Heritage Walk: Architecture and Landscape Design of the Former Krippendorf and Groesbeck Estates @ Cincinnati Nature Center
Oct 14 @ 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Heritage Walk:

Architecture and Landscape Design of the Former

Krippendorf and Groesbeck Estates

Sunday, October 14, 2-4:30 pm

The Rowe Woods property boasts two estates that are on the National Registry of Historic places. Join us for a two-and-a-half-hour docent-led walking tour of both the interior and exterior of the homes built in the early 20th century by Carl Krippendorf and Grace Groesbeck. By exploring architectural style, horticulture and landscape design, we’ll see the ties between the two families, how they both sought to blend the natural world with the designed human world with influence from the British designer Gertrude Jekyll and how their efforts set the stage for the property that would become Cincinnati Nature Center.

Knowledgeable docents will be available in and around both Krippendorf Lodge and Groesbeck Lodge to share stories of the history of this unique place and answer your questions. This experience includes a revealing 20 minute self-guided walk between the two historic homes.  Participants may opt to drive between the two homes.

  • Experience a special viewing of the family homes at both estates, normally not open to the public.
  • Deepen your understanding of the land by learning about what happened in the past.
  • Hear stories of the Krippendorfs and Groesbecks within the context of the history of the Cincinnati area.
  • Enjoy light refreshments while viewing artifacts from our colorful history.
  • Discover the history in objects that you might have walked by 100 times while hiking the trails.
  • Limited spaces available.  Preregistration required.  Register online by clicking on the orange link below.
  • Members $20; nonmembers $29 (includes daily admission).
  • Click HERE to register.

Testimonial regarding our Heritage Walk:

“Thank you so very much for all your time in planning and executing this wonderful experience. I’ve been coming here most of my life but this was the first class I’ve taken. History is so fascinating to me and learning about the incredible families who set the groundwork for this marvelous place was awe inspiring. You all did a great job.”     ~ Kathleen B.


Guided History Hike – Long Branch Farm & Trails
Nov 3 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Long Branch Farm & Trails, where the history is as rich as the soil!

Discover the history of Long Branch Farm on this wonderful hiking tour! The stories told will peel back layers of history to reveal how former residents had local, national and even international influence ranging from the first land surveys in the area to the space race. By touring some of the trails and the exterior of three historic houses (circa 1830, 1850 and 1880), we’ll discern past residents’ fingerprints on the land and uncover why Long Branch still bears an agricultural “feel.” Preregistration required. Members $12; nonmembers $21 (includes daily admission).

Click HERE or on the Tickets button for more information and register today!

Everything Pawpaw – Unveiling of our Pawpaw Wine @ Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods
Nov 4 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wine, food AND nature! Join us at the historic Groesbeck Estate for a “taste of the land.” Enjoy nature’s bounty as you savor the flavor of a pawpaw harvest. Taste your way around the room as you sample delectable food bites selected to pair with Cincinnati Nature Center’s own pawpaw wine. Discover everything from the extinct animals that used to spread the pawpaw’s seeds to the true meaning of the many names for pawpaw. Learn from the winemaker as he reveals the process he used to create pawpaw melomel.

Food bite offerings include:

  • Cheese tray
  • At the grill: skewers of flank steak, shrimp or curry chicken paired with pawpaw inspired sauces
  • Pawpaw vinaigrette atop mixed greens
  • Pawpaw lassi
  • Pawpaw crème brulee
  • And additional pawpaw-related surprises

Preregistration required. Tickets are limited, so register early as this program is expected to sell out quickly. This unique experience will take place indoors and also outdoors in natural areas surrounding our beautiful estate, please dress to enjoy both. CNC Members $30; nonmembers $39 (includes daily admission).


Rowe Woods Visitor Center is CLOSED. Grounds are open 8 am to 5 pm
Nov 22 all-day
Cincinnati Nature Center is CLOSED
Dec 25 all-day
Christmas Bird Count @ Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods Visitor Center
Dec 30 @ 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Shake off the holiday humbug as you head outdoors for the nation’s longest-running citizen science bird project!

Be part of a team that counts every bird seen, so the more eyes, the better! No experience necessary, just dress to be outdoors for an extended period of time. Bring your binoculars, a snack and water bottle for the trail. Meet in the Rowe Visitor Center Pine Room. Preregistration required so we can send you all the details. Free to all participants.


Rowe Woods Visitor Center is CLOSED. Grounds are open 8 am to 5 pm
Jan 1 all-day
Cooking with Maple For Adults: Maple Toffee and Maple Caramel @ Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods
Jan 26 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We’ll start by transforming fresh maple syrup into maple sugar. From there, this participatory class will create two maple treats: maple toffee with dark chocolate and nuts and salted maple caramel. Bring your apron and come prepared to stir. Participants will take home some of our delicacies.

Member $15; nonmembers $24 (includes daily admission).

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Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course – January 2019 @ Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods
Jan 29 @ 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Join certified interpretive trainer Jason Neumann for a four-day course about techniques and tips for effectively interpreting information to lay people in a way that is personally relevant and engaging. If you work for, or hope to work for, a nature center, museum or other organization where docents and guides are used, this training may be for you. Also relevant for high school teachers and college professors who want to better inspire and engage their students. Curriculum, certification, and registration are through National Association for Interpretation (NAI). This course will meet on consecutive days January 29 through February 1, 2019 from 8:30 am until 5 pm.

Registration Cost: $230 (Certification is an additional $150)

Preregistration (through National Association for Interpretation) is required.

Click HERE for more information or to register through NAI.

Cincinnati Nature Center is CLOSED
Jan 30 all-day

Due to weather conditions, Cincinnati Nature Center will be closed on Wednesday, January 30. Both Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails are closed.