Animal Encounters

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Saturday, December 15

Miami University Research Ecology Research Center

For over 100 years Audubon has been conducting a Christmas Bird Count throughout the country. It doesn’t matter if you are just learning to bird watch or if you are an accomplished birder, come out for a brisk walk to look for the winter birds. Various MetroParks sites will be included.  at 7:00 a.m. and/or… Read more »

Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Parents' Night Out, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: Parents Only

Glenwood Gardens Garden View Room

Join an animal illustrator and explore the science of wildlife art. Create a gift-size pastel painting using a live owl as a model. All skill levels are welcome and materials will be provided. For ages 12 – 18. 

RSVP $$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Art, Classes, Crafts Ages: Teens

Happening thru:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati

The 36th Annual PNC Festival of Lights will once again transform the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden into a “Wild Wonderland”. Bask in the glow of 3 million LED lights, watch a Mad Cap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairy Land, marvel at the spectacular Swan Lake show… Read more »

$$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Festivals and Fairs, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Happening thru:

Forestville Baptist Church

The 3rd annual Live Nativity at Forestville Baptist Church will feature animals that kids may pet and feed (from Honey Hill Farms). There will also be free coffee and hot chocolate.  New this year, FREE cookies will be provided by Chick-fil-A.  

Categories: Animal Encounters, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Thursday, December 27

Happening thru:

California Woods

Explore outside with your stone age tribe, sneak up on animals, find their homes and spot signs of ancient ice. Play group games and help make a glacier. Create a prehistoric beat craft and get up-close and personal with small live critters. Finish the day by gathering around the fire for hot cocoa and stories. 

RSVP $$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: 4 – 5 Years, 6 – 8 Years

Friday, December 28

Happening thru:

Woodland Mound - Seasongood Nature Center

Discover what kinds of animals live in your own backyard, and meet a few up close! 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature Ages: All ages

Monday, December 31

LaBoiteaux Woods

Experience the Holidays at Hogwarts! Create a magical craft, test your knowledge on all things Potter by playing games inspired by the books and movies, hike the Forbidden Forest, meet a fantastic beast or two and more wizarding fun. 

RSVP $$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Corryville Branch , Cincinnati

Visit the library to meet some cool critters up close and personal, then learn about how they have adapted to thrive in the habitats they call home. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Library Events Ages: All ages

Wednesday, January 2

Happening thru:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Cincinnati

It may be chilly outside, but many zoo animals are loving the winter weather. Visit the zoo for half price admission and special animal encounters, including the popular penguin parade. 

$$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Thursday, January 3

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Who is living in the “mitten” at the farm? Create a mitten and puppets to put on a play while learning all about farm life; then enjoy a snack inside the Augspurger House. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature Ages: All ages

Sunday, January 6

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Learn how a birds beak size and shape determines their diet through hands-on games and activities. Then make a bird buffet to share with the farm chickens. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Thursday, January 10

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Brr, it is cold outside! How do animals survive in this winter weather? Learn all about migration, hibernation and toleration during this program through hands-on activities and crafts. Then enjoy a snack inside the beautiful Augspurger House. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Science Ages: All ages

Thursday, January 17

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Whose tracks are these? Solve the mystery by completing a scavenger hunt all around the farm. Be sure to dress warm, as some of the footprints even went outside! This program will include a craft, live animal demonstration and a snack.  

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Sunday, January 20

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Learn about the moon and the connection farmers have with it’s cycles through hands-on activities and a craft. Then enjoy a snack inside the beautiful Augspurger House and visit with the farm animals, too.

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature, Science Ages: All ages

Monday, January 21

Happening thru:

BCPL Main Branch, Burlington

Have you ever seen a real live penguin at the library?! Waddle into the library to meet a sweet African penguin. Please call to register for either 2 or 4 p.m.

RSVP Categories: Animal Encounters, Library Events Ages: All ages

Thursday, January 24

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

How do animals stay warm during winter on the farm? Explore feathers, fat and fur through fun hands-on activities, experiments and a craft. Then enjoy a snack inside the beautiful Augspurger House. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Science Ages: All ages

Woodland Mound , Cincinnati

Nature has many stories to tell; families are invited to join the nature interpreters for a nature-themed story. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature, Storytimes Ages: All ages

Saturday, January 26

Cincinnati Nature Center

The winter season often allows us to see birds that are difficult to spot during the rest of the year. Bundle up for a short morning bird hike followed by an indoor exploration of the bird observation window. Finish the day by making a take-home suet feeder to attract winter birds to your yard. 

RSVP $$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: 4 – 5 Years, 6 – 8 Years, 9 – 12 Years

Harbin Park , Fairfield

Enjoy a unique experience in the park after dark! Join MetroParks of Butler County and Fairfield Parks & Recreation in the winter woods to call for owls and listen for other nocturnal animals.

RSVP Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Sharon Woods , Sharonville

Whoo goes there? Join a nature interpreter and go off trails in search of owls and other nocturnal wildlife. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: Teens

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