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Nature Right Now


Salamanders moving, birds migrating, meteors streaking across the sky… nature does all sorts of cool stuff when you’re not looking. Join Great Parks’ naturalists for new, spur-of-the-moment nature programs where we drop everything to go discover what’s going on in nature right now.

Our naturalists will give as much notice as possible, but programs may be announced only a few hours in advance. Sign up below for an email notification or check back here throughout the year.

When: February 22, 2017 | 8​10 p.m.

What: Salamanders are some of Ohio’s most beautiful amphibians. Unfortunately, most people don’t ever get to see them, because many species are very picky about when they come out of their burrows. When the temperature is around 40°F and the rain starts to fall, be ready to join the naturalist as we head off-trail to search for salamanders.

Glenwood Gardens - meet at the gatehouse
10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn, Ohio 45215

Cost: Free
When: Monday, August 21 | 1-4 p.m.

What: See the partial solar eclipse happening today in Cincinnati! The moon is expected to cover a large portion of the sun causing a spectacular sight. The eclipse will begin near 1 p.m. and end about 4 p.m. Join the naturalists at the Cotswold overlook anytime between these hours to view this phenomenon and learn more about it. 

Glenwood Gardens - meet at the Cotswold Overlook
10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215

Cost: Free ​
Wednesday, September 6
6:30 p.m.

What: Pawpaw are native trees best known for their delicious, creamy fruit. Join the naturalist to learn about the role pawpaws play in the environment and taste what all the fuss is about. But we’ll have to find them before the squirrels do!

Shawnee Lookout - meet at Miami Fort Trail
2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, Ohio 45052

Cost: Free 
When: January, 2018 – exact program date and time TBD​

What: Search for a species of owl that only comes to visit in the winter months. Be ready to join the naturalist as we try to catch a glimpse of them hunting for voles, moles and mice. Often nicknamed the “prairie owl,” Otto Armleder park provides ideal habitat for this unique owl.

Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex - meet at the restrooms
5057 Wooster Pike Cincinnati, Ohio 45226

Cost: Free