exploration, and our innovative Schools Program focuses on helping teachers incorporate nature into their curriculum, so nature becomes a relevant component they can use to teach science, literacy, math and social studies. Vibrant Summer Camps give children of all ages and abilities the chance to hold a frog, or catch a butterfly. And Nature PlayScape, a 1.6 acre enclosed habitat lets children safely explore forest, field and stream with minimal human-made interventions.
— Twenty miles of award-winning Hiking and Recreational Trails are built and maintained using best practices for sustainability and minimal impact on the ecology. There are trails for all ages and abilities, novice to experienced. The Discovery Trail has a surface that allows for wheelchair and stroller access.
— We encourage Scientific Research on our properties to study ecology and natural history. Staff naturalists as well as “citizen scientists” and outside organizations conduct field studies throughout our 1,600 acres.
— A vibrant Community Outreach program provides positive outdoor experiences for over 550 underserved children and youth each year, through day camps, in-school programs, after-school enrichment and parent/teacher training. Our staff members work with community service partners throughout Greater Cincinnati to plan and implement meaningful experiences in nature.