Welcome sign for Beech Creek Gardens with artwork on it of pink flowers and a butterfly.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General Visit Information

Is Beech Creek Gardens outdoors or indoors?


We have both outdoor and indoor facilities at our nature preserve. The Caterpillar Nursery, Butterfly House, and Amazing Garden Plant Science Center are in separate greenhouses throughout the grounds. The Amazing Garden and Caterpillar Nursery are completely enclosed. The Butterfly House is covered in the middle and netted on the sides, so some rain can get through on the sides. The nature playground is outdoors, but has a small pavilion and treehouse that are covered. The Visitor Center & Nature Store are in an air-conditioned building. The Woodland Pavilion is outdoors with a covered roof. The Secret Garden is outdoors shaded by trees. All the botanical gardens are outdoors throughout the grounds. Everything is located within a short walking distance. From the Visitor Center, it takes about 30 seconds to walk to the Amazing Garden, one minute to walk to the Butterfly House and Caterpillar Nursery, and two minutes to walk to the nature playground.




Are there areas of Beech Creek Gardens that are open year-round?


The hiking trails, nature playgrounds, Gravity Glue, and picnic areas are open year-round. If you are not a Beech Creek member, you are restricted to our public operating hours and your visit is subject to any applicable general admission costs. If you are a Beech Creek member, you have access to these four areas daily from dawn to dusk, outside of public operating hours, by using your pin code to the open the security gate and access the grounds. For a complete outline of how the general admission cost changes throughout the year, visit the Hours/Admission/Contact page. For information on becoming a Beech Creek member, visit the Membership page.




Is Beech Creek Gardens wheelchair/electric scooter accessible?


All areas of Beech Creek Gardens are wheelchair/electric scooter accessible, except the hiking trails. Most of the exploration surfaces are compact gravel. We also have several small parking lots throughout the grounds that are reserved for handicapped visitors and anyone who has difficulty walking even if they don’t have a handicapped placard. These small parking lots are located directly outside the Visitor Center, Butterfly House, and Nature Playce. For visitors who plan to use one of these handicapped parking lots, we require that they first park outside the Visitor Center, purchase admission passes, then drive to the parking lot of their choice.




What payments do you accept?


We accept cash, credit card, and check. Due to our transaction fees, there is a $10 minimum to use a credit card.




Is the nature playground wheelchair accessible?


Some areas of the Nature Playce playground are ADA-compliant and wheelchair accessible.




Are the grounds stroller accessible?


Yes, all the grounds are stroller-friendly using a standard stroller. The hiking trails are accessible using an all-terrain stroller and certain jogging strollers that have large wheels.

Here's more specific information about each of our hiking trails. The main gravel walkway is perfect for standard strollers. Fern Ridge Trail, Spicebush Trail, and Oakview Trail would be hiked best using an all-terrain/large wheel stroller. Creekside Trail is not very stroller-friendly, though not impossible to use with a stroller. There are two sets of stairs on Creekside Trail, but if you accessed the trail from near the Hoover Bridge and then just turned around and backtracked when you got to the stairs, you could enjoy that trail as well.




Do I have to be a member to visit?


No, you do not have to be a member to visit. We are open to the public. Visitors can simply pay the daily general admission cost. Members receive free general admission.




What do non-members have access to when they come for the day?


Non-members pay the daily general admission cost and have access to all current exhibits and areas, which change seasonally. The general admission cost ranges depending on how much there is for visitors to do. The difference for members is that they have access to the grounds outside of the normal operating hours, whereas non-members must visit within the operating hours. Both members and non-members get access to the exact same exhibits/areas, just the hours differ, and members receive free general admission.

For a complete outline of how the general admission cost changes throughout the year, visit the Hours/Admission/Contact page.




Are you open to the public for walking?


We are open to the public different days & hours throughout the year. Visitors can simply pay the daily general admission cost, which also varies throughout the year, and grants access to the grounds, including all facilities, special exhibits, special presentations, gardens & hiking trails. Visit the Hours & Admission page to view the Open Hours & Admission Cost Schedule.




Are dogs allowed on the property?


Pets are always welcome on our grounds, even inside the buildings. We just ask that you have them on a leash and clean up after them.

​Please note - Pets are prohibited from entering the two areas where our new raptors from Raptor Hallow Sanctuary are kept, as the birds are easily spooked by the dogs. These prohibited areas include the Wild Wonders Trail located off of Oakview Trail (hiking with dogs on Oakview Trail is permitted) and one of our greenhouses where some of the raptors are being kept over the winter. Keep an eye out for signs indicating that dogs are not allowed in these two areas.




Do you allow bikes on your trails?


No, we do not allow bikes on our hiking trails. The trails are not really suitable for biking.




Do you offer gift certificates?


Yes, we offer general use gift certificates that can be used toward general admission tickets, special event tickets, memberships, and items from our Nature Store gift shop. These gift certificates usually have an expiration date for the last day of the year. We also offer membership gift certificates that can be redeemed for an annual membership pass (even if the membership cost has increased since the gift certificate was purchased). At this time, gift certificates can be purchased in-person at our Visitor Center or can be purchased over the phone and mailed to the buyer or directly to the recipient.




Will the children's nature camp affect my visit?


The winter, spring and summer day camps will not affect your visit in any capacity. The small group of campers do most of their activities in areas on the grounds not accessible to regular visitors.




Can I take photos there?


Yes, you are more than welcome to take photos during your visit. Professional photographers (defined as someone paid for their services) must adhere to our Photography Agreement. Visitor photography must follow our Photography Guidelines, such as don't enter the flower beds, don't move benches or displays, etc. You can view all the visitor photography guidelines here: http://www.beechcreekgardens.org/photography-policy/. If your photos are not being taken by a professional photographer, then everyone in your group would simply be subject to our general admission cost. We also encourage you to share the photos from your visit on social media and tag us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

For professional photographers, please keep in mind that any of the fees can be passed onto your clients. Also, the permit is valid for an entire year. If you are a professional photographer, but you agree to let Beech Creek Gardens use your photos in our marketing (sometimes without photo credit, but we will always provide credit if we are able), then you may take photos on our grounds without our photography permit. Please contact our Marketing Director, Beth Karapandzich, at 330-829-7050 or via email at beth@beechcreekgardens.org to set up an arrangement before your visit so we can discuss the terms of use and gather your contact information.




Do you have picnic tables?


We have many picnic tables throughout our grounds. Our largest group of picnic tables is located just a few yards from our parking lot. Our wildlife deck and woodland pavilion are also very close to the parking lot and visitors are more than welcome to enjoy meals in those areas as long as the areas are not being rented.




Where are you located?


Our address is 11929 Beech St NE, Alliance, OH 44601. We are located in Washington Township, one mile east of State Route 62. Our entrance is near the intersection of Beech St NE and Oakhill Ave.

Here's a link to our location on Google Maps.




Which holidays are you closed?


We are closed on New Year's Day, Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. The Visitor Center will not be open on these days and there will not be any staff in the office. For all other holidays that fall in between our events and exhibits, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Columbus Day, visitors have access to our Visitor Center, picnic areas, nature playgrounds, and hiking trails, subject to the respective general admission fee.




What ages is Beech Creek Gardens appropriate for?


Beech Creek Gardens has activities for all ages. School-aged children and adults will enjoy the Butterfly House, Caterpillar Nursery, Amazing Garden Plant Science Center, hiking trails, botanical gardens, Gravity Glue, and picnic areas. Children of all ages will enjoy the two nature playgrounds.

Beech Creek Gardens is the perfect place for young children to have fun while learning. Young children will love the two nature playgrounds, and they can also engage with two dozen hands-on and interactive exhibits in the Amazing Garden Plant Science Center.

Some events that are great for teenagers and adults are Bird in Hand, Garden Symposium, Art in Bloom, our summer exhibits with the Butterfly House, Critter Tuesdays, Evening in the Garden, Furry Friend Fest, the Butterfly Release Celebration, and possibly Spooky Science & Holiday Nights depending on your interests.




Can I bring food & drinks into the venue?


Yes, you may bring food & drinks into our botanical garden during your visit. You may bring snacks, takeout meals, or a picnic. We have many picnic tables throughout our grounds. Our largest group of picnic tables is located just a few yards from our parking lot. Our wildlife deck and woodland pavilion are also very close to the parking lot and visitors are more than welcome to enjoy meals in those areas as long as the areas are not being rented. Our public water fountains are currently not available due to COVID-19, so we encourage visitors to bring their own water & drinks during this time. We also have pre-packaged snacks and beverages for sale in our Visitor Center, such as chips, cookies, crackers, fruits snacks, bottled water, soda, and tea. Please note that alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the grounds except for renters within our rental facilities with prior permission.





Events/Calendar

How can I find out about events at Beech Creek Gardens?


To stay up-to-date on all the happenings at Beech Creek Gardens, visit our website regularly, especially the Calendar of Events page. We also suggest you sign up for our email list and follow us on social media.

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Do you offer events for children?


Besides our ongoing summer exhibits (Butterfly House & Caterpillar Nursery) which are both interactive, educational and perfect for all ages, we do have a few other special events for children throughout the year. In the summer, we have a weekly nature day camp for ages 7-12 and we also have Critter Features where visitors can see live animals up close and sometimes touch. In August, we have special activities for the local Carnation Days Festival. In mid-September, we do our Butterfly Release Celebration where visitors can observe the tagging and releasing of our monarch butterflies. In October, we have our Spooky Science event, and in winter, we have Christmas activities and hand-feeding wild chickadees. For members, we have outdoor movie nights at the nature playground, Nature Playce. Also, our Amazing Garden Plant Science is open most times of the year and features hands-on, educational activities for all ages. For a complete list of all the events offered at Beech Creek Gardens, visit the Calendar of Events page.




Do you offer events for adults?


Besides our ongoing summer exhibits (Butterfly House & Caterpillar Nursery) which are both interactive, educational and perfect for all ages, we do offer a few adult-only events. In February, we have the annual Garden Symposium which is a one-day seminar of gardening classes and hands-on workshops. In June, we have our Evening in the Garden fundraising event where attendees can explore the beautiful gardens and trails at sunset, enjoy delicious food and adult beverages, listen to the soothing sounds of live music, and take part in the silent auction. In August, we have our annual Garden Tea which is geared toward adults. We also offer adult workshops throughout the year, with occasional workshops offered in the summer and several workshops offered during the winter holiday season. For a complete list of all the events offered at Beech Creek Gardens, visit the Calendar of Events page.




How much does it cost to participate in events?


Some events are included with general admission, such as Critter Features. The general admission cost changes seasonally and ranges from $6-9. For a complete outline of how the general admission cost changes throughout the year, visit the Hours/Admission/Contact page: https://www.beechcreekgardens.org/hours-admission-contact. All other events vary in cost and some events are free and open to the public such as Carnation Days at Beech Creek Gardens. For a complete list of all the events offered at Beech Creek Gardens, visit the Calendar of Events page.




Do you offer workshops?


We offer adult workshops throughout the year, with occasional workshops offered in the summer and several workshops offered during the winter holiday season. Also, our annual Garden Symposium always includes a hands-on make & take workshop. For a complete list of all the events offered at Beech Creek Gardens, visit the Calendar of Events page. You can also sign up for our email list to be notified of upcoming workshops here. We can also do workshops on-site and off-site for private organizations, groups, and parties. Please contact us to schedule a private workshop.





Membership

How can I purchase a membership?


The best way to purchase your membership is in-person at our Visitor Center. You can pay using check, cash, or credit card. Then we can give you your Member ID Badge and information letter right away and answer any questions you might have. We are located at 11929 Beech St NE, Alliance, OH 44601. You can also purchase a membership over the phone using a credit card. We'll get the information we need from you over the phone and then we can mail the Member ID Badge and letter to you. Our phone number is (330) 829-7050. You may also mail a check to pay for your membership (do not send cash through the mail). Download our Membership Form here http://bit.ly/BC-Mail-Membership-Form to sign up as a new member or renew your membership through the mail. Make checks payable to Beech Creek Gardens
Mail to 11929 Beech St NE, Alliance, OH 44601




Does a membership grant you access to only the Butterfly House?


No. A Beech Creek membership, whether a family or individual membership, grants you free unlimited admission to all the areas of Beech Creek, including the botanical gardens, hiking trails, nature playgrounds, as well as seasonal exhibits, such as the Butterfly House, Amazing Garden, Caterpillar Nursery, Art In Bloom, and Christmas. Members receive a discount on tickets for special events, including Spooky Science, workshops, garden teas, and galas.




What should I do if I lose my Member ID Badge?


Please contact us via phone at (330) 829-7050 or via email at info@beechcreekgardens.org and inform us that you misplaced your Member ID Badge. Please provide us with the full name of the contact person associated with your membership. If you have a family membership, please provide the number of adults and children listed on the membership. Once we verify your membership information, we will mail you a new Member ID Badge and send it to the mailing address we have on file.




Which special events are free with a membership and which ones are discounted?


Special events that are free with a membership are the Butterfly Release Celebration, Bird in Hand, Art in Bloom, Critter Tuesdays, Member Outdoor Movie Nights, and Christmas at Beech Creek. Events that are discounted with a membership are Spooky Science, the annual Garden Symposium, the annual Garden Tea, Evening in the Garden Fundraising Gala, Summer Camp, Furry Friend Fest, and workshops. Please note that this information is subject to change.




Do Beech Creek members have access to Nature Playce and the rest of the grounds outside of normal operating hours?


Yes. Members have access to the grounds from dawn to dusk every day of the year, so that includes access to the playgrounds, gardens, picnic areas, and hiking trails. For members, our operating hours apply to the buildings only - The Butterfly House, Amazing Garden, Caterpillar Nursery, greenhouses, and Visitor Center. When you arrive, pull your vehicle up to the pin pad located on the left side of the driveway before the security gate. Please enter your pin code slowly and wait for the beep after pressing each number. If you enter the code too quickly, it may not work. Even though you are visiting outside of public operating hours, please park in the main parking lot (do not drive back to the nature playground), except for handicapped visitors or visitors who have mobility issues. All the small parking lots throughout the grounds are reserved for handicapped visitors and anyone who has difficulty walking even if they don’t have a handicapped placard. SCENARIO #1: If you visit outside of public operating hours and the Visitor Center is unlocked (check the door), go inside, sign in at the member self-serve area, and get wristbands for everyone included with your membership. Please have your Member ID Badge visible. Then you’re free to explore! SCENARIO #2: If you visit outside of public operating hours and the Visitor Center is locked, you do not have to sign in. Just please make sure your Member ID Badge is visible as you explore the grounds. SCENARIO #3: If you arrive in the morning before the Visitor Center is unlocked for the day, you do not have to sign in. Just please make sure your Member ID Badge is visible as you explore the grounds. However, if you’re still on the grounds once the building is unlocked for the day, we ask that you stop back and sign in. If you’re finished exploring, you may leave after signing in. If you are remaining on the grounds for a while after signing in, please get wristbands for everyone included with your membership. SCENARIO #4: If you wish to bring guests not included on your membership outside of the public operating hours, this is permitted, but the guests must purchase general admission passes inside the Visitor Center. Please call ahead to ensure a staff member will be available to facilitate this transaction. Otherwise, please do not bring guests outside of the public operating hours if they are unable to purchase general admission passes.




Can I include a babysitter on my family membership?


Yes. A babysitter may accompany one adult who is visiting with their family membership, for a total of 2 adults visiting at one time on one family membership. For example, if a family of 2 parents and 4 children has a family membership, whenever they visit, one parent plus the babysitter may attend, along with the 4 children. If both parents and all 4 children attend and they wish to bring the babysitter, the babysitter would be considered a guest and would pay the General Admission fee. The babysitter may also bring the children unaccompanied by the children’s parents and everyone would be free under the family membership. Just be sure the babysitter has the Member ID Badge or knows the first and last name of the membership contact person so we can verify the membership.




If my grandchildren are included in their parents’ family membership or vice versa, do I have to pay for the children when they visit Beech Creek Gardens with me?


No. If a child is included on a family membership (whether it is a parent or grandparent membership), the child’s general admission is always free regardless of who they are visiting with. For example, if a child is visiting Beech Creek Gardens with a grandparent, but the child is included in their parents’ family membership, then the child’s admission is free and the grandparent would pay the General Admission fee.




How do I purchase a membership as a gift?


The best way to purchase a gift membership is in-person at our Visitor Center. We will need the recipient’s name, address, email (optional), phone number, and the number of adults and children that will be included on the membership if purchasing a family membership. You can pay using check, cash, or credit card. We are located at 11929 Beech St NE, Alliance, OH 44601. By purchasing the membership in-person, we can give you the Member ID Badge and information letter which you can then give directly to the recipient. We also mail the Member ID Badge and information letter directly to the recipient. You can also purchase a membership over the phone using a credit card. We will get the recipient’s information from you over the phone and then we can either mail the Member ID Badge and letter to you for you to give it directly to the recipient, or we can mail the Member ID Badge and information letter directly to the recipient. If we do the latter, we will need your address as well to send you a copy of the information letter for tax deduction purposes since you would be the person paying for the membership. Our phone number is (330) 829-7050.




Do you ever offer discounted memberships?


No, we do not offer discounted memberships at this time. We are a non-profit organization and memberships are one of our main sources of funding, so we do not offer discounts on them. Our memberships are a great buy though! If you visit often or have a big family, the membership pays for itself in a few visits. Also, there are times when it is possible to win a membership through a contest, raffle, giveaway or auction we hold or an organization we collaborate with holds. To find out about our promotions, sign up to receive our emails here http://bit.ly/BCEmailSignUp and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.




My membership has two adults listed on it. Can I bring a guest as one of those two adults?


No. A family membership only includes those who live in your household, or if you are a grandparent, the family membership includes everyone who lives in your household plus your grandchildren under the age of 18 (even if they do not live in your household). Memberships do not include guests. To be fair to Beech Creek Gardens and support our revenue stream, guests should be prepared to pay our General Admission fee, or consider getting their own Family Membership.




As a member, can I bring non-member guests with me to the outdoor movie nights?


No. The movie nights are an exclusive members-only perk. Guests are not permitted.




What pin code do I use to open the security gate outside of normal operating hours?


Please use the pin code we provided you with when you signed up to become a member. The code should have been written on the membership letter we gave you and on the back of your Member ID Badge. When you arrive, pull your vehicle up to the pin pad located on the left side of the driveway before the security gate. Please enter your pin code slowly and wait for the beep after pressing each number. If you enter the code too quickly, it may not work.




When can I purchase a membership?


You can purchase a membership anytime throughout the year. The membership is valid one year from the purchase date.




How much is a family membership and what does it include?


A family membership is $60 and it includes everyone who lives in your household up to 6 people, $5 per additional person per year (additional people must also live in the household). For grandparents, the family membership includes everyone who lives in your household plus your grandchildren under the age of 18 (even if they do not live in your household). There is no limit to the number of grandchildren included on a family membership. It is valid for an entire year from the date you purchase it. A membership grants you free unlimited general admission, which includes all areas of Beech Creek Gardens. You also get discounts on special events (like Spooky Science, the annual Garden Symposium, the annual Garden Tea), discounts on workshops, summer camp, facility rentals, and 10% off gift shop and plant purchases. Events that are free with the membership include the Butterfly Release Celebration, Bird in Hand, Art in Bloom, Critter Tuesdays, Member Outdoor Movie Nights, and Christmas at Beech Creek (please note that this information is subject to change). Members also have access to the playgrounds and hiking trails from dawn to dusk year-round, so they have access to the grounds beyond our normal operating hours.




What are the benefits to becoming a member?


A membership grants you free unlimited general admission for an entire year, which includes all areas of Beech Creek Gardens. You also get discounts on special events (like Spooky Science, the annual Garden Symposium, the annual Garden Tea), discounts on workshops, summer camp, facility rentals, and 10% off gift shop and plant purchases. Events that are free with the membership include the Butterfly Release Celebration, Bird in Hand, Art in Bloom, Critter Tuesdays, Member Outdoor Movie Nights, and Christmas at Beech Creek (please note that this information is subject to change). Members also have access to the playgrounds and hiking trails from dawn to dusk year-round, so they have access to the grounds beyond our normal operating hours.




How much does a membership cost?


Family and grandparent yearly memberships are each $70, an individual membership is $40. We also offer college student memberships, and other memberships at varying levels of support.

Student - $25
Individual - $40
Family - $70
Friend - $100
Patron - $250
Benefactor - $500




As a member, can my family use the nature playground on nice days during winter?


Yes, as long as there isn't ice or snow on the play surfaces. Throughout the winter, if there's a day you would like to visit and there’s any chance that the playground may have ice or snow on it, we suggest contacting us just to be sure it's safe to play on. For the fastest response, please call us at (330) 829-7050.





General Admission

What is the current cost of general admission?


General admission from now through September 12 is $9 per person for ages 3 & older. Ages 2 & younger and members are free. General admission grants you access to all available areas and exhibits, so currently, that includes access to the Butterfly House, Caterpillar Nursery, Raptor Hallow Sanctuary Wild Wonders, Amazing Garden Plant Science Center, Nature Playce playground, Logs O' Fun playground, beautiful botanical gardens, picnic areas, hiking trails, and the Nature Store/Visitor Center. There is no general admission cost to shop the plant sales or the Nature Store. For more information, visit the Hours/Admission web page.




What is the cost of admission throughout the year?


The general admission cost changes seasonally depending on how much there is for visitors to do. For a complete outline of how the general admission cost changes throughout the year, view the General Admission Cost Schedule on the Hours & Admission web page. The general admission cost grants you access to all current exhibits and available areas.




Do I need to purchasing admission passes before visiting?


No, you do not. Please purchase daily admission passes upon arrival.




Is there a separate admission cost for the different exploration areas, like the Butterfly House, Nature Playce playground, hiking trails, etc?


No, there is one general admission cost which grants you access to all current exhibits and available areas. The general admission cost changes seasonally depending on how much there is for visitors to do. For a complete outline of how the general admission cost changes throughout the year and what areas are available, view the General Admission Cost Schedule on the Hours & Admission web page.




Do I have to pay admission if I am just shopping?


No. There is no general admission cost to shop the plant sales or the Nature Store. General admission applies for all other areas of Beech Creek Gardens.




Do you accept credit cards as payment?


Yes, we do. We accept credit cards, cash and checks. Due to our transaction fees, there is a $10 minimum to use a credit card.




Do you offer any discounts on general admission?


Occasionally, we offer special promotions for discounted admission and certain events we hold may offer free admission, like our Carnation Days activities each August. Visitors age 65 & older can receive a senior discount of $1 off the current admission price (senior visitors must request this discount when purchasing admission passes - we do not assume a visitor's age). Visitors can also save on admission costs by purchasing a membership. This is a great option for visitors who come often or have a large family. Members receive free year-round general admission and discounts on special event tickets, workshops, camp, facility rentals, and 10% off gift shop and plant purchases. For more information about becoming a member, visit our Membership web page.




Why do you have a general admission cost?


We are an independent non-profit organization. We do not receive tax dollars or regularly occurring financial support from any other entity. As our organization continues to grow, it is crucial that we generate enough revenue to cover our increasing operating expenses.

We rely heavily on admission revenue, membership dues, charitable grants, donations, and fundraisers to continue the programs and events we offer to the community. Admission revenue is our main source of funding, and admission & membership combined contribute to more than half of our overall annual revenue which is why these two revenue streams are vital to our existence.

As a visitor, your support is indispensable to our nonprofit, and please know that you are helping sustain our organization so that we can continue carrying out our very important mission of providing people & pets with educational and recreational opportunities, while preserving lands, and inspiring others to help protect our natural habitats for future generations. Thank you for your understanding and support!





You have questions and we have answers! Click on the question category, then use the drop downs to find answers. If you still have questions, please call (330) 829-7050 or email info@beechcreekgardens.org.