Book a Speaker or Tour

Book a Speaker

Presentations are available in a virtual format or our facility is available to host. For information on our very reasonable rates, please contact Michelle Ratterman at mratterman@civicgardencenter.org. Also, check with Michelle about how your garden club may qualify for a free facility rental. Book a speaker or tour today!

Intro to Sustainability
The term “sustainability” is thrown around a lot these days. Used in a broad context, the concept sounds abstract and daunting to tackle. However, living a sustainable lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. In this session, we will explore how one person or business can make choices that are good for the health of the planet and people. Sustainable living is unique to each individual and can be simple, money-saving, and possible for everyone.
Fee: $100 Erin LeFever

Sustainability 102
This class will take a deeper dive into the topics of food, waste, and water.  You’ll leave this class with actionable steps for adopting a sustainable diet, reducing your food and household waste, and managing water in your house on your property.
Fee:  $100 Erin LeFever

Sustainable Eating
Our everyday consumer choices have far-reaching effects on the world around us, especially when it comes to our diets and cooking habits. In this class you will learn the difference between regenerative and conventional agriculture and how to adopt a sustainable diet and “green” kitchen habits that are good for your health and the environment.
Fee: $100 Erin LeFever

The Problem with Plastics
Plastic has infiltrated virtually every aspect of our lives.  It may be cheap, convenient, and versitile, but its widespread use has become a global problem.  This class will address problems with the “throwaway” culture plastic has created and outline ways to reduce individual and household plastic usage while saving money and protecting the environment.
$100 Erin LeFever

Composting 101: How to Reduce Waste, Save Money, and Create “Black Gold”
In the U.S., 40% of food is wasted. Billions of dollars are lost each year and greenhouse gas emissions are significantly increased by growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of wasted food. Composting is one way to help combat this issue by keeping food waste out of landfills. This class is an excellent introduction to why we compost, different styles of composting, and how to get started at your home or office.
Fee: $100 Erin LeFever

Harness the Power of Rainwater
Our region has a problem with rain. In this presentation you’ll learn how you can reduce polluted runoff from entering our waterways while harnessing the power of rainwater for your benefit. We will explore green roofs, pervious pavement, and rainwater harvesting systems as green strategies for “keeping rain where it falls.” On-site presentations at our Green Learning Station have the option to include a tour of the Green Learning Station’s stormwater management demonstrations. *On-site presentations have the option to include a tour of the CGC’s stormwater management demonstrations.
Fee: $100 Erin LeFever

The Fascinating Life of Bees
The amazing honey bee is an agriculturally-important pollinator now threatened by many human activities. Beekeeping, the art and science of managing honey bees, is a fascinating hobby, fun backyard business and extensive agro-industry activity. This course will broadly discuss the importance of pollinators, the history of bees & beekeeping, the lifecycle of bees, and honey production.
Fee: $100 Erin LeFever

 

To schedule the above programs please contact Erin LeFever at elefever@civicgardencenter.org with your date and time.

Take a Tour

Self-Guided Tour of the grounds and adjacent Hauck Botanic Garden, aka, Sooty Acres. Brochure available at front desk.
Free

Guided Tour of the Grounds and Sooty Acres Park: Given by staff and tour docents. Major plant collections & gardens will be visited, and seasonal horticulture interest noted. Group size 10-45. Contact
Fee: $100

The Hoffman Library: A guided tour about using this treasured CGC collection of more than 2500 volumes. One of only three circulating libraries of its kind in Ohio.
Free ““ based on availability of the room.

(Duration of our docent-led tours is dependent on number of participants).

Contact volunteer@civicgardencenter.org to schedule one of these tours or call 513-221-0981.

Take a tour of the Green Learning Station:

There are lots of options for exploring the Green Learning Station’s demonstrations on keeping rain where it falls, transforming trash into compost and gardening anywhere and everywhere.

  • Attend a free public tour (dates vary, check Green Learning Station website)
  • Come anytime for a self-guided tour (bring your tablet or smart phone to access videos through QR code links on our educational signage)
  • Schedule a private tour for your group or class

Contact greenlearningstation@civicgardencenter.org for more information or to book your tour.

Visit The Green Learning Station website to learn more about this latest and greatest addition to the CGC campus!

Programming for Kids

A variety of age-appropriate, high interest topics. For details and availability, please contact Ellie Falk, efalk@civicgardencenter.org.
Fee: based on number of participants