Great Parks offers a wide variety of programs and events that spark curiosity and enable a child to discover the world around them.
A child’s ability to explore the natural world around them is as important to their development as breathing clean air, eating fruits and vegetables and reading. Programs are offered year-round at most Great Parks throughout the county. Some are available for all ages and while others are designed for a particular age range or families to enjoy. Whatever your age and whatever your interests, an adventure awaits you at a Great Park!
The Adventure Outpost has a variety of programs for kids ages 8 and up. Whether you want to become a master archer, scale a mini-mountain, survive for a week in the woods, explore from the cockpit of a kayak or cook delicious meals over an open fire, our experienced staff have all of the right tools to unleash your mountain child. Come discover the adventure that waits in your backyard.
Children can enjoy the parks and challenge themselves to develop a new skill at one of our many day camps. Children ages 7 and up can participate in a Spring Break Horse Camp at the Winton Woods Riding Center. Or during the summer months, children ages 2–17 can participate in one or more camps that get them exploring the woods, meeting live animals up close or even experiencing life on a farm. Kids can also learn to ride a horse, paddle a canoe or kayak, rock climb or shoot a bow and arrow.
Great Parks Nature Center at The Summit
Hang out at our nature center in Roselawn! Great Parks Nature Center at The Summit provides opportunities to connect you to nature through hands-on crafts, nature themed activities and live animal experiences.
Highfield Discovery Garden
Discover a world complete with fairies, dragons, trains and more in a 12-acre children’s garden. There are themed programs offered throughout the year and private programs are also available for groups and classes designed to get kids outside and excited about plants and the animals that need them.
Do you want to be a master naturalist? You can with Great Parks’ Nature Quest challenge! Observe nature, earn badges and help Great Parks nature interpreters discover what wildlife and organisms are found in Ohio.
A child can make the connection between farms and themselves when they visit Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods. Hands-on programs give them a chance to explore both the plants and animals of farm life. Where else can you possibly milk a goat, help plant potatoes and watch bees going in and out of a hive on their way to collect nectar to make honey?
Great Parks of Hamilton County believes that all members of our community should have access to all that the great outdoors has to offer. Great Parks of Hamilton County Scholarship Fund is a way in which families and organizations can connect a child with nature through financial assistance.
Previous scholarships have been awarded to elementary schools, which allowed parents, teachers and students to attend various nature programs. Other scholarships enabled children to attend summer camp. Participants in day camps have remarked that it was the best camp ever and that they enjoyed everything from canoeing, kayaking and exploring the wetlands to catching the biggest catfish.
Applications are available for individuals and groups who may be eligible. Partial scholarships are available to individuals (both adult and children) who would like to participate in an educational program that costs a minimum of $30 to participate as well as to teachers/group leaders to help offset the cost of a school/group program. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship, but priority will be given to residents or groups who are located in Hamilton County. The award can be up to 75% of the cost of the program with a maximum of $300.
Applications must be mailed in or dropped off at Great Parks, 10245 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45231.
The Great Parks of Hamilton County has five visitor centers that offer exhibits and programs for all ages to discover more about the natural world in our region:
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve – Ellenwood Nature Barn
Glenwood Gardens – Cotswold Visitor Centre
Miami Whitewater Forest – Visitor Center
Sharon Woods – Sharon Centre
Woodland Mound – Seasongood Nature Center
Winton Woods Riding Center
The Winton Woods Riding Center offers a variety of year-round riding programs for children ages 7 and up. Whether your child is just beginning or an accomplished rider, our English, Western, Contesting, Jumping, Dressage and Natural Horsemanship lessons, as well as monthly horse shows, will develop their confidence and skills both on and off a horse.