Important information to note: 

  • Our Covid protocols require no more than 10 students in a group so spaces for each date are limited.  

  • Face masks must be worn by staff and volunteers at all times. 

  • These opportunities take place outdoors, and off-trail, so sturdy footwear and weather appropriate clothing are strongly recommended! 

  • If your environmental or biology club members would like to attend together as a group, please contact me. We’re happy to add an additional group if staff and space are available. 

If you have any issues with the application or signing into Volgistics, contact Jeremy Garlock at jgarlock@cincynature.org.

Community Science Project – Maple Season

 

Maple season is starting at the Nature Center and this year we are expanding a community science project we began last year. We are currently monitoring sugar content of the sap from our maple trees and looking for signs of the local yellow-bellied sapsuckers feeding on the maples. This community science project will help us determine the age and health of the trees in our sugarbush as well as shed some light on if sapsuckers know which trees are the sweetest.  

 

This community science project is specifically for volunteers ages 13-18. Groups will be available to meet each Monday and Friday in February from 4:30p-5:30p.  Students can attend as many of the community science dates as they would like. However, all students interested in participating in this service learning opportunity must sign up using the link below. 

 

Important information to note: 

  

  • Our Covid protocols require no more than 8 students in a group so spaces for each date are limited. 

  • Face masks must be worn by staff and volunteers at all times. 

  • This opportunity takes place outdoors, and off-trail so sturdy footwear and warm clothing are strongly recommended! 

  • If your environmental or biology club members would like to attend together as a group, please contact me. We’re happy to add an additional group if staff and space are available. 

   

Community Science Team Volunteer Application

Spring Cleaning Days

 

Trail Clean Up

There's still plenty of cleaning to do around the grounds, so Spring Cleaning Days are back for April! Throughout April we will be headed out on trail to move fallen branches from the trail, clean up several displays on the trail, and remove a huge brush pile. Our Playscape also needs some sprucing up so we will attend to the Playscape needs as they become available. Groups will be available to meet on Mondays in April from 4:30-6:00pm.

 

This opportunity is specifically for volunteers ages 13-18. If you are a current volunteer, sign up using the link below. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer fill out the application below and you'll be able to sign up through the application.

Upcoming Dates

  • May, 3rd 4:30-6:00p

  • May, 10th 4:30-6:00p

 

 

Wetlands Monitoring

 

Conservation Work - Wetlands

On the northwest side of the Rowe Woods property, way off the beaten path, there is a wetland that was built because a nearby company developed on an existing wetland. This wetland was built years ago and was meant to replace the original one. The question we will be exploring is how well the constructed wetland has taken on authentic wetland properties and more importantly, which wetland organisms it supports. On Fridays in April from 4:30-6:00pm we will be heading down to the wetland to look and listen for what critters are roaming around.

 

This opportunity is specifically for volunteers ages 13-18. If you are a current volunteer, sign up using the link below. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer fill out the application below and you'll be able to sign up through the application.

 

Weekend Spotlight:

Long Branch Creek Cleanup

We're going creekin'! Help us clean up the Long Branch creek by removing all kinds of garage that has ventured downstream. This will be a one day event split into two sessions. Feel free to sign up for both sessions and stay all day.

Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, May 22nd 9a-11:30a

  • Saturday, May 22nd 12p-2p

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Spring Cleaning Days

Join us as we take on a variety of spring cleaning tasks around the property. Tasks might include landscaping, gathering natural materials for programs, and invasive plant removal. 

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, May 3rd 4:30-6p

  • Monday, May 10th 4:30-6p

Wetlands Monitoring

On the northwest side of the Rowe Woods property, way off the beaten path, there is a wetland that was built because a nearby company developed on an existing wetland. This wetland was built years ago and was meant to replace the original one.

We will be exploring the wetland's history as well as its current health by examining what organisms are present.

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, May 7th 4:30-6p

  • Friday, May 14th 4:30-6p

  • Monday, May 17th 4:30-6p

  • Monday, May 24th 4:30-6P

Community Science: Monarchs

Cincinnati Nature Center is part of a larger community science project devoted to studying monarch butterflies. Join us for a training session about monarchs and how to collect data on our assigned milkweed patch. These sessions will make you eligible to earn additional service hours through the beginning of summer. 

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, May 21st 4:30-5:30p

  • Friday, May 28th 5:30-6:30p

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Weekend Spotlight:

Tractor Wash!

Come have some fun in the sun and help the nature center shine a little bit more. We'll be spending the day with our Equipment Coordinator, Josh Matheson, learning about different types of equipment and giving them a good scrub. 

Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, June 19th 10:00am-2:00pm

Tractor Wash and Grill Out!

Time for some summer fun with a tractor wash and grill out. We'll be spending a couple hours with our Equipment Coordinator, Josh Matheson, giving all types of equipment a good scrub and eating some hot dogs (vegan options available). Come have some fun in the sun and help the nature center shine a little bit more.

Upcoming Dates

  • Long Branch - Wednesday, June 30th from 4pm-6pm