Green Umbrella members can submit events for the calendar to greennews@greenumbrella.org. Please provide all relevant details and a link to your organization's listing of the event at least three weeks prior to the event date. We feature a selection of member events in Green News You Can Use, which is published every other Wednesday. 

Our calendar is color coded by Action Team sustainability areas. Look for events in the follow areas:

Energy Food  Greenspace Outdoors Transportation Waste Reduction Watershed

Plus a couple of other categories we thought would be helpful: Professional Maker

Upcoming events

    • February 14, 2018
    • November 13, 2019
    • 16 sessions
    • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45227

    The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council mission is to advance a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system for all within Greater Cincinnati’s ten-county region through policy, systems, and environment change.

    We alternate monthly between full council meetings and working group meetings.

    Full Council Meetings are an opportunity to network, learn about being an effective food system advocate, and be involved in strategically prioritizing the regional good food policy agenda. 

    1/09 2:30-4:30 Full Council meeting

    3/13 2:30-4:30 Full Council meeting

    5/08 2:30-4:30 ANNUAL MEETING; party to follow

    7/10 2:30-4:30 Full Council meeting

    9/11 2:30-4:30 Full Council meeting

    11/13 2:30-4:30 Full Council meeting

    Objectives:

    • Create a forum that brings together stakeholders from all segments of the food system to generate new relationships and share best practices.
    • Initiate research and recommend policies that increase food security in communities as well as social and economic opportunities for food producers, distributors, and consumers throughout the region.
    • Advocate for food security through a regional food system development agenda at the city, county and regional levels.
    • Serve as a resource to the community to assist in local food system development programs and projects related to health and nutrition, land use, food waste recovery, community food assessment and local purchasing.

      Learn more about the Food Policy Council working groups, action plan, and current and past projects here.

      • January 03, 2019
      • December 05, 2019
      • 12 sessions
      • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45227

      Organization: Green Umbrella 

      Get involved with the team that works toward increasing our production and consumption of foods grown locally! Meetings are the first Thursday of every month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.


      • January 04, 2019
      • December 06, 2019
      • 12 sessions
      • Hamilton County Environmental Services 250 Wm. H. Taft Rooms A-C Cincinnati , OH 45219

      Organizer: Green Umbrella

      The Watershed team brings together representatives from non-profits, businesses, educational institutions and governmental entities working to improve water quality and watershed management in our region.

      The meetings are the first Friday of every month, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Mark your calendars!


      • January 17, 2019
      • December 19, 2019
      • 12 sessions
      • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, 3 E 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

      Organizer: Green Umbrella

      Please join us for our regular Transportation Action Team meeting! 

      This team meets monthly on the third Thursday of every month.


      • January 18, 2019
      • December 20, 2019
      • 12 sessions
      • Hamilton County Environmental Services 250 Wm. H. Taft Rooms A-C Cincinnati , OH 45219

      Organizer: Green Umbrella

      The Waste Reduction team brings together recycling directors, solid waste management coordinators, corporate sustainability managers, waste haulers, educators and advocates to develop strategies to dramatically reduce waste by promoting reuse, recycling and reduction.

      The Waste Reduction Action Team meets monthly on the third Friday of each month, 12:00 - 1:30 pm.


      • January 22, 2019
      • December 17, 2019
      • 12 sessions
      • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Drive

      Organization: Green Umbrella

      The Greenspace Action Team will meet monthly in 2019 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

      Please note: January's meeting has been rescheduled to January 22nd.

      * As of January 2019 the Greenspace Action Team meetings will be held at the Green Umbrella office conference room located at 5030 Oaklawn Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45227

      • February 07, 2019
      • December 05, 2019
      • 11 sessions
      • REI - Rookwood Commons 2643 Edmondson Rd Cincinnati , OH 45209

      Organizer: Green Umbrella

      Meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month, 8:30 - 10:00 am.


      • February 11, 2019
      • October 07, 2019
      • 5 sessions
      • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Drive

      The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council mission is to advance a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system for all within Greater Cincinnati’s ten-county region through policy, systems, and environment change.

      Learn more about the Food Policy Council working groups, action plan, and current and past projects here.

      We alternate monthly between full council meetings and working group meetings.

      There are four working groups:

      The "Land Use and Production" and "Planning, Assessment and Zoning" groups meet together on the following Mondays from 1:00-2:30 pm2/11, 4/8, 6/10, 8/12, 10/7

      Current projects include:

      • Urban Ag Zoning 

        • The director and members of the council have been advising an inter-departmental committee on proposed changes. A draft proposal should be available for review in Fall 2018 and the Council is arranging community outreach to educate neighborhoods on the potential ordinance

      • Food Waste Reduction
        • Susan Jorgensen has been hired as the Share Table Ambassador in our region to promote share tables to schools and create community and regulator connections as needed for their successful implementation.  

        • We are partnering with Hamilton Co Recycling and Solid Waste District to establish a Smart Kitchens program where we help offset the cost of adopting a waste tracking and reduction software such as LeanPath. Save the Food Fellows are helping to recruit kitchens and coordinate implementation of the technologies and food recovery apps. 


      • February 12, 2019
      • October 08, 2019
      • 5 sessions
      • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Drive

      The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council mission is to advance a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system for all within Greater Cincinnati’s ten-county region through policy, systems, and environment change.

      Learn more about the Food Policy Council working groups, action plan, and current and past projects here.

      We alternate monthly between full council meetings and working group meetings.

      There are four working groups:

      The "Healthy Food Access" group meets on the following Tuesdays from 2:30-4:00 pm2/12, 4/9, 6/11, 8/13, 10/8

      Current projects include:

      • Advocating for healthcare providers to invest in healthy food access
        • Providing input to the CHNA process and proposals on how hospitals can invest in healthy food access points in our region. 
        • Strategizing how to get health insurance companies promoting healthy food access programming by the hospitals through reimbursements or mandates to the hospitals. 
      • Healthy food access at farmers markets. 
        • Supporting a state-wide effort to secure funding for nutrition incentive programs.  


      • February 13, 2019
      • December 11, 2019
      • 11 sessions
      • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45227

      Organizer: Green Umbrella

      Join stakeholders in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors to advance the team's 2020 goals to double the local production of renewable energy AND reduce the total energy consumption in the built environment by 15%.

      The team meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 8:30-10:30 am, which includes time for networking.


      • February 13, 2019
      • October 09, 2019
      • 5 sessions
      • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Drive

      The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council mission is to advance a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system for all within Greater Cincinnati’s ten-county region through policy, systems, and environment change.

      Learn more about the Food Policy Council working groups, action plan, and current and past projects here.

      We alternate monthly between full council meetings and working group meetings.

      There are four working groups:

        The "Distribution and Procurement" group meets on the following Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 pm2/13, 4/10, 6/12, 8/14, 10/9

        Current projects include:

        • Good Food Purchasing Program
          • The Cincinnati Public Schools have undergone an evaluation of their supply chain. 
        • Farm to School
          • In partnership with LFAT members, we are applying for a farm to school planning grant to develop F2S action plans for interested schools in our region. 
        • February 13, 2019
        • April 10, 2019
        • 5 sessions
        • St. Francis DeSales School cafeteria, 1602 Madison Rd., Cincinnati OH 45206

        Organization: Pachamama Alliance Cincinnati Area

        Are you looking for the most effective ways to not just limit, but reverse global warming?

        Would you like to connect with other people who are committed to environmental sustainability?

        DO YOU WANT MORE? Are you ready to get into action?

        DRAWDOWN: SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL WARMING

        WHAT: 5 session series of workshops to:

         Explore solutions to global warming based on the Drawdown Initiative

         Personally take action on one of these solutions on a local level

         Pursue that solution as part of a supportive community

        WHEN: Wednesdays, Feb. 13, 27, Mar 13, 27, Apr. 10, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

        WHERE: St. Francis DeSales School cafeteria, 1602 Madison Rd., Cincinnati OH 45206

        COST: Freewill offering

        INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: Contact Jim and Susan Vogt (jimvogt2@yahoo.com or 859-291-6197).

        Registration deadline is Wed., Feb. 6.


        • February 21, 2019
        • December 19, 2019
        • 11 sessions
        • St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220

        Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. The Cincinnati chapter meets the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm at St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220. Please enter at the rear of the building, door on the right.

        For more information email cincinnati@citizensclimatelobby.org or visit https://citizensclimatelobby.org/chapters/OH_Cincinnati/.

        • February 25, 2019
        • June 24, 2019
        • 5 sessions
        • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

        We are resuming our Yoga in the Garden series in partnership with Melting Yoga this month. Join us, and our wonderful instructor Erin Crowley, for a restorative yoga class the last Monday of each month. Just be sure to bring your yoga mat, and a donation if you wish (not necessary).

        Class Structure:
        Soft, gradual hatha yoga style sequencing - linking the breath with movement. Focused upon restorative flow and gentle yogic practices. Including varied meditation/relaxation exercises.

        Intention:
        Becoming aware of and easing the mind through gentle movement. Nurturing ourselves to become of better service to others. Developing compassion for self and others, supporting the power of community and philanthropy, and embracing the beauty of nature that surrounds us.

        Donation-Based Giveback Opportunity:
        Melting Yoga is partnering with the CGC to offer the series by donation (suggested $5 and/or 5 non-perishable foods or goods; or contribute what you are able). Please feel free to choose one or BOTH options!
        Cash donations will support our local Civic Garden Center and non-perishable goods will support the current food desert existing in our neighboring community of Walnut Hills. We encourage non-perishable foods (including baby foods) but also personal-care items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine care and other toiletries.

        • March 09, 2019
        • November 02, 2019
        • 3 sessions
        • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

        Organization: Civic Garden Center

        What is the Intensive? 

        The Intensive is an all day learning experience and practice with Peter Block for people who want to deepen their understanding of engagement and the six conversations. This is for those who would like to co-lead the engagement series, and take a greater role in bringing the ideas of engagement into the community.

        Pre-work: If you are new to the A Small Group gatherings, we highly recommend that you attend a monthly gathering and/or read the 

        Civic Engagement booklet to begin the process of entering the space. 

        How much does it cost?

        The cost is $35 (includes lunch) and your time and commitment. Also, we ask that you bring a breakfast item, snack or beverage to share with the group.

        To reserve a seat or ask questions, call  email connect@asmallgroup.net or RSVP online.

        Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30AM. - The event begins at 9:00AM. 

        • March 15, 2019
        • November 04, 2019
        • 101 sessions
        • Various

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Meet friends and stay motivated to exercise in a safe and friendly environment.

        Great Parks' Walk Club is a free, flexible exercise program designed for adults ages 50 and up. The program features regularly scheduled, volunteer-led walks March 15-November 4, 2019. The 2019 season starts with a group Kick-Off on March 13 and wraps up with a 5K/Finale on November 6.

        About the Walks

        Members meet up Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. at these five locations:

        1. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
        2. Fernbank Park
        3. Miami Whitewater Forest
        4. Sharon Woods
        5. Winton Woods

        Stick to your favorite park or enjoy a new one each week. You choose where and how often you want to walk.

        A Great Parks' volunteer may be present at each location as a Walk Club host to help answer any questions you may have. Walks will take place rain or shine. In cases of severe weather (lightning, ice, etc.), Walk Club hosts will not be available, so please use your best judgment. 

        If you have any questions, call 513-521-7275 or email.

        Learn more and register for the walk club here!

        • March 16, 2019
        • May 28, 2019
        • 33 sessions
        • Everybody's Treehouse, 1212 Trail Ridge Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45223

        Organization: Cincinnati Parks

        Spring Schedule

        Join the Tour Guides for some fresh air! Every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am.

        Remember, all of our hikes begin at Everybody’s Treehouse, so come and take a hike with us!

        Trail Maps

        There’s a trail that matches every level of fitness. Below is a map of the trails at Mt. Airy Forest. We regularly take hikes for beginners, experienced hikers, and anyone in between! The Stone Steps is our most challenging trail, and a great cardio workout to add to your fitness schedule.

        Learn more about the Cincinnati Parks Hiking Club here!

        Make sure you complete this Liability Waiver before your first hike!

        • March 16, 2019
        • April 07, 2019
        • 2 sessions

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Aiming for a new way to enjoy the great outdoors? Try out your skills with a little target practice! An Adventure Outpost instructor will guide you through the basics of shooting a compound bow and teach you the archery steps to success. All equipment is provided. For ages 10 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost

        $20/person, register by 3 days in advance here!

        • March 21, 2019
        • October 24, 2019
        • 31 sessions
        • Environmental Enterprises, Inc. 4600 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232

        Organization: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

        Opening March 21, 2019.
        The program will be open on Thursdays, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., March 21 through October 24, 2019 (closed on July 4). 

        Drop off your household hazardous waste for safe disposal or recycling: 

        Environmental Enterprises, Inc. 4600 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232 (MAPEnter directly across from Winton Road

        Guidelines • Hamilton County residents only (must show proof of residency). 
        • Businesses and non-profits are not permitted to participate. Materials from commercial establishments or brought in commercial vehicles will not be accepted.
        • Do not get out of your vehicle; staff will remove your items. 
        • Only drop-off during designated hours.
        • No cost to residents - this program is funded by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.

        Acceptable Items:
        Pesticides/Fertilizers • Solvents/Thinners/Oil-Based Paints & Stains • Lawn/Pool Chemicals • Cleaners • Batteries • Fire Extinguishers • Propane Tanks • Mercury • Fluorescent Bulbs • Driveway Sealer • Gasoline/Motor Oil • Antifreeze • Thermostats • Tar • Oxygen/Helium Cylinders

        Unacceptable Items:
        Latex Paint • Radioactive Materials • Medical Waste • Explosives/Ammunition • Tires • Yard Trimmings • Garbage • Roofing Materials • Appliances • Computers/Electronics • Unmarked or Inoperable Cylinders • Fireworks/Gun Powder • Prescription Drugs

        Learn more about the drop-off and other waste disposal guidelines here!



        • March 21, 2019
        • May 30, 2019
        • 8 sessions
        • Various
        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County
        It’s turtles and snakes and frogs … oh my! Learn how nature survives and adapts in our ever-changing world during these free evening programs at Embshoff Woods and Fernbank Park this spring.
         
        Nature Night: Turtle Hurdles
        Thu 3/21, 6:30 p.m. at Embshoff Woods/Rivermount Shelter
        Thu 3/28, 6:30 p.m. at Fernbank Park/Tecumseh Shelter
        Step out of your shell and explore the fast-paced life of Ohio turtles. Meet some animal ambassadors and, from carapaces to tails, discover the unique adaptations that enable turtles to survive for up to 40 years or more.
         
        Nature Night: Slithering Snakes
        Thu 4/18, 6:30 p.m. at Embshoff Woods/Rivermount Shelter
        Thu 4/25, 6:30 p.m. at Fernbank Park/Tecumseh Shelter
        Slide and slither your way to discover the ins and outs of snakes. Meet some animal ambassadors and step into the wonderful world of these often misunderstood reptiles.
         
        Nature Night: Tree-mendous Trees
        Thu 5/9, 6:30 p.m. at Embshoff Woods/Rivermount Shelter
        Thu 5/16, 6:30 p.m. at Fernbank Park/Tecumseh Shelter
        From buds and blossoms to roots and bark, trees have a variety of secrets to share. Learn the basics of tree identification and explore the forest with new eyes as spring awakens these silent giants.
         
        Nature Night: Amazing Amphibians
        Thu 5/23, 6:30 p.m. at Embshoff Woods/Rivermount Shelter
        Thu 5/30, 6:30 p.m. at Fernbank Park/Tecumseh Shelter
        Discover the hidden world of frogs, toads and salamanders while meeting some live animals. Afterward, join us on an amphibian hike to find them hiding in plain sight.
         

        Embshoff Woods is located at 4050 Paul Rd, Cincinnati, OH and Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve is located at 3455 Poole Rd, Colerain Township, OH.

        • March 25, 2019
        • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
        • Novel Coworking (Hooper Building), 151 W 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

        Organization: Better Bus Coalition

        Come out to network and discuss Cincinnati Busing with us. Invite your friends; we're hoping to once again bring together a diverse crowd of interested individuals to talk in a relaxed, unstructured environment where creative ideas can flow.

        NOTE: Novel Coworking is located on the 2nd floor of 151 W. 4th

        Learn more and RSVP here!

        • March 26, 2019
        • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
        • Carol Ann's Carousel, 8 E Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

        Organization: Cincinnati Parks

        Terrarium, I’m all ajar! Come create your unique terrarium scenes with natured themed objects, ready for your succulent or plant to be added! 

        Cost: $8.00, age 55+, supplies included (succulent or plant not included)

        Learn more and register here!

        • March 26, 2019
        • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206

        Organization: Civic Garden Center

        Want to grow some of your own greens? Learn how to grow a little, using less in a short amount of time. Join us and learn how to grow a little bit of your own food, in limited spaces with limited resources. Juliann B. Gardner, an avid grower, foodie and owner of One Small Garden, will share general principles and techniques to grow your own edibles (herbs, greens and even tomatoes) nearly year round. Seeding, seasons, soils, and sun will all be discussed. Complimentary “food safe” compost and row markers will be shared. To register, click here.

        • March 26, 2019
        • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • 2 East Main Street, Addyston, Ohio 45001

        Organization: Western Wildlife Corridor

        The Western Wildlife Corridor is pleased to announce that local natural historian Stanley Hedeen, Ph.D. and Professor Emeritus, Xavier University, will present “Reading the Landscape: Cincinnati’s Geology and Ecosystems” to the WWC membership. Dr. Hedeen is the founder of Groundwork Cincinnati and author of the books Natural History of the Cincinnati Region and The Mill Creek: An Unnatural History of an Urban Stream. Dr. Hedeen will cover topics including the region’s geology, glacial history, soils, streams and ecosystems, with special emphasis on the Western Wildlife Corridor.

        Cost: There is no cost, but registration is required. Register now to ensure your seat!

        How to get there: The Kirby Nature Center is located at 2 Main Street, Addyston, OH 45001, just off River Road. To get there from north and east of Addyston, go west on Cleves Warsaw into Addyston, where the name changes to Main Street. Continue past South Road – there is a storage building on the corner on the right, then a stone wall with an opening for a driveway flanked by large stone pillars. Turn in the driveway - this is it!
         
        If you are coming from the west or are close to Route 50, take 50 into Addyston and turn onto Dinning Lane, the small connector street opposite Ineos. Go right on Main, go past First and Second Streets and continue up the hill then down the next slope. You will see the stone walls and opening with the large pillars on your left (this is it again). If you get to South Road, you just passed it.

        • March 27, 2019
        • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Cincinnati Center for Architecture + Design, 1114 Race Street, 45202

        Organizations: Co-hosted by Emersion Design, BluEarth and Human Nature.


        • March 27, 2019
        • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
        • Tangeman University Center, Room 400A, 2766 UC MainStreet, Cincinnati OH 45221

        Organization: UC Sustainability Committee

        Join UC|Sustainability for a talk with Professor Matthew Lynch.

        Lynch collaborates with a variety of partners on artworks that range from installations to sculptural objects and material imagery. He brings an experimental and satirical approach that subverts conventional applications for engineered building products to inspire critical investigation of our designed environment. Since 1996, Matt has collaborated with Steve Badgett under the name SIMPARCH. SIMPARCH creates site specific structures for communal interaction and social exchange. SIMPARCH produced a permanent commission by the General Services Commission for a newly constructed Land Port of Entry in Fabens, TX. In 2015, Lynch began working with Curtis Goldstein (UC MFA 2013) to create mosaics with Formica laminate. These labor and industry themed mosaics can be seen at The Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Center, and The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Matt holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a BFA from Ball State University.

        Learn more and RSVP here!

        • March 27, 2019
        • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • pin Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

        Organization: Civic Garden Center

        Seed Starting: Learn the process of starting plants from seeds, indoors and out. Thriving Garden Practices: Learn about crop rotation, beneficial insects, weeding, mulching and more.

        Instructor: Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator, Civic Garden Center
        Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

        Learn more here!

        • March 28, 2019
        • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206

        Organization: Civic Garden Center

        Have you ever wondered who the “pollinators” everyone is talking about are? While the European Honeybee or certain butterflies are the well-known pollinators, there are a number of insects and animals that fulfill this important role. This presentation takes a close look at the pollinating animals that are native to this region and some of the flowers that they have evolved with and attract them. Some of the topics covered will include: What exactly is pollination and what is involved?, Pollination Syndromes, Host plant vs Food plant, Perennial Flower Forms and Diversities for enhancing pollinator habitat, and of course a nice introduction to of some of our local pollinators and native flora. To register, click here.

        Check out all of the Civic Garden Center's classes here!

        • March 29, 2019
        • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
        • 9001 Mt Hope Rd, Harrison, OH 45030

        Organization: Audubon Society of Ohio

        Contact: Brian Keane: telephone (513) 961-4476, email keaneb@muohio.edu

        Join us for this unique field trip, the general theme of which is night sounds, or more specifically, nocturnal vocalizations. This trip has proven to be quite popular over the past several years and has become an annual event. If you’re looking for something different you might not want to miss this one.

        Join our trip leader Brian Keene for what should be a leisurely evening/night walk around the Miami Whitewater Wetlands known as Shaker Trace. Brian is a Zoology Professor at Miami University and is a past president and current board member of our Audubon Chapter. Brian is a skilled naturalist and an expert in vertebrate zoology. His goal on this night will be to find and identify a variety of wildlife by ear.

        Brian plans to begin the trip with a leisurely walk around the marsh for about an hour before sunset. On our walk around the marsh we should see several species of waterfowl, Wilson’s Snipe, Northern Harrier and other hawks and songbirds. At dusk we will listen for the raspy flight calls of snipe and the “peenting” of American Woodcock. Once woodcock are located by sound we will be able to watch their courtship displays, at least until it gets to dark to see them. We should hear many and see several. Once darkness has completely fallen we will turn our attention to the amphibian chorus which should be quite loud in this wetland habitat. American Toads, Spring Peepers and Chorus Frogs should dominate the musical, but Wood Frogs and Leopard Frogs might be heard as well. Other species that might possibly be heard during our walk would be our resident owls. There is no guarantee here, but Great Horned, Barred and Eastern Screech are all locally present. Even howling coyotes are possible as they are becoming quite common in our rural areas. We are still a week or two early on this date for rails and bitterns, but they are known for their nocturnal vocalizations as well. So come out and join Brian for what will most certainly be a fun and interesting trip under a night sky.

        Note that sunset on March 29th is 7:58 PM and Civil Twilight ends (becomes totally dark) at 8:25 PM. The trip will consist of level, moderate walking. However the trails through the wetlands are not all paved and can be damp and muddy, so wear appropriate footwear. Heavy rain at the time will cancel this trip but we have set a rain date for the following evening, Saturday March 30th, same time same place.

        This trip should end a couple hours after sunset, around 09:45 PM. There are no restroom facilities at the Miami Whitewater wetlands, but they are available in the main park area nearby. It can be very cold in mid-March, especially in a marsh at night, so dress accordingly. Binoculars are not essential on this trip but are highly recommended. A Hamilton County Park Motor Vehicle Permit is required ($5.00 daily, $10.00 annual) at Miami Whitewater for each vehicle. If you have any questions feel free to contact Brian.

        Learn more about the event here!

        Directions: We will begin our walk at 7:00 p.m. sharp from the wetlands parking area on Baughman Road, so try to arrive a bit before 7:00. From I-74, take the Dry Fork Road exit # 3, and turn right. Continue past West Rd, and stay on Dry Fork until it ends. Turn right onto New Haven Road. At the first stop sign, turn left onto Oxford Road, and then immediately left again onto Baughman Road. Go about .6 of a mile to the parking area on the right side of the road, just past the bike trail crossing.

        For a park map, directions and other info visit the Miami Whitewater/Great Parks website.

        • March 29, 2019
        • April 07, 2019
        • 4 sessions
        • Various

        Organization: Walterhoope

        What:

        Lungs is a play about the messiness of love, the rapidity of our lives, and the immensity of climate change. Two actors immerse the audience in a visceral, non-stop performance. Featuring discussion with the cast and local environmental activists!

        Get Tickets: 

        Space is limited! Tickets are $15 at Walterhoope.com or cash at the door. Through March 22, general admission is just $10! 

        Xavier students and Faculty get in FREE with ID! Or reserve online with code: XULUNGS

        Where and When:

        Xavier University
        Edgecliff Recital Hall
        1512 Herald Ave
        March 29 at 7:30 PM
        March 30 at 7:30 PM

        Liberty Exhibition Hall
        3839 Spring Grover Ave
        April 5 at 7:30 PM
        April 7 at 6:00 PM
        • March 30, 2019
        • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
        • Kingfisher Trail, 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Lost in the wilderness and dehydrated? Not a scenario anyone wants to experience firsthand. Work with a female instructor to learn how to translate what’s on the map to what’s underfoot in order to find your way out of sticky situations. Maps and compasses are provided. For ages 12 and up. Winton Woods/Kingfisher Trail ($15/person, register by 3/27) 

        Venture into the outdoors to cultivate your skills, discover new friends, and begin your next great adventure. Join our female guides on the trail, in the woods and on the water as we build confidence and community together. 

        Classes are for girls and women ages 8 and up, unless otherwise noted. Classes will be held outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

        Learn more and register here!

        • March 30, 2019
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • 2 Main Street Addyston, OH 45001

        Organization:  Western Wildlife Corridor

        What: Habitat restoration at and light trail maintenance at the Bender Mountain Nature Preserve. To get more information about habitat restoration, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

        Project leaders:  Jeff 513.451.1737 and Bob 513.251.5352.

        How to get there:
        We will be meeting at the parking lot of Kraft Electrical Contracting, who kindly are allowing us to use their parking lot. It's located at:
             5710 Hillside Ave
             Cincinnati, OH 45233

        Additional information: dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for working in the woods. It could be muddy. Learn more here!

        • March 30, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

        Organization: Civic Garden Center

        Springtime in the forests of Southwest Ohio greets us with brief and sudden flashes of flowers. These flowers are collectively known as “spring ephemerals” because of their short bloom time. Taking advantage of early spring light, before being shaded by the leafing out of the deciduous canopy, these small flowers carpet the forest floor with hues of white, yellow and blue. Additionally, many of these spring ephemerals provided an important early season food source for insects limbering up from a cold winter. This class will introduce the participant to some of these early bloomers and provide information on their life histories, and cultivation in your woodland garden. This class is offered in partnership with Communiversity; class will be held a the Civic Garden Center.

        Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
        Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

        Learn more here!

        • March 30, 2019
        • 11:00 AM
        • 3310 Ruther Ave

        Organization: UC Sustainability

        Join UC|Sustainability for a day of garden work! We'll be getting the garden ready for the season.

        • March 30, 2019
        • May 11, 2019
        • 4 sessions
        • Various

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Take steps toward better health and get wellness tips from a local doctor – for free! Walks are on a Saturday at 11 a.m. at different park locations.
         

        March 30: Winton Woods/Kingfisher Trail
        10245 Winton Road

        April 13: Miami Whitewater Forest/Tallgrass Prairie Trail
        9001 Mt. Hope Road

        April 27: Glenwood Gardens/Cotswold Visitor Centre
        10397 Springfield Pike.

        May 11: Winton Woods/Fitness Trail
        10245 Winton Road


                See Great Parks’ calendar of events for information. Learn more about the national Walk With a Doc program at www.walkwithadoc.org.

                • March 30, 2019
                • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
                • Bicentennial Commons River Center, 120 South Carmody Boulevard, Middletown, OH 45044

                Organization: MetroParks of Butler County

                Let's get crazy about water! World Water Day is March 22, 2019 so let's celebrate. Learn about the importance of water and all that it does for us at the River Center. Read a story, engage in an activity and have fun. Free!

                Registration required by 3/29/19

                Call 513-867-5835 or visit www.YourMetroParks.net

                • March 30, 2019
                • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                • Hayfields Orchard, 8835 Old Indian Hill Road Cincinnati, OH 45243

                A hands-on workshop in grafting fruit trees - participants will receive instruction in the different techniques of grafting fruit trees. Rootstock, scionwood as well as tools will be provided for participants to graft their own fruit trees. Participants will leave with several newly grafted fruit trees to plant at home or in community gardens. 

                With Hayfields Orchard's diverse selection of fruit tree varieties, grown on a variety of rootstocks, it is an ideal location for the workshop.The workshops are co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Area Organic Fruit Growers and Turner Farm Community Garden Program.  The workshops will be taught by David K Koester, UK Extension Boone County Agent and Hayfield orchardist Marsha Lindner, with the assistance of Peter Huttinger, Turner Farm Community Garden Program.

                Fee: $20

                How to Register: Workshop is open to the public, however it is limited to 25 participants so please enroll early. To register please contact: 

                Marsha Lindner
                Hayfields Orchard
                blindner@fuse.net

                Proceeds from the workshop will benefit the Turner Farm Community Garden Program.

                • March 30, 2019
                • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
                • Imago, 700 Enright Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205

                Organization: Imago

                Learn how to make your Spring Cleaning more sustainable this year by joining us for a Green Cleaning workshop. Participants will be able to expand their personal sustainability toolkits with recipes for everyday cleaners that can be easily incorporate into your household cleaning routine. This workshop offers truly effective cleaning solutions that are safe and natural but a step up from the old school vinegar and baking soda approach. Participants will make and take their own Green Cleaning starter kit.

                Presented by Carisa Bunten:
                Carisa Bunten, an NKU graduate and small business owner, has worked at her family owned and operated apothecary shop in Newport, Kentucky since 1999. Her brick and mortar shop carries an extensive line of essential oils, all natural bulk teas, herbs, and spices, handmade soaps and many other all natural household and body wares crafted and sold onsite. Stemming from her business she has had the honor of conducting hands on make and take DIY workshops throughout the tristate area Public Library systems, Senior Communities, and Civic Centers for over 15 years. Visit Carisa’s store at 114 East 7th Street Newport, KY or www.seventhstreetgifts.com


                • March 31, 2019
                • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
                • Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

                Organization: Rhinegeist Brewery

                RESCUED FOOD COOK-OFF
                Tickets $50
                Main Event at Rhinegeist
                1910 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45202
                (runs concurrent with VIP Event)
                Chefs from 10 of the hottest restaurants in Over the Rhine will transform rescued food into "by-the-bite" creations. Each chef will receive a mystery ingredient from a participating food sponsor a day in advance and throwdown to create a unique dish. Attendees can try all 10 bites (with complimentary Rhinegeist beer pairings) and vote on their favorite. They can also enjoy the Chef Battle which will be live-streamed from Our Daily Bread to Rhinegeist. The event will cap off with the presentation of the winners of the Chef Battle and the Rescued Food Cook-Off.

                All Proceeds benefit Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

                CHEF BATTLE
                VIP $150 at Our Daily Bread
                1730 Race St. Cincinnati, OH 45202
                Drew Bowman (The French Crust) & Stephen Shockley (The Anchor-OTR), will cook-off in a “chopped” style competition in front of a live audience at Our Daily Bread. They will have one hour to make a complete meal using only rescued food. This event will be emceed by Bob Herzog (Local 12) and judged by a celebrity panel including: Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, Molly Wellman (National bartender-owner of the year 2019), Chef Garland (Our Daily Bread), Heather Johnson (a.k.a. The Food Hussy), Amy Tobin (Q102) and Chef Kellen Smith. Complimentary wine will be provided by Market Wines (Findlay Market) and VIP tickets include admittance to the Main Event at Rhinegeist.

                Learn more and find tickets here!

                • April 02, 2019
                • 2 sessions
                • Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, OH 45241

                Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

                Nature has many stories to tell. Families are invited to join the nature interpreters for a nature-themed story. Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre (Free)

                Learn more here!


                • April 02, 2019
                • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Buttercup Valley in Parker Woods, 4500 Langland ST Cincinnati, OH, 45223

                Organization: Civic Garden Center

                Join a professional Horticulturist on a 1.5 hour hike and lecture in which he offers insight on local tree and plant ecology. You’ll gain specific I.D. tips for the native trees encountered on the hike, as well as an overview of their soil/topography/hydrology preferences within their niche. The hike & lecture will be held at Buttercup Valley in Parker Woods, Northside. To register, click here.

                • April 02, 2019
                • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Cincinnati REI, 2643 Edmondson Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

                Organization: REI

                This class is designed to give the prospective Appalachian Trail (AT) hiker and backpacker a solid foundation for planning a trip on the trail. We'll teach you the logistics behind a hiking or backpacking trip. We'll focus on trip planning skills for: day hikes, section hikes, and thru hikers. Learn some basic resources and tips to get you started on your trip planning.

                Price: Free

                Learn more and register here!

                • April 03, 2019
                • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
                • Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215

                Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

                Puddles and rainbows, spring songs, flowers, frogs and birds return and all bring April alive! Join us outdoors to explore nature’s emergence into spring! Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden (Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person)

                Learn more here!

                • April 03, 2019
                • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Cincinnati REI, 2643 Edmondson Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

                Organization: REI & Civic Garden Center

                Trees matter a lot, so the Civic Garden Center has jumped into the global movement to restore our urban forests and expand our usable urban greenspace through its new Treeforestation initiative. Research has shown interacting with the natural world can be tremendously beneficial for our well-being. Whether it's simply the calming effect of blues and greens or the heart-soothing phytochemicals exuded by plants, interacting with nature is a curative to many of our urban woes. With our forests facing unprecedented risks from disease, invasive species, and human development, trees are increasingly vital. That's why the Civic Garden Center is so excited to play its part in the global movement to restore deforested and degraded land - to revitalize these landscapes for people and the planet. We invite you to join us at REI to learn about and support the Treeforestation Initiative, and get info about organizing or joining a volunteer workday.

                Price: Free

                Learn more and register here!

                • April 03, 2019
                • May 16, 2019
                • 6 sessions

                Organization: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

                Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting!

                This popular one-hour evening seminar focuses on the basics of backyard composting. Participants learn how to balance a compost bin, what materials are compostable, and some troubleshooting. At the end of the hour, Hamilton County residents received a free kitchen collector, a "Simple Guide to Composting in Your Backyard" booklet, and an "I heart Compost" magnet.

                Upcoming Seminars

                Wednesday, April 3 - 7 p.m.
                Wyoming Civic Center

                1 Worthington Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45215

                Wednesday, April 10 - 7 p.m.
                Symmes Township Safety Services Center

                8871 Weekly Lane, Cincinnati OH 45249

                Tuesday, April 23 - 7 p.m.
                The Barn (Mariemont)

                6980 Cambridge Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45227

                Tuesday, April 30 - 7 p.m.
                Maple Ridge Lodge, Mt. Airy

                3040 Westwood Northern Boulevard, Cincinnati OH 45211

                Wednesday, May 8 - 7 p.m.
                Golf Manor Municipal Building

                6450 Wiehe Road, Cincinnati OH 45237

                Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.
                North College Hill Administration Building

                1500 West Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

                Register here!


                • April 04, 2019
                • April 05, 2019
                • 11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati 45249

                Organization: Green Umbrella / Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District

                This spring we will come together to discuss food, sustainability, agriculture, and conservation.

                The CHCA Food Symposium will offer two days of keynote talks, breakout sessions, cooking demonstrations, an exhibition hall, a food truck rally, and most importantly, it will raise conversations surrounding food and sustainability.

                While the conversations will center on agriculture, restaurants, cooking, and sustainable living, the greater conversation involves presenting hope for the future.

                Register soon and mark your calendar for April 4-5, 2019 to join the conversation and take part in helping our children inherit a better world. Check out the website at https://www.chca-oh.org/foodsymposium

                • April 04, 2019
                • 6:00 PM
                • UC Bike Kitchen, 101 W Daniels St.

                Organization: UC Sustainability

                Learn what you need to fix your bike up for the Spring! We will be covering all post-winter maintenance needs!

                • April 04, 2019
                • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206

                Organization: Civic Garden Center

                In this class, attendees will learn about the basics of Rain Gardening and Rain Garden design. Emphasis will be on site observation, soil type identification and an overview of associated native botany. Discussion will include design tools and techniques, including Rain Catchment Systems (e.g. rain barrels) and their uses.  To register, click here.

                • April 04, 2019
                • April 11, 2019
                • 2 sessions
                • Various

                Organization: Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

                A Homeowners Series on Raising A Healthy & Safe Flock

                Thursday, April 4
                Health, Biosecurity & Veterinary Medicine
                Speaker: Timothy McDermott DVM, Extension Educator, Franklin County
                Youth Opportunities
                Speaker: Kris Mason, Poultry Superintendent, 4-H Community Fair

                Thursday, April 11
                Bird Selection, Housing your Flock, Nutrition
                Speaker: Nancy Jefferson, PhD., Nutritionist, Kalmbach Feeds, Inc.
                Manure Management
                Speaker: Aaron Habig, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

                Where & When:

                April 4, 2019 | 6p - 8:30p
                Ohio State University Extension
                4210 Dane Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45223

                April 11, 2019 | 6p - 8:30p
                Hamilton County SWCD
                1325 E. Kemper Rd. #115
                Cinincinnati, OH 45246

                Cost

                Primary Registrant -$40
                (Includes book and dinner for both evenings)

                Additional Guest - $20
                (Only dinner provided, book not included)

                Please call Sara Fehring (513-772-7645 ext: 25) with questions. To register visit: https://www.hcswcd.org/poultryworkshop

                • April 04, 2019
                • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
                • Cincinnati REI, 2643 Edmondson Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

                Organization: REI

                Flat tires can impact every rider on every surface. If you want to be ready to fix your next flat, join REI's expert bike techs in this hands-on workshop. Join like-minded women as you work through everything you need to know to change a tire and reduce the chances of a repeat flat. Bring your own bike, a busted bike tire, or practice on some of ours.

                Member price: $25

                Non-member price: $45

                Learn more and register here!


                • April 05, 2019
                • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
                • Imago, 700 Enright Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205

                Organization: Imago

                Join us for an evening of storytelling! Being human is wild. And we’ve collected a few stories that tell of a moment when we were closest to natural life, to our primary relationship; to earth, atmosphere, water, to weather.

                Rachel Cook will start the evening sharing stories of her life from the chapter in Southwest Wisconsin on wooded acreage while building a so-called cabin, wherein the line that made “outside” out and “inside” in was very thin. The floor will then open for all to share their own stories.

                Optional Potluck at 6:00 pm; Conversation starts promptly at 7:00 pm.

                About our presenter, Rachel Cook:
                From a childhood embedded within the state parks of NY and PA, Rachel Cook went on to study wild foods and medicine, perennial food production in agriculture, organic vegetable farming – and the lives of our food producers in this country. In NY, WI, IL and KY, Rachel lived and worked on farms and in wild places. She became an off-the-cuff phenologist, and developed as an observer of whole interactive systems; both ecological organization and societal organization.

                Concurrently, Rachel worked in physical theatre, with particular focus in early cultural practice of using theatrical device in ritual to pray for or about food. She worked in community radio as a news analyst of environmental and conservation issues.

                In the last five years she has focused her study on functional medicine; human anatomy, physiology and nutrition. In 2017, Rachel moved to Enright Village and shares a lovely home with her mother Gretchen.

                • April 05, 2019
                • April 06, 2019
                • 2 sessions
                • Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

                Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

                It’s always a fun adventure to be in the park after dark, especially when you get to explore outer space! Out of This World! is Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, from 7–9 p.m. at Sharon Woods. Sensory-friendly activities will be offered from 6–7 p.m. on Saturday. 

                Explore constellations inside a pop-up planetarium, launch water-powered rockets, “walk” the solar system, make space crafts and more. The event is free. Some activities will be available for a minimal fee. Sharon Woods is located at 11450 Lebanon Road.
                 
                A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks. Cost for residents of Hamilton County: $10 annual/$5 daily; other visitors: $15 annual/$8 daily. Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Fernbank Park are cooperative ventures with the City of Cincinnati; a Motor Vehicle Permit is not required.
                 

                Great Parks of Hamilton County’s mission is to protect natural resources and provide outdoor education and recreation. For additional information, visit www.greatparks.org or call 513-521-7275.

                • April 06, 2019
                • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
                • 1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

                Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful & Kenton County Parks

                Kenton County Parks & Recreation will facilitate the annual Doe Run Lake Clean-Up, as part of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Clean-Up 2019, presented by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. The clean-up will begin at 9:00 A.M. on April 6th, 2019 and last until noon.

                This event provides citizens an opportunity to ‘Make a Difference’ by picking up trash and litter and to explore one of the last remaining public natural areas in Kenton County. By ridding neighborhoods of litter, illegal dumping, and graffiti, we are creating a clean and safe place to live, work, and play.

                Join us to make a difference! Rubber gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear boots or old shoes and old clothes. It will be messy! Volunteers will collect and remove everything that should not be found in a County park, including trash, construction debris, automobile and truck tires, old fishing line, and an odd assortment of other objects not usually associated with nature and the outdoors. There will be a restroom available.

                There will be a ‘Most Unusual Find’ contest again this year. One year, it was a bowling ball; another year, it was two halves of an electric guitar!

                Need community service hours? Rhonda Ritzi, the Recreation Coordinator, will be happy to sign any paperwork. Help your friends and neighbors make a difference!

                Doe Run Lake is located at 1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017. Take the Covington/Independence (Exit 80) off I-275. Go south (away from Covington and under I-275) on KY 17 (Madison Pike) about one mile. Follow the signs. Volunteers should meet in the parking area near the boat launch. For additional information, please call 859-525-PLAY (7529).

                Contact Sara Sgantas for more information:
                Phone: 859-392-1404

                Email: Sara.Sgantas@KentonCounty.org

                • April 06, 2019
                • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
                • Cafe DeSales, 2835 Woodburn Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206

                Organization: Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability

                As part of the City Of Cincinnati Government's Year of Living Sustainably, please join us for our first #TrashTagChallenge neighborhood cleanup! At 9am on the first Saturday of every month, residents of East Walnut Hills, Evanston and Walnut Hills will gather in a meeting spot in one of these neighborhoods and, following the advice of community stakeholders, select an area to clean up.

                For the first cleanup, we're meeting at Cafe DeSales on the corner of Woodburn Ave. and Madison Rd.

                Learn more and RSVP here!

                • April 06, 2019
                • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
                • Imago, 700 Enright Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45205

                Organization: Imago

                Celebrate the arrival of Spring by participating in this personal-growth workshop! Many of us are searching for a way of work/service that’s full of meaning and makes a difference in our communities. What can the natural world teach us about service and the practice of cultivating meaningful work? Explore the connection between basic ecological principles and the development of a personal vision for “making a difference” in your community.

                Ticket Price: $20

                Learn more and register here!

                • April 06, 2019
                • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
                • University Hall, Suite 600, 51 Goodman St, Cincinnati, OH 45221

                Organization: UC Sustainability

                Come help us implement a new permaculture site in Lincoln Heights! Volunteers will help plant fruit trees, flowers, and other vegetables. Lunch will be provided.

                For service hours register on volunteer.uc.edu

                *please RSVP to green@uc.edu for carpool*

                Learn more here!

                • April 06, 2019
                • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
                • Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45248

                Organization: Mount St. Joseph University Sustainability Committee

                The Sustainability Committee of Mount St. Joseph University and the Oak Hills School District are proud to sponsor a community electronics recycling day on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 10 AM - 2 PM in the student parking lot (north lot) of Oak Hills High School.

                There are no residency requirements to drop off items, and ANY item with an electrical cord will be accepted. This includes all TVs (any size), refrigerators and all other household appliances (microwaves, washers, vacuum cleaners, etc.), cell phones, game systems, iPods, Blackberries, MP3 players, digital cameras, GPS units, e-readers, all computers and related accessories (such as keyboards, printers, portable hard drives, and scanners), VCR/DVD/CD players, fax machines, copiers, surge protectors, power cables and charging cords, electronic wiring, and satellite components.


                A $15 donation is requested for each small cathode ray tube (CRT) TV/monitor dropped off, and a $25 donation is requested for each large TV (consoles, large flat screens, and rear projection TVs). For those without TVs to drop off, a $10 donation is requested per vehicle. These donations help to defray both disposal fees for the hazardous waste components of the items to be recycled and transportation costs.


                RecycleForce, a non-profit from Indianapolis, will de-manufacture these items and shred all hard drives to address any privacy concerns. The plastics and metals are then collected, packaged, and sold to build new components, while all toxic elements, such as lead and mercury, will be disposed of properly to avoid environmental contamination. RecycleForce provides transitional jobs to formerly incarcerated people, helping them to rebuild their lives and increase their chances of sustained future employment.


                If you have questions, please call event coordinator Colleen McSwiggin at 513-244-4864.

                • April 07, 2019
                • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
                • 7801 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237

                Organization: Amberley Village

                Learn more here!


                • April 08, 2019
                • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                • Butler SWCD, 1802 Princeton Rd., Hamilton, OH 45011
                Organization: Ohio Department of Agriculture

                The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is hosting a series of informal meet and greet events across Ohio with Director Dorothy Pelanda. The meetings will present the opportunity for Director Pelanda to introduce herself, share information regarding her background and listen to thoughts and ideas from members of Ohio’s food and agriculture industry.

                The meet and greets will be hosted in conjunction with local soil and water conservation districts. Those with questions can contact the ODA Office of Communications at 614-752-9817. The events are open to the public and members of the media are welcome to attend.
                • April 09, 2019
                • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Cincinnati Nature Center- Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road Milford, OH 45150

                Organization: Clermont County Soil & Water Conservation District

                We are growing our clinic this year. There will be more speakers, breakout sessions and a new location at the Cincinnati Nature Center.

                Check out our agenda offering you guidance on owning and maintaining ponds:

                • Guest Speaker: Eugene Braig, Program Director of Ohio State University Extension Aquatic Ecosystems Program, will deliver the opening presentation regarding healthy fisheries.
                • Breakout Session 1APonds 101 Jake Hahn with Clermont SWCD brings 10 years of pond assistance tips and guidance. For those new to pond management or construction
                  or
                • Breakout Session 1BFish Stocking with Jones Fish Hatchery. What fish will be most successful in your pond and what fish you should stock that you don’t know about.
                • Breakout Session 2APond Weed Control with Jones Fish Hatchery. Learn to ID and manage plants in your pond from those who deal with it every day.
                  or
                • Breakout Session 2BThe Benefits of Riparian Buffers, and plants that are suitable for pond habitat and attracting wildlife with Olivia Espinoza of the Cincinnati Nature Center.

                Come early for our pond walk with experts if you desire. Weather dependent 4 pm-5 pm. We will discuss what we find including plant life, pond problems and maybe look at some macro invertebrates. This will be an easy hike, but may include uneven terrain.

                There is no cost, but registration is required to gain free admission to the Cincinnati Nature Center.
                Clermont County Farm Bureau is providing snacks.

                Register Online Here


                • April 09, 2019
                • November 12, 2019
                • 2 sessions
                • Various

                Organization: REI

                Come learn basic navigation skills using map and compass to find your way. In this in-store class you'll learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. You'll learn how to pinpoint your location through triangulation and then navigate to new locations by following a bearing. You'll also learn how plan routes using a topographic map. This is a hands-on in-store class with some lecture components. Maps and compasses are provided, but bring your own if you prefer. Depending on weather and location, this class may include a portion held outdoors, please dress accordingly.

                See all the session options below:

                Tuesday, April 9
                6:30 - 8:30 PM

                Cincinnati REI

                Tuesday, November 12
                6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

                California Woods Nature Preserve

                • April 10, 2019
                • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

                Living with climate change means being prepared for more-intense-than-usual April showers. Fortunately, we’ve dedicated a month to helping people protect themselves and their property from flooding. This month, plant ‘May flowers’ in a rain garden or organize a neighborhood effort to keep storm drains clear. This conversation is part of an on-going 12 month series as part of the 'Year of Living Sustainably' campaign. Join us every month for discussion, tips, and resources on how to green your lifestyle. All are welcome!

                Instructor: Liz Congleton, City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability

                Cost: Free. Registrations required, call 513-221-0981.

                • April 13, 2019
                • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

                Organization: Cincinnati Parks

                Celebrate Earth Day a little early by helping us do something awesome for the earth! Roll up your sleeves and help make your parks more beautiful. Assist Cincinnati Parks staff on projects such as invasive species removal, litter pick up, mulching, trail maintenance and more. Great opportunity for student service hours. We hope you, your family, friends and neighbors will join us!

                Register here!

                To inquire about additional park locations near your neighborhood, please contact Christyl Johnson-Roberts or call 513-321-6070.


                • April 13, 2019
                • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
                • ODOT Garage, 1400 E Seymour Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45237

                Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

                Every year, thousands of volunteers come together to improve the quality of life in their community during the Great American Cleanup. From March through November, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful provides cleanup supplies and logistical support for a wide variety of cleanup and beautification projects.

                Cincinnati is the gateway to Ohio. With millions of people traveling along I-75 and I-71 every week, we need to make a good impression! Clean and beautified highways welcome visitors and encourage residents and businesses to live, work, and play in Cincinnati. Hundreds of volunteers pick up litter and beautify Cincinnati’s dirtiest roadways in our annual State Roadway Cleanup. We partner with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the city of Cincinnati’s Department of Public Services (DPS) and volunteers to pick up trash and debris from the sides of the most traveled highways around Cincinnati.

                Here’s how it works: We all meet at a centralized location to rally before the event (ODOT Garage at 1400 Seymour Ave). Teams are assigned cleanup locations and receive safety gear. Then we carpool to those locations to pick up litter and clear overgrowth along the roadway. Each team is accompanied by an Ohio Department of Transportation or Department of Public Services crew member.



                Learn more and register here!

                Contact Info:
                Megan Beck
                megan@keepcincinnatibeautiful.org

                513-352-4385

                • April 13, 2019
                • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
                • Morning View Heritage Area, 15168 Decoursey Pike, Morning View, KY 41063

                Organization: Kenton County Conservation District

                The annual volunteer Reforest Northern Kentucky event will take place on April 13th from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Kenton County at the Morning View Heritage Area. The Reforest NKY event site is located at 15168 Decoursey Pike in Morning View. Parking will be on site and nearby. Shuttles will be provided. Please carpool! Reforest NKY is continuing its efforts to restore native Kentucky woodlands. Wear your favorite Reforest NKY t-shirt from the past planting events. If you would like a t-shirt, a limited number of Reforest NKY t-shirts will be offered for pre-sale during registration (online only through March 29th). Volunteers will be offered a FREE take-home tree to continue this project at their own locations. Our sponsor, Great Lakes Brewing Company, will be hosting a gathering after the event. (Register for Gathering when registering for Reforest NKY. Gathering will be held at Crewitts Creek, 2037 Centennial Blvd., Independence, KY 41051 from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM. You must be 21 years of age or older to participate in the Gathering.)

                Reforest NKY is organized by the NKY Urban and Community Forestry Council to restore native Kentucky woodlands. The reforestation project is responsible for planting thousands of tree seedlings on previously mowed properties in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties. This event is an opportunity for public education and awareness about the importance of trees in our region. Major Sponsors include: Great Lakes Brewing Co., DHL and NKU Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project.

                By planting trees, our forest landscape and legacy is restored. Trees and forests provide significant, measurable benefits to our communities, improving the environment, economy, and our quality of life. Over the last ten years, more than 40 acres of previously mowed land has been planted with native woodland trees and over 2,500 volunteers have participated in Reforest Northern Kentucky.

                Register NOW at http://www.nkyurbanforestry.org/reforest-nky.html!

                Driving Directions: From Independence KY, go south on KY-17 (Madison Pk). Continue south through the KY-16 intersection. After an “Atwood” community sign, turn east (left) on KY-2042 (Moffett Rd). After 5.2 miles turn right on Kenton Station Rd (which is still KY-2042). Turn right on KY-177 and drive south about 5 minutes. Look for the preserve’s parking lot about 1⁄2 mile south of the KY-14 intersection where there is a Morning View Post Office. There is no sign yet but the new gravel parking lot is on the west side of Decoursey (KY-177), on the opposite side of the road from the railroad track. It has 2 entrances. A black barn with sign is obvious behind a wood fence.

                For further information, contact Rhonda Ritzi at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) or reforestnky@nkyurbanforestry.org.


                • April 13, 2019
                • May 18, 2019
                • 11 sessions
                • First Baptist Church of Cumminsville, 3640 Roll Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223

                Organization: Working in Neighborhoods

                Build your confidence in the kitchen by learning 8 basic cooking skills and techniques using fresh, healthy ingredients over this 5-week cooking series. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a cast iron skillet, a chef’s knife & cutting board, and a sharpener.
                 

                SATURDAYS: 10:30am – 1pm, 4/13 – 5/18

                TUESDAYS: 5:00 – 7:30pm, 4/16 – 5/14

                 
                Cost is $5 per student and opens March 1. Space is limited. For information about registration contact Shamariah: (513) 541-4109 x 116 or complete the interest form online.

                Learn more about the Cooking for the Families program here!

                • April 13, 2019
                • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
                • Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231

                Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

                Great Parks Seeks Feedback on Proposed Accessible Canoe/Kayak Launch Project
                 
                Great Parks of Hamilton County is hosting a public input meeting to introduce a proposed project of an accessible canoe/kayak launch at Winton Woods’ lake. 
                 
                Great Parks installed an accessible canoe/kayak launch at Miami Whitewater Forest in 2016, which enables park guests of all abilities to enjoy the lake more easily, safely and independently. The launch consists of a floating dock equipped with a “Universally Accessible Transfer System” that allows an unassisted individual with a physical disability to access a canoe or kayak. Now, the park district wants input from the communities surrounding Winton Woods to gauge interest on a similar boat launch at Winton Lake. 
                 
                This open-house style meeting is an opportunity for the public to view and comment on preliminary plans for the project. Great Parks employees will be available to answer questions.
                 

                Winton Centre is located in Winton Woods at 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231. Parking is free and convenient, and the building is located along Metro bus routes 14X, 20 and 23X. Individuals who may require interpretation services or a reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact Great Parks no later than 14 calendar days prior to the open house at 513-521-7275, Voice/TDD. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.


                • April 13, 2019
                • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
                • 5400 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230

                Organization: Cincinnati Parks

                They say, “April showers bring May flowers,” but did you know that April is the best time to see woodland wildflowers? Historically, Mid-April is the peak of the spring ephemeral wildflower display here in California Woods. Learn the difference between Dutchman’s Breeches and Squirrel Corn; and find out why the Doctrine of Signatures was not healthcare’s best idea! Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. This program is entirely outdoors. This program is FREE, but space is limited so registration appreciated before Friday, April 12. Email gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov or call 513-231-8678 to register. California Woods Nature Preserve

                Learn more here!

                • April 15, 2019
                • 6:00 PM
                • University of Cincinnati, TUC Cinema

                Organization: UC Sustainability

                Join UC|Sustainability for a free viewing of The Story of Stuff. We will be showing 3 videos: The Story of Stuff, The Story of Change, and The Story of Solutions.

                The Story of Stuff

                The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.

                The Story of Change

                In The Story of Change, released in July 2012, Annie Leonard argues that it’s not bad shoppers who are putting our future at risk; it’s bad policies and business practices. If we really want to change the world, we have to move beyond voting with our dollars and come together to demand rules that work.

                The Story of Solutions

                The Story of Solutions, released in October 2013, explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal. In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?


                • April 16, 2019
                • April 17, 2019
                • 2 sessions
                • Lincoln Ridge Park Shelter House 3, 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051

                Organization: Kenton County Parks & Recreation

                Join Kenton County Parks & Recreation and the Kenton County Public Library on April 16 & 17 at Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence (Shelter House 3) to celebrate Earth Day! Staff from Kenton County Solid Waste will be presenting fun recycling activities on Tuesday, followed by awesome hands-on fun Earth Day activities on Wednesday. On Tuesday, there will be a skit, games, activities and more. On Wednesday, we'll look at seasons and weather, study clouds, and do some Earth Day art to display at the library!


                • April 16, 2019
                • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
                • University Hall, Suite 600, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221

                ***RSVP to Green@uc.edu***

                - A small group will carpool from UC's campus, and others can meet us at the site-

                Join The Mill creek Alliance and UC|Sustainability at The Mill creek Alliance's Carthage restoration sites along the Mill Creek Greenway Trail for tree planting and cleanup!

                The mission of the Alliance is to empower Mill Creek communities to protect and enhance the value of the Mill Creek, its tributaries, and watershed. Through inclusive, meaningful community engagement and collaborative action, the Alliance strives to create a Mill Creek watershed that is a healthy ecosystem where thriving people and communities live, work, and play.

                • April 17, 2019
                • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

                Organization: Ohio Citizen Action

                Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund educates and organizes people to advocate for public interests, engaging people to protect public health, improve environmental quality and benefit consumers. A portion of the proceeds for this event will contribute to this work. Come grab a drink to support environmental justice!


                • April 17, 2019
                • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
                • Cincinnati Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion

                Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

                Since 1993, the Barrows Lecture Series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts.  For over 25 years, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has presented its Wildlife Conservation Award to one of its Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speakers.

                The Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of the family of Winifred & Emil Barrows.

                TICKETS

                Members (Membership ID required): Single $15, Series $54

                Non-Zoo Members: Single $17, Series $62

                Learn more and buy tickets here

                2019 DATES & SPEAKERS

                • Wednesday, March 20th: Dominique Gonçalves, Ph.D. Candidate, Gorongosa: Park and People
                • Wednesday, April 17th: Dr. Anne Savage, Tamarins & Teamwork: What it takes to conserve the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin in Colombia
                • Tuesday, May 7th: Dr. Dino Martins, People, Plants, and Pollinators: Lessons from the front lines of biodiversity conservation
                • Wednesday, May 29th: Dr. Mike Fay, Never Give Up

                DR. ANNE SAVAGE, PH.D.

                Tamarins & Teamwork: What it takes to conserve the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin in Colombia

                Anne Savage has traveled the world studying animals and has developed many important long-term conservation programs.  She founded Proyecto Tití, a program designed to conserve Colombia’s most endangered primate, the cotton-top tamarin.  Though scientific studies, sustainable community development programs, education initiatives, and establishing new protected areas, Proyecto Tití has made the conservation of the cotton-top tamarin a priority in Colombia.

                Her team works internationally to promote conservation through the “eco-mochila” program that creates a sustainable and fashionable tote bag crocheted from recycled plastic bags.  This program was awarded the United Nations Development Program Equator Prize for their work to reduce the amount of litter found in forests and waterways in Colombia and for their ability to engage communities in activities that promote the conservation of cotton-top tamarins. Dr. Savage was awarded the Lowell Thomas Award as a visionary of conservation by the Explorers Club for her innovative efforts to protect wildlife.

                • April 18, 2019
                • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
                • UC Bike Kitchen, 101 West Daniels St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

                Join UC|Sustainability and Tri-State Trails for a community bike ride! Meet at the UC Bike Kitchen, 101 W Daniels St.

                • April 19, 2019
                • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

                Join UC|Sustainability for a wonderful tour of The Civic Garden Center!

                The Civic Garden Center (CGC) is a non-profit horticultural resource whose mission is building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1942, the CGC is the only organization of its kind in our region. Here they host classes, a horticultural library, several gardens for visitors to enjoy free of charge, the Green Learning Station and an outdoor compost classroom; the building and grounds are available for event and meeting rental. Off the main campus, the CGC has supported the development and continued success of over 50 community and children’s gardens throughout the city.

                *** If you're interested in walking from campus, meet us at the UC Bike Kitchen at 12:15pm, otherwise meet us promptly at the Civic Garden Center by 1:00pm***

                • April 20, 2019
                • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
                • Washington Park, 1230 Elm St, Cincinnati 45202

                Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

                Join us for Earth Day OTR presented by Kroger and Mix 94.9 Cincinnati!

                3CDC in partnership with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will be offering a fun filled day of eco-friendly activities and vendors in the park on Saturday April 20th from 12-5p.

                The event will feature live reggae music, food and drink, eco-friendly products & goods for purchase, and a range of activities for both children and adults. Learn more here! 

                • April 25, 2019
                • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
                • Mcmicken Commons, 2600 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati 45221

                Organization: UC Sustainability

                Like bikes? So do we!

                At this FREE event check out some sweet bikes, join our raffle, show off your own human-powered contraption, meet other bike enthusiasts, and compete* for awesome prizes!

                Come hang out with UC | Sustainability, local bike shops, bike advocacy groups, your fellow biking bearcats, and cyclists of all types from our local community.

                The official best in show voting categories include:

                -Best Name
                -Best Commuter
                -Most Extra/Flair
                -Most Hipster
                -Most Jealous Of
                -Best Paint Job
                -Fastest Looking
                -Best Vintage

                Competitions Include:
                -Bike Limbo
                -Tire Change Tournament
                -And the return of the Slow Bike Race!

                Learn more and RSVP here!

                • April 25, 2019
                • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220

                Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

                Join the Greenest Zoo in America as we celebrate Earth Day during our 9th annual “Party for the Planet”! Businesses and organizations from around the region will be on hand to share their expertise and resources about living more sustainably within our communities. Topics include solar energy, composting, recycling, energy efficiency, green building, rain gardens/barrels, sustainable food, green products, and much more!

                Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction

                In addition to learning ways to go green, visit the Go Green Garden Exhibit for the 5th Annual Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction. Local artists have done their part to motivate area homeowners to save rainwater in dazzling, beautiful, painted rain barrels. The typical dull green or drab rain barrel has been revamped into a creative and colorful accent piece that will make any homeowner proud to use in their landscaping.  These barrels will be on display throughout the Zoo during the month of April in the Education Center and the Go Green Garden. Guests will be able to bid on their favorite barrels during Party for the Planet in a silent auction between 6 and 8pm. Winners can take their rain barrels home at the end of the night. Proceeds from the auction will be used to further environmental education and awareness. Rain barrels are an easy and inexpensive way to conserve water and save money. For more information, visit Save Local Waters.

                Tunes and Blooms

                Party for the Planet takes place during Tunes & Blooms, a weekly concert Thursdays in April, featuring local musicians. It is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful tulips and other spring flowers the Zoo has planted, listen to some great, local music, learn about ways to go green, and enjoy the spring evening with your family and friends. Plus, enjoy Zoo Blooms all around.

                Admission to the Zoo is FREE after 5pm and parking is $10.

                • April 27, 2019
                • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
                • Summit Park, 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242

                Organization: Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition

                The theme for the 2019 Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration will be “Farm Your Yard” to promote gardening activities with the City of Blue Ash, Gorman Heritage Farms, Greater Cincinnati’s Green Umbrella’s Food Action Team, the Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati and other environmental education groups in the Tri-State. Over 125 exhibitors, local music, local vegetarian foods, and Madtree Brewing Company’s craft beer will make the festival one of the best environmental education events in the region. Typically, attendance is over 8000. Activities and presentations about environmental education, home gardening, local foods and composting will be featured at the event. Families from all over the region are encouraged to get out and enjoy Earth Day, traditionally the first fun family outdoor event of the year!

                With the “Farm Your Yard” theme guests will learn how to garden and compost at their homes, offices, apartments and dorm rooms. Contact us for interviews, articles customized to your audience and appearances on radio and television.

                A 10’ x 10’ exhibit space rate for nonprofits is $50 and for-profit organizations $75 until March 28, 2019. Spaces are limited so early registration is encouraged. Visit www.cincinnatiearthday.com to register.

                Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration 2019 is supported by Blue Ash Summit Park and Edible Ohio Valley Magazine. Many levels of increased exposure and partnerships are available as sponsorships.


                About the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition
                The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition is a 501(c)(3) community of not-for-profit organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Tri-state region who work cooperatively and actively to promote the beauty and environmental quality of the Tri-state area.

                • April 29, 2019
                • 9:00 AM
                • May 03, 2019
                • 3:00 PM
                • 270 Calhoun St, Cincinnati, OH 45219

                The Re*Use Market provides a central location on campus for students, staff, faculty, and community members to donate material - diverting it from the landfill and providing it to those in need!

                Furniture, household goods, non-perishable food items, electronics, books, clothing, sporting goods, toys, etc. are all accepted. The donations are placed in the Re*Use Market, and anyone from UC or the Greater Cincinnati community can come to take items they would like. At the end of the week, remaining items are given to local charities.

                https://www.facebook.com/events/346256989289873/

                • May 07, 2019
                • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
                • Cincinnati Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion

                Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

                Since 1993, the Barrows Lecture Series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts.  For over 25 years, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has presented its Wildlife Conservation Award to one of its Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speakers.

                The Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of the family of Winifred & Emil Barrows.

                TICKETS

                Members (Membership ID required): Single $15, Series $54

                Non-Zoo Members: Single $17, Series $62

                Learn more and buy tickets here

                2019 DATES & SPEAKERS

                • Wednesday, March 20th: Dominique Gonçalves, Ph.D. Candidate, Gorongosa: Park and People
                • Wednesday, April 17th: Dr. Anne Savage, Tamarins & Teamwork: What it takes to conserve the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin in Colombia
                • Tuesday, May 7th: Dr. Dino Martins, People, Plants, and Pollinators: Lessons from the front lines of biodiversity conservation
                • Wednesday, May 29th: Dr. Mike Fay, Never Give Up

                DR. DINO J. MARTINS

                People, Plants, and Pollinators: Lessons from the front lines of biodiversity conservation

                Dr. Dino Martins is currently working for the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya as Executive Director and also serves as technical advisor to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on issues relating to biodiversity, pastoralism, and subsistence agriculture.

                He has a Ph.D. in  Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University.  His career has focused on fostering greater awareness of science and research in connection to conservation and human livelihoods. He was awarded the 2015 Whitley Gold award, a prestigious environmental prize for his work with local communities to encourage the adoption of more sustainable farming practices that conserve pollinators, boost crop yields, and benefit people in East Africa.

                • May 08, 2019
                • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

                One of the goals of the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan is to make sure 100% of residents have convenient access to healthy, affordable food. Another is to shift Cincinnati’s diet toward healthier, planet-friendly plant-based foods. May is the perfect time to check out your local farmer’s market or lend a hand at your local community garden. Even kids love vegetables when they are fresh and well prepared. This conversation is part of an on-going 12 month series as part of the 'Year of Living Sustainably' campaign. Join us every month for discussion, tips, and resources on how to green your lifestyle. All are welcome!

                Instructor: Liz Congleton, City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability & Greg Potter, CGC Community Gardens Coordinator

                Cost: Free. Registrations required, call 513-221-0981.

                • May 11, 2019
                • September 28, 2019
                • 3 sessions
                • 2210 N Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040

                Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

                Dates: May 11, July 13 & September 28, 2019

                9:00am – 1:00pm
                2210 N Mason Montgomery Rd

                Adventure is blooming at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Bowyer Farm and Wetland! Join Zoo staff and Bowyer Farm master gardeners for an adventurous day filled with native plants, pollinators and wetland perusing! Learn about the land’s history and take a piece of it home from the Native Plant Sale.

                Bowyer Farm houses a 24-acre reclaimed wetland and an abundance of wildlife. The wetland serves as a home or stopover point for hundreds of birds, and the 15 new beehives are home to thousands of honeybees that help pollinate the entire ecosystem!

                See the farm, hike the wetland, and learn about the Zoo’s future plans for this thriving oasis. Then, begin an oasis of your own! The plant sale events are listed below:

                Native Plant Sale – Native plants, including ones found throughout the Bowyer Farm ecosystem, will be for sale. Cash, check, and credit card are accepted.

                Bowyer Farm is located at 2210 Mason-Montgomery Road, Lebanon, OH 45036. Please note that this is a working farm and ecosystem.

                http://cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/horticulture_events/

                • May 29, 2019
                • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
                • Cincinnati Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion

                Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

                Since 1993, the Barrows Lecture Series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts.  For over 25 years, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has presented its Wildlife Conservation Award to one of its Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speakers.

                The Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of the family of Winifred & Emil Barrows.

                TICKETS

                Members (Membership ID required): Single $15, Series $54

                Non-Zoo Members: Single $17, Series $62

                Learn more and buy tickets here

                2019 DATES & SPEAKERS

                • Wednesday, March 20th: Dominique Gonçalves, Ph.D. Candidate, Gorongosa: Park and People
                • Wednesday, April 17th: Dr. Anne Savage, Tamarins & Teamwork: What it takes to conserve the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin in Colombia
                • Tuesday, May 7th: Dr. Dino Martins, People, Plants, and Pollinators: Lessons from the front lines of biodiversity conservation
                • Wednesday, May 29th: Dr. Mike Fay, Never Give Up

                DR. MIKE FAY

                Never Give Up

                In addition to being one of the most effective wildlife conservationists of the last 50 years, Dr. Mike Fay is one of the toughest and bravest men alive. He is best known for his “Megatransect,” in which he walked the length of the Congo Basin (over 2,000 miles) in 2000-2001.

                Through that work, Dr. Fay was able to document the remarkable diversity of the Congo, resulting in the establishment of 16 national parks, 20 marine parks, and reserves throughout the Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, and Gabon.

                • June 12, 2019
                • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

                Summer vacation might have you fantasizing about an island, but probably not an urban heat island. This June, work with OES to beat the heat and learn how to protect yourself from high temperatures. Many people don’t realize how dangerous a heatwave can be, but heat kills more people than all other natural disasters combined. With simple precautions, we can protect ourselves and our whole Cincinnati family. This conversation is part of an on-going 12 month series as part of the 'Year of Living Sustainably' campaign. Join us every month for discussion, tips, and resources on how to green your lifestyle. All are welcome!

                Instructor: Liz Congleton, City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability

                Cost: Free. Registrations required, call 513-221-0981.

                • June 14, 2019
                • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
                • Schiff Conference Center, Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207
                • 388
                Register

                Registration Opens February 25, 2019!

                In 2019, the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will continue to explore new and promising areas of environmental sustainability by focusing on opportunities in the new green economy. We will take a look at how businesses, institutions and communities are finding success by incorporating sustainable practices into their operations.

                Highlights for this year’s Summit:

                • A keynote address by Andrew Winston, a globally recognized speaker and writer on business strategy and mega-trends. Winston advises many of the world’s leading companies on how to navigate and profit from solving humanity’s biggest challenges. He is the author of The Big Pivot and co-wrote the international bestseller Green to Gold.
                • A plenary session featuring regional winners of the Bloomberg Foundation American Cities Climate Challenge.
                • A lunchtime awards ceremony honoring regional organizations who have successfully incorporated sustainability into their operations
                • Breakout sessions where attendees can dive deeper into issues such as energy, transportation, innovations in water technology, institutional food purchasing, waste reduction, healthcare, cultivating emerging leaders, greening communities and green workforce development opportunities.

                Attend the Summit:

                Each year, we seek to widen the table for discussion around the issue of environmental sustainability. We bring together a broad audience that seeks to engage in thoughtful discussion, share best practices, celebrate the work that is currently being done in sustainability throughout the Midwest and identify areas for future regional collaboration. We invite all who are interested to join us on June 14, 2019 and be ready to deepen your understanding and expand your network.

                Registration Prices:

                Student

                • Early Bird: $15
                • After May 13th: $20

                Green Umbrella Members

                • Early Bird: $45
                • After May 13th: $55

                General Admission

                • Early Bird: $65
                • After May 13th: $75

                NEW Green Umbrella Members (includes 1 year individual membership)

                • Early Bird: $80
                • After May 13th: $90


                Each year, we seek to widen the table for discussion around the issue of environmental sustainability. We bring together a broad audience of professionals who seek to engage in thoughtful discussion, share best practices, celebrate the work that is currently being done in sustainability throughout the Midwest and identify areas for future regional collaboration. We invite all who are interested to join us on June 14.

                Learn more about opportunities for Sponsorships and Exhibitors.
                • June 14, 2019
                • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
                • Schiff Conference Center, Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207
                Register

                Complement your business' marketing program by increasing your visibility as an official Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit Sponsor. Numerous opportunities are available at different levels, including the opportunity to sponsor breakfast, lunch, afternoon reception or a breakout session. You will engage with a high level audience and gain recognition for your green initiatives and achievements.

                All sponsors will be featured on the website as well as in the Summit’s printed program booklet. Most sponsorships come with an exhibitor booth and a minimum of two tickets to the Summit. Take a look at the benefits below to find the right sponsor level for your business or organization.

                GREEN Sponsor: $10,000+

                • Top billing as Green Sponsor with logo alongside organizers on all materials
                • Opportunity to address audience for 3 minutes during welcome remarks
                • Logo and company name on front cover of program booklet alongside organizers
                • Logo, link and feature piece on homepage and Sponsor Page of website
                • Logo recognition included on all e-mail event promotion
                • Twelve (12) complimentary Summit passes for full table reservation
                • Opportunity to host table in prime location in Exhibitors' Hall

                  Sustainability Sponsor: $5,000

                  • Opportunity to exclusively sponsor a key program element: 1) Networking breakfast, 2) Lunchtime awards ceremony, 3) Plenary session or 4) SBE Awards reception
                  • Logo on Sponsor Page (row 1) of program booklet and on any materials for key program element
                  • Logo, link and feature piece on Sponsor Page (row 1) of website
                  • Logo recognition included on all e-mail event promotion
                  • Eight (8) complimentary Summit passes for full table reservation
                  • Opportunity to host table in Exhibitors’ Hall

                  Conservation Sponsor: $2,500

                  • Opportunity to sponsor one of 10+ breakout panel sessions (first choice)
                  • Logo on Sponsor page (row 2) of program booklet and in materials for sponsored panel
                  • Logo and link on Sponsor Page (row 2) of website
                  • Logo recognition included on all e-mail event promotion
                  • Six (6) complimentary Summit passes
                  • Opportunity to host table in Exhibitors’ Hall

                  Life-Cycle Sponsor: $1,500

                  • Opportunity to sponsor one of 10+ breakout panel sessions (second choice)
                  • Logo on Sponsor page (row 3) of program booklet
                  • Logo on Sponsor Page (row 3) of website
                  • Logo recognition included on all e-mail event promotion
                  • Four (4) complimentary Summit passes
                  • Opportunity to host table in Exhibitors’ Hall

                  Stewardship Sponsor: $500

                  • Logo on Sponsor page (row 4) of program booklet
                  • Logo on Sponsor Page (row 4) of website
                  • Two (2) complimentary Summit passes
                  • Name recognition included on all e-mail event promotion
                  • Opportunity to host table in Exhibitors’ Hall for additional $100 ($300 value)
                  • June 14, 2019
                  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
                  • Schiff Conference Center, Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207
                  Register

                  We consider the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit to be the premier sustainability conference in the Greater Cincinnati Region. If you’re looking to make business-to-business connections, this is the perfect opportunity to highlight the products and/or services your business offers. Build your brand, engage potential customers and improve relationships with current customers as an exhibitor in the Exhibitors’ Hall.

                  Exhibitor: $300 for Green Umbrella Members, $350 for Non-Members

                  • A central networking point for attendees, as it is located in the banquet hall

                  • Includes one 8′ table, linen table cover skirt and two chairs

                  • Electric connections are available for an additional $25 fee

                  • One (1) complimentary Summit pass

                  Exhibitors will have maximum exposure in the morning, during registration and breakfast, plus additional time between sessions and during lunch.

                  For additional information please contact Ryan Mooney-Bullock.

                  To find out how to become a Green Umbrella member, visit our Membership page.

                  • August 03, 2019
                  • 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
                  • Schmidt Recreation Complex, 2944 Humbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226

                  Organization: Adventure Crew

                  Registration is OPEN

                  Answer the call for adventure - join us again for a memorable day of paddling on the Ohio River with 2,000 other outdoor enthusiasts. Online registration for Paddlefest is now live. In addition to completing your paddler registration and signing our waiver, you can reserve rental boats and campsites online.

                  Register now!

                  Paddlefest benefits Adventure Crew

                  Your participation means more than a fun day on the river. All proceeds from Paddlefest benefit Adventure Crew, formerly Outdoor Adventure Clubs, a Cincinnati-based non-profit providing free outdoor recreation, education, and conservation opportunities to urban teens.

                  Learn more about Adventure Crew's mission and your impact through Paddlefest.

                  • August 29, 2019
                  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
                  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Schott Education Building, Frisch’s Theater

                  Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

                  Easily the premier purely garden plant symposium anywhere near here, this 8th annual Plant Trials Day Symposium will feature a lineup that we’ll put up against any. Seriously. You will get to hear Michael Dirr, hands down, the world’s top woodies expert; Bill Thomas, Director of Chanticleer Gardens, one of the world’s best public gardens; Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at the Denver Botanical Garden, which is one of a scant handful of gardens that might be the equal of Chanticleer. Stay tuned for other speakers we cannot announce yet. Sure, these “other” speakers could be slouches. With the three we’ve named, no one would care. You’d still come. You know that. We know you know that. And, yet, I can promise you they ain’t no slouches! That’s how we roll! $99, includes parking, admission, and food. Social hour afterwards. CEUs pending. Register early. This program will sell out!

                  Time: Registration 8:00AM to 9:00AM | Talks 9:00AM to 5:00PM | Social Hour 5:00PM to 6:00PM.

                  Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Schott Education Building, Frisch’s Theater

                  Parking: Main Zoo Parking Lot on Vine Street.

                  Contact: scott.beuerlein@cincinnatizoo.org for handicapped parking instructions.

                  Cost: Full Price: $99.00 | Volunteer:  $30.00 |  Student:   $30.00

                  http://cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/horticulture_events/

                  • November 09, 2019
                  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
                  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Schott Education Building, Frisch’s Theater

                  Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

                  Wow. Just wow! Listen to this symposium lineup. Larry Weaner, author of one of the most important garden books in the past decade, Garden Revolution: How  Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change, will be speaking at the CZBG’s Native Plant Symposium.  Arguably, the only other recent book with potentially greater impact has been Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home. It’s a shame we couldn’t get him. But, wait. We did get him! Doug Tallamy will also be speaking! But good things always come in threes, so why not another author and native-plant-world giant? Maybe somebody like Larry Mellichamp? Or, why not him? Yep. Him too. Are you kidding me? Then what? Does it matter? Well, our good friend from Mesker Park Zoo, Paul Bouseman, will give a talk on native landscaping in the ‘burbs. Paul is a humorous, likeable, and incredibly knowledgeable speaker. We still have a few slots to fill, but, really, why? Isn’t this enough? But we’ll announce them soon. $99, includes zoo admission, parking, and a full day of food and drink. Even a social hour afterwards.

                  Time: Registration 8:00AM to 9:00AM | Talks 9:00AM to 5:00PM | Social Hour 5:00PM to 6:00PM.

                  Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Schott Education Building, Frisch’s Theater

                  Parking: Main Zoo Parking Lot on Vine Street.

                  Contact: scott.beuerlein@cincinnatizoo.org for handicapped parking instructions.

                  Cost: Full Price: $99.00 | Volunteer:  $30.00 | Student:   $30.00

                  http://cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/horticulture_events/

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