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Experiential Nature-based, Outdoor, Environmental Education Programs in the Greater Cincinnati Area
OH! Wild Wonder, LLC is a social venture dedicated to enhancing the lives of area youth
by deepening their connection with the natural world.
Our goal is to offer accessible youth-oriented nature immersion programs for children of all ages in diverse natural landscapes within a 50 mile radius of Cincinnati.
OH! Wild Wonder offers seasonal day camps, after-school clubs and special events!
 

Why Nature Immersion?

Discover the benefits

A Walk in Nature
Attention and Focus

Even a 20 minute walk in nature has been shown to promote focus and memory support. "Green" activities have better attention-related results than any other indoor activity used to increase focus in children. In fact, researchers have found that a "dose of nature" works just as well as a "dose of medicine" for children with ADHD.

Sensory Integration

Nature provides a comprehensive sensory experience which pediatric occupational therapists assert underline a host of vestibular balance issues and related challenges. Building forts, walking on logs, making mud pies, swinging on vines, feeling cold creek water, and stepping on pebbles and clay engage a wide array of senses.

Strength, Agility, Coordination

Development Coordination Disorder, an impairment in age-appropriate motor skills, is highly comorbid with other developmental disorders, most commonly ADHD. Studies have found that movement exercises done outside have better results than the same movements in a gym or urban setting in acquiring and executing developmental skills in coordination and balance. The natural movements of "wilderness play" facilitate healthy motor skills in a fun, low-pressure way. 

Ecological Awareness

By developing a connection with nature, children grow into adults who innately revere the natural world and are drawn to ecological efforts by way of meaningful experiences. The philosophy of OH! Wild Wonder believes that lessons must be born of experiential connection before intellect-based environmental education can be effective.

Reduce Anxiety

Growing research indicates that nature immersion is the antidote for stress in children and adults. This movement, called eco-therapy, asserts that nature "baths" reduce blood pressure and heart rate and increase the immune system, promoting feelings of calm and relaxation.

Sense of Self and Place

A sense of place comes from a feeling of connectedness to a specific geographic area. Through interactions with the environment and each other, children develop geo-literacy skills, become empowered, and see themselves as capable social beings.

Programs & Events

  • Wild Solstice 2-Day Camp (2021)
    Wild Solstice 2-Day Camp (2021)
    Imago
    Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST – Dec 22, 2:00 PM EST
    Imago, 700 Enright Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205, USA
    Gather with us for a wild solstice camp to celebrate the longest night of the year! Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am - 2pm! (This camp is geared for children in 1st - 4th grade)
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  • Saplings Summer Wonder 2021
    Saplings Summer Wonder 2021
    Mariemont
    Jun 28, 9:00 AM – Jul 02, 3:00 PM
    Mariemont, Mariemont, OH, USA
    OH Wild Wonder invites your children entering grades 4 - 6 to join us for a one-week outdoor adventuring this summer! We will be exploring the Ruthven Nature Preserve, Whiskey Creek and Little Miami River areas in the Village of Mariemont, while learning age-appropriate nature lessons and play.
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  • Forest Fun! Summer 2021
    Forest Fun! Summer 2021
    Little Schoolhouse in the Woods
    Jun 21, 9:00 AM – Jun 25, 3:00 PM
    Little Schoolhouse in the Woods, 2628 Montana Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211, USA
    BRAND NEW CAMP! For the first year ever, OH! Wild Wonder is collaborating with Little Schoolhouse in the Woods to bring children in grades 1 - 5 a new Forest Fun camp! This camp is located on the edge of Mt. Airy Forest and hosted at the dynamic forest school itself. Registration now open!
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  • Seedlings Summer Wonder 2021
    Seedlings Summer Wonder 2021
    Mariemont
    Jun 14, 9:00 AM – Jun 18, 3:00 PM
    Mariemont, Mariemont, OH, USA
    OH Wild Wonder invites your children entering grades 1 - 3 to join us for a one-week outdoor adventuring this summer! We will be exploring the Ruthven Nature Preserve, Whiskey Creek and Little Miami River areas in the Village of Mariemont, while learning age-appropriate nature lessons and play.
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  • Wild Yule 2-Day Camp
    Wild Yule 2-Day Camp
    Imago
    Dec 29, 2020, 10:00 AM – Dec 30, 2020, 2:00 PM
    Imago, 700 Enright Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205, USA
    Children ages 6 - 12: Gather with us for a Wild Yule Nature Camp to celebrate the the season and get outside with friends in the days between holiday festivities!
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Our WILD Leaders

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Vivian Melody

Founder|Outdoor Educator

Vivian Melody has been the founder and educator at OH! Wild Wonder, LLC in Cincinnati, OH since 2014. She has a Masters in Education and Waldorf Grades Teacher Certification, and expects to complete her Masters in Environmental Studies and Sustainability in March 2022. She has been a Waldorf grades teacher since 2014 and leading a variety of nature-based programs since 2006. She is currently the Sustainability and Stewardship Coordinator at the Society of the Transfiguration and leads environmental and sustainability initiatives for Bethany School. Vivian's life passion is connecting youth and communities with nature, spreading ecological awareness, and helping others become life-long stewards of the earth. She resides in a rehabbed cottage in Covington with her two kids, two dogs, and too many houseplants.

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Anabel Villanueva

Junior Leader

Anabel Villanueva has been assisting nature camps with OH! Wild Wonder since 2016. She is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School (2020) and Cincinnati Waldorf School (2016). She now attends Drexel University in Philadelphia  majoring in Fashion Design and Environmental Sciences. She has been a camp counselor since 2015, assisting at Homemeadow Song Camp, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, and OH Wild Wonder.  Inspired by the nourishing beauty of nature, Anabel shares her love of the outdoors and re-experiences the wonder of nature through the eyes of eager explorers. She resides in Northside, Cincinnati with her family and cats, and will transition to Philly during the academic school-year starting Fall 2021.

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