COVID-19 UPDATES

Need somewhere to play while Coronavirus (COVID-19) runs its course? 


We hear you...

Spring is a great time for outdoor play and nature adventures!


Exploring the trails at Beech Creek Gardens is a good way to get your family outside, breathe in the fresh air, engage in physical activity, unplug from technology and yet maintain the social distancing that CDC is recommending while still having some fun.

We are now open 7 days a week! 
Come explore our hiking trails & engage in creative trail scavenger hunts! 

Beech Creek Gardens is in a unique position where many of our attractions are located outdoors which allows for physical distancing. Because of this, until further notice, we have decided to extend our spring hours to seven days a week. Our goal for extending our open days is to give you something fun and positive to do with your families while most indoor activities are closed and everyone in the house is feeling "cooped up." Our grounds offer a unique outdoor venue to explore and just have some fun during this difficult time. 


Schedules and procedures are changing quickly these days, so check our website or call before you head out.

What We're Doing

We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and taking precautions to help prevent the spread of illnesses:

  • Closing our indoor facilities.

  • Closing our outdoor facilities that involve contact with other people or objects.

  • Sanitizing our facilities more frequently, especially high-contact areas.

  • Sanitizing our public restrooms daily.

  • Installing hand sanitizer stations for visitors to use during their visit.

  • Staff and volunteers are required to stay home if they are not feeling well and they are able to work from home if necessary.

Additional Steps You Should Take

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

  • Bring hand sanitzer with you anytime you leave your home & use it often whenever hand-washing is unavailable

  • Consider wearing disposable gloves when traveling outside your home

Areas Currently Available (until further notice)

  • Hiking Trails

  • Scavenger hunt activity

Hand sanitizer stations will be available in each area.

Scavenger Hunts

 

We’ve designed a series of different, fun & creative scavenger hunts for all the different areas of Beech Creek Gardens!

Download & print these scavenger hunts and grounds map before visiting and you're on your way to having some outdoor fun! Just remember to bring a pencil and maintain social distancing while you search for clues. We'll also have the scavenger hunt sheets available outside our Visitor Center. Check back often as we get all these unique scavenger hunts up and running! Come explore!

Grounds + Hiking Trails Map

* Can also be completed in your backyard! The other scavenger hunts can be modified for your backyard as well.

We've designed some of the scavenger hunts to have alternative clues, so we'll be mixing things up every now and then to keep it fresh & exciting each time you visit.

Reopening Plan

After twelve weeks of shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve is set to reopen on Monday, June 8, 2020.


This will be a phased reopening. We are excited to welcome you back!
Here is the first phase of our operational reopening plan (subject to change).

 

Overall

  • The number of visitors admitted to the grounds each day will be limited.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at high-contact locations.

  • The use of hand sanitizer will be required before entering some areas.

  • There will be timed entries, timed duration inside and a limit of the number of people inside some facilities.

  • We will sanitize our restroom facilities daily.

  • Outdoor drinking fountains will not be accessible; bottled water is available to purchase or please bring your own.

Staff & Volunteers will follow CDC guidelines: 

  • Will wear masks when in contact with visitors and/or in closed areas.

  • Use disposable gloves whenever appropriate.

  • Will maintain an appropriate social distance.

  • Will have their body temperature taken daily upon arrival to Beech Creek Gardens.

  • Will stay at home if symptomatic.

Visitors & Members will be requested:

  • To maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet from other visitors. 

  • To sanitize their hands before and after in some exhibit areas.

  • Not to touch some things.

  • Stay at home if symptomatic.
     

 

Summer Exhibits, Grounds & Activity Areas

Gardens
Please enjoy our beautiful gardens while maintaining an appropriate social distance from others.

Visitor Center

  • All visitors & members are required to stop in the Visitor Center to acquire a numbered wristband. 

  • A maximum of 10 visitors will be permitted at one time inside the Visitor Center. Please respect this protocol and wait outside in 6' distancing between parties as needed.

  • To hasten things, we have modified our admissions process.

  • Members will continue to enjoy their self check-in area.

Butterfly House

  • Admittance inside this facility will be limited.

  • Time spent inside will be limited to 20 minutes per session.

  • Session times inside this facility will begin at 10 am and a new session begins every 20 minutes. 

  • Please keep the 6’ social distancing between parties while inside this facility.

  • Upon arrival to the butterfly house, a docent will greet you and inform you of any wait time and monitor the timed sessions. 

 

Caterpillar Nursery

  • Admittance inside this facility will be limited.

  • Time spent inside will be limited to 10 minutes per session.

  • Session times inside this facility will begin at 10 am and a new session begins every 10 minutes. 

  • Please keep the 6’ social distancing between parties while inside this facility.

  • Some hands-on activities normally available inside this facility have been removed temporarily for your safety.

 

Amazing Garden Environmental Science Center

  • Admittance inside this facility will be limited.

  • Time spent inside will be limited to 20 minutes per session.

  • Session times inside this facility will begin at 10 am and a new session begins every 20 minutes. 

  • Please keep the 6’ social distancing between parties while inside this facility.

  • Some hands-on activities normally available inside this facility have been modified or removed temporarily for your safety.

 

Hiking Trails

  • All four woodland trails are open for your enjoyment.

  • Please keep a safe social distance from other parties while on the trails.

 

Picnic Areas

  • Picnic tables are available for you during your visit.

  • Please plan to bring your own table covering or disinfectant cleaner as we do not have staff available to monitor and disinfect picnic tables between uses.

  • Picnic tables will be spread out to adhere to the 6’ minimum social distance requirements set by the state of Ohio.

 

Nature Playgrounds – Not opening June 8

  • Nature Playce & Logs o' Fun - At this time, the state of Ohio has not released any plans for the reopening of public playgrounds.

  • Once the governor allows playgrounds to open, we will review the mandated guidelines and decide when we will reopen our two playgrounds.

Rental Sites


These areas are available for your special events. However, we will follow the state mandated maximum capacities and seating configurations per area. 

 

Woodland Pavilion

  • Maximum capacity is 56 guests at tables (Ex: Seven 60” round tables with 8 guests at each).

  • If you utilize the open space area behind the pavilion for seating, you can increase this number as long as each table has no more than 10 people and tables are distanced 6’ from each other.

 

Wildlife Deck

  • Maximum capacity is 19 guests (Ex: Four patio tables with 4 guests each plus 1 table with 3 guests).

 

Secret Garden

  • Maximum capacity is 100 guests for ceremonies and/or receptions.

  • Seating or table configuration must be designed for a 6’ social distance between groups of guests and no larger than 10 people per group.
     

 

Costs & Admission Fees

 

  • General admission will resume at our normal summer season rate of $8 per person for ages 3 & older, ages 2 & younger and members receive free admission.

  • General admission grants access to the grounds, including all facilities, special exhibits, special presentations, gardens & hiking trails.

  • As always members enjoy free general admission within your membership guidelines.

  • Note: Due to COVID-19, our organization has faced many unforeseen expenses, including the cost of purchasing sanitation supplies, installing new signage throughout the grounds, and implementing extra cleaning and sanitation procedures, in addition to other financial strains. This has created an unexpected burden on our operating budget. Please consider making additional donations to help our nonprofit through this difficult time.

Program Activities & Special Events

Summer Adventure Day Camp

  • Will occur every Wednesday & Thursday from July 1 through August 6.

  • Maximum of 9 campers per day.

  • We will strictly follow the state of Ohio’s mandated guidelines for day camps.

  • Registration is now open with limited spots – Sign up your child early!

 

Critter Tuesdays

  • Is now “Critter Features” and will be presented 2 to 3 days each week, multiple times per day. 

  • A schedule will be posted on our website and on our grounds each week.

  • We will limit the number of attendees per presentation and follow social distancing protocols.

  • Attendees will be required to get a numbered ticket to the presentation time of their choice. 

 

Evening in the Garden Fundraising Gala

  • The annual summer garden party fundraiser will not occur on June 18 as originally scheduled.

  • We are considering rescheduling this important fundraiser for September 3.

  • Watch for more details soon.

 

Member Movie Nights

  • Are currently cancelled.

  • We are exploring possible “Drive-in Movie Nights”.

Carnation Days at Beech Creek Gardens – Cancelled for 2020

 

Furry Friends Fest

  • Will not occur on August 23 as originally scheduled.

  • Rather we are planning multiple “Furry Friends Days” throughout the summer.

  • Watch for more information soon.

Butterfly Release Celebration

  • Will not occur on September 13 as originally scheduled.

  • Rather we are planning a week-long celebration with different activity options and multiple butterfly release times per day.

  • Watch for more information soon.

 

Please check our website often for changes and updates.
As we move forward with our reopening, we will continuously assess how our new procedures are working and make modifications as needed. That said, some changes may happen quickly and may affect your entry. To ensure the best experience during your visit, please check our website before visiting. We pledge to do all we can to minimize your risk while maximizing your enjoyment at Beech Creek Gardens.
 

View a statement from our Executive Director, Melinda Carmichael, regarding COVID-19.

Melinda Director Message Regarding Coron

Director Statement

"Our reopening approach will once again offer visitors the opportunity to connect with nature, explore and learn while spending quality time with family.

 

We believe that public gardens and nature preserves are an important outdoor space that is indispensable in the aiding of individual and community healing.

 

We are eager to have visitors strolling our gardens, exhibits and trails as they take in the fresh air and enjoy the rich diversity of our plant displays and educational exhibits.

 

By limiting visitor capacity and implementing health and safety measures recommended by state officials, the community can take in the beauty of our botanical garden in a safe way. We are committed to continuing to educate and inspire our guests every day!” 

 

Melinda Carmichael

Executive Director

All of the information presented on this page is subject to change. To stay up-to-date on our operations, please always check this page before visiting and consider signing up for our emails.

Beech Creek Gardens is set to reopen on Monday, June 8 
with modified operations.
Click
here to view our reopening plan.

 

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