Outdoor Activities

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Wednesday, December 12

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

Friday, December 14

Happening thru:

Kings Island

WinterFest is an unforgettable experience with Kings Island transformed into ten enchanting winter wonderlands featuring ice skating on the Royal Fountain, the Eiffel Tower turned into a magical Christmas tree, more than 5 million lights, up to 19 rides including Mystic Timbers, live entertainment and holiday characters spreading merriment. 

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

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

Harbin Park

Where oh where have the animals gone? Join MetroParks of Butler County and The City of Fairfield Parks & Recreation to investigate where animals go during the cold winter months and how they survive at Harbin Park! This FREE program will take place at Harbin Park located at 1300 Hunter Road in Fairfield, Ohio and… Read more »

RSVP Categories: Fitness, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve

Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet in the nature barn, search for answers along the trail to earn a prize and once you finish the hunt, warm up with some live folk music in the barn.

Categories: Music, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Sunday, December 16

Farbach-Werner

Take a hike! Join a nature interpreter to explore Newberry Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet at Farbach-Werner at 1:30 p.m. and drive together to Newberry Wildlife Sanctuary for a day of exploration, with a 4:00 p.m. return to Farbach-Werner.

RSVP Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Friday, December 21

Cincinnati Nature Center

Join Cincy Nature Center on the “midnight of the year” for a modern observance of an ancient tradition. Gather around a fire and explore the history of this event and the modern day symbolism still around today. Lit by the light of the full moon, a group hike will deepen your understanding of the significance… Read more »

RSVP $$ Categories: Music, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: 9 – 12 Years, Teens

Saturday, December 22

Sharon Woods Sharon Centre

Holiday preparations got you feeling a bit squirrely? Take a relaxing walk through the woods to discover how wildlife copes with winter. 

Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Sunday, December 23

Happening thru:

Cincinnati Nature Center

What were the days like 450 million years ago at the Nature Center? 24,000 years ago? 200 years ago? Explore Avey’s Run and find yourself transported to the Ordovician Period when Cincinnati’s fossils were living organisms. Hike the Geology Trail through old growth forest up to Fox Rock and discover how this unusual “rock” got… Read more »

RSVP $ Categories: Fitness, Nature, Outdoor Activities 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:

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve

Pick up a nature scavenger hunt challenge sheet. Complete the items on the list by answering questions as you walk along the trail. When you’ve completed the hunt, turn your list in at the barn for a nature sleuth’s prize. 

Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Forest Run MetroPark Wildlife Preserve

Whether you are walking off the Christmas turkey, or getting a jump on your New Year’s resolution, a night hike is a great activity for the whole family. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a mid-winter night as you hike through forest and meadow.

RSVP Categories: Fitness, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Saturday, December 29

Woodland Mound Seasongood Nature Center

Sound travels farther in crisp, wintry air. Listen for wildlife and breathe in the solitude of the woods with a beautiful winter walk. 

Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Sunday, December 30

Withrow Nature Center

Join a nature interpreter and take in the sights and sounds of winter on the 1.6 mile Trout Lily Trail. 

Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Saturday, January 5

Sharon Woods

Celebrate the New Year with a refreshing walk outside on the beautiful Gorge Trail. Dress for the weather for this rain or shine walk. 

Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: 9 – 12 Years, Teens

Sunday, January 6

Happening thru:

Fountain Square Ice Skating Rink

Grab your mittens, a warm coat, a friend and plan to have fun learning to ice skate with an Excellence on Ice Coach! This program is designed for ages 4 – adult. Register now, event fills quickly. 

RSVP $ Categories: Classes, Fitness, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday, Sports Ages: 4 – 5 Years, 6 – 8 Years, 9 – 12 Years, Teens

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

Saturday, January 12

Shawnee Lookout , North Bend

Just because it is cold doesn’t mean you have to be stuck inside. Bundle up and join a Leave No Trace instructor on the trails to discover 10 essentials for day hiking. Be sure to bring water and a trail snack. Please register 3 days in advance. 

RSVP $$ Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: Teens

Fernbank Park , Cincinnati

Investigate which stars illuminate the winter night sky with Great Parks and the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. 

Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities, Science Ages: All ages

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