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 *** The annual meeting will be at La Terza Coffee in Lockland (611 Shepherd Dr #17) - NOT AT GREEN UMBRELLA ***

    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
      • 11 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
      • 11 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
      • 11 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
      • 11 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: The June meeting will be held at OKI located at 720 E Pete Rose Way #420, Cincinnati, OH 45202 and will begin at 1:30 PM.


      • 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
      • 4 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
      • 10 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 21, 2019
        • December 19, 2019
        • 10 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/.

        • March 01, 2019
        • December 06, 2019
        • 9 sessions
        • 310 Culvert Street, Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45202

        Organization: emersion Design

        emersion DESIGN is hosting a Healthy Buildings Educational Series to educate our region on the benefits of healthy indoor environments. Using the WELL standards as a guide, we will take a dive into both:

        • THE WHY: The science behind healthy design and operational choices
        • THE HOW: Practical ways to create a more healthy, holistic environment in the space you already have


        This series will be held at our office (310 Culvert Street, Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45202) on the first Friday of each month, starting on March 1st at 4pm. There is free parking next to our building available on a first come, first serve basis (map attached). Please see the attached schedule to view topics and dates.

        Each session is limited to 30 participants, so please RSVP to Briana Tally at Briana.Talley@emersiondesign.com.




        • 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 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 30, 2019
        • November 24, 2019
        • 69 sessions

        Organization: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

        All material collected is composted!

        2019 Dates & Hours
        March 30 - November 24
        Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
        All sites closed Easter Sunday, April 21

        Locations

        • East: Bzak Landscaping - 3295 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32), Anderson Township
          • Bzak Landscaping is also open during the week, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., in addition to the weekend hours. Closed Memorial Day, May 27, Independence Day, July 4, and Labor Day, September 2
        • West: Kuliga Park - 6717 Bridgetown Road, Green Township
        • North: Rumpke Landfill - Struble Road and Colerain Avenue, Colerain Township

        Guidelines

        • Brush and tree branches must be cut into lengths of 4 feet or less and must be no larger than 12 inches in diameter.
        • Brush and tree branches must be bundled. Bundles must not be heavier than 50 pounds.
        • Yard trimmings must be brought to locations in containers or bags – brown paper bags preferred.
        • Containers and plastic bags will be returned.
        • Yard trimmings in commercial vehicles or from commercial establishments cannot be accepted.
        • No large trailers or trucks larger than pickups.
        • No pallets, boards, nails, fence, or wire accepted.
        • No bricks, stones, or soil accepted.
        • Illegal dumping prohibited.
        • All children must stay inside vehicles.
        • Hamilton County residents only.

        Learn more here!

        • April 07, 2019
        • August 04, 2019
        • 5 sessions
        • Imago, 700 Enright Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205

        Organization: Imago

        Join us for the simple practice of sit-spotting at Imago! We’ll enjoy solo time in the woods, observing the natural world and ourselves, followed by a group reflection. These meet-ups will last from 9am-10am on the first Sunday of each month.

        Learn more here!

        • April 08, 2019
        • December 09, 2019
        • 9 sessions
        • Working in Neighborhoods, 1814 Dreman Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223

        Organization: Working in Neighborhoods

        Join us! Learn about upcoming community events, talk about any issues in your neighborhood you would like to see addressed and any goals you have for the community.

        South Cumminsville Community Council Meetings are every second Monday at 6:30 at Working in Neighborhoods, the old St. Pius Church at 1814 Dreman Ave.

        • 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 13, 2019
        • October 13, 2019
        • 8 sessions

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Test your angling skills in some of Great Parks’ most popular fishing tournaments! Opportunities are offered for adults and children, spring through fall.

        Bass Series Dates: 

        7 a.m.–1 p.m.

        April 13, Miami Whitewater Forest
        May 5, Winton Woods
        June 22, Miami Whitewater Forest
        July 14, Winton Woods
        August 3, Miami Whitewater Forest
        September 7, Winton Woods
        October 12, Bass Series Championship Miami Whitewater Forest (8 a.m.–2 p.m.)

        October 13, Bass Series Championship Winton Woods (8 a.m.–2 p.m.)

        Teams fish for a five-bass limit. Fish must measure at least 12 inches or more and will be weighed and then released alive. Awards are given to the top three teams at each event based on greatest weight. The top 20 anglers in the point standings will qualify for the Series Championship. The overall points leader will be crowned Angler of the Year. Registration is $70 and is required one hour before the tournament. Bass Series Championships are free.

        More information and registration for fishing tournaments at https://www.greatparks.org/calendar/special-events/fishing-tournaments.

        • April 20, 2019
        • October 26, 2019
        • 7 sessions

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Test your angling skills in some of Great Parks’ most popular fishing tournaments! Opportunities are offered for adults and children, spring through fall.

        Rod-Busting Series Dates: 

        8 a.m.–2 p.m.

        April 20, Lake Isabella
        May 11, Lake Isabella
        June 8, Winton Woods
        July 6, Miami Whitewater Forest (6 p.m.–midnight)
        August 23, Lake Isabella (6 p.m.–midnight)
        September 14, Winton Woods

        October 26, Lake Isabella

        Two-person teams fish for a six-fish limit of catfish and carp. Teams earn points based on their place of finish, and the top two teams at each tournament will win prizes. A grand prize will be awarded to the series champions after the event on October 26. Registration is $40 per person and begins one hour before the tournament.

        More information and registration for fishing tournaments at https://www.greatparks.org/calendar/special-events/fishing-tournaments.

        • April 22, 2019
        • February 17, 2020
        • 10 sessions

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Great Parks is celebrating the great outdoors with Free Entry Days! Guests can experience more than 17,600 acres of natural habitat and wildlife, lakes and river access, trails, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses and so much more, without the need for a motor vehicle permit.

        • April 22 - Earth Day
        • May 18 - Kids to Parks Day
        • June 1 - National Trails Day
        • July 17 - Great Parks’ Birthday
        • September 28/29 – Great Outdoors Weekend & National Public Lands Day
        • November 29 – Opt Outside
        • December 25 – Happy Holidays
        • January 1 (2020) – New Year’s Day
        • February 17 (2020) - Random Acts of Kindness Day


        • May 03, 2019
        • August 02, 2019
        • 4 sessions
        • Winton Lake, 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Join Great Parks’ Adventure Outpost team and Rivers Unlimited for this unique conservation project. While engaging in this on-lake cleanup, participants will develop their canoe skills and learn how to be a safe, conscientious paddler. All equipment provided. Participants must fit properly in provided life jackets. For ages 16 and up. (Free, space is limited, registration required.)

        Register here!


        • 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 25, 2019
        • August 31, 2019
        • 9 sessions
        • Winton Woods Adventure Outpost, 10248 Mc Kelvey Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Prepare to kayak on local rivers with our American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors. In this class, learn basic safety and paddling techniques in a river-specific kayak on flatwater. Be ready to get wet as we practice rescues. All equipment is provided. For ages 12 and up. $38/person, register 3 days in advance. 

        Learn more here!


        • May 27, 2019
        • September 02, 2019
        • 5 sessions

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        May 27, Lake Isabella (10 a.m.–noon)
        June 15, Woodland Mound (9 a.m.–11 a.m.)
        July 13, Winton Woods (9 a.m.–11 a.m.)
        August 17, Miami Whitewater Forest (9 a.m.–11 a.m.)

        September 2, Lake Isabella (9 a.m.–11 a.m.)

        Catch the mystery fish! Prizes are awarded in three age groups to each kid who weighs in a fish closest to the mystery weight. Every kid who catches a fish will receive a trophy. Any species can be weighed, and live bait is permitted. For ages 16 and under, accompanied by an adult. Registration is free. 

        More information and registration for fishing tournaments at https://www.greatparks.org/calendar/special-events/fishing-tournaments.

        • June 01, 2019
        • September 14, 2019
        • 7 sessions

        Summer Concerts in the Park

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Whether you’re a fan of pop, funk, rock, the blues or everything in between, get outside to enjoy a lineup of popular local bands. Catch these free summer concerts at four of your favorite Great Parks!

        Food and beverages will be available for purchase at each concert location. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets for optimum concert viewing.

        Saturdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00  pm

        June 1
        Wild Rice Musical Review

        Miami Whitewater Forest | Harbor

        June 15
        The Colour of Rhythm

        Sharon Woods | Cardinal Crest Meadow

        June 29
        JayBridge Corner

        Fernbank Park

        July 6
        The Mistics

        Winton Woods | Harbor Amphitheater

        July 20
        UC Community Band

        Winton Woods | Harbor Amphitheater

        August 24
        DejavU

        Fernbank Park

        September 14
        U.S. Air Force Band of Flight
        Sharon Woods | Cardinal Crest Meadow

        (Motor vehicle permit not required for the September 14 concert.)


        • June 04, 2019
        • August 27, 2019
        • 13 sessions
        • Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Ellenwood Nature Barn, 3455 Poole Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45251

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Looking to try something new for your workout? Prefer something not as fast-paced? Take part in relaxing yoga classes as a part of your summer flow. All classes are taught by certified instructors from the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 

        $10 per class, payable at the door. Classes will be moved inside if there is inclement weather.

        A Fitness Series will also be offered Tuesday evenings, June through August.

        Learn more about both series here!

        Outdoor Fitness & Yoga Series

        • June 04, 2019
        • August 27, 2019
        • 13 sessions
        • Winton Woods, Harbor Amphitheater, 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Looking to try something new for your workout? Head to Great Parks for free outdoor fitness classes to switch up your cardio routine. All classes are taught by certified instructors from the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 

        Free!

        A Yoga Series will also be offered Tuesday evenings, June through August.

        Learn more about both series here!

        Outdoor Fitness & Yoga Series

        • June 08, 2019
        • August 24, 2019
        • 6 sessions

        Organization: Orienteering Cincinnati

        The Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) is a series of six events held at parks and other venues in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Each event will feature two races in which participants use a map and compass to locate hidden checkpoints. One race will be suitable for beginners and the other race for more experienced navigators. Both races will be less than 3 km if traveling straight between each checkpoint. You can go at your own pace, according to your navigation skills and foot speed. Some participants will take their time and enjoy seeing their favorite park in a whole different way. Some participants will go fast in order to best other competitors or attain a personal record. Whatever your goal, we promise an adventure!

        Event Locations

        • 6/08/19 Burnet Woods
        • 6/22/19 Sharon Woods
        • 7/13/19 Northern Kentucky University
        • 7/27/19 Mt. Airy Forest
        • 8/10/19 Tower Park, Fort Thomas, KY
        • 8/24/19 Eden Park

        Event Logistics

        Each event takes place on a Saturday, with a start window from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants should be off the course by 1 p.m. Free instruction is available in the registration area. Your entry fee includes a pre-marked map and timing chip, which we use to record your visit to each of the checkpoints. Here's what part of a map might look like. The triangle is the start location. The circles are checkpoints. The double circle is the finish location.

        Cost

        Event pricing - $10 non-members, $5 members
        Series pricing (all 6 events) - $30 non-members (includes 1 Orienteering Cincinnati (OCIN) membership), $15 members

        OCIN Membership - $15 single, $25 family

        Learn more here!

        • June 12, 2019
        • August 21, 2019
        • 10 sessions
        • Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

        Organization: Kenton County Parks and Recreation

        Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 22 to August 21, join Kenton County Parks & Recreation (KCP&R) for their 20th season of Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 AM and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2.

        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!

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

        2019 program dates are set:

        June 12 - The Water Show (Wear Your Swimsuit!) with FamilyTime Entertainment
        9:30 AM Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council (GSKWRC)

        11:00 AM Post-program: To Be Decided

        June 19 - Kentucky Wildlife with Fox Run Environmental Education Center
        9:30 AM Pre-program: KCPL

        11:00 AM Post-program: Legacy Taekwondo Team (LTT)

        June 26 - Barnyard Animals with Sunrock Farm
        9:30 AM Pre-program: CCHMC

        11:30 AM Post-program: DTA

        July 4 - No Program

        July 10 - Raptors with Dr. Tom Sproat and Critters in the Classroom
        9:30 AM Pre-program: KCPL

        11:00 AM Post-program: GSKWRC

        July 17 - Petting Zoo with Mr. Cowpie's Party Animals
        9:30 AM Pre-program: LTT

        11:00 AM Post-program: LTT

        July 24 - African Penguin with the WAVE Foundation from the Newport Aquarium
        9:30 AM Pre-program: KCPL

        11:00 AM Post-program: DTA

        July 31 - African Skulls with Dr. Tom Sproat and Critters in the Classroom
        9:30 AM Pre-program: To Be Decided

        11:00 AM Post-program: To Be Decided

        August 7 - Barnyard Animals with Sunrock Farm
        9:30 AM Pre-program: KCPL

        11:00 AM Post-program: DTA

        August 14 – Croc Talk with the WAVE Foundation from the Newport Aquarium
        9:30 AM Pre-program: Family Nurturing Center

        11:00 AM Post-program: To Be Decided

        August 21 - Equine Show (Ponies) with Dream Maker Farm
        9:30 AM Pre-program: KCPL

        11:00 AM Post-program: To Be Decided

        For more information, please contact Rhonda Ritzi at Rhonda.Ritzi@KentonCounty.org. For news of upcoming programs, activities, and events to be held in Kenton County's Parks, call the Parks & Recreation office at (859) 525-PLAY (7529), visit the website, or follow Kenton County Parks & Recreation.

        • June 12, 2019
        • September 25, 2019
        • 16 sessions
        • Smale Riverfront Park, W MEHRING Way, Cincinnati 45202

        Organization: Cincinnati Parks

        Skip the Gym. Take your workout outdoors at Smale Riverfront Park!

        MODO Yoga will conduct free yoga classes every Wednesday from June 5th through September 25th.

        Classes are held on Schmidlapp Event Lawn which is located next to Moerlein Lager House.

        Events are subject to weather. Any cancellations will be posted on the event page by noon the day of the event.

        • June 12, 2019
        • August 07, 2019
        • 9 sessions
        • Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220

        Organization: Cincinnati Parks

        Come celebrate everything great about summer at our spirited series of 11 free weekly concerts. Good friends, good tunes, good food, good times with a variety of hands-on art making activities for the kids – all at the historic bandstand in Burnet Woods!

        • Extended shows again in 2019! Concerts from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
        • Admission is free – contributions encouraged.
        • Savory snacks and sweets available from local food vendors.
        • Beer available for purchase from 50 West Brewing Company courtesy of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation.
        Jun 12, 2019

        Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra presents Chamber Rock

        Jun 19, 2019

        The Cliftones

        Jun 26, 2019

        Mike Wade and the Nasty Nati Band

        Jul 03, 2019

        Model Behavior

        Jul 10, 2019

        Push Play

        Jul 17, 2019

        TRIIIBE

        Jul 24, 2019

        Sound Body Jazz Orchestra

        Jul 31, 2019

        Tropicoso Salsa

        Aug 07, 2019

        Jake Speed and The Freddies

        Learn more here!


        • June 13, 2019
        • August 08, 2019
        • 5 sessions
        • Pioneer Park, 3952 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017

        Organization: Kenton County Parks & Recreation

        Kenton County Parks & Recreation is about to embark on their twelfth season of ‘outstanding’ science programming in Kenton County’s Parks. (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are interactive, educational and fun! Programs are held in Shelterhouse 1 at Pioneer Park, rain or shine, beginning at 10 AM on each of the seven dates. The free programs are delivered in one hour theatrical assembly presentations.

        It’s not just for schools and school-age children, this program has something for everyone!

        Arrive early for best seating. Be sure to check out the pre-program (9:30 AM) and post-programs (11AM), as they vary. The actual Science programs will begin at 10 AM.

        The 2019 program dates are set:

        June 13 - The Best of Science Matters with Science Matters in America
        9:30 AM Pre-program: Legacy Taekwondo Team

        11:00 AM Post-program: Legacy Taekwondo Team

        June 27 - Go Fish! with Foundation for Ohio River Education
        9:30 AM Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library

        11:00 AM Post-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council

        July 11 - May the Force Be with You! With Crystal Clear Science
        9:30 AM Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library

        11:00 AM Post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy

        July 25 - The Best of Science Matters with Science Matters in America
        9:30 AM Pre-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council

        11:00 AM Post-program: To Be Decided

        August 8 - Riparian Zone in a Pot with Foundation for Ohio River Education
        9:30 AM Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library

        11:00 AM Post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy

        Snack lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza in Ft. Wright. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to grants from Cincinnati Children’s and Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

        (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, Kenton County Parks & Recreation collects non-perishable food or personal care items for Be Concerned.

        For more information, please contact Rhonda Ritzi at Rhonda.Ritzi@KentonCounty.org. For news of upcoming programs, activities, and events to be held in Kenton County's parks, call the Parks & Recreation office at (859) 525-PLAY (7529), visit the website or follow Kenton County Parks & Recreation.

        • June 14, 2019
        • September 21, 2019
        • 11 sessions
        • Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220

        Poster advertising Local Music Showcase and Sawyer Point Summer Concert Series events

        Organization: Cincinnati Parks

        The Riverfront will be rocking this summer thanks to TWO new music concert series: Sawyer Point Summer Concert Series & Local Music Showcase.

        These free concert series happen all summer long on select Fridays & Tuesday until September. Bring your family and enjoy live music, food, and drinks. From Reggae to Rolling Stone tribute bands there’s a concert you’ll enjoy. Check out the full event list below & keep up with us on facebook for updates and learn more about the bands. Don’t forget convenient parking at Public Landing or the Sawyer Point parking lot, close to everything and great prices.

        Friday | June 14, 2019 6pm-10pm

        Acoustic Blue, Gee Your Band Smells Terrific

        Friday | June 28, 2019 – 6pm-10pm

        Battle of the Ages

        Friday | July 12, 2019 – 6pm-10pm

        Johnny Fink and The Intrusion, Gen X

        Friday | July 26, 2019 – 6pm-10pm

        The Sonny Moorman Group,Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project

        Friday | August 2, 2019 – 6pm-10pm

        Sunburners, Cliftones

        Friday | August 9, 2019 – 6pm-10pm

        Final Order, Prizoner

        Friday | August 30, 2019 – 6pm-10pm

        Nick Netherton Band, Noah Smith

        Friday | September 21, 2019 – 6pm-10pm

        Thunderstruck

        Local Music Showcase
        Tuesday | June 18, 2019 – 6:30-10pm

        Full Disclosure, Ghost Train, and Trauma Illinois

        Tuesday | July 2, 2019 – 6:30-10pm

        Abby Vice, Knotts, and Moonbeau

        Tuesday | August 6, 2019 – 6:30-10pm

        Jordan Wilson Coalition and Brother Smith

        Learn more here!

        • June 18, 2019
        • July 30, 2019
        • 7 sessions
        • Smale Riverfront Park, W MEHRING Way, Cincinnati 45202

        Organization: Cincinnati Parks

        Skip the Gym. Take your workout outdoors at Smale Riverfront Park!

        NGOMA, LLC. presents Ragga Fit. This is a FREE dance fitness class that combines cardiovascular movements with modern Reggae/Afrobeat music and dances. Movements are done in a repetitive sequence to develop muscle memory and maintain a healthy heart rate.
        Instructor: Ivy Pea, BlackButterfly

        Classes are held on Schmidlapp Event Lawn which is located next to Moerlein Lager House.

        Events are subject to weather. Any cancellations will be posted on the event page by 11 AM the day of the event.

        • June 26, 2019
        • August 30, 2019
        • 10 sessions
        • Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Rd, Loveland, OH 45140

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        It’s a party on the deck at Lake Isabella where you can enjoy food, cold drinks and local live music during the new Burgers & Brews! Join us Fridays, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16 and August 30, and Wednesdays, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21, from 5:30–7:30 p.m.

        Live music schedule:

        June 21- Bob Ross & Natalie Brady
        June 26- Jason Ritchie
        July 5- Katie Pritchard
        July 10- Bob Ross & vocalist
        July 19- John Walsh
        July 24- Jason Ritchie
        August 2- Ronnie Vaughn
        August 7- Katie Pritchard
        August 16- John Walsh
        August 21- John Walsh

        August 30- Katie Pritchard

        The menu will include burgers; hot dogs, metts, pasta salad, chips, soft drinks and craft beer. All dates are rain or shine. 


        • June 28, 2019
        • August 30, 2019
        • 5 sessions
        • Winton Woods Adventure Outpost, 10248 Mc Kelvey Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Kick off your weekend with an evening kayak float. Participants will gain paddling pointers from American Canoe Association-trained instructors. All equipment provided. Participants must fit properly in provided lifejackets and not exceed 275-pound kayak capacity.

        For ages 8 and up. $16/person, 3 days in advance. 

        • July 09, 2019
        • July 31, 2019
        • 2 sessions

        Organization: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

        Learn the basics of backyard composting. Hamilton County residents who participate will earn a $10 off coupon for a compost bin, to be used during the Compost Bin Sale on August 10th. 

        Register for a webinar here!

        • July 09, 2019
        • October 15, 2019
        • 5 sessions

        Organization: Cincinnati Observatory

        These fun and laid-back classes for beginners focus on a variety of topics and will surely keep you looking up! Astronomer Dean Regas will be your guide to the stars and planets of the season and point them out with you in the real sky with the Observatory telescopes (weather permitting). Great for beginners.

        Cost per Class: $15 per person. $12 for Observatory members

        Email Dean Regas for more information at Dean@cincinnatiobservatory.org.

        Learn more here!

        • Tuesday July 9th: Moon Landing (8-10pm)
        • Wednesday July 17th: Moon Landing (8-10pm)
        • Tuesday August 13th: Summer Stars (8-10pm) - From the Scorpion to the Dragon, learn to identify the constellations of the season
        • Tuesday September 24th: All About Saturn (8-10pm) - Hitch a ride on the Cassini spacecraft for the best views of this spectacular planet
        • Tuesday October 15th: Monsters in the Sky (7-9pm) - Learn the stories in the stars that include some gross and scary stuff
        • July 10, 2019
        • September 25, 2019
        • 17 sessions

        Organization: Civic Garden Center

        Establishing Hub Gardens is a new pilot program among the Civic Garden Center’s network of 65 Community Gardens. A Hub Garden is a Community Garden that has already exhibited effective leadership in its targeted community and that the Civic Garden Center will further support with additional in place programing. Just like the hub in a wheel, the Hub Garden will engage with the surrounding community and other Community Gardens that are in close proximity. This will leverage the resources of the Civic Garden Center to greater benefit all of the Community Gardens in its network. The organization of the Hub Garden will allow for a decentralization of the education that the Civic Garden Center offers.

        The OTR People’s Garden will be one of three Hub Gardens created in this pilot phase. As will the West End Community Garden and The Amberley Green Community Garden. The pilot program will consist of adding two monthly classes at each Hub Garden through the growing season, one each on the topic of gardening and healthy cooking. These classes will be specific for each space where they are held. The goal will be to allow gardeners to get the most from what they are growing for the entire season and instruct on the breadth of uses for grown produce. The classes will be free and open to anyone interested. No need to be a gardener to learn about food!

        This is truly an effort to spread the knowledge and increase awareness and demand. As the garden education becomes established, plans will involve expanding educational opportunities to include a broad range of environmental topics. Ideally these would be taught by educators from the communities themselves. The goal is to create a model that can be replicated in our area and elsewhere. Environmental Education for Everyone starts right now! Come learn at a Hub Garden near you!

        This Summer’s Locations and Classes
        Amberley Green Community Garden, 7801 Ridge Rd. 45237
        Over the Rhine People’s Garden, 49 E McMicken Ave Cincinnati, OH 45202

        West End Community Garden, 941 Poplar St. Cincinnati, OH 45214


        July

        Amberley: 

        • Cooking – Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now! Wed. July 10, 6:00 – 7:00PM Instructor Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition
        • Gardening – Demonstrating the right way to water as the temperatures increase. Wed. July 24, 6:00 – 7:00PM Instructor April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC.

        OTR:

        • Gardening – Demonstrating the right way to water as the temperatures increase. Wed. July 10, 4:30 – 5:30PM Instructor April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC.
        • Cooking – Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now! Wed. July 17, 4:30 – 5:30PM Instructor Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition

        West End

        • Gardening – Demonstrating the right way to water as the temperatures increase. Sat. July 13, 10:30 – 11:30AM Instructor April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC.
        • Cooking – Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now! Wed. July 10, 11:30 – 12:30PM Instructor Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition


        August

        Amberley:

        • Cooking – Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now! Wed. Aug 21, 6:00 – 7:00PM Instructor Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition
        • Gardening – Planning for your Fall Garden Wed. Aug 7, 6:00 – 7:00PM Instructor April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC.

        OTR:

        • Gardening – Planning for your Fall Garden. Wed. TBD  Instructor April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC.
        • Cooking – Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now! Wed. August 14, 4:30 – 5:30PM Instructor Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition

        West End:

        • Gardening – Planning for your Fall Garden. Sat. August 10, 10:30 -11:30AM Instructor April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC..
        • Cooking – Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now! Wed. August 21, 11:30 – 12:30PM Instructor Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition

        September

        Amberley:

        • Gardening – Seed Collecting and Fall Planting. Wed. September 11, 6:00 – 7:00PM Instructor April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC.
        • Cooking – Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now! Wed. September 25, 6:00 – 7:00PM Instructor Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition

        OTR:

        • Gardening – Seed Collecting and Fall Planting. Wed. September 24, 4:30 – 5:30PM Instructor April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC.
        • Cooking – Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now! Wed. September 11, 4:30 – 5:30PM  Instructor Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition

        West End:

        • Gardening – Seed Collecting and Fall Planting. Sat. September 14, 10:30 -11:30AM Instructor April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC..
        • Cooking – Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now! Wed. September 25, 11:30 – 12:30PM Instructor Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition


        • July 12, 2019
        • August 09, 2019
        • 5 sessions
        • Smale Riverfront Park, W MEHRING Way, Cincinnati 45202

        Organization: Cincinnati Parks

        Skip the Gym. Take your workout outdoors at Smale Riverfront Park! THE BARRE CODE will conduct Free barre classes every Friday from July 12th to August 9th from 12:10 - 1:00pmClasses are held on Schmidlapp Event Lawn which is located next to Moerlein Lager House.

        Events are subject to weather. Any cancellations will be posted on the event page by 11 AM the day of the event.

        • July 15, 2019
        • August 06, 2019
        • 7 sessions

        Organization: METRO

        Metro is planning to implement Phase 2 of the FAStops bus stop balancing project, set to go into effect Aug. 18, 2019. Attend a public meeting to see which stops are slated for removal and learn more about how FAStops can speed up travel, improve on-time performance and enhance your riding experience:

        July 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
        3rd floor Tower Room, Main Public Library

        Served by all downtown Metro routes

        July 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
        Westwood Town Hall

        Served by Metro Rt. 21

        July 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
        Community Action Agency

        Served by Metro Rt. 43 Reading-Lockland

        July 25, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
        SORTA board room, 12th floor 602 Main Street

        Served by all downtown Metro routes

        July 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
        Norwood Community Center

        Served by Metro Rt. 4 and Rt. 90 MetroPlus

        Aug. 1, 6-8 p.m.
        Blue Ash Recreation Center

        Served by Metro Rt. 4 Silverton-Blue Ash

        Aug. 6, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
        Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

        Served by Metro Rt. 17

        For more information, to view the interactive CARTO map or to complete an online survey, click here.

        • July 23, 2019
        • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
        • Cincinnati REI, 2643 Edmondson Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

        Organization: REI

        Are you ready to travel in bear country? Join REI's expert guides to learn the basics of bear canisters and bear bags, and when and where to use them. You'll get a hands-on chance to practice bear bag hanging skills, and learn bear awareness to keep your food (and your campsite) bear free. No bears nearby? These skills will protect your food from many other small creatures, and ensure you don't wake up with any unwanted, furry visitors. No prior experience necessary.

        Member price: $15

        Non-member price: $35

        Learn more and register here!

        • July 23, 2019
        • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
        • Rentschler Forest MetroPark - Stone House, 5701 Reigart Rd. Hamilton, OH 45011

        Organization: MetroParks of Butler County

        Harmonize your breath with the rhythm of nature and unwind from your busy day as we practice mindful movement with traditional yoga poses along the meandering forest trail. All body shapes, sizes, and experience levels are welcome. This is truly something you need to experience to appreciate!

        Please note: Wear comfortable “old friend” closed-toed shoes, as we will be out on the trail. You will not need a yoga mat for this program.

        Call (513) 867-5835 to register for all eight classes at a discount. $48.00 for the series! For more information call (513) 867-5835 Ext. 308.

        Learn more here!

        • July 24, 2019
        • 4:00 PM
        • NKU REFS, 99 Harrison Court, Melbourne, KY 41059

        Organization: Campbell County Conservation District

        Madeline Heredia from the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserve and Amy Winkler from Campbell County Conservation District will be leading a nature walk through the St. Anne Wetlands on July 24th. We will explore the wetlands for macroinvertebrates to identify water quality in the wetlands and search for salamanders and frogs that call the wetlands home. Wear old shoes that can get wet.

        Contact the CCCD office at 859-635-9587 or email amy.winkler@campbellkyconservation.org to register. 

        This event is FREE!

        • July 24, 2019
        • 8:00 PM
        • Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        Great Parks Forever is proud to present Pops in the Park. The natural beauty of Woodland Mound provides the perfect backdrop for a summer evening concert. Led by an upbeat and engaging conductor, the Pops performs songs from across musical genres appealing to a diverse audience. The concert begins at 8:00pm. Arrive early to find your perfect viewing spot.

        Learn more here!

        • July 25, 2019
        • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • NKU Research and Education Field Station, 99 Harrison Ct, Melbourne, KY 41059

        Organization: Campbell County Conservation District

        Project Learning Tree's professional development helps educators learn how to integrate environmental education into their teaching. The activities are practical, hands-on, and fun, and aligned with state and national academic standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition, PLT connects with non-formal education programs. 

        This workshop is open to all educators working with pre-K through grade 8 students, especially those seeking to integrate environmental education into the curriculum. 

        Cost: $40

        Contact Amy Winkler at amy.winkler@campbellkyconservation.org or 859-635-9587 for more info. 

        Click here to register or learn more

        • July 25, 2019
        • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Buttercup Valley, 1560 Stanford Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45223

        Organization: Civic Garden Center

        Join us for our next YP event: Walk & Talk at Buttercup Valley, led by our horticulturist, Greg Torres. We’ll meet at the end of Stanford Drive in Northside, at the entrance to the trail. After the hike, we’ll walk over to The Comet for a drink. Hope to see you there!

        For more information, contact Jenn Bakes at jbakes@civicgardencenter.org.

        • July 25, 2019
        • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Lloyd Library, 917 Plum Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

        Organization: Lloyd Library & Museum 

        Heather Chacón has conducted research to inform two chapters of her upcoming book, Health Movements: Medicine, Empire, and Commerce in 19th Century American Literature and Culture. In conjunction with John Uri Lloyd’s novels, she explored Lloyd’s literary and scientific archives as well as nineteenth and twentieth century medical literature to contextualize her literary analysis within a medico-historical perspective.

        Heather Chacón, Assistant Professor of English at Greensboro College, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and has published in leading scholarly journals dedicated to American Literature and/or the medical humanities

        Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30.

        Learn more here!


        • July 26, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
        • Rentschler Forest MetroPark: Cummins Shelter, 5701 Reigart Rd, Fairfield Township OH 45011

        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 for some summer fun! This week's theme is Trail Fun. Get up close and personal with some nature trails and animal tracks! Wear proper hiking shoes. This is a FREE program, snacks are included. For more information call (513) 867-5835 Ext. 301.

        Learn more here!

        • July 26, 2019
        • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
        • Long Branch Farm & Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen, OH 45122

        Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

        Preregistration required. Geared for families with children ages 5 and up.

        Program participants meet at the white Creekside Barn.

        On this beaver watch adventure, we’ll have fun with interactive activities (including time travel) and games to help us dig into the rich history of the beaver in Ohio that spans from the fur trade to today. Be prepared to hike on and off trail as we search for beaver-gnawed trees, den entrances, beaver slides and other signs of these 60-pound rodent engineers. As the sun sets, we’ll silently watch for beaver activity from the bank of the stream.

        What to wear: We will be headed off trail (optional) for some of the hike, those with sensitive skin are encouraged to consider wearing long pants and dress for the weather.

        What to bring: Consider bringing a blanket for your family to sit on as watch for beaver at the end of the evening. You might want to bring binoculars to try to view the beaver. Feel free to put a flashlight in your pocket – we will, however, be keeping our flashlights off to keep from scaring the beaver.

        What we need from you: After a short introduction at the barn, we’ll break into small groups and head out to search for signs of beaver and, ask dusk comes on, hope to see beaver in action. While beaver have poor eyesight, they have very good hearing – so as not to frighten the beavers which will cause them to hide, we’ll all need to be very quiet.

        Members $5; nonmembers $10 (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. Programs are rain or shine.

        Important Information For All Program Registrants: Please retain an electronic copy of your order number or save/print off a copy of the email acknowledgement as a receipt. You may be asked for your order number from your transaction to gain entry at the gate/to attend your program.


        • July 27, 2019
        • 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
        • Enrichment Center, 1824 Patrick Drive, Burlington, KY 41005

        Organization: Boone County Conservation District Kentucky

        This workshop will tackle the problems and solutions to "pond scum" - how to identify it, know when to treat it, and understand its importance. Learn from local professionals, including world-renowned diatom expert Dr. Miriam Kannan, about controlling your backyard pond.

        Topics:

        • Basic Pond Ecology: understand the basics of pond life.
        • Pond Sampling and Water Quality: carpool to test site (weather permitting) to sample algae and utilize different tests for water quality.
        • Algae: the Good, the Bad, & the Managed: uncover different groups of algae and why harmful algal blooms (HABs) are bad for pond life and livestock.
        • Best Management Practices (BMPs): discover what BMPs are used to control nutrient overloads that cause algal blooms to occur.
        • Riparian Zone Management: classify which plants are best to place in riparian zones.
        • Algae Identification: participants will use keys, handouts, and other resources to identify their own pond algae.

        Register here!


        • July 27, 2019
        • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Bahr Farm, 951 W North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45224

        Organization: Our Harvest

        Interested in learning a little bit about where and how your food comes from? Join us for our Monthly Volunteer Day every 4th Saturday of the Month, where you will help weed, harvest or plant with our farmers! It is the last Saturday of every month from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. If you would like a tour of the farm, come a half hour early at 9 to go on a guided tour with Assistant Farm Manager, Stephen Dienger. Come see what is inspiring us every day!

        Parking:
        Parking is available at the Family Dollar (951 W North Bend Road), that is right next to the farm. We have very limited parking at the farm itself, so please park next door and walk on over! Hang out in the driveway and we will come and get you!

        MUST WEAR CLOSE-TOED SHOES.

        Bring:

        1. Old clothes (that can get dirty)
        2. Lots of water
        3. Sunscreen, hat and/or long-sleeve shirt (to protect from sun)
        4. Snack (no lunch will be provided, but if you would like to eat before you leave, feel free to bring a snack!)
        5. Rain jacket (just in case)
        Email Amy at harvestbox@ourharvest.coop and let her know you will attend. If no RSVPs, event may be cancelled. Hope to see you there!
        • July 27, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
        • Forest Run Welcome Center, 1979 Timberman Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013

        Organization: MetroParks of Butler County

        Bees are busy this time of year! Come join us at the hives at Forest Run MetroPark's Welcome Center and hear what the buzz is all about. Learn all about bee hives, experience the life of a bee keeper, and even taste some honey. Free! For more information call (513) 867-5835 Ext. 302.

        Learn more here!


        • July 27, 2019
        • August 04, 2019
        • 9 sessions
        • Block 1 (Across from Crossroads Uptown Church), 42 Calhoun St, Cincinnati, OH 45219

        Organization: UC Sustainability & Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

        Moving at the end of July? We are providing a way to get rid of things you don’t need without sending them to the landfill.

        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 on the street or overflowing in dumpsters. In order to try to prevent this from happening, and to try to divert waste from the landfill, UC|Sustainability, Cincinnati Recycles, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, Clifton Heights, and  City Of Cincinnati are offering extra trash dumpsters, recycling containers, and will be working with Simple Recycling to help divert the waste!

        There is also an opportunity to volunteer and get service hours at this event. To sign up and for more information here.

        To sign up for a volunteer shift, click here!


        • July 27, 2019
        • September 28, 2019
        • 4 sessions

        Organization: Great Parks for Hamilton County

        Sat 7/27, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
        Sat 8/17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
        Sat 9/7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

        Sat 9/28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

        River Fundamentals class graduates are invited to join American Canoe Association instructors for a day of introductory river skills on one of our scenic local rivers. By the end of this trip, you will eddy turn and peel out like a pro! For ages 14 and up. Various locations depending on river conditions.

        $50/person; register 3 days in advance.

        Learn more here!


        • July 27, 2019
        • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
        • Foster Trail Head (see map)

        Organization: Friends of the Little Miami State Park

        Be totally prepared to celebrate the LMSP's 40th anniversary with this History & Nature Walk along the trail. We will talk about the historical significance of the trail, even before it was our beloved bike trail. Also, it will touch on the ecological importance the park has to our surrounding ecosystem.

        View the map here and learn more here!

        • July 27, 2019
        • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
        • Fernald Preserve Visitors Center, 7400 Willey Road, Hamilton, Ohio, 45013

        Organization: Fernald Preserve

        Randy Morgan, curator emeritus – Insectarium, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, will be our guest speaker. Ants dominate land habitats and play vital roles as predators, soil-builders, and seed-planters. One outstanding group, the leaf-cutting ants, has a social complexity second only to humans! Their nests are fortress-cities with millions of task-specialized workers growing fungus for food on freshly-cut leaves. Their relentless activities both stimulate native plant growth and devastate human crops. Come learn about ants and especially our fungus-farming friends and foes, and see a few live ant colonies.

        Learn more here!

        • July 28, 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
        • Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45233

        Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

        It’s one of the largest and longest running car shows in the city! Cruise on into Fernbank Park on Sunday, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 30th Annual Rollin’ on the River Car Show presented by the Kiwanis Club of Riverview-Delhi Hills.

        Hundreds of cars of all makes, models and styles will be on display and competing for awards. The show also includes music, raffle prizes, food and family fun. The event is rain or shine.

        Fernbank Park is located at 50 Thornton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45233. Find more information and car registration here.


        • July 28, 2019
        • 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

        Organization: Mill Creek Alliance

        Join the Mill Creek Yacht Club CREW for annual clean up on Lower Mill Creek.

        Find more details as they're posted here!

        • July 29, 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
        • Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223

        Organization: Cincinnati Parks

        All hikes start and finish at the Treehouse in Mt. Airy Forest. Come prepared with water, hiking shoes and walking sticks (optional) We will not hike if: weather is heavy rain and lightening or 90 degrees or above. For more information, click here


        • July 31, 2019
        • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
        • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206

        Organization: Civic Garden Center 

        We are resuming our Yoga in the Garden series in partnership with Melting Yoga this month. Join us, and our wonderful instructor Nicole, 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.

        Learn more here!

        • August 01, 2019
        • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
        • Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Cincinnati OH 45206

        Organization: Civic Garden Center

        Participants will hear from local composting experts and get behind the scenes tours of several facilities. View our Master Composter 2019 FlyerPlease note that this is an advanced course. General themes for each session are listed below. A detailed syllabus will be distributed to participants. The schedule below is being modified and will continue to be updated. Register online now!

        10 hours classroom + 10 hours field study + 30 volunteer hours = 50 hours

        The $45 registration fee includes: 10 hours of classroom instruction, 10 hours of field study, the opportunity to earn certification upon perfect attendance and completion of 30 volunteer hours

        Thursday, August 1, 2019: Chemistry of Compost & Cincinnati’s Compost History, Field trip to Xavier University

        Thursday, August 8, 2019: In-vessel composting & garden application, Bokashi, Field trip to Greenacres

        Thursday, August 15, 2019: Composting regulations & Vermicomposting, Field trip with Go Zero

        Thursday, August 22, 2019: Troubleshooting & Compost innovation, Field trip to Walnut Hills Community Gardens

        For additional information or to request a pre-test, contact Kylie Johnson: kjohnson@civicgardencenter.org or 513-221-0981.

        • 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 03, 2019
        • August 10, 2019
        • 2 sessions
        • Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45208

        Organization: Cincinnati Observatory

        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 Saturndays.

        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.

        No reservations needed. Great for all ages.

        Cost: $10/adult, $5/student, Free for Observatory Members

        ***Special - Join that night and receive free admission***

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

        Learn more here!


        • August 07, 2019
        • August 21, 2019
        • 3 sessions
        • Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45208

        Organization: Cincinnati Observatory

        This introductory astronomy course is perfect for beginners who want to know more about observing the night sky.

        Led by astronomer and co-host of PBS’ Star Gazer, Dean Regas, this course will show you the stars. You will learn how to identify stars, constellations, and planets as well as viewing tips for the Moon.

        Each night includes viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting)

        Cost: $50 per person for the series. $40 for Observatory members.

        Register Here!


        • August 08, 2019
        • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
        • Cincinnati Zoo, 3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220

        Organization: Cincinnati Zoo

        This year we have extended the hours of the events, opened a larger layout of the zoo with more animals, increased the number of event tickets available, and while we are no longer offering complimentary food samples, unless you are a VIP guest, we will have a wide selection of food available for purchase.  We are also excited to be able to offer discounts for our Zoo Members and Toast to the Wild Series purchasers!

        This event starts at 6:30 pm and is rain or shine.

        New this year:
        • Zoo Member discount now offered on event tickets!
        • Series Discount now offered- Members receive $40 off, $20 off for Non-Members, when you buy all four events
        • Private areas for VIP ticket holders to all four events
        • Larger selection of drinks to sample
        • Extended event hours
        • More Zoo access = more zoo animals!
        • Wide variety of food available for purchase. Click here to see!

        Learn more here!

        • August 10, 2019
        • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
        • St. Xavier High School, 600 W North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45224

        Organization: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

        The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is bringing back the Compost Bin Sale and you won't want to miss it!

        Join us Saturday, August 10 from 9 am - 1 pm at St. Xavier High School to pick up your compost bin and listen in on Mini Backyard Composting Seminars.  Bins will be available on-site while supplies last at the amazing price of $45 - regularly valued at $100. Credit cards, checks, or cash are acceptable.

        Want to make sure you get a bin? You can pre-order your bin directly from Enviro World from June 28 to August 2. Your bin will be ready and waiting for you to pick up the day of the sale. 

        In addition to pre-ordering, our composters can earn a $10 off coupon by attending a 30 minute Backyard Composting Webinar scheduled for July 9 at 12 pm and July 31 at 7 pm. (Register by clicking here). Learn the basics of successful backyard composting.

        Any questions? Contact Angela Rivera at angela.rivera@hamilton-co.org or 513-946-7746.

        If interested in volunteering, click here or contact Angela Rivera by July 27th, 2019. Volunteers will be notified of their shift 10 days prior to the event.

        Click here to pre-order your bin and for more details.


        • August 11, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
        • Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232

        Organization: Audubon Society of Ohio 

        Contact: Denis Conover, telephone 513-641-3651, email conovedg@hotmail.com

        The focus of this field trip will be the diverse botanical community found at Spring Grove Cemetery. Come out and join UC professor, and skilled botanist and naturalist Denis Conover as he leads us on a mid-morning late summer walk through the beautiful grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery. This is a beautiful time of the year and vegetation will be at peak on this date. Denis will identify the tremendous diversity of trees, shrubs and other plants that can be found here and expound on their ecology. Denis will point out our native flora, invasive species, ornamental plantings and late summer plants that bloom at this season, as well as show us some of the many national and state champion trees found here. One white oak that he will show us is thought to be nearly 400 years old.

        So why not come along and join Denis on what could be a glorious fall morning and gain some tips and insight on plant identification and their natural history.

        Denis has been involved in various types of botanical research since 1981 and is a professor in the department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Denis has interests in other aspects of natural history as well and he will be sure to point out any birds and other fauna we might run across.

        Participants should be prepared for a few hours of walking, most of which will be relatively flat and on pavement, but there will also be some walking off pavement on trails or in damp or wet grass. We suggest wearing good comfortable footwear. Binoculars are not necessary to see plants but are recommended them if you have them. August can be hot so we recommend wearing a hat and bringing water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Restrooms are available at the cemetery office.

        The Spring Grove Cemetery main entrance is located on Spring Grove Avenue just west of the Winton Road intersection. To find our meeting spot, drive in through the main entrance gates and go straight. You will go through a short tunnel. Just beyond the tunnel, pull over and park alongside the right side of the road. If you have any questions feel free to contact Denis.

        Learn more here!

        • August 14, 2019
        • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
        • Wayne Township Trustees Building, 6050 N. Clarksville Rd. Waynesville, OH 45068

        Organization: Friends of the Little Miami State Park

        Join FLMSP for their monthly meeting at Wayne Township. 



        • August 16, 2019
        • August 17, 2019
        • 2 sessions
        • Izaak Walton League - Cincinnati Chapter, 544 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd, Loveland, OH 45140

        Organization: Izaak Walton League - Cincinnati Chapter

        Open camping on the Loveland Bike Trail on the Little Miami Scenic River.

        Hookup $15 

        Tents $10

        All lodge amenities. Contact Ann Kivett at 513-394-1871 for more information. 


        • August 16, 2019
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Drive, 45227

        Join Tri-State Trails at our summer quarterly meeting.

        Agenda TBA

        Green Umbrella's office is located in the Starfire building. Parking is available in the rear of the building and on the street on Oaklawn Drive. You can enter through the front entrance or back patio door.


        • August 17, 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
        • East Fork State Park, 3294 Elklick Road Bethel, OH 45106

        Organization: Audubon Society of Ohio 

        Contact: Bill Stanley, telephone (513) 324-2796, email tyrannus58@gmail.com

        Come out and join our trip leader Bill Stanley for what should be a pleasant morning afield. Bill is an expert birder and knows East Fork as well as anyone, as he lives nearby and has birded East Fork for many years. The date of this trip is a bit early for the big push of southbound migrants that is expected in September. Nontheless, quite a few species begin their fall migration in August; shorebirds and swallows being a couple of examples. With its varied habitats and large 2,160 acre Harsha Lake, this 4,870 acre Ohio State Park is an excellent location to find a wide diversity of birds and other wildlife at any season.

        Bill’s plan is to look for birds at several different spots around the park, but at some point he will surely spend some time along the beach to see if any shorebirds and various other waterbirds are present. Many species of water related birds are attracted to 2,160 acre Harsha Lake and there is always a chance for a rarity, as East Fork has an excellent reputation

        in that regard, particularly in the fall. In fact some of the days target species will be shorebirds and terns which are attracted to the shoreline of the south beach and are regularly found there. Aside from the breeding songbirds found in the Park, a few early migrants might also be found. Ospreys and Bald Eagles can be expected as well.

        While Bill will probably move us around the park, driving from one spot to another, you can expect quite a bit of walking in between. On the other hand the walking will be moderate and at a leisurely birders pace over mostly level trails and roadsides. The trip will end sometime around noon. Restrooms are available in the park. There are no Park fees. If you expect to see birds, you will need binoculars. Other items that may make your walk more enjoyable include a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and comfortable walking shoes. If you have any questions feel free to contact Bill.

        Directions: We will meet at 8:00 AM at the East Fork Park and Ohio Watercraft Headquarters parking lot, located along the main Park road, about .5 mile from the Parks Old SR 125 entrance. To get to the south side entrance of East Fork SP from I-275 take exit # 65, SR 125 (Beechmont Ave./Ohio Pike) and go east about 9 miles to the junction of Rt. 222. Turn left onto Bantam Rd. (opposite Rt. 222) and follow the signs to the park entrance.

        Learn more here!

        • August 20, 2019
        • August 24, 2019
        • Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Rd Milford, OH 45150

        Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

        Cincinnati Nature Center is hosting the national conference for nature centers the week of August 20th. We are expecting 150-200 national leaders of nature organizations who are members of the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA).  It is open to non-members for all or part of the conference. See the Registration Brochure for details. 

        You can come for one or two days or the whole conference.  In particular, note that the keynote speaker is Nina Simon who will speak at a breakfast on Thursday morning, Aug 22 – you can come to just the keynote:

        The keynote speaker on Thursday morning is Nina Simon who has been called a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine, a Silicon Valley Business Journal “40 under 40,” and Santa Cruz County Woman of the Year for her innovative community leadership. She is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, and the founder of the OF/BY/FOR ALL movement. Nina is the bestselling author of The Participatory Museum (2010), The Art of Relevance (2016) and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. Previously, Nina worked as an independent consultant and exhibition designer with over 100 museums and cultural centers around the world. Nina began her career at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. During her keynote, Nina will share the vision behind OF/BY/FOR ALL. OF/BY/FOR ALL is a new global initiative to help civic and cultural organizations become OF, BY and FOR their communities. Get inspired, get new tools, and get ready to make your institution stronger with OF/BY/FOR ALL.

        We would love to have a large Cincinnati contingent at the Summit - Come network and get inspired. But, don’t delay, the conference is filling up! 

        Register here!


        • 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/

        • September 11, 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • Memorial Hall
        • 242
        Register

        September 11, 2019

        8:00 am - 4:00 pm
        Memorial Hall

        1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

        This regional event will be a critical step forward in understanding the progress we have made on reducing wasted food and in identifying future needs. 

        Join us to lend your voice in determining strategic collaborations going forward.

        Lunch and refreshments provided by La Soupe 

        Click here to view the Preliminary Agenda

        The day is organized into three main components. An opening plenary that will orient all attendees to where the Greater Cincinnati Region stands in addressing food waste relative to the national movement; break out sessions on measuring, preventing, recovering, and recycling food waste which will involve brief presentations from local experts successes and challenges in addressing institutional and consumer food waste in our region; and final plenary session that will harvest the conversations of the break out sessions to create a road map for the next two to three years of work. The break out sessions will include ample time for facilitated audience and panel discussion of how strategic collaborations among those present could overcome barriers that have been encountered in addressing wasted food. 

        Registration is now open
        Early-bird (through August 10) - $35*
        General registration (after August 10) - $50

        *A limited number of scholarships are available for those with limited incomes. Please contact michaela@greenumbrella.org for more information. 

        Become a Sponsor:

        We offer a number of sponsor opportunities for the Forum. By participating in this event, you will reach a dynamic collection of individuals committed to improving health outcomes and reducing diet related diseases. 

        All sponsors will be featured on display boards around the conference throughout the day as well as in the Summit’s printed program booklet. Benefits include social media exposure, printed articles, news releases, advertisements, logo on print materials and more.  

        Click here to download the sponsorship package. Or, contact the GCRFPC Director, Michaela Oldfield, to discuss how you would like to sponsor the event and be recognized. 

        Background

        On November 4, 2016, Green Umbrella, along with the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and SustainabilityHamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District and Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University convened the first ever regional meeting concerning food waste. The forum brought together over 150 stakeholders from across the food system for a strategic conversation on how to prevent, recover, and recycle wasted food in the Greater Cincinnati region.

        Out of that forum came the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Waste Action Plan, which provided a roadmap for stakeholders to collaborate on preventing, recovering and recycling wasted food in the region. Since then, numerous initiatives have emerged locally and nationally to address this ongoing problem. 


        • September 21, 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

        Organization: Mill Creek Alliance

        Join us for our annual Upper Mill Creek Clean-Up in and around the Twin Creek Preserve.

        Find more details as they're posted here!

        • September 22, 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
        • 700 E Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

        Organization: Adventure Crew

        The Bill Keating, Jr. Great Ohio River Swim is the only open water swim on the Ohio River to cross the river and back. Start at the Serpentine Wall and swim across the Ohio River to Kentucky. Once you have reached Kentucky come back across the Ohio River to Public Landing in the heart of Cincinnati!

        Learn more and register here!


        • September 28, 2019
        • September 29, 2019
        • Across the Tri-State Region

        Hike, Kayak, Bike, Climb, Garden, Fly Fish & More! 

         All events are free and open to the public!

        Celebrate the outdoors on September 28 and 29 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.

        Find your adventure at GreatOutdoorWeekend.org!

        Interested in becoming a sponsor? View our sponsorship package and register by June 21, 2019 to be included in the print brochure.

        Presented by 

        • September 28, 2019
        • September 29, 2019
        • Greater Cincinnati Region
        Register



        Great Outdoor Weekend is September 28 & 29, 2019


        Green Umbrella is now seeking SPONSORS for the 16th 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 2019 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 Director of Public Engagement, Rashida Manuel.

        Register by June 21, 2019 to be included in the print brochure!

        • October 19, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
        • Winton Woods Park, 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231

        Organization: Mount St. Joseph University

        The Sustainability Committee of Mount St. Joseph University and Great Parks of Hamilton County are proud to sponsor a community electronics recycling day on Saturday, October 19th, in the north parking lot of Winton Woods Harbor. There are no residency requirements to drop off items and Great Parks will be waiving their Motor Vehicle Permit for entrance to the event. 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 TV/computer 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 transportation costs and disposal fees for the hazardous waste components of the items to be recycled. They also support Mount St. Joseph University and Great Parks in their ongoing sustainability efforts.

        RecycleForce, a non-profit from Indianapolis, will de-manufacture items and shred all hard drives to address any privacy concerns. The plastics, glass, 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.

        RSVP on Facebook here!

        • 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/

      Past events

      July 21, 2019 STARLAB
      July 21, 2019 Winton Woods Riding Center Open House
      July 20, 2019 Celestial Sips: Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
      July 20, 2019 STARabration
      July 20, 2019 50th Anniversary Daytime Moon Landing Event
      July 20, 2019 Backpacking Cooking Workshop
      July 20, 2019 2019 Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour!
      July 20, 2019 Volunteer: Treeforestation Workday
      July 19, 2019 Botany and Botanicals: Limoncello
      July 19, 2019 USGBC Ohio Quarterly Leadership Day
      July 19, 2019 Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River
      July 18, 2019 CANCELLED: Transportation Action Team Meeting
      July 18, 2019 Creeking in the Park
      July 17, 2019 Creating An Environmentally Friendly Kitchen
      July 17, 2019 Green BITES with the Waste Reduction Action Team
      July 17, 2019 The Dirt on Worms
      July 16, 2019 Cheers to Water Brewery Talk
      July 16, 2019 Cincinnati Parks Volunteer Orientation
      July 16, 2019 Electric Vehicle Workshop/Ride & Drive
      July 15, 2019 Backpacking Zaleski State Forest
      July 14, 2019 Gardening for Butterflies and Pollinators
      July 14, 2019 Wild Hares!
      July 14, 2019 Botanical Walk
      July 13, 2019 Bluegrass Festival 2019
      July 13, 2019 Outdoor Accessibility for All
      July 13, 2019 Volunteer: Invasive Species Removal
      July 13, 2019 Introduction to Map & Compass Navigation Class
      July 13, 2019 Volunteer: Mountain Bike Trail Day
      July 13, 2019 Forest Bathing at Long Branch Farm
      July 12, 2019 Full Moon Canoe
      July 12, 2019 Outdoor Lazer Kraze Night
      July 12, 2019 Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo
      July 11, 2019 Cocktails for Conservation
      July 11, 2019 Transportation Town Hall Meeting
      July 11, 2019 Educating the Future to Save the Living Past
      July 11, 2019 50% Solutions Series: Corporate Carpooling
      July 10, 2019 How to Pack a Backpack Workshop
      July 10, 2019 Friends of the Little Miami State Park Monthly Meeting
      July 10, 2019 ODOT Active Transportation Plan Stakeholder Meeting
      July 10, 2019 Fernald History
      July 09, 2019 Hawks of the Tristate Area
      July 09, 2019 Map & Compass Navigation Basics Class
      July 09, 2019 Tower Tuesdays: Cincinnati Museum Center
      July 06, 2019 Jupiter Night at the Observatory
      July 06, 2019 Bats
      July 06, 2019 Stonelick Star Gazers
      July 06, 2019 Creative Mindfulness in the Garden
      July 06, 2019 Neighborhood Cleanup: Evanston
      July 05, 2019 Krohn Grown Ups!: Carnivorous Plants
      July 04, 2019 54th Annual Independence Day Fireworks
      July 03, 2019 Weekly Hike - Habitat Restoration & Trail Maintenance
      July 02, 2019 Water Conservation
      June 30, 2019 Garden Tea Party
      June 30, 2019 Hike for Your Health
      June 30, 2019 Little Miami River Fishes & Aquatic Life
      June 29, 2019 Great Miami River First Peoples Celebration - RELOCATED
      June 29, 2019 Garden Tour: Noteworthy Natives
      June 29, 2019 Volunteer: Brunch and Clean
      June 28, 2019 Summer Meeting: Land & Water Conservation Where We Live
      June 28, 2019 Final Friday for Community Shares
      June 28, 2019 School Garden Development Training
      June 27, 2019 June LUNCHandLEADERS: Gas Detection & CO2 Monitoring
      June 26, 2019 Yoga in the Garden!
      June 26, 2019 Buckeye Trace Preserve Hike
      June 25, 2019 Cincinnati Electric Car Club Meeting w/ Special Guest Carla Walker
      June 25, 2019 Price Hill Community Garden
      June 22, 2019 Boone County Farm Tour and Celebration
      June 22, 2019 Community Garden Volunteer Day
      June 22, 2019 Breeding Birds & Summer Nature Walk
      June 21, 2019 Backyard Campout at Lake Isabella
      June 20, 2019 HAPPENING: A Clean Energy Revolution
      June 20, 2019 Summer Solstice Celebration 2019
      June 20, 2019 Family Fishing Night at Lake Isabella
      June 19, 2019 Year of Living Sustainably Series: Transportation
      June 18, 2019 Cincinnati Parks Volunteer Orientation
      June 18, 2019 Third Tuesday Nature Night: Outdoor Activities!
      June 18, 2019 Trail Yoga
      June 18, 2019 Cultural Centre of India
      June 17, 2019 Listening: A Skill for Identifying Herpetofauna and Engaging Volunteers
      June 17, 2019 Anote's Ark Screening
      June 17, 2019 Rain Barrel Workshop
      June 17, 2019 Young Professionals Council Meeting
      June 17, 2019 Stuff the Bus Tornado Relief Drive
      June 16, 2019 Heritage Walk: Architecture and Landscape Design of Former Krippendorf & Groesbeck Estates
      June 15, 2019 Country Fest Music Festival
      June 15, 2019 Craft Your Own Hiking Stick
      June 15, 2019 Ohio River Sweep
      June 15, 2019 Intermediate Birding at Long Branch Farm & Trails
      June 14, 2019 Hoowwwll at the Moon Hike
      June 14, 2019 Theater: Half Gallon Fruit Jars
      June 14, 2019 EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION for 2019 Sustainability Summit
      June 14, 2019 SPONSOR REGISTRATION for 2019 Sustainability Summit
      June 14, 2019 2019 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit
      June 13, 2019 Worm Bin Workshop
      June 13, 2019 Are You Ready to Buy?
      June 13, 2019 Green Drinks with the 2030 District
      June 12, 2019 Bear Bags and Backcountry Food Storage Workshop
      June 12, 2019 Friends of the Little Miami State Park Monthly Meeting
      June 12, 2019 Sun Hunny Beer Launch Party
      June 12, 2019 USGBC Ohio 2019 Advocacy Day
      June 12, 2019 CANCELLED: June Energy Action Team Meeting
      June 11, 2019 Trail Yoga
      June 11, 2019 Food Policy Council - Healthy Food Access Meeting
      June 09, 2019 Garden Tea Party
      June 09, 2019 Trillium Art & Music Fair
      June 09, 2019 Breeding Birds in Riparian & Mature Forests
      June 08, 2019 Star Gaze
      June 08, 2019 Volunteer: Walnut Hills Neighborhood Clean Up
      June 08, 2019 Volunteer: Little Miami River Clean Sweep
      June 07, 2019 Green New Deal Town Hall
      June 07, 2019 Polynesian Herbal Medicine with Art Whistler
      June 06, 2019 Rescheduled: 40th Anniversary Mural "Happy Hour"
      June 05, 2019 Upcycled Planters Workshop
      June 05, 2019 Volunteer ReCREWtment Social
      June 04, 2019 Madcap Puppets: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
      June 03, 2019 FCC Flower Planting Celebration
      June 02, 2019 International Botany Conference
      June 01, 2019 Avondale Bike Party!
      June 01, 2019 Good Healthy Food Fair
      June 01, 2019 Free Fishing Weekend!
      June 01, 2019 Volunteer: Treeforestation Workday
      June 01, 2019 Bio Blitz! on the Mill Creek
      June 01, 2019 FCC Flower Planting Celebration
      June 01, 2019 Kids Fishing Derby
      June 01, 2019 Volunteer: Trails Day Rebuild
      May 31, 2019 Nature's Fireworks
      May 31, 2019 Volunteer: Community Garden Workday
      May 29, 2019 Barrows Conservation Lecture Series: Dr. Mike Fay
      May 29, 2019 One for Outdoors for All
      May 29, 2019 Wild Wednesday! Creek Bottom Bingo with Foundation for Ohio River Education
      May 29, 2019 Long Range Plan Breakfast
      May 28, 2019 Tuesday Night Tidy with Streetside Brewery
      May 28, 2019 Map & Compass Navigation Basics Class
      May 28, 2019 S.T.E.M. in the Garden: Raising Bread
      May 28, 2019 Volunteer: Rain Garden Installation at North College Hill Middle School
      May 25, 2019 Off Trail at Oak Glen
      May 25, 2019 Gourmet Camp Cooking Workshop
      May 25, 2019 Gifts from the Beehive
      May 25, 2019 Eden Park Vietnam Veteran Memorial Garden Dedication
      May 23, 2019 Container Gardening with Herbs
      May 23, 2019 Volunteer Orientation for Teens
      May 23, 2019 Commercial PACE in Action
      May 22, 2019 Ms. Theresa's Garden: Composting & Natural Fertilizer Workshop
      May 22, 2019 Impact Investing Sustainability Luncheon
      May 21, 2019 The Greenest Zoo in America
      May 21, 2019 Two-In-A-Canoe, One Big Bass
      May 21, 2019 Gardening with Deer
      May 21, 2019 Greenspace Action Team Meeting
      May 20, 2019 From "Stuffing" to "Mounting": Preserving Birds and Animals for Museum Exhibits and Research Collections
      May 20, 2019 Tour of Organic Farm at Bear Creek
      May 19, 2019 Habitat Restoration at Summit Park!
      May 19, 2019 Community Garden "Go Local" Volunteer Day
      May 19, 2019 Spring Bird Migration
      May 18, 2019 Avondale Hike and Dine
      May 18, 2019 Let's Go Hiking! Spring Birding Hike
      May 18, 2019 Our Feathered Friends
      May 18, 2019 Ride with a Ranger
      May 18, 2019 Ault Park Commons Grand Opening
      May 18, 2019 May 2019 Public Urban Stream Adventure with the Mill Creek Yacht Club
      May 18, 2019 Volunteer Day at Freedom Tree Edible Forest Garden
      May 18, 2019 Volunteer Orientation for Adults
      May 18, 2019 Great American Cleanup!
      May 17, 2019 Friday Conversation: Food Forests
      May 17, 2019 Spring Clean-Up Event
      May 17, 2019 10th Annual Breakfast on the Bridge
      May 17, 2019 National Bike to Work Day
      May 16, 2019 Solarize Cincy Workshop
      May 16, 2019 Imago @ Fibonacci Brewing
      May 16, 2019 Movies that Matter: Sinking Cities: London
      May 16, 2019 Volunteer: Rain Garden Installation
      May 16, 2019 Reds, PNC, & Cohen E-Waste Recycling Drive
      May 15, 2019 Bob Kissinger on Bicycle Touring
      May 15, 2019 Whitetail Woods Preserve Hike
      May 15, 2019 ShareFest
      May 14, 2019 Blue in Nature with Dr. Mark Fischer
      May 12, 2019 Withrow Wildflower Hike
      May 12, 2019 Mother's Day at Krohn Conservatory
      May 12, 2019 Mother's Day at the Zoo
      May 11, 2019 Back to Nature Signature Gala
      May 11, 2019 Bike Repair and Safety Workshop
      May 11, 2019 Backcountry Stoves and Water Treatment Workshop
      May 11, 2019 Gardening for Butterflies and Pollinators
      May 11, 2019 Composting for Beginners
      May 11, 2019 Cannabis Symposium: Issues from the Past to the Present
      May 11, 2019 Volunteer: Habitat Restoration
      May 11, 2019 Annual Bike and Plant Sale
      May 11, 2019 Women in the Outdoors: Stoves and Cooking
      May 11, 2019 Bird Walk
      May 10, 2019 Botany and Brews Series: A Night of Passion
      May 10, 2019 Oxbow Birdathon 2019
      May 10, 2019 All About Butterflies
      May 10, 2019 City Hall Plant Sale
      May 09, 2019 Green Drinks with Green Umbrella
      May 08, 2019 Year of Living Sustainably Series: Food
      May 08, 2019 Composting for Beginners
      May 07, 2019 Barrows Conservation Lecture Series: Dr. Dino Martins
      May 07, 2019 Food - An Informal Conversation
      May 05, 2019 Annual Meeting of Friends of the Little Miami State Park
      May 05, 2019 Ride the CROWN with Tri State Trails
      May 05, 2019 Forest Bathing
      May 05, 2019 Volunteer: Spring Imago Amigos
      May 05, 2019 Peak of Spring Migration
      May 04, 2019 Women's Backcountry Stoves and Water Treatment Workshop
      May 04, 2019 Outdoor Yoga
      May 04, 2019 May the 4th be With You: Make Your Own Adventure Saber
      May 04, 2019 RiverCon
      May 04, 2019 Green Apple Day of Service
      May 04, 2019 NEW DATE: Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration
      May 04, 2019 Great American Cleanup!
      May 03, 2019 2019 Flying Pig Marathon
      May 02, 2019 The Zoroastrian Faith and Environmental Sustainability
      May 01, 2019 Intro to Foraging for Wild Edible Plants