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Play Outside

We want families to experience the joys of nature each and every day. You’ll find ideas for outdoor activities that you can do in your own backyard, as well as places to go and things to do in Greater Cincinnati.

Places, Events & Programs

Search for outdoor activities including hiking, biking and paddling near you, and check out the calendar of Greater Cincinnati’s outdoor events.

Backyard Fun

Check out our Play Outside Pinterest Board to find fun outdoor activities for kids to do in your own backyard.

Outdoor Apps


These apps will inspire kids to explore the great outdoors!

Nature can improve Health and Wellbeing

Spending time in nature benefits children.

Reading Resources:

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Home to Us All: How Connecting with Nature Helps Us Care for Ourselves and the Earth

“The evidence is clear. One of the most important things that any of us can do for ourselves, those we love, people throughout the world, and the living systems that support us all is to connect with nature. That connection can start in the simplest of ways, beginning in childhood and renewing through all the
stages of life.”



Three Children Playing In Woods Together

Tools for Taking Action & Tackling Policy:

  • Highlights existing and promising policy solutions for driving youth outdoor engagement.
  • Shares out the knowledge and experience of environmental education and outdoor engagement champions to drive new, innovative ideas.
  • Connects cross sector leaders working on statewide policy initiatives.



Healthy Babies
Social-Emotional Wellbeing
Healthy Eyes and Vitamin D Levels
Increased Physical Activity

Are You a Grandparent?

Congratulations! Check out Grand Ideas for fun ways that you can build a closer relationship with your grandchild while connecting them with nature.