Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods was the first location of what is now a group of nature preserves. Rowe Woods is being returned back to its natural state before the trees were all harvested in the first part of the 20th century.
Cincinnati Nature Center's two sites Rowe
Woods and Long
Branch comprise acres of irreplaceable natural and
agricultural land. Cincinnati Nature Center's education programs once reached 12,000 school
children each year. The Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods is going through
The Old guard of naturalists are being replaced by a new regime of
neo-environmentalist. The old
mission statement has been scraped and a new mission in place. The old
idea of allowing the land to return to it's natural state has had a change
to a new Disneyesque type of nature place. A new simulated nature playground
has replaced once pristine fields and woodlands.
The picture above was one of the the old
educational playgrounds, now gone.
|Rowe Woods consists of acres of grass and wild flower fields, forest, ponds, water falls and streams. This original Cincinnati Nature Center site Rowe Woods boasts 14 miles of hiking trails for members and visitors to explore and enjoy. A great place to visit and enjoy nature. Rowe Woods History Link
Prairie Grass Area
This part of Rowe woods is the prairie grass lands that is on the eastern end of the nature preserve. There is a nice Blue Bird houses in the middle of the grass field.
The upper marsh pond
This spring feed pond sits just south along the trail from the Prairie grass lands. There is a lot of wild life living around this pond. We often see Deer here as we walk along the trail.
The tree knot
Along the trails you will find many trees. This one was formed into a knot. The tree looks very healthy and is one of the many types of trees you will find in Rowe Woods.
The pictures on the right shows you a few of the many trees and woodland that are returning to their natural state. Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods. Many of the people have changed and so has the mission but the woodlands is still at this point a nature paradise next to the urban sprawl of the greater Cincinnati area.
The water fall shelter over look house. One of my first stabs at Digital Photography. The HP315 seems so dated now.
Bridge along the trail to the water fall house
This bridge is one of many in Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods. This one is along the trail that leads to the water fall over look house.
The view from the shelter house over looking Powel Crosley Lake across the lake from the main center and offices of Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods.
In 1965, a few dedicated naturalists, including Kay Benedict, Helen Black, Karl H. Maslowski, Katherine T. Nyce and Stanley M. Rowe Sr., created an place and organization where people could experience, learn and enjoy the natural Ohio. Cincinnati Nature Center's original location, Rowe Woods in Union Township, Ohio, was the physical location for the organization. Stan's dream of allowing the woodlands to return to it's natural state while educating children on the wonders of nature has changed. It is now becoming a Disneyesque nature profit center playground.