Parker Woods wildflowers

Welcome to Northside Greenspace Inc.

Northside Greenspace Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization founded to identify, preserve and restore natural areas in Northside and surrounding Cincinnati, Ohio communities.

Our workshops and lectures provide information concerning the issues and processes influencing our community natural areas. Our field trips provide community members with the opportunity to experience the beauty and interest of nature.

Our volunteer work projects provide hands on learning experiences for community members and result in tangible improvements to our greenspaces. Our advocacy alerts public and private agencies and individuals to what they can and should be doing to conserve and improve greenspaces. Check out this 2009 article, The War on Honeysuckle, from Cincinnati Magazine that discusses honeysuckle as an invasive species in Cincinnati woods and Buttercup Valley Preserve.

2017 Annual Meeting - Get the Buzz on the Next Cicada Visit

Tuesday, March 14, 2017: 7:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Parks’ LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve
5400 Lanius Lane (just off Hillcrest Road east of Hamilton Ave.)
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Remember the cicada invasion of 2004? For a few weeks near the end of May of that year, billions of those Brood X insects - one of 15 broods of periodical cicadas in the United States - emerged from the ground in the Cincinnati area. They flew around, made noise, ate vegetation, mated, stuck to trees and buildings, and annoyed some people. But they didn’t annoy Dr. Gene Kritsky, professor of biology and now dean of the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences at Mount Saint Joseph University in Delhi. Dr. Kritsky is a world authority on periodical cicadas and continues to discover new and compelling information on those insects.

Dr. Kritsky will present a program on cicadas at the Northside Greenspace, Inc. annual meeting. He will discuss discoveries that have been made during the past 17 years and what we can expect over the next 10 years. The public is invited. A native of North Dakota, Dr. Kritsky grew up collecting fossils in Montana and the Dakotas and insects in Florida, and studying egyptology. He taught at Minya University in Upper Egypt and visited 94 archaeological sites. Joining the faculty at Mount St. Joseph University in 1983, he currently teaches courses in biology, entomology, evolution, and dinosaur biology. He researches periodical cicadas, the history of beekeeping, insects of ancient Egypt, paleobiology, and Charles Darwin. He is also the editor of American Entomologist. He and his wife, artist Jessee Smith, live in Cincinnati.

What’s New

For the latest on the Boy Scouts’ work in Buttercup Valley Preserve and Parkers Woods, check out the Northsider's November article.


Spring is a great time to get out and enjoy Northside and its parks. Take a look at these photos!

Blue and White Violets April Jack in the Pulpit April Butter Cup Valley April Parkers Woods April Virginia Bluebells Parkers March Wild Geranium Buttercup May