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
    • July 10, 2019
    • 17 sessions
    • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45227

    Monthly meetings of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council are collaboration sessions for the working groups to develop policy priorities and advocacy strategies. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend. 

    More info on the FPC is available at the Food Policy site page

    Agenda: 

    • Reporting on 2017 accomplishments
    • Priorities and strategies for 2018
    • Discussion and feedback among members about cross-sectional work. 

    • May 04, 2018
    • August 03, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road.

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    This will be a free, fun and impactful opportunity for participants to learn proper canoe and kayak paddling skills with certified instructors while also collecting trash and learning the Leave No Trace mission of enjoying nature responsibly.

    All equipment will be provided. Participants must fit properly in provided life jackets. The program is for adults and children ages 12 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    More information and registration at https://www.greatparks.org/recreation/paddling

    More information about Rivers Unlimited at http://www.riversunlimited.org/


    • May 16, 2018
    • August 01, 2018
    • 11 sessions
    • Middleton-Mills Park, Shelterhouse 2, 3415 Mills Road, Covington, KY 41015

    Organization: Kenton County Parks

    Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 16 to August 15, join Kenton County Parks & Recreation (KCP&R) for their 19th season of Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine.

    All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. The programs are designed for everyone- don't miss a single adventure! Learn simple definitions for big words such as biodiversity, endangered, conservation, preservation, adaptation, ecosystem, indigenous, extinction, specialization, and interdependence.

    Arrive early for best seating. Be sure to check out the pre-program (9:30 a.m.) and post-programs (11 a.m.), as they vary. There will also be free raffles of terrific donated prizes.

    For more information click here. 


    • June 03, 2018
    • January 01, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Free entry into Great Parks of Hamilton County!

    For a list of parks within the Great Parks network visit www.greatparks.org

    • June 22, 2018
    • August 24, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Village Green Park, 301 Wessel Dr. in Fairfield

    Organization: Fairfield Parks and Recreation

    FAIRFIELD, OH – Fairfield Parks and Recreation is excited to announce a new summer concert series coming to Village Green Park. Pairing the energy of several young, up-and-coming bands with a local craft brewery, you won’t want to miss 4th Friday in Fairfield. From June to August, these free, lively concerts offer sensational alternative music, craft beer from Swine City Brewing, and a variety of food vendors, making the 4th Friday in Fairfield a go-to destination.

    Presenting sponsor: State Farm, THE Pierce Brown Agency.

    4th Friday Schedule, concerts start at 7 PM at Village Green Park, 301 Wessel Dr. in Fairfield
    June 22:
    Moment 44: Fairfield natives, their unorthodox and refreshing sound is complimented by a dynamic live show filled with spunk and creative improvisation.
          Food Vendors*: Empanadas
    Aquí, Fabulous Funnel Cakes and More, Joe’s Mojo, streetpops

    July 27: See You in the Funnies: Mixing alternative rock with hip hop, their “Grunge Hop” carries brilliant melodies, vocals that go from beautiful to tight hip hop, poppy dance beats and riffs that make your ears perk up and pay attention.
          Food Vendors*: Piggin N Grinnin, The Dawghouse, The Dapper Doughnut, Joe’s Mojo

    August 24: Adelee & Gentry: Take a listen to cuts like “Beautiful Disaster” or “Thunderstorms” from their full-length album “Nice To Meet You...,” and you will understand why this sister duo is quickly developing a reputation as one of the fastest rising acts in music today.
          Food Vendors*:
    Just Jerks, Fabulous Funnel Cakes and More, Baking Diva Cupcakes, Joe’s Mojo

    Questions? Call the Parks and Recreation Department at 513-867-5348 or visit www.Fairfieldoh.gov/Parks

    • July 01, 2018
    • August 05, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • 3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45208

    Organization: Cincinnati Observatory Center

    The Sun is the star attraction these two Sundays and you can learn all about our nearest stellar neighbor.  Sunday Sun-day Sundae includes short talks about the Sun, tours of our historic buildings, and safe viewing of sunspots and solar flares from our telescopes (weather permitting).

    As a special treat we will also have free ice cream sundaes for those in attendance.

    No reservations needed. All ages welcome.

    Admission is FREE thanks to Icon Solar

    For more information please call 513-321-5186



    • July 06, 2018
    • July 27, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051

    Organization: Kenton County Parks and Recreation

    Kenton County Parks & Recreation and Madison Pike Yoga are offering free, 45 minute yoga classes for the entire family to participate in and enjoy! These classes will be held every Friday in the month of July from 10:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. at Lincoln Ridge Park in Shelterhouse 3.

    The class, instructed by Madison Pike Yoga, will involve: review of yoga poses, and an introduction to meditation. This yoga class is a great way for kids and adults to learn basic poses and mind/body control. Parents and children age 8 and older are invited to attend. Parents must stay with their children for the class. Please bring water and a yoga mat.

    Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Rhonda Ritzi, Recreation Programs Coordinator, at 859.525.PLAY (7529). There is no cost for the class, instead, Kenton County Parks & Recreation collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

    For more information, visit the Kenton County Parks and Rec website www.kentoncounty.org  or follow Kenton County Parks & Recreation at Facebook.com/KentonCountyParks.


    • July 13, 2018
    • October 12, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center, 5400 Lanius Ln, Cincinnati, OH 45224

    Organization: Green Umbrella

    What’s the relationship between equity, justice and sustainability? That’s a question that is not easily answered! But perhaps we’ll find a path forward while traveling some physical paths of our region with like-minded folks. Join Green Umbrella and the Greater Cincinnati Food Policy Council for the inaugural series of #JustHikeCincy to explore the possibilities. 

    Each hike will begin at 5:30 on the Second Friday of the months of July, August, September and October for a leisurely two to three mile trek. Kids are welcome; no straggler will be left behind.

    Dates & Locations

    July 13th - LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center

    August  10th - TBD

    September 14th - TBD

    October 12th – TBD

    Attend all four hikes and you’ll receive a Green Umbrella swag bag. 


    • July 13, 2018
    • August 10, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Rowe Woods 4949 Tealtown Road Milford, OH 45150

    Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

    Enjoy an evening at Cincinnati Nature Center with friends!  Explore our trails, sample local craft beers and visit nature knowledge booths.

    Individual ticket price of $35 includes:

    • Samples of local craft beers
    • Interactive nature stations along the trails
    • Dessert samples from popular bakeries and sweet shops

    Live music at Krippendorf Lodge (New Brew in July, Well Seasoned in August)

    New! Food may be purchased from onsite food trucks which include gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.

    Ages 21 and older. Must show ID.  Tickets are nonrefundable/limit ten per person. 

    Rain or shine.  

    To register click here. 

    • July 14, 2018
    • September 08, 2018
    • 3 sessions

    Organization: Fairfield Parks and Recreation

    FAIRFIELD, OH – This music series at Huffman Park, 2100 John Gray Rd, features the combination of great local musicians along with the delicious wood-smoked pit BBQ of Hammann's Catering. Bring your chairs or blankets and relax to the music, or explore nature throughout the park while Blues music fills the air. Sponsored by Farmers Insurance, Karen Caldwell Agency. Presented by Fairfield Parks and Recreation.

    2018 Schedule, 2nd Saturday of the month, 6 PM
    July 14Better Together (vendors*: Hammann's Catering, Fabulous Funnel Cakes and More)
    August 11Chandler Carter (vendors*: Hammann's Catering, Kona Ice)
    September 8Wild Carrot (vendors*: Hammann's Catering, Flubs)

    Questions? Call the Parks and Recreation Department at 513-867-5348.

    • July 21, 2018
    • 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208

    Organization: Cincinnati Observatory Center

    The lord of the rings shines in prime time!

    The magnificent planet, most breathtaking object in the universe – Saturn - takes center stage at the Cincinnati Observatory for Saturnday. 

    There will be viewing of Saturn through the telescopes (weather permitting), running talks, and tours of the buildings.  If clear, we will show you the Moon and Jupiter as well through portable telescopes.  Plus Loveland Dairy Whip will have a food truck selling soft serve.  

    No reservations needed. Great for all ages.

    Cost: $10/adult, $5/student, $5/Observatory member

    For more information, please call 513-321-5186.

    • July 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Voice of America MetroPark Gazebo 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester OH 45069

    Organization: MetroParks of Butler County


    There is no better way to enjoy your summer vacation days than meeting new friends and enjoying the great outdoors! Paddling Camp is designed for teens who love water sports of all sorts. Some of the activities that campers will explore are canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, as well as some on land water activities.   

    For more information click here. 

    • July 25, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 2915 Clifton Ave and Corryville Rec Center

    Organization: City of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and more

    Moving out this summer?

    Drop off goods to donate and materials to recycle at the Uptown Waste Diversion locations!

    Moving out can generate an excessive amount of waste. In Uptown, most leases end around July 31st, so students and families are cleaning out to move during that week. In the past, this has caused a lot of furniture, trash, and other items to be left on the street or overflowing in dumpsters. In order to prevent this from happening, to divert waste from the landfill, reduce blight, and provide goods for those in need, Uptown is offering extra trash dumpsters, recycling containers, and St. Vincent de Paul donation trailers during this time. 

    The bins and trailers will be located at 2915 Clifton Ave. and at the Corryville Rec Center at 2823 Eden Ave. from 9:00am - 6:00pm July 25th-August 5th.

    • July 26, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Gorman Heritage Farm 10052 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45241

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm

    Join us for an enjoyable evening of brewing at Gorman Heritage Farm. In this introduction to homebrewing, participants will learn the basics of this popular pastime to make their very own successful brews, including timing and proper sanitation, how to use various homebrewing tools, and everything they need to know to brew their first batch.

    Experience the same excitement as our forefathers, such as George Washington, who wrote his own recipe for "small beer," calling for bran, hops and 3 gallons of molasses. Historically, farmers like Washington would brew beer to keep their harvest for longer and increase its value. Join the proud heritage of brewers with our "Homebrewing & You" class.

    About the Instructor: Brian embraced brewing in 2013 and has created more than 40 batches of beer in that short time. Brian is an engineer and Cincinnati native who has lived here in the tri-state most of his life. He lives in Sharonville with his wife Caroline and their 2 dogs and cat. When he’s not working as a test engineer at Ethicon in Blue Ash, he is an avid gardener and tinkerer, and enjoys studying and rescuing the arts and equipment of bygone generations. One of his latest projects is adding a solar water-heater to his house.

    Participants must be 21+.

    Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

    To register click here. 

    • July 26, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 10174 Loveland Madeira Rd, Loveland, OH 45140

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Trivia is fun, but even more fun by the water! Rally your team together and join us on Thursdays, July 26–August 30, from 7–9 p.m. at Lake Isabella for free trivia nights.

    Last Call Trivia will provide live questions to test everyone’s know-how on a variety of topics. Teams of up to six can play, with the top three teams eligible to win Great Parks’ gift cards. Snacks and beverages (beer, wine, soda and water) will be available for purchase.

    For details, visit https://www.greatparks.org/special-events/last-call-trivia. For more information about Last Call Trivia, visit https://www.lastcalltrivia.com.


    • July 26, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lunken Airport Trail, 4241 champdale lane 45238 Cincinnati 45226

    Organization: Tri-State Trails

    Join Tri-State Trails for a slow, beginner-paced ride on the Lunken Airport Trail! This is an inclusive ride for all women in the community to come together and learn the basics of trail etiquette while having fun! 

    Parking is available at 675 Wilmer Ave. We will meet in the parking lot at 7 p.m. Marissa Pherson, mechanic with TEAM Cycling & Fitness and Mobo Bike Co-op, will lead a short lesson on trail etiquette and bike mechanics before we head out for a slow-paced, one hour ride on the trail. The ride will be lead by Megan Althaus and Liz Rosevear. 

    If you are interested in joining the ride but don't have access to a bike, please private message Tri-State Trails. We have a limited number of women's bikes that can be borrowed for the ride.

    Visit the event's Facebook page here. 

    • July 26, 2018
    • 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 6926 Gaynor Road Goshen, OH 45122

    Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

    Preregistration required. 

    Program participants meet at the white Creekside Barn at our Long Branch Farm & Trails location.

    This full moon hike is for the dogs! Enjoy a night hike with your dog and learn about the full moon. Join Anne Robinson (dog lover extraordinaire) in the hoowwlling at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Dogs must be good at socializing and controlled at all times on a 6 foot leash.

    Members $8, nonmembers $17 (includes daily admission).

    *Please note that cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event.

    Important Information For All Program Registrants: Please retain your order number or print off a copy of the email acknowledgement as a receipt.  You will need your order number from your transaction to gain entry at the gate/to attend your program. 

    To register click here. 

    • July 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Interact for Health, 3805 Edwards Rd Ste. 500, Cincinnati, OH 45208
    Quarterly Meetings are our recurring opportunity to convene cross-sector stakeholders from around our ten-county service area.  Join us to drive progress as a coalition, learn from unique speakers, discuss best practices, and network with other trail advocates!


    Upcoming Quarterly Meetings

    August 31, 2018 - REGIONAL TRAILS SUMMIT

    October 19, 2018


    Past Quarterly Meetings

    April 20, 2018

    January 19, 2018

    October 20, 2017 - Hike the Whitewater Canal Trail

    July 21, 2017

    April 21, 2017

    January 20, 2017

    October 14, 2016

    August 26, 2016 - REGIONAL TRAILS SUMMIT

    April 8, 2016

    January 15, 2016

    October 9, 2015

    July 16, 2015


    • July 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Forest Run Wildlife Preserve Area 1810 New London Rd., Hamilton OH 45013

    Organization: MetroParks of Butler County

     It's time for Family Fun Fridays! Join MetroParks of Butler County with partners Butler Soil and Water Conservation District and Ohio State University Extension, Butler County educators in summer fun through interactive activities based on this week's theme. Learn about native species and biodiversity that is in your own backyard! 

    For more information click here. 

    • July 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Morning View Heritage Area: 15168 Decoursey Pike, Morning View 41063

    Organization: Kenton County Parks and Rec

    Enjoy the great outdoors with a hike at the Morning View Heritage Area on Saturday, July 28th from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. From wildflowers to trees and mussels to wetlands, explore the natural surroundings of this property.

    Guided hikes will be held at 9:30 – 10:15 am and 10:30 – 11:15 am and will cover hilly, wooded, possibly wet and muddy terrain. During the event, enjoy a provided picnic lunch and information booths staffed by local outdoor and nature-oriented organizations. The approximately 1-mile mostly-forested trail will be muddy, wet, and rocky in places. Sturdy closed-toe shoes with good treads, long sleeves and pants and a walking stick, if desired, are recommended. Bring your own liquids and snacks.

    All ages are welcome, but anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees will be asked to sign a waiver prior to hiking. No dogs are allowed in the preserve.

    Call Rhonda at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) to register for this free event. Please note: Rain Cancels.

    Program is co-sponsored by the Kenton County Conservation District.

    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 above sign is obvious behind a wood fence.


    • July 29, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Richardson Forest Preserve, 4000 W Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45251

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Hike with us through Richardson Forest Preserve to meet some of our local insect residents. No invasive stink bugs allowed! Since there is no parking lot, we’ll meet up near the park and walk over together.  (Free, register by 7/26)

    To register click here. 

    • July 29, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 961 Barg Salt Run Rd. Milford, OH 45150

    Organization: RAPTOR Inc. 

    RAPTOR Inc. will open our doors to the public on the last Sunday of each month (March-November) from 1pm to 4pm. During these times our educators will be available to welcome guests, lead tours, conduct educational programs with our avian ambassadors, share biological artifacts, and answer questions. Participate in special activity stations, shop for merchandise, and enjoy some treats! The Open Houses are FUN and FREE! (Private tours and educational programs can still be scheduled at other times by appointment.)

    For more information click here. 

    • July 30, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • July 31, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Elk Creek MetroPark Meadow Ridge Area 5101 Circle Parkway, Middletown OH 45042

    Organization: MetroParks of Butler County

    Welcome to the Land Down Under! Campers will experience outdoor activities with an Australian flair to enjoy what is left of summer at this two day camp. Boomerang making, team games, fire building, and s'more roasting will be just a few fun things that kids will be able to enjoy during this last blast of summer! 

    For more information click here. 

    • August 01, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    Calling all garden gurus and environmental enthusiasts! Ready to get down and dirty? Enroll in our intensive Master Composter Training. You’ll learn the details of soil science, a variety of composting methods, and how to share your knowledge with our local community. 10 hours of classroom instruction will be complemented by 10 hours of field study, exposing participants to the vast wealth of composting resources in our area. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of 30 volunteer hours working in community gardens and education programs. Don’t miss your chance to join this unique opportunity. Spaces are limited and interested participants must submit proof of basic composting knowledge via a pre-test before they are considered for enrollment.

    Cost: $40 per participant
    Dates: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 9 am-3:30 pm
    Class size is limited. Registration is required. 

    Register online or call 513-221-0981.


    • August 02, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 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.



    • August 02, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45227

    Organizer: 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.


    • August 02, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Gruff, 129 E 2nd St, Covington, KY 41011



    Green Drinks with Green Umbrella

    Thursday, August 2 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm 

    The Gruff

    129 E 2nd St, 

    Covington, KY 41011


    This month's event is hosted by...

     

    Join us at The Gruff, "where the grass is greener!" The Gruff offers fresh and local foods, a unique atmosphere very close to the Ohio River and of course, beer! 

    We hope you and other sustainability minded folks join in on the conversation! 

    The event is free and open to anyone interested in sustainability issues. Become a member of Green Umbrella at Green Drinks and your first drink is on us!

    • August 02, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Building Value | 4040 Spring Grove Ave Cincinnati, OH 45223

    Organization: Building Value

    Start your weekend early with a relaxing evening making your own serving tray at our DIY Workshop, led by Barn Rat Studio. Bring your friends and bring your own wine (or beer or whatever)! You’ll learn how to turn only a couple of pallet wood slats into a beautiful tray and finish it with a simple DIY finish made with a pantry ingredient. All materials will be provided, including upcycled palette wood,  your choice of tray handles and DIY finish.  No prior woodworking or power tool knowledge is required. 

    Limited spots available!

    Barn Rat Studio is a maker running his own humble little studio in the Cincinnati area. He became a maker when he and his wife decided they wanted a few yard games for their backyard wedding. By the time the night was through, he had three orders from wedding guests for yard games. When it comes to his style of building, he likens it to bull riding – quick, dirty and a little rouge around the edges. But in the end, it is beautiful to look at. He loves palette wood, digs antiques and reclaiming and does amazing things with casework meant for a demo dumpster.

    All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

    Cost $40

    Visit the Facebook event for more information and sign up here



    • August 03, 2018
    • August 04, 2018
    • Schmidt Recreation Complex, 2944 Humbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226

    Outdoor Adventure Clubs

    Participate in the nation's largest paddling celebration!

    Along our 9 mile course you can explore the Mill Creek, paddle under 6 bridges, take in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky skyline, and enjoy the live music on the water with "Rhythm on the River".

    After your paddle, relax and enjoy live music, craft beer, tasty food from our local food trucks while exploring exhibits from vendors at the Finish Line Festival. Then take the shuttle back to your vehicle at the Schmidt Recreation Complex and return to pick up your boat - or just get on with the rest of the day!

    Your registration fee covers insurance, venue fees, and shuttle bus. With each paddling registration you receive a Paddlefest 2018 t-shirt.

    Save 20% on your paddling registration if you register before March 1st!

    For more information and to register, visit www.ohioriverpaddlefest.org/



    • August 03, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 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 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Mark your calendars!



    • August 03, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Discovery Trail, Milford, OH 45150

    Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

    Join us for a drop in program in the Schott Nature PlayScape. Perfect for ages 2 and up. No registration required. However, tickets can be purchased online for nonmembers.

    Program participants should meet in the Schott Nature PlayScape.                                        

    Join us in the Nature PlayScape for a search of invertebrates.  We will hunt for interesting creatures and then use our field guides to look up what we found. We’ll also make an insect mask to take-home!

    Free to members; nonmember adult $9, nonmember child $4. Online tickets purchased for nonmembers include admission. Nonmember tickets may also be purchased at the gate.

    Register here. 

    • August 04, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Greenacres Old Church 8680 Spooky Hollow Road Cincinnati, OH 45242

    Organization: Greenacres Foundation

    Join a Greenacres naturalist for an informal Summer birding hike through a variety of habitats. Learn tips on identifying common birds by sight and sound. It's a great way to come explore some of our protected habitat areas. 

    - Good for beginning to intermediate birders. 
    - Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. 
    - Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended.

    This event is open to anyone ages 12 and older. Children ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 18 must have a waiver completed and presented upon entry.

    Register here. 

    • August 04, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Miami Whitewater Forest, Shaker Trace Nursery, 8749 New Haven Road, Harrison, OH

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    See how native seeds are grown, harvested, processed and used for conservation efforts at the Shaker Trace Nursery Open House on Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in Miami Whitewater Forest. 

    The Open House is a free, rain-or-shine event that includes guided tours of the 51-acre nursery and a meet-and-greet with staff and volunteers. Guests will see firsthand where native seeds are grown, harvested, processed, stored and disseminated for Great Parks’ land restoration efforts. Guests can also visit the nursery’s five aquaculture ponds where hybrid bluegill is raised for stocking park fishing lakes, making Great Parks more self-sustainable.

    Shaker Trace Nursery was first developed in 1992 to produce native prairie and wetland seed for restoration projects in Miami Whitewater Forest. Today, the nursery has more than 150 different species of native plants, with the seed being used in restoration efforts throughout the parks system. All plants continue to be hand-raised, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers.

    For more information about the nursery, visit https://www.greatparks.org/parks/miami-whitewater-forest/shaker-trace-nursery

    • August 04, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Greenacres Barn 8300 Spooky Hollow Road Cincinnati, OH 45242

    Organization: Greenacres Foundation

    Join us for an open-air feast as we celebrate the bountiful harvest of the Greenacres Farm. We've partnered with Jeff Thomas Catering and DogBerry Brewery for a unique and casual evening full of good food, drink, and engaging conversation. Creative menu items, featuring meats and produce raised on Greenacres Farm, will keep your taste buds delighted through a five course dinner. Each course will be paired with a expertly chosen beer from DogBerry Brewery. Throughout the dinner the Greenacres livestock and vegetable production teams will explain our commitment to Positive Impact Farming and how it relates to the food you are eating.

    This event will take place at one of Greenacres production gardens and then Greenacres Barn for dinner. Gather your friends and join us for our Farm to Table dinner event!

    Please note that you must be 21 or older to attend this event.

    Register here. 

    For questions about this event, please contact us at 513-370-3613 or email Jacqueline O'Connell at joconnell@green-acres.org

    • August 05, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Discovery Trail, Milford, OH 45150

    Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

    Join us for a drop in program in the Schott Nature PlayScape.  Suitable for all ages.  No registration required.  However, tickets can be purchased online for nonmembers.

    Program participants should meet in the Schott Nature PlayScape.                                        

    Imagine your favorite pie and recreate a muddy version in the Mud Zone! We’ll make our pies with soil and water and then decorate them with flowers and other delights we find in the Schott Nature PlayScape.

    Free to members; nonmember adult $9, nonmember child $4.  Online tickets purchased for nonmembers include admission.  Nonmember tickets may also be purchased at the gate.

    • August 08, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 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. 

    Chair: Beth Robeson



    • August 08, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    Calling all garden gurus and environmental enthusiasts! Ready to get down and dirty? Enroll in our intensive Master Composter Training. You’ll learn the details of soil science, a variety of composting methods, and how to share your knowledge with our local community. 10 hours of classroom instruction will be complemented by 10 hours of field study, exposing participants to the vast wealth of composting resources in our area. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of 30 volunteer hours working in community gardens and education programs. Don’t miss your chance to join this unique opportunity. Spaces are limited and interested participants must submit proof of basic composting knowledge via a pre-test before they are considered for enrollment.

    Cost: $40 per participant
    Dates: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 9 am-3:30 pm
    Class size is limited. Registration is required. 

    Register online or call 513-221-0981.


    • August 08, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Rhinegeist Taproom 1910 Elm St, Cincinnati 45202

    Organization: RAPTOR Inc. 

    Support local raptor conservation while enjoying great local brews and other treats! Bring your family and friends to this awesome fundraising event and help us continue our mission – to conserve local birds of prey! Several fun activities are planned, including visits from our amazing Animal Ambassadors! 

    A portion of Rhinegeist’s proceeds during the event will be donated to RAPTOR Inc. -- Have a beer and support raptor conservation!

    The event is FREE and Open to the Public!

    For more information click here. 

    • August 08, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    Instructors: Lisa Craig, Hamilton Butler County Agent, Central State Extension & Carol Pelfrey, Home Food Preservationist

    Cost: $20 per class OR $75 for the entire series ($25 savings!)

    We will demonstrate the hot water bath method for high acid foods and pressure canning for low acid foods, meat, and fish. We’ll also demonstrate how to put your summer bounty to good use with a salsa making and canning demonstration. Join us to learn how to preserve your harvest while sampling foods we prepare along the way!

    Register online or call 513-221-0981

    • August 10, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Rentschler Forest MetroPark Reigart Road Area - Soccer Fields 5701 Reigart Road Fairfield Township OH 45011

    Organization: MetroParks of Butler County

    wo days of muddy fun means two opportunities to slide, climb, and crawl your way through our mud obstacle course! General admission ($5 per person aged 5+, free if under 5) grants access to the course, while those taking on the challenge of the mud volleyball tournament ($50 per team of 6) gets access to the course AND good competition at the 12th Annual Mud Mania.


    FEATURING:
    Mud volleyball tournaments, giant water slide, slimy obstacle course, muddy pools, event merchandise, vendors, and more!

    *Shoes are required, no flip-flops - we'll provide the duct tape!

    For more information click here. 


    • August 11, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 301 Walnut Street, P. O Box 4172, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

    Organization: Oxbow

    Join Joe Bens, Ann Geise, and Marjie Becus for a walk in the Oxbow to look for a variety of butterflies in various stages of their life cycle. Besides adult butterflies nectaring on flowers, we will also identify host plants and hope to find eggs and caterpillars.  Late summer sees several species of butterflies, normally found to the south of us, move into the area.  Southern Dogface, Little Yellow, Dainty Sulphur, Checkered Skipper and several more unusual species are all possible.  If it's a hot, dry summer there tend to be more southern migrants.

                    Joe Bens is a long-time, all around naturalist.  He started bird-watching at 15 and soon became interested in other wildlife such as butterflies, skippers and dragonflies. Joe has mastered ID for most of these species and is also an excellent botanist.  He has been leading field trips to the Oxbow area for many years and is very familiar with the area.

                    Marjie Becus is a botanist from the Cincinnati area.  She has a special interest in rare plant species especially running buffalo clover and native orchids.  She likes to hike and is always looking at the vegetation along the way.  She loves leading wildflower walks especially in the Spring.
                    Ann Geise is a nature and wildlife artist from Cincinnati. She has a biology degree from NKU, and worked as artist for Cincinnati Nature Center for 19 years. Her interests include all things in nature but especially botany, birds and lepidoptera, which are often subjects for her paintings.  Ann also designed the Oxbow logo.
                    Meet in the main Oxbow parking lot.  Walking is on dirt roads, some rock and gravel, so sturdy footwear is advised. There are no restroom facilities in the Oxbow.  Be sure to carry sunscreen and water as there is little shade. Binoculars are useful but not required to get a good look at the beautiful butterflies that make the Oxbow their home.


    • August 11, 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Sharon Woods, Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, OH 45241

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Bring the kids as we hike the trail and learn all about the senses that help animals navigate the world. Along the way, we will see, smell, hear, taste and touch our way into fun! Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre (Free)

    For more information, visit the Great Parks calendar of events. 

    • August 11, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Rentschler Forest MetroPark Reigart Road Area - Soccer Fields 5701 Reigart Road Fairfield Township OH 45011

    Organization: MetroParks of Butler County

    wo days of muddy fun means two opportunities to slide, climb, and crawl your way through our mud obstacle course! General admission ($5 per person aged 5+, free if under 5) grants access to the course, while those taking on the challenge of the mud volleyball tournament ($50 per team of 6) gets access to the course AND good competition at the 12th Annual Mud Mania.


    FEATURING:
    Mud volleyball tournaments, giant water slide, slimy obstacle course, muddy pools, event merchandise, vendors, and more!

    *Shoes are required, no flip-flops - we'll provide the duct tape!

    For more information click here. 

    • August 11, 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 1538 Race Track Rd, Alexandria, KY 41001

    Organization: Northern Kentucky University


    For more information visit ajjollypark.com

    • August 11, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Izaak Walton League, 544 Branch Hil, Loveland, OH 45140

    Organization: Izaak Walton League

    Annual Duck Race!

    Participate in the annual duck race at Izaak Walton League.

    Buy a Duck for $5

    First Place - $300.00

    Second Place - $150.00

    Third Place - $75.00

    • August 11, 2018
    • 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • 6926 Gaynor Road Goshen, OH 45122

    Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

    Preregistration required. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

    Program participants meet at the white Creekside Barn at our Long Branch Farm & Trails location.

    Every year around this time the sky comes alive with the Perseid meteor shower. Bring a lawn chair and join astronomy club members as we watch for meteors, look through telescopes at Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and star clusters. Try your luck at “Saturn Toss” and make Milky Way S'mores.

    Members $7; nonmember $16 (ticket prices include daily admission).

    *Please note that cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event.

    Important Information For All Program Registrants: Please retain your order number or print off a copy of the email acknowledgement as a receipt.  You will need your order number from your transaction to gain entry at the gate/to attend your program. 

    To register, click here. 

    • August 12, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Rentschler Forest MetroPark Reigart Road Area - Soccer Fields 5701 Reigart Road Fairfield Township OH 45011

    Organization: MetroParks of Butler County

    Mud Mania has a brand new twist - Sunday is MUTT MANIA!


    A great summer day filled with muddy good fun for you and your four-legged best friend! Try out doggy obstacles, visit with dog vendors, play in muddy pools, mingle with other canines, and more! Cost is $5 per dog OR a donation of a 3+ pound bag of dog food to be donated to select animal shelters.

    *ALL dogs must remain on a leash & ALL humans must have proper footwear (no flip-flops)

    For more information click here. 


    • August 12, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 4949 Tealtown Rd, Milford, OH 45150

    Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

    Preregistration required.  Suitable for adults and interested youth ages 12+.

    Program participants meet at the Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium.

    Steve Inglish, team leader of Cincinnati Nature Center’s butterfly monitoring program, will give a brief indoor introduction, and then head out to the Witt Family Pollinator Garden to see butterfly host and nectaring plants, as well as the key habitat requirements and features you’ll need to create your own butterfly garden. We’ll explore resources to help you transform your yard into a caterpillar nursery, as well as how to certify your yard as wildlife habitat.

    Members $5 per person; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).

     

    *Please note that cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event.

    Important Information For All Program Registrants: Please retain your order number or print off a copy of the email acknowledgement as a receipt.  You will need your order number from your transaction to gain entry at the gate/to attend your program. 

    To register, click here. 

    • August 13, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Higher Gravity, 4106 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223

    Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    The YP Council meets the second Monday of every month at Higher Gravity in Northside. Meetings are welcome to all who consider themselves a “YP.”

    For more information click here. 


    • August 14, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 301 Walnut Street, P. O Box 4172, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

    Organization: Oxbow

    Meg Riestenberg, who has taught Geology and Biology classes at the Mount for over 30 years, will tell us some highlights of the Geology of our local area.  The Greater Cincinnati area is world-famous for its 450 million-year-old Ordovician bedrock and fossils, as one can easily see when driving through the magnificent road-cuts in northern Kentucky. But the much more recent Ice Age has presented us with an invaluable legacy: deep-cut valleys, economically important gravels, extensive aquifers, superior farmland, and more!


    • August 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    Calling all garden gurus and environmental enthusiasts! Ready to get down and dirty? Enroll in our intensive Master Composter Training. You’ll learn the details of soil science, a variety of composting methods, and how to share your knowledge with our local community. 10 hours of classroom instruction will be complemented by 10 hours of field study, exposing participants to the vast wealth of composting resources in our area. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of 30 volunteer hours working in community gardens and education programs. Don’t miss your chance to join this unique opportunity. Spaces are limited and interested participants must submit proof of basic composting knowledge via a pre-test before they are considered for enrollment.

    Cost: $40 per participant
    Dates: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 9 am-3:30 pm
    Class size is limited. Registration is required. 

    Register online or call 513-221-0981.


    • August 15, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cincinnati REI 2643 Edmondson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209

    Organization: REI

    REI will take the mystery out of Backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. Plus, we'll give you important notes on trail etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Let REI help you understand what you need to reach your destination.

    For more information click here. 

    • August 16, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 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 bi-monthly on the third Thursday of every other month.




    • August 17, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 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.



    • August 18, 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Fernbank Park/Fernbank Lodge, 50 Thornton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45233

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Change your luck and your direction as we look to the stars to get our bearings. We’ll try some basic star navigation techniques and explore the night sky with the Cincinnati Astronomical Society.  (Free)

    For more information visit the Great Parks calendar of events. 

    • August 20, 2018
    • August 29, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati 2715 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206

    Organization: Civic Garden Center and Metropolitan Sewer District

    Green Infrastructure Certification for Construction, Inspection and Maintenance Workers

    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) has played a major role in advancing the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) for construction, inspection, and maintenance workers.

    GI certification provides skill sets that are nationally recognized for professionals seeking to work on green projects to manage stormwater.

    MSD - in partnership with the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati - is hosting GI training this summer/fall in preparation for the next NGICP exam on November 16, 2018.

    Details: Intensive 35-hour course that includes in-class learning, hands-on training, and site visits. You must have a high school diploma to participate.

    Cost: $700. Scholarships may be available.

    How to Apply:

    Click here to download the application (which is a writeable PDF). Return the completed application by email ngicpcincinnati@civicgardencenter.org or in person to the Civic Garden Center.

    Time/Date:

    5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  
    Mondays and Wednesdays
    between August 20 - October 10, 2018 (except for Labor Day)


    • August 21, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Winton Woods (Brady Conference Room), Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH, United States

    Organization: Green Umbrella

    The Greenspace Action Team will meet monthly in 2018 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Enter the right hand set of doors at Winton Centre. Tell the greeter at the front desk that you are here for the Green Umbrella meeting and someone will escort you to the conference room. 





    • August 21, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Lincoln Ridge Park (Shelterhouse 3), 420 Independence Station Rd, Independence, KY 41051

    Organization: Kenton County Parks and Rec

    These free, educational and nature themed programs will meet the third Tuesday of the month. Third Tuesdays are great for all ages! Discover the wonders of nature!

    Wonderful World of Water – National Water Quality Month! A look at water quality and water conservation! Enjoy hands-on learning with an Enviroscape, explore what lives in our creek, find out what bugs can tell us about water health, and more! Activities will be provided by Sanitation District No. 1 and the Kentucky Department of Water.

    For more information click here. 


    • August 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    Calling all garden gurus and environmental enthusiasts! Ready to get down and dirty? Enroll in our intensive Master Composter Training. You’ll learn the details of soil science, a variety of composting methods, and how to share your knowledge with our local community. 10 hours of classroom instruction will be complemented by 10 hours of field study, exposing participants to the vast wealth of composting resources in our area. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of 30 volunteer hours working in community gardens and education programs. Don’t miss your chance to join this unique opportunity. Spaces are limited and interested participants must submit proof of basic composting knowledge via a pre-test before they are considered for enrollment.

    Cost: $40 per participant
    Dates: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 9 am-3:30 pm
    Class size is limited. Registration is required. 

    Register online or call 513-221-0981.


    • August 22, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cincinnati REI 2643 Edmondson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209

    Organization: REI

    Hammocks are a versatile companion for any outdoor adventure, but sometimes levitation has a learning curve. Join our hammocking experts for some tips and tricks that will have you flying in no time.


    For more information click here. 

    • August 24, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 301 Walnut Street, P. O Box 4172, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

    Organization: Oxbow

    Meet in the upper Oxbow parking lot at the main entrance to the Oxbow.

    Co-Leader: Jack Stenger, (513) 503-3389 & Jay Stenger, (513) 522-8147

                    This popular evening field trip beats the heat of the August “dog days”.  The focus of this trip will be birds, specifically early fall migrants through the Oxbow. While the calendar still shows late summer, the southbound fall migration of shorebirds (sandpipers & plovers), long-legged waders (herons & egrets) and several other species will be under way by this date. Join our trip leaders, son and father team Jack and Jay Stenger, skilled and expert birders who know the area inside and out, for a pleasant summer evening in the Oxbow area.

                    Shorebirds (sandpipers and plovers) need exposed mudflats and shorelines where they forage for their invertebrate food. Most years, the Oxbow area provides good to great habitat for them. The nearby Great Miami River usually has exposed sand bars at this season as well. In addition to several species of shorebirds, we expect to find numerous Great Egrets and herons including Great Blue, Green and Black-crowned Night-Herons. This is also a great time of year to find an unusual or rare species such as Little Blue Heron and Snowy Egret. Purple Martins and other migrating swallows’ can “stage” in large numbers in the Oxbow at this time and terns, Osprey, Bald Eagle (year round) and other early migrants are possible. With most of our summer residents still present, we should find a good diversity throughout the evening.

                    Jack and Jay plan to hit several spots in and around the Oxbow including Lost Bridge over the Great Miami. The trip will end around dusk (9:00 PM?). Although  this is an evening walk, It will likely be hot, so sunscreen, insect repellant and water might make your visit more comfortable. Feel free to contact Jack or Jay if you have any questions.

    *Note that this is an evening field trip.


    • August 25, 2018
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Caldwell Nature Center 430 W North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45216

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Even if you missed the first three years, join us during a full moon for family friendly Native American tales around a crackling campfire.  Audience participation makes the stories come to life. The program includes a short break to toast marshmallows provided by staff. At the end, join us for a short night hike. In case of rain, we’ll gather ‘round the indoor fireplace. Meet at the amphitheater. 

    Reservations are required by calling 761-4313 before 8/24.

    For more information, click here. 

    • August 26, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 961 Barg Salt Run Rd. Milford, OH 45150

    Organization: RAPTOR Inc. 

    RAPTOR Inc. will open our doors to the public on the last Sunday of each month (March-November) from 1pm to 4pm. During these times our educators will be available to welcome guests, lead tours, conduct educational programs with our avian ambassadors, share biological artifacts, and answer questions. Participate in special activity stations, shop for merchandise, and enjoy some treats! The Open Houses are FUN and FREE! (Private tours and educational programs can still be scheduled at other times by appointment.)

    For more information click here. 

    • August 31, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • University of Cincinnati, Tangeman University Center, Great Hall
    Register


    A. Trailblazer Sponsor – $2,500.00

    Sponsorship features:
    • Top billing as Trailblazer Sponsor with logo alongside organizers on all materials
    • Opportunity to address audience for 3 minutes during welcome remarks
    • Tickets to Summit: 6
    • Exhibitor table included in prime location
    • Recognition in Program: Logo on front cover of program

    B. Pathfinder Sponsor – $1,000.00

    Sponsorship Features:
    • Opportunity to exclusively sponsor networking breakfast or lunchtime plenary session
    • Tickets to Summit: 4
    • Exhibitor table included
    • Recognition in Program: Logo on sponsor page (row 1) and in materials for sponsored program element

    C. Explorer Sponsor – $500.00

    Sponsorship Features:
    • Opportunity to sponsor morning or afternoon session
    • Tickets to Summit: 2
    • Exhibitor table included
    • Recognition in Program: Logo on sponsor page (row 2) and in materials for sponsored program element

    D. Hiker Sponsor – $250.00

    Sponsorship Features:
    • Tickets to Summit: 1
    • Exhibitor Table Included
    • Recognition in Program: Logo on sponsor page (row 4)


    • August 31, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • University of Cincinnati
    Register


    The momentum for improving trail connectivity in Greater Cincinnati has come a long way since Tri-State Trails was organized as an initiative of Green Umbrella in 2013.  Millions of dollars have been invested in constructing over 35 miles of trails and on-road bike lanes, and many more are in the works.  In fact, $191 million is now committed to fund pedestrian and bike infrastructure through OKI Regional Council of Government's 2040 Regional Transportation Plan as a result of Tri-State Trails' advocacy.  To illustrate the demand for expanding and connecting trails, we developed and implemented a comprehensive regional trail measurement program, in partnership with Interact for Health, which estimates 11 million miles were traveled by users of our trail network in 2017.  Through our multi-jurisdictional projects like CROWN and Miami 2 Miami Connection, we're uniting cross-sector partners behind a common goal--to connect our communities.

    In 2018, Tri-State Trails' Summit will explore how we can advance our collaborative efforts to spur innovation, encourage economic development, and promote equity in future trail development.  We are excited to feature keynote speaker Kären Haley, Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., to share the story of how Indianapolis was able to create a world renowned 8-mile bike and pedestrian path and linear park.  Please join us!


    • September 03, 2018
    • Starfire Council Building - 5030 Oaklawn Drive Cincinnati OH 45227

    Our office within the Starfire Council building will be closed for the federal holiday.

    Have a happy Labor Day!

    • September 03, 2018
    • Starfire Council Building - 5030 Oaklawn Dr. Cincinnati OH 45227

    Our office within the Starfire Council building will be closed for the federal holiday.

    Have a happy Labor Day!

    • September 06, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 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.



    • September 06, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45227

    Organizer: 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.


    • September 06, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Organization: Green Umbrella 

    Join us for Green Drinks! Check back later for specific locations. 

    The event is free and open to anyone interested in sustainability issues. Become a member of Green Umbrella at Green Drinks and your first drink is on us!

    • September 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 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 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Mark your calendars!



    • September 08, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    Instructor:  Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist

    Cost: $15 (free for CGC Volunteers)

    Collecting seed from plants can be exciting, economical and is essential for preserving genetic diversity of plants. Through discussion and demonstration, find out how to collect and store seed from annuals, perennials and woody plants; learn the best references to use in determining collection techniques.

    Register online or call 513-221-0981. 

    • September 10, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Higher Gravity, 4106 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223

    Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    The YP Council meets the second Monday of every month at Higher Gravity in Northside. Meetings are welcome to all who consider themselves a “YP.”

    For more information click here. 


    • September 11, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 301 Walnut Street, P. O Box 4172, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

    Organization: Oxbow

    Tuesday September 11, 2018, 7:30 PM

    Jack Berninger, World Traveler, Lecturer and Teacher

    What Do Animals Think and Feel?

    Jack Berninger, who has presented some amazing talks at Oxbow in the past on topics as wide-ranging as Bird Brains, the Genius of Birds, Pollen and Pollinators, the Secret Lives of Oxbow Plants, and the Everglades, will present the enticing topic “What Do Animals Think and Feel?” Recent research on animal behavior and brain function will make Jack’s topic engaging and thought provoking.


    • September 12, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 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. 

    Chair: Beth Robeson



    • September 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM

    Organization: Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

    Participants can join Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental and educators from Hamilton County SWCD as they venture out on the Whitewater River to discuss water quality and habitat, as well as sample for macro-invertebrates. Participants will be able to take a hands on approach while learning about water quality and habitat.

    Participants should expect to spend 3-4 hours on this 3 mile educational canoe trip. $25 per person. 

    What you will need:

    • ​Signed Waiver
    • Drink
    • Snack/lunch
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug Spray
    • Protective gear (Hat/Sunglasses)
    • Water Shoes (Shoes that you don't mind to get wet)
    • Change of dry clothes to leave in car

    Registration is limited. To register please call or email Sara Fehring 513-772-7645 ext. 25

    Please complete both waivers and send to Sara Fehring, either by mail or email, prior to the event. 

    Waivers and registration can be found here. 



    • September 18, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Winton Woods (Brady Conference Room), Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH, United States

    Organization: Green Umbrella

    The Greenspace Action Team will meet monthly in 2018 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Enter the right hand set of doors at Winton Centre. Tell the greeter at the front desk that you are here for the Green Umbrella meeting and someone will escort you to the conference room. 





    • September 20, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 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 bi-monthly on the third Thursday of every other month.




    • September 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 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.



    • September 29, 2018
    • September 30, 2018
    • Across the Tri-State Region

    Organizer: Green Umbrella's Outdoor Action Team 

    Celebrate the outdoors on September 29 and 30 for Great Outdoor Weekend! Explore events around you for a weekend of FREE fun activities! Try a new activity or visit a new organization or greenspace. Enjoy the natural beauty of our region while supporting the parks and organizations in the area.

    To learn more and for a list of registered events, click here.


    • September 29, 2018
    • September 30, 2018
    • Greater Cincinnati Region
    Register



    Great Outdoor Weekend is September 29 & 30, 2018


    Green Umbrella is now seeking SPONSORS for the 15th annual Great Outdoor Weekend!
     If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please take a look our Sponsor Package to view the different levels and corresponding benefits. To register as an official Great Outdoor Weekend 2018 Sponsor, proceed to the "Register" button on the left of this page to process your payment.

    We have sponsorship opportunities that range from $500 to $7,500, so please take a look at the various options and select which one works best for you. All of our sponsors will be featured on our website and in our marketing materials.

    If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Green Umbrella's Communications & Program Manager, Ryan Mooney-Bullock


    • October 04, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 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.



    • October 04, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45227

    Organizer: 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.


    • October 04, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Organization: Green Umbrella 

    Join us for Green Drinks! Check back later for specific locations. 

    The event is free and open to anyone interested in sustainability issues. Become a member of Green Umbrella at Green Drinks and your first drink is on us!

    • October 05, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 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 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Mark your calendars!



    • October 06, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

    Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten, Owner of 7th Street Gifts, Newport, KY

    Cost:  $145 per participant, ages 18 and up, registration is required (fee includes cost of materials)

    Notes: Ages 18+up, registration required, participants must wear jeans, long sleeves, closed-toed shoes. Bring lunch for between sessions.  Bring your own water proof gloves and goggles.  

    This will be a hands-on workshop applying traditional cold process soap making.  Participants will be privy to tricks of the trade in a noncompetitive learning environment that ensures success.  Carisa’s experience applies practical application learned firsthand from crafting and selling handmade soap from her family’s brick and mortar storefront for over 18 years, conducting numerous workshops, as well as receiving formal training in soap making from the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Safety will be a primary concern while stressing the importance of exact measurements, ingredients, and temperatures while working with lye. Using a variety of recipes and ingredients, you will take home about 6 pounds of customized cold process soap.

    Register online or call 513-221-0981.

    • October 10, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 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. 

    Chair: Beth Robeson



    • October 13, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

    Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist

    Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

    Terrariums got their start around 1830 when Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, trying to incubate moths, found that his glass enclosed contraption had become an ideal home to ferns. The advent of the Wardian case, as it later became called, revolutionized the distribution of plants around the world. Travelers carried hothouse specimens back to temperate regions and now had a means to keep them healthy outside of their native ranges. In this class we will look at the evolution of the Wardian case, and its development into a modern decorative fixture in homes. Participants will understand the basics of how to create and maintain a terrarium.

    Register online or call 513-221-0981.

    • October 16, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Winton Woods (Brady Conference Room), Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH, United States

    Organization: Green Umbrella

    The Greenspace Action Team will meet monthly in 2018 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Enter the right hand set of doors at Winton Centre. Tell the greeter at the front desk that you are here for the Green Umbrella meeting and someone will escort you to the conference room. 





    • October 18, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 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 bi-monthly on the third Thursday of every other month.




    • October 19, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 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.



    • October 19, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Caldwell Nature Center 430 W North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45216

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Walk through a pumpkin-lit trail and meet costumed characters from nature and history. This is a non-scary holiday walk best suited for children ages 3-10. Hikes start at 7pm with the last hike leaving at 8:30pm. We organize hike groups by type: scouts, families with young children, and families with older children. Each hike lasts approximately 1 hour. 

    Cost is $6 per person. Children 2 and under are FREE. There is a $3 administrative fee (per order, not per ticket). 

    Online reservations begin Sept 1 at:  https://parks.cincyregister.com/2018halloweenhikes


    • October 20, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Caldwell Nature Center 430 W North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45216

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Walk through a pumpkin-lit trail and meet costumed characters from nature and history. This is a non-scary holiday walk best suited for children ages 3-10. Hikes start at 7pm with the last hike leaving at 8:30pm. We organize hike groups by type: scouts, families with young children, and families with older children. Each hike lasts approximately 1 hour. 

    Cost is $6 per person. Children 2 and under are FREE. There is a $3 administrative fee (per order, not per ticket). 

    Online reservations begin Sept 1 at:  https://parks.cincyregister.com/2018halloweenhikes


    • October 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Caldwell Nature Center 430 W North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45216

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Dress up in awesome costumes and sniff up some fun with your canine companion! Take a walk on our trail filled with over 100 carved pumpkins and along the way meet local pet specialists that will fill your goody bag plus provide guidance on any questions you might have. Stop by the photo booth to capture this special day with your dog and join our costume contest! Discover new canine products and receive more free supplies from our Spooktacular 

    Cost is $10 per dog.

    Register online before Oct. 20 at: https://parks.cincyregister.com/howloween2018


    • October 28, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 961 Barg Salt Run Rd. Milford, OH 45150

    Organization: RAPTOR Inc. 

    RAPTOR Inc. will open our doors to the public on the last Sunday of each month (March-November) from 1pm to 4pm. During these times our educators will be available to welcome guests, lead tours, conduct educational programs with our avian ambassadors, share biological artifacts, and answer questions. Participate in special activity stations, shop for merchandise, and enjoy some treats! The Open Houses are FUN and FREE! (Private tours and educational programs can still be scheduled at other times by appointment.)

    For more information click here. 

    • November 01, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 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.



    • November 01, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45227

    Organizer: 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.


    • November 01, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Organization: Green Umbrella 

    Join us for Green Drinks! Check back later for specific locations. 

    The event is free and open to anyone interested in sustainability issues. Become a member of Green Umbrella at Green Drinks and your first drink is on us!

    • November 02, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 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 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Mark your calendars!



    • November 03, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206

    Instructor: Wes Duren, Co-owner of Marvin’s Organic Gardens

    Cost: $30, or $50 for 2-part series (spring and fall)

    This hands-on workshop focuses on the cultivation of shiitake and morel mushrooms on logs. Learn to select, harvest, inoculate and care for logs in order to grow abundant and lasting shiitake and morel mushrooms. Japanese Shitake farmers used to beat their logs as a form of shock to initiate mushrooms to grow! How far will you go to grow your shitake? Logs and spawn will be provided to take home. *Please bring a 1 x 1 cardboard box to get your system started.

    Register online or call 513-221-0981.