Great Outdoor Weekend 2015

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September 16, 2015

From: Great Outdoor Weekend

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  GeoTrail Launch Event

GeoTrail Launch Event for all ages!
Whether you are an experienced geocacher or new to the adventure, come see what the buzz is all about. The park district is launching a...

Location:  Beech Acres Park 6910 Salem Road Cincinnati, OH 45230

12:00 am - 3:00 pm.:  Butterfly Garden Bonanza!

Learn all about butterflies and butterfly gardening at the beautiful Boone County Arboretum! Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer horticulture and gardening questions....

Location: Boone County Arboretum 9190 Camp Ernst Road Union, KY 41091

8:00 pm - 12:00 am:  Stars in the West & an Eclipse: Saturday Evening

On Saturday, peer into the center of our Milky Way; take in tremendous views of the remote Andromeda Galaxy and other celestial treasures through our 4 large telescopes. Astronomy...

Location:  Cincinnati Astronomical Society 5274 Zion Road Cleves, OH 45002

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Mineral ID

Learn about mineral properties, how geologists use them to identify unknown mineral specimens and how you can use them to identify your own specimens!

1:00 pm and 2:00 pm: Seed Paper - Saturday Afternoon

Create plantable seed infused paper casts that will bring about beautiful blooms!

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: UV Bracelets

Join us for some fun in the sun in front of Cincinnati Museum Center.  Learn about sun safety and UV light with fun hands-on activities.  (Great Outdoor Weekend...

Location: Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45203

10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Fall Native Plant Sale: Saturday

More than 30 species of native plants are available to turn your yard into an eco-friendly garden for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. All plants are native to the region...

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Fort Fest in the Nature PlayScape

Think you're a master nature fort builder? Come show us your skills in the Nature PlayScape! Drop in during the scheduled time to build your best fort using all natural...

12:00 - 3:00 pm: Hawks, Owls, and Falcons... Oh My!!!

Nothing beats the thrill of looking into the eyes of a hawk, owl or falcon! You can see these amazing birds up close as RAPTOR Inc. brings them to you live! Visit them anytime...

9:30 - 10:30 am: Nature PlayScape Volunteer Day

What better way to celebrate Great Outdoor Weekend than teaching kids the importance of giving back to the natural places we love? Drop in for an hour of volunteering in the...

2:00 pm and runs through 3:00 pm: Pawpaw Lecture

During this indoor presentation, Ron Powell from the North American Pawpaw Growers Association will share the history and qualities of North America's largest native fruit -- the...

11:30 am - 1:00 pm: S'mores and More in the Nature PlayScape

Join us at our fire pit in the Nature PlayScape to enjoy s'mores and fun! Come help us start the fire at 11:00 am, or drop in any time after that until 1:00 pm. We'll...

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center 4949 Tealtown Road Milford, OH 45150

7:30 - 9:30 pm: Weekend with the Stars

Get outdoors really outdoors at the Cincinnati Observatory.

We'll take you to the Moon, the planets, and beyond with views through our many telescopes. Under clear...

Location: Cincinnati Observatory Center 3489 Observatory Place Cincinnati, OH 45208

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: California Creek Crawl

Join us in search of crustaceans, creepy crawlies and even critters from the past! Come with sturdy, closed-toes shoes, we'll provide the mud.

Location: California Woods Nature Center  5400 Kellogg Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45228

Explore EcOhio and Zoo Native Plant Sale!

Did you know the Cincinnati Zoo has a farm in Warren County? Part of the land is farmed by Green BEAN Delivery for their home delivery business as well as the Zoo's animals...

Drop in anytime from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Native Plant Sale & Education Booths open from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Guided Hikes of the Wetland take place at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm Animal Appearances may occur from 10:00 - 11:00 am

Location: The Zoo's Farm: EcOhio  2210 Mason-Montgomery Road Lebanon, OH 45036

9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Nature Scavenger Hunt at the Civic Garden Center

Stop by the Civic Garden Center's beautiful grounds any time on Saturday to pick up a Scavenger Hunt that will guide you through gardens of all kinds in search of natural treasures. Bring your...

9:00 AM and 8:00 PM: Self-guided Sustainability Tour: Saturday

Take a stroll through our 8-acre park to see a wide variety of plants, gardens, and sustainable features at our Green Learning Station. Stop by during daylight hours for a self-...

Location: Green Learning Station 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

9:30 - 11:30 am and 12:00 - 2:00 pm: East Fork Canoe Adventure

The Clermont County Park District is once again partnering with the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality as part of the...

10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Sycamore Park Stream Splash

Grab a net and join us as we splash around in the river searching for aquatic insects and other critters. We'll use the bugs we catch to determine how clean the water is....

Location: Sycamore Park 4082 State Route 132 Batavia, OH 45103

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Monarch Butterfly Tagging: Saturday Afternoon

Migrating monarch butterflies are here for only a limited time! They'll be passing through our area this fall on their way to their ancestral roosts in Michoacán, Mexico....

Location: Fernald Preserve  7400 Willey Road Cincinnati, OH 45013

10am: Be A Part of Something Mammoth in the Great Outdoors!

Tour the trails at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, the birthplace of American Vertebrate Paleontology. Paleontologists, archaeologists, historians, and the Friends of Big Bone...

Guided tours begin approximately every 45 minutes. First tour begins at 10:00 AM, last tour begins at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Big Bone Lick State Historic Site 3380 Beaver Road Union, KY 41091

1:00 - 3:00 pm.: Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes: Saturday Afternoon

Discover the joy and magic of outdoor play. The whole family will enjoy building outdoor homes for fairies, gnomes, insects and small animals. Families or individuals should stop...

9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Tree-Planting Party with Great Parks and REI!

Join us in shared goal of Great Parks and REI to help Taking Root plant 2 million trees by 2020 - and have fun doing it! 

We will meet at Lakeside Lodge to get...

Location: Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road Sharonville, OH 45241

Forest Folklore Hike

Join us for a hike along the Oakleaf Trail where we will explore some of the fascinating folklore associated with the flora and fauna found in our forest.

Hike starts at 10:00 AM and ends approximately at 11:30 AM.

Location: Miami Whitewater Forest  9001 Mt. Hope Rd. Harrison, OH 45030

10:30 am - 1:30 pm: Globe Trotter

Experience a worldwide adventure close to home! As you explore Parky's Farm, learn about food and farm animals from around the globe. Don't forget to have your Farm...

Location: Great Parks: Parky's Farm 10073 Daly Road Cincinnati, OH 45231

Habitat Hike

Get outdoors on a search for wildlife in several unique habitats.

Hike starts at 2:00 PM and ends around 3:00 PM

Location: Woodland Mound, Seasongood Nature Center  8250 Old Kellogg Rd Cincinnati, OH 45255

10:00 am and 1:00 pm: Tree and Leaf Identification Hike: Saturday

You will learn how to identify at least 20 trees during this nature hike! Anyone is welcome from students with projects to tree hobbyists to general nature lovers.

Hikers...

Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve 3455 Poole Road (513) 385-4811 Cincinnati, OH 45251

9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Trillium Trails Litter Pickup

Hey all of you outdoor adventurers that are looking to make a difference in your community: we have the job for you!

Trillium Trails is a wooded wildflower preserve...

Location: Trillium Trails Nature Preserve at Glenwood Gardens 10397 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, OH 45215

1:00 - 3:00 pm: Make A Fish Print

Come make a fish print and learn about the ancient practice called "Gyotaku" (fish rubbing). Fish printing originated in Japan or China in the early 1800s to preserve...

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Fly Fishing: Casting and Fly Tying

Come learn about fly fishing! Buckeye United Fly Fishers (BUFF) members will teach you how to tie a simple lure and cast using a fly fishing rod and reel into a target hoop. BUFF...

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Water Sampling Like A Pro

We'll use equipment the pros use to see how healthy the water is in the Little Miami River and learn about Greenacres Saturday Stream Snapshot Citizen Monitoring Program....

Learn To Canoe

This is a basic introduction to canoeing. Participants will learn all you will need for a safe canoeing trip including how to select the proper equipment, how to maneuver the...

Multiple times throughout day Session 1: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Session 2: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

12:00 - 3:00 pm: Archery Anyone?

Ever wanted to try your hand at archery? Ever wanted to try your hand at archery? Instructors will show you the proper way to load and shoot arrows at a stationary target....

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Learn to Shoot & Gun Safety

Ever wanted to try your hand at sports shooting? This basic introduction session is for beginners with minimal gun handling experience who may be interested in taking a rifle...

Location: Izaak Walton League Lodge - Cincinnati Chapter 544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd Loveland, OH 45140

9:00 am - 2:00 pm: Conservation Celebration!

The Hamilton Co. Soil and Water Conservation District has been serving the Greater Cincinnati area for 70 years. On the occasion of its 70th anniversary the District is hosting a Conservation...

Location: Sunflower Farm  3295 Turpin Lane Newtown, OH 45224

9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Wolsing Trails Nature Preserve

Discover Wolsing Trails Nature Preserve in Kenton County, KY. Enjoy lush, easy level walking trails along Banklick Creek. The beginnings of a Monarch way station started with the...

Location: Wolsing Trails Nature Preserve 325 Webster Rd. Independence, KY 41051

Walk on the Wild Side - Forest Run

Walking in the natural world is good for your body, mind and spirit. Earlier this year there was a controlled burn at the meadow. Let's investigate and discover the...

Hike starts at 10:00 AM and ends around 11:30 AM

Location: Forest Run MetroPark Wildlife Preserve Area 1810 New London Rd Hamilton, OH 45013

9:00 am - 3:00 pm: 2015 Hike-A-Thon Plus

Discover, Learn, and Explore.  Discover our local natural resources, learn from various demonstrations, and explore by hiking on marked trails at...

Location: Miami University Natural Areas Oxford, OH 45056

12:00 - 3:00 pm: Exploring the Macro Universe

Come spend the afternoon with Ohio River Foundation educators, collecting and identifying the freshwater macroinvertebrates of Tanner's Creek. ...

Location: Guilford Covered Bridge Park  Indiana 1 Guilford, IN 47025

5:30 pm: Sunset with the Oxbow Wetland Wildlife: Saturday Evening

Join your guides in the Wetland to watch herons gather and get ready for there night roost. A beaver may...

Starts at 5:30 pm and finishes by 7:30 pm.

Location: Oxbow, Inc 17000 Main Street  Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

3:30 - 5:00 pm: Learn-to-Row Day

For ages 12 and up: Learn to row with RowAmerica Hamilton!

This afternoon event will introduce you to on-the-water rowing in racing shells. Seasoned rowers and coaches...

Starts and ends promptly. Will cancel in the event of rain.

Location: RowAmerica Hamilton Boatyard 110 North B Street Hamilton, OH 45013

1:00 PM: Turner Farm: Connecting Soil, Sun, Water & Each Other

Experience life on a working farm and discover the way food connects us to soil, sun, water and each other. An hour-long tour by hay wagon begins promptly at 1 PM. During the...

Location: Turner Farm 7400 Given Road  Indian Hill, OH 45243

9:30 am - 12:00 pm: Hikes on Bender Mountain

For this annual fall event, Western Wildlife Corridor offers two hikes where you can learn about the plants and animals living on Bender Mountain. Both offer hikes through...

Location: Bender Mountain 6480 Bender Road  Cincinnati, OH 45233

Sunday, September 27, 2015

4:00 pm and ends at 5:30 pm.:  Mill Race Hike and Pie Event

Gather for a hike along the historic Mill Race in Oxford, Ohio. Start with a walk across the Black Covered Bridge and wander back in time along  the old mill race through wooded areas, field...

Location:  Black Covered Bridge 5401 Corso Road Oxford, OH 45056

1:00 - 5:00 pm:  Harvest Fest at Camp Joy

Harvest Fest is a free day open to families to explore Camp Joy. Activities include a ropes course, apple cider making, pumpkin and face painting, hay ride, great food, live music...

Location: Camp Joy 10117 Old 3-C Hwy Clarksville, OH 45113

10:00 - 10:40 am: Bugs and Birds Story Time

Bring your toddler or preschooler to hear books and learn about butterflies, moths, birds and ladybugs. The lives of these amazing animals will fascinate, entertain, and educate...

11:00 am - 3:00 pm: Marshmallow Roast & Campfire

Please sit by our crackling campfire and enjoy some marshmallows, whether you like them lightly toasted or blackened. Regular and vegan marshmallows provided. Please feel free to...

9:30 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.: Nature Hike & Scavenger Hunt

This hike is sure to please whether you seek reptiles, amphibians, birds, or bugs. Bring binoculars and your enthusiasm as we hike over a pond, though woods, and by an early...

9:30 am - 2:30 pm.: Paint Your Own T-Shirt

Use natural objects such as leaves, twigs, flowers, pebbles and feathers to create a unique design on a plain t-shirt or towel. Participants can choose to hike our beautiful...

1:30 - 2:00 pm.: Tales from the Outback Story Time

Bring your toddler or preschooler to hear books and learn about Australia's native animals such as the wallaby, kangaroo, platypus, and koala. The lives of these amazing...

9:00 am - 3:00 pm.: Touch Station & Native Animal Encounter

Bring your family to interact with some of Ohio's native animals. Students and alumni of CMH School will have a variety of native Ohio species to touch, hold, and learn...

11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Wallaby Encounter

Join us in a dynamic presentation with one of Australia's sweetest animals, the wallaby. We will have one adult and one baby wallaby for you to touch and learn about. We...

Location: Children's Meeting House Montessori School 927 O'Bannonville Road Loveland, OH 45140

8:00 pm - 12:00 am:  Stars in the West & an Eclipse: Sunday Evening

Sunday features a Total Lunar Eclipse! You'll watch the Full Moon slip into the Earth's shadow, darkening and turning redder minute by minute. A spectacular way to end...

Location:  Cincinnati Astronomical Society 5274 Zion Road Cleves, OH 45002

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Outdoor Trading Post

Bring in what you've found in the natural world and tell us what you've been able to learn about it for "points" at Nature's Trading Post. Points can...

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Paper Aviation

Explore the forces that act on airplanes while in flight. Learn about the Wright brothers and the first flight of a heavier-than-air craft in 1903.

1:00 pm and 2:00 pm: Seed Paper - Sunday Afternoon

Create plantable seed infused paper casts that will bring about beautiful blooms!

Location: Cincinnati Museum Center  1301 Western Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45203

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Black and Orange Wonders: Monarch Butterfly Education and Tagging

Drop in anytime to learn about Monarch Butterflies' amazing migration to their wintering grounds in Mexico. This program features a range of child-friendly activities as well...

2:00 pm.: Celebrating Old Friends: A Walk for Aging and Ailing Dogs

Join us for a special walk with your aging or ailing dog along the accessible 0.9 mile Discovery Trail. Pet owners will find companionship, comfort, and support while their dogs...

2:00 - 4:00 pm: CNC Nature Preschool Open House

Come see how children learn through experiences at our Cincinnati Nature Center Nature Preschool. Walk through the classroom with your child to see how supporting the Nature of...

10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Fall Native Plant Sale: Sunday

More than 30 species of native plants are available to turn your yard into an eco-friendly garden for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. All plants are native to the region...

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center 4949 Tealtown Road Milford, OH 45150

3:00 - 4:30 pm: What's Buggin' You?

Using sweep nets, discover our local insects during today's meadow hike. After the hike, younger participants make a simple insect themed craft to take home. Dress for the...

Location: French Park 3012 Section Road Cincinnati, OH 45237

9:00 AM and 8:00 PM: Self-guided Sustainability Tour: Sunday

Take a stroll through our 8-acre park to see a wide variety of plants, gardens, and sustainable features at our Green Learning Station. Stop by during daylight hours for a self-...

Location: Green Learning Station 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Monarch Butterfly Tagging: Sunday Afternoon

Migrating monarch butterflies are here for only a limited time! They'll be passing through our area this fall on their way to their ancestral roosts in Michoacán, Mexico....

8:30 PM ends at 11:00 PM: Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Lunar eclipses are some of the most spectacular and easy to view astronomical events. Unlike solar eclipses, which have special safety requirements, a lunar eclipse can be viewed...

Location: Fernald Preserve 7400 Willey Road Cincinnati , OH 45013

Beginner Bird Walk

Learn the basics of birding so you can enjoy it all year round. Young and old will enjoy the hike as we explore the birds of yard and forest. Bring binoculars if you have them.  Meet at...

Hike starts promptly at 1:00 PM and ends around 2:00 PM.

Location: Miami Whitewater Forest - Timberlakes Program Shelter 9001 Mt. Hope Rd. Crosby Township, OH 45030

1:00 - 3:00 pm: Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes: Sunday Afternoon

Discover the joy and magic of outdoor play. The whole family will enjoy building outdoor homes for fairies, gnomes, insects and small animals. Families or individuals should stop...

Location: Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road Sharonville, OH 45241

Fall Hike

Join the naturalist for this hike and explore the changes of fall. Take in the sights and sounds of it all and see what we can find along our journey.
Meet at Seasongood...

Hike starts at 2:00 PM and ends approximately at 3:00 PM.

Location: Woodland Mound, Seasongood Nature Center 8250 Old Kellogg Road Cincinnati, OH 45255

12:00 - 4:00 pm.: Outdoor Archery & Climbing Wall

Challenge your friends and family to our 23-foot outdoor climbing wall!

Aiming for another challenge? Adults and children ages 8 and older, try one of our...

Locaiton: Winton Woods Adventure Outpost McKelvey Road (513) 521-7275 Cincinnati, OH 45231

10:00 am and 1:00 pm: Tree and Leaf Identification Hike: Sunday

You will learn how to identify at least 20 trees during this nature hike! Anyone is welcome from students with projects to tree hobbyists to general nature lovers.

Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve 3455 Poole Road (513) 385-4811 Cincinnati, OH 45251
 
1:00pm to 3:00pm: Winton Wetland

Roll your sleeves up and get your hands wet sneaking a peek at the water world of the wetland. Wetlands serve as nurseries for many insect and amphibian species. Participate in collecting and...

Location: Winton Woods Winton Centre 10245 Winton Road Cincinnati, OH 45231

Ault in Bloom

Come to a celebration, exhibit and educational afternoon in Ault Park as rose enthusiasts and garden lovers extend the blooms of September with the third annual Roses in Ault...

Set up for participants and exhibits Sunday, Sept. 27 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Public invited to view roses and garden displays from 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Location: Ault Park 3600 Observatory Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45208

8th Annual Great Ohio River Swim

Race or take your sweet time swimming across the Ohio River and back at the 8th Annual Great Ohio River Swim on Sunday, September 27 at the Cincinnati Public...

Onsite registration is open from 6:30 - 8:00 am on September 27 at the Public Landing. A clinic on open water swimming will be held from 7:30 - 8:00 am for participants, with the Swim starting at 8:15 am sharp.

Location: Cincinnati Public Landing  425 E. Mehring Way Cincinnati, OH 45202

Hike Four Mile Creek Mill Race Preserve

Hike in a park that is normally closed to the public. Mill Race Preserve, part of the MetroParks of Butler County system and Three Valley Conservation Trust are teaming up to lead...

Hike starts at 4:00 PM and ends around 5:30 PM.

Location: Four Mile Creek MetroPark: Mill Race Preserve 5401 Corso Road Oxford, OH 45056

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM: Night Time Spectacular: Total Lunar Eclipse Watch

End Great Outdoor Weekend with a spectacular event. Bring your blanket and lawn chair to watch the night sky. This will be the last total lunar eclipse - or Blood Moon - to be...

Location: Forest Run MetroPark 1976 Timberman Rd Hamilton, OH 45013

1:00 - 6:30 pm: Mill Creek ReCreation Celebration

The 4th annual Mill Creek ReCreation Celebration, hosted by the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities, is on September 27 at Koenig Park (...

Location: Koenig Park 520 W Columbia Avenue Reading, OH 45215

5:30 pm: Sunset with the Oxbow Wetland Wildlife: Sunday Evening

Join your guides in the Wetland to watch herons gather and get ready for there night roost. A beaver may wander by as sunset approaches. A Bald Eagle may fly over looking for a...

Hike starts at 5:30 pm and finishes by 7:30 pm.

Location: Oxbow, Inc 17000 Main Street Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

1:00 - 3:00 pm: Say Hello to Fun!

Ride through the trees on our Camp Ernst zipline and take a tour of our new horse stables to meet our four-legged friends!

About the camp: Camp Ernst is a residential...

Location: Camp Ernst  7615 Camp Ernst Road Burlington, KY 41005

Date: September 26 - 27, 2015

For Details: http://greatoutdoorweekend.org