Cincinnati Parks

Nature Next Door School Program (formerly Nature Connections)

Are you or your school looking for a free program that involves hands-on learning and science facts? Well, look no further than Cincinnati Parks! Realizing the need for low-cost field trip opportunities for Cincinnati schools, we created Nature Next Door.

This free program brings the field trip to nearby greenspaces within walking distance of urban schools, eliminating the prohibitive cost of transportation.

Teachers and their 2nd-5th grade classes meet with naturalists three times over the school year—outdoors in the Fall and Spring, and in Winter, we come into the classroom and bring a variety of hands-on activities for the indoors. We focus on one topic for your class, so students get a cumulative learning experience throughout the year. Each visit lasts 60 – 90 minutes.

New this year – Your class may be eligible for a free Spring field trip to Avon Woods Nature Center, bus included! Call to book now – availability is limited.For more information on scheduling, please call 861-3435 or email

Recommended Topics by Grade:

2nd Grade: Weather and Wildlife –water cycle, temperature, air, cloud formation, seasonal effects on wildlife.
3rd Grade: Plant & Animal Traits – behavior, growth and changes, life cycles, plant & animal adaptations.
4th Grade: Earth’s Living History – Earth’s surface, erosion, environmental changes to habitats, fossils, extinction.
5th Grade: Ecosystems – Energy pyramid, food webs and chains, symbiotic relationships, interconnections.