Great Outdoor Weekend – Sept. 25-26

I love this time of year. Temperatures are supposed to be cooling down and the beautiful colors of fall are starting to surface.  It’s a great time to spend some quality time outdoors with the family.  This weekend the Cincinnati Great Outdoor Weekend takes place Sept. 25-26 so there will be no excuses for staying indoors.  This weekend is the perfect time to sample some of our local parks, and nature centers while participating in a smorgasbord of fun and free activities for all ages.  Green Umbrella has put this all together in coordination with so many of our local favorites (see listing below).


Since every region in Greater Cincinnati is participating, you would not believe the amount of things you have to choose from.  Even though I can’t list all the events, I can mention some of the regional participants and their locations with information I gathered from their program brochure:

Central Region (downtown, Clifton, Avondale, Mt. Lookout, Oakley, North Avondale, Walnut Hills):

  • Hughes High School
  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – Harold C. Schott Education Center
  • Cincinnati Recreation Commission – Oakley Recreation Center
  • Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati – Walnut Hills
  • Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones
  • Cincinnati Museum Center – Cincinnati Museum Center (West End)
  • Cincinnati Observatory Center – Mt. Lookout

North Central Region (College Hill, St. Bernard, Finneytown, Kennedy Heights, Woodlawn, Mt. Healthy, Blue Ash, Sharonville, Greenhills):

  • Rumpke Recylcing – Rumpke Recycling Material Recovery Facility (St. Bernard)
  • Gorman Heritage Farm – Evendale
  • Mill Creek Restoration Project – Salway Park (Northside)
  • Cincinnati Parks – Daniel Drake Park (Kennedy Heights), LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center (College Hill)
  • Cincinnati Recreation Commission – McKie Community Center ( Northside)
  • Hamilton County Park District – Glenwood Gardens (Woodlawn), Sharon Woods (Sharonville), Winton Woods (Greenhills)
  • Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati – Northside
  • Camp Joy – Clarksville
  • Queen City Young Birder & Raptor, Inc. – Winton Woods

West Region ( Price Hill, Delhi, Colerain Twp, Cleves, Mt. Airy, Harrison, Westwood):

  • EarthConnection – Delhi
  • Hamilton County Park District & U.S. Dept. of Energy Fernald Nature Preserve Visitor Center – Harrison, Farbach Warner Nature Preserve
  • Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society – Miami Whitewater Forest Visitor Center (Harrison)
  • Cincinnati Park Board – Mount Airy Forest
  • Imago & Dater Montessori – Westwood
  • Western Wildlife Corridor & Delhi Township – Story Woods Park (Delhi)
  • Oxbow, Inc. – Dearborn County, IN
  • The Cincinnati Astronomical Society – Cleves
  • Cincinnati Parks – McFarlan Woods in Westwood

East Region (California, East End, Mt. Washington, Milford, Indian Hill, Loveland):

  • Cincinnati Nature Center – Rowe Woods, Milford
  • Raptor, Inc. – Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods
  • Granny’s Garden School – Loveland Primary & Elementary School
  • Hamilton County Park District – Woodland Mound, Anderson Twp.
  • Clermont County Park District – Sycamore Park, Batavia
  • Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality and Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Little Miami, Inc. – LMI Scenic River and Trail  Center, Loveland
  • Greenacres Water Quality Project, LLC – Izaak Walton League Lodge, Loveland
  • Buckeye United Fly Fishers
  • ODNR Division of Watercraft
  • Izaak Walton League – Cincinnati Chapter
  • The Land Conservancy of Hamilton County, Ohio – Turner Farm, Indian Hill
  • Cincinnati Park Board – Stanberry Park (Mt. Washington), California Woods Nature Preserve (California)
  • Grailville Retreat Center – Loveland

Northern Kentucky Region ( Covington, Newport, Erlanger, Alexandria, Union)

  • Kenton County Parks and Recreation – Pioneer Park (Covington), Doe Run Lake (Covington)
  • Boone County Arboretum – Union
  • Foundation for Ohio River Education & WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium – Newport
  • Friends of Big Bone Lick & Cincinnati Museum Center – Big Bone Lick State Park (Union)
  • EarthJoy & AJ Jolly Park – AJ Jolly Park (Alexandria)
  • Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council & Kenton County Library, Erlanger Branch

Whew, that was a lot of info to get down.  Thanks to the above participants for taking the time to participate and motivate families to enjoy the outdoors. Please click here to double check  all events for times and locations of the programs.

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