Cincinnati Nature Center to host winter travel series

By Kristin Bednarski
Sun staff

Cincinnati Nature Center will be hosting its annual winter travel lecture series every Sunday this month.

Kristi Masterson, director of marketing and membership at Cincinnati Nature Center, said they have been hosting the series every winter for several years.

“It’s a great way for people to come out to the nature center in the middle of winter,” Masterson said. “It features places far and wide.”

Bill Creasey, chief naturalist at the nature center organizes the programs and said the lectures have been popular with members and guests.

He said this year the series includes Bhutan; Birding in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, presented by Dr. Hardy Eshbaugh on Jan. 6, Steppe into Mongolia, presented by Kurt Gaertner Jan. 13, Appalachian Trail for Two, presented by Paul and Laura Schmid Jan. 20, and Amazon Adventures, presented by Shirley Nunlist Jan. 27.

“The main idea is to get people out of the house and give them something to do on a winter afternoon,” Creasey said.

He said they have people who attend the lectures who are interested in traveling to the different destinations and those who just want to hear speakers talk about their experiences.

“We will occasionally match one of the programs with a destination in our travel program,” Creasey said.

He the travel program will be traveling to Bhutan in 2014, so it was fitting to feature a lecture about the location in the series this year.

Laura Schmid, who will be presenting Appalachian Trail for Two with her husband Paul, said their lecture will feature information and stories from their thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

“We are definitely going to talk about what it is like to put everything on your back and hike for five months,” Schmid said. “We also want to talk about what it is like to be a couple doing that.”

Creasey said all of the lectures will begin at 2 p.m. each Sunday at the Rowe Woods Visitor Center and will last about an hour to an hour and a half.

He said it makes for a nice afternoon activity, and he said guests are welcome to hike one of the many trails at Rowe Woods before or after the program.

The program is free for members and non-members only have to pay regular admission costs.

For more information about the winter travel lecture series visit