It’s time to get outside to explore and enjoy our big, beautiful planet. The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Region offers a variety of Earth Day events for you to participate in and gorgeous parks for you to enjoy and explore. This article is just a brief snippet of where you can go to celebrate and learn more about our planet on Earth Day, April 22, 2024 and all month long.

Earth Day Themed Events

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Earth Day Park Clean Up

Here is a great opportunity to get involved! Volunteers are welcome to Big Bone Lick State Historic Site for their annual Earth Day Park Clean Up on April 13. Volunteers will help park staff and the NKY Sierra Club with trail maintenance and campground clean up. When done, swing by the Rabbit Hash General Store for some shopping and snacks!

Image is a poster of the Earth Day Celebration at Tower Park on April 21, 2024 from 12 pm -4 pm.

Earth Day at Fort Thomas Tower Park

Join the City of Fort Thomas and the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy on April 21, for their 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Tower Park featuring walks with a naturalist, children’s activities, artists, vendors, music, food, beverages and more!

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To the Woods

The Cincinnati Song Initiative is celebrating Earth Day on April 21, with a program, To the Woods, featuring songs inspired by Earth Day and moving poetry about the effects of global warming. Before the concert, join Dr. Megan Philpott of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for a pre-concert discussion regarding how biotechnology and cryopreservation can help protect biodiversity against habitat loss and climate change.

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Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Festival

The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition hosts their 55th annual Earth Day Festival on April 27 at Summit Park. Guests can explore over 100 exhibitors, engage in activities and presentations centered around environmental education. There will be vegetarian food, craft beer and live music!

Local Trails and Parks to Explore

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Middle Creek Park

Located in Burlington, Kentucky, Middle Creek Park is a pet friendly, unpaved walking park that offers trails from .5 to 3 miles in length. Looking to exercise your horse? Middle Creek Park also offers a horse riding trail. On your way there or back, be sure to stop at the Dinsmore Homestead and explore the grounds of this historic property or have lunch at the Tousey House Tavern, a restaurant on The B-Line®, Northern Kentucky’s self-guided bourbon trail.  

Shawnee Lookout

Shawnee Lookout

Would you like to view three states at once? Shawnee Lookout is one of Hamilton County's Great Parks and sits along the border of Ohio in North Bend, overlooking the Ohio River, Kentucky, and Indiana. This park offers a variety of nature trails and the Springhouse School and Historic Log Cabin built circa 1795.

Image is from Devou Park looking out over the City of Cincinnati and City of Covington.Devou Park

Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky has scenic walking and bike trails, a golf course, playgrounds and the best view of Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. While exploring, be sure to check out the Behringer-Crawford Museum, located inside the park. The museum tells the story of Northern Kentucky’s rich history, archaeology, and rotating exhibits.

Smale Riverfront Park

Smale Riverfront Park

Walk, run, or bike along the Ohio River at Smale Riverfront Park located in Downtown, Cincinnati. At Smale, kids can play on the playground, stretch out on the lawn, sit on a swing, or explore the gardens. Located right next to The Banks district where you can grab a delicious Belgium waffle from Taste of Belgium, sit on the patio and enjoy a pint at the Filson Queen City Kitchen & Bar or roam the halls of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Need more? Visit our events page, updated daily to showcase all of the exciting events happening in the Cincy Region all month long and our outdoor activities page for a full listing of parks, trails and more for you to discover and explore. And be sure to get a copy of your Visit Cincy Visitors Guide here!


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