Explore the natural world

With hundreds of acres of woodlands, fields, streams, and ponds serving as a backdrop for our environment education programs, students are given a chance to explore and appreciate the natural world outside of the classroom. Our instructors are experts on the local ecosystems and know how to make the educational content fun and engaging. They will work with you and your school to provide the highest quality nature experience for your students. A wide range of topics like geology, weather and seasonal change, fossils, interdependence and many more are available.

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Fall 2019

Fossils

Did you know that right under our feet are clues to Ohio’s ancient geological history? Students will explore stream beds and uncover fossils from the Ordovician sea. We will hike through our riparian forest as we observe Cincinnati’s unique land formations that attract geologists from all over the world.

Fall 2019

Cycles in Nature

Cycles are very important in nature. Many animals and plants live out their entire life cycle in one year, but life cycles also occur on long scales of time. Students will learn how the cycle of the Seasons drives life cycle events such as birth, periods of rapid growth, reproduction, migration, and death. Careful observers will see many examples of these cycles as we explore woods, fields, and streams.

Fall 2019

Pond Study

Come learn about ponds and explore their unique ecosystems. Students will get to search for critters living in the water and the mud at the bottom of the pond while learning about life cycles of frogs, dragonflies, and other animals that we find. We will discuss the animals that live in the pond, as well as the plants that are well adapted to live in water.


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