Spooky Science

Spooky Science 2017

October 13, 14, 20, 21

A unique, fun and educational event. What a perfect time of year to celebrate and educate about the natural world!

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Very Unique and Creative, lots of Fun for the whole family!

“We came with our 5 year old and our 14 year old – not knowing what to expect, they both had a Blast!  it was an Awesome event, the kids can’t wait till next year”.

Spooky Science is Not a Halloween event!  Spooky Science is all about teaching people in
a fun & creative environment about all the things in nature that can “Spook or Creep” you out – like spiders, snakes, and bats.


Our goal is “To offer opportunities for families to explore, experience, enjoy, and learn about nature in a fun and creative way”.

It is an “open house” type venue – come anytime between 4:30-8:30pm and stay as long as you like.
Most families spend an average of 2+ hours exploring all the activity stations.

Listen to this interview with Melinda Carmichael, associate director of Beech Creek Gardens, as she describes what to expect at this year’s Spooky Science event.

Read the interview transcript here.
Food is available:
the Washington Ruritans offer hot sandwiches, sides and beverages at very reasonable prices.

Spooky Science . . .
* Explaining the mysteries of Nature
* Dispelling fear with Understanding (knowledge).
* Don’t be afraid of the dark – go on an Enlighting Night Walk
* Of creepy crawlers (spiders, bugs, snakes) – look at them up close & learn about them.
* Sounds of the night – learn how to identify them.
* The Mad Scientist – explains the science behind his crazy experiments.

Special Presentations                        
*  Mad Scientist
*  Cool Critters
*  Eyes on Owls

Activity Stations

*  Bone Digging                              *  Slime Science
*  Reptile Encounter                       *  Fear Factor Challenges
*  Wizard of Pawz                          *  Corn, Crows & Scarecrows
*  Pumpkin Alley                             *  Straw Maze & Jump
*  Bugmania                                   *  Craft Cave ~ Make & Take
*  Glow-mania                                *  Mysteries of Ancient Egypt
*  Bee-a-Pollinator                         *  Night Hikes
*  Astronomy Exploration               *  Lost Gold Mine
* Fun Forest                                   * Amazon Adventure & Bug Safari
* Bat Cave                                      * Un-Bee-lievable Honey Bees
* Romani Culture                            * Ohio Woodland Animals

Admission: $8.00 per person    $6.00 BC Members    0-2 yrs. free

Mixing up your own science experiments including glow-in-the-dark slime, taking a hay ride, digging up bones, watching the mad scientist, and getting up-close with reptiles and woodland animals; this is the way families celebrate the fall season at Beech Creek Botanical Garden.

Have you ever gone on a night hike with no bright lights and listened closely to hear owls, crickets and bullfrogs? Have you ever made a scarecrow, watched a pumpkin explode or been dared to eat a live cricket? So much exploring and fun to squeeze into a few short hours!

Spooky Science 2012 -Decorate Walkway

Spooky Science 2012 -Entrance Walkway

We have heard dozens of favorable comments from people who attended, “the kids had so much fun they didn’t want to leave”, “there was so much to do, see, and learn”, “I can’t believe how much you have done, a lot of thought and time must have gone in to this event”, “the grandchildren wouldn’t stop talking about how much fun they had, they can’t wait til’ next year”.

A Huge Thanks to everyone who helps  make this event happen!

To our weekly crew of volunteers (you know who you are) for spending weeks getting the grounds prepared, Our Spooky Science Committee, the University of Mount Union Nature Center, Washington Township Ruritans, Walsh University biology students, Kent State University Students, Kent State Stark professor and students, Malone University, and the University of Mount Union Physics Department. And all the great volunteers each night.

Walking past the carved pumpkins along Jack-O-Lantern Alley

Walking past the carved pumpkins along Jack-O-Lantern Alley


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Spooky Science Volunteer Opportunities

We have many volunteer opportunities available for Spooky Science, both before the event and during the event for people with a variety of interests. Volunteering at Spooky Science is a lot of fun! You will get to interact with children and families, animals and nature, all in a lively seasonal atmosphere! It’s a very unique and different volunteer experience! If you are interested in any of the topics below, apply today to be a volunteer and we will contact you with positions that match your interests. Groups of volunteers are also welcome!

  • Before the event: Interested in outdoor grounds preparation, set building, construction, lighting, creativity, arts
  • During the event: Interested in theater, night hikes, astronomy, biology, animals, music, childhood education

To be a Spooky Science volunteer, you must attend a 1-hour orientation on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Please note, if you are interested in volunteering during the event, you are not required to participate all four days. We would love it if you could do all four days, but we understand people have other commitments. We would be thankful if you could volunteer for just one weekend or even just one day.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Beech Creek Gardens at (330) 829-7050 or info@beechcreekgardens.org.


Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!

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