Friends of Parks eNews

It's only February and we're off to the races on raising funds for many great projects within your Cincinnati Parks! From Mt. Storm Park to Burnet Woods and back over to the Krohn Conservatory for their 2019 Floral & Butterfly Shows, we simply could not do this meaningful work in our community without your support. THANK YOU! 

A big thank you to our 2019 Hats Off Luncheon Committee, who are moving full speed ahead in planning, raising funds and preparing for the big event on Friday, May 10th!
Our team is excited to share our February edition of Friends of Parks eNews. Please read on to learn more.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentines Day. Thank YOU for loving Cincinnati Parks!

With sincere gratitude,

Jennifer Hafner Spieser
Executive Director
Cincinnati Parks Foundation, the official philanthropic partner of Cincinnati Parks, is committed to building broad-based private/public partnerships supporting the conservation and enhancement of our city's parks and greenspaces.
Reminder - Join us this evening!
Join us for the Stewards of Burnet woods kickoff meeting February 7 from 6 to 8 om at Trailside Nature Center
Emerging Leaders Event Series
Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s Emerging Leaders are philanthropic-minded young professionals that help build broad-based partnerships supporting the conservation and enhancement of our city’s parks and greenspaces.

The Emerging Leaders Committee is proud to announce their 2019 event series. Tickets are available for young professionals ages 21-40 for $125 ($175 after March 30) and include admission to the below events. This is a fantastic way to meet people, join up with friends, and have so much fun while doing so! Please visit our website to purchase your tickets.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. You can learn more about the benefits and sponsorship levels at our Emerging Leaders Event Series Sponsorship page.
Fabulous Foliage
Show Hours
Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission Fees
Adults $4.00
Youth (5-17) $2.00
Child (4 and under) Free

February Family Events (Included with price of Admission unless otherwise noted)
Flowers Chocolate and Romance, February 9th-14th, 10am-1pm
Learn the story of chocolate, with an educational exhibit and daily crafts.
Featured Chocolate presentations include:
Saturday, February 9th, 1-3pm
Join Chef Ursula in the Bonsai room at Krohn Conservatory to learn about making chocolate truffles. The first 200 visitors will each receive one truffle to personalize by rolling in a decorative/tasty finish of your choice.
Sunday, February 10th, 1-3pm
Paul Picton of Maverick Chocolate will be on site to demonstrate the fascinating process of making chocolate, from bean to bar. Visitors will even be able to sample some of his wonderful chocolate afterward!
Join a Plant Society Day, Saturday February 23rd, 10am-3pm
Meet the horticultural experts of local plant societies to learn more about your favorite plants.

February Adult Event
Botany and Brews featuring Blood Orange Citrus, Friday, February 22nd, 6pm-8pm
The first in our 2019 series featuring beer and great stories. A special limited release beer made with our “Krohn Grown” Blood Oranges will be offered by Woodburn Brewery . Program fee is $12 ($15 at the door). This includes one beer ticket, a short lecture/tour and evening viewing of the conservatory. Additional beer can be purchased for $5 each. Register before Feb 21st at:  

March Family Events (Included with price of Admission unless otherwise noted)
Baba Marta Celebration, Saturday, March 2nd, 11am
Presented by the Bulgarian Association of Cincinnati. Create a traditional Bulgarian Martenitsa craft, enjoy music, dancing, a Kukeri rites presentation, food, and more! Visit for more information.
Krohn Zone Explores Citrus, Sunday March 3rd, 10am-5pm
Explore the fascinating varieties of citrus! An educational exhibit will be set up with examples of different citrus fruits to see and sample.
Spring Orchid Show and Competition, March 9th & 10th, 10am-5pm
Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society . Hundreds of orchids will be on display with plants and supplies offered for sale. Local orchid experts will be available to share their knowledge and tips for growing.
End of Show Sale, Tuesday, March 12th, 10am
This is a great opportunity to purchase plants from the spring show. Friends of Krohn can shop early at 8:30am.
Orchid Potting Bee, Sunday March 17th, 1pm-4pm
Local orchid experts will offer free advice and professionally re-pot your orchid!

Butterflies of Ecuador, March 23rd-June 18th, Open Daily 10am-5pm
Did you know?
Despite the fact that February is the shortest month of the year, it can sometimes seem like the longest. The cold, grey days leave us longing for the sun and warmer temperatures.

That's why it is so important to get outside to YOUR Cincinnati Parks when there is a respite from the cold weather. Last weekend, we were fortunate to have beautiful skies and the warmth of the sunshine. Smale Riverfront Park was filled with laughter and joy from children and adults of all ages.

Though we may have more wintry days ahead of us, getting outside in the fresh air, even on crisp, cold days, can have such a positive effect on our mental well being.

The next time you're feeling like winter may never end, take a hike, or sit on a bench at one of your favorite Cincinnati Parks. Fresh air, even if it's cold, can relieve stress and clear your mind.

And remind yourself, spring is just around the corner!