Select From Over 100 Occasions at Nice Outside Weekend

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C.incinnati is home to an abundance of protected green spaces, nature reserves, hiking trails and parks. Most residents live a 10-minute walk from our city’s parks, and Green Umbrella is here to celebrate with over 100 free events for the whole family. From September 25-26, the 18th annual Great Outdoor Weekend is all about ensuring everyone has access to the great outdoors and the best of outdoor recreation and nature education programs. The two-day event features activities hosted by dozen of organizations in locations in the greater Cincinnati area, including Southwest Ohio, North Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. Great Parks of Hamilton County alone has concerts, astronomy, paddling, wildlife experiences, and golf scheduled for the weekend. There is something for everyone – people of all ages and abilities can join in the fun, and many activities are accessible by public transport. Here are some of the highlights.

Rooftop Yoga at Rhinegeist

Sunday, September 26th
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
1910 Elm St., over the Rhine

Who says downward facing dog has to be with no beer in hand? Head to the rooftop bar for a free 50-person yoga sweat session taught by an instructor from Embra Studios. The rule is: first come, first served, so get there as early as possible. Then take a growler with you! Rhinegeist offers half of the Growler fillings, and a portion of the brewery’s proceeds from the course of the day will be donated to Green Umbrella.

Breakfast in the forest

Sunday, September 26th
8:00 am – 9:30 am
5330 S. Milford Rd., Milford

Wake up early for an 8am hike in the Valley View Nature Preserve behind Pattison Elementary School. This family- and pet-friendly event is pram-friendly and takes you through the 190 hectare forest. Discover the biological diversity of nature right here in the great parks of our city and let the morning end with breakfast at the fire ring.

Aiken New Tech High School Agricultural Campus

Saturday September 25th
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5641 Belmont Ave., College Hill

Head to this funky high school to see how students contribute to nature and also learn about the business side of farming. From chickens to an orchard, the students preserve nature and create a lucrative agribusiness – student roast coffee that can be bought in cups or bags.

The new whitewater canal path

Sunday, September 26th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
15040 US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Celebrate the gentle opening of the new Whitewater Canal Trail in Metamora, Indiana. There’s hiking, biking, habitat restoration, flora, history, and a brand new 18 mile section of the trail. The location is wheelchair and pram-friendly and accessible for the whole family.

Third annual Run the Riffles

Saturday September 25th
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4330 Spring Grove Avenue, Spring Grove Village

Join the Mill Creek Alliance for an urban stream adventure on Mill Creek with the expert guides from the Mill Creek Yacht Club. The day includes a kayak race, an urban hike along the Mill Creek Greenway Trail to learn about stream restoration projects, and a BioBlitz walk to identify and count local species.

Ready to make a plan for the weekend?

Visit the Great Outdoor Weekend website for more information and the full schedule of events that fills in with more weekly activities.

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