Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

11929 Beech St NE, Alliance, Ohio 44601

EMAIL:                                                PHONE:        (330) 829-7050


April 6 - May 29, 2020

September 8 - October 2, 2020

Amazing Garden Learning Trails Field Trip Program


  • Scheduling for 2020 is open 

  • Download and complete this Reservation Form

  • Return your completed form by mail or email

  • Your reservation will be confirmed by email (your reservation is not complete until you receive a confirmation from us)

  • Questions - call 330-829-7050 or email: subject : School Field Trip

  • Field trip dates are available most weekdays April 6 through May 29, 2020 and September 8 through October 2, 2020 – call for details

  • 2020 Fee $5/per student - (Teachers and one Chaperon per 10 students free)

  • Group size – 25 students min. – 75 students max. (groups under 25 or over 75 can be accommodated with some adjustment to the program – please give us a call)

  • Programs are designed to provide a 3 hr. comprehensive learning experience usually 9 am to 1 pm including a lunch break.  Adjustments to this schedule are always possible.  Please call 330-829-7050 to discuss your specific needs. 

  • The majority of the Learning Trail areas are handicap accessible.

  • Picnic tables outdoors are available for lunch (we have a picnic shelter that can accommodate most groups during inclement weather)

  • Students, teachers, and chaperones will go out on the trail even in the rain so please dress for the weather – we will not go on the trail if a storm is threatening. 

What are Learning Trails?

  1. Guided instruction in the Amazing Garden – where students interact with the learning stations and enjoy songs and stories with Professor Culpepper in the Amazing Garden Plant Exploratorium

  2. Field Experience – where students participate in a guided trail walk that includes field work specific to the chosen learning topic

  3. Integrated Learning – in the Visitor Center students engage in a creative activity designed to extend the understanding of the science through artistic expression. This is the student's opportunity to create a project that summarizes the topic they have investigated.

Life Cycles
This program is designed to provide students with a hands-on, inquiry experience working with plants and animals to observe and identify the physical features of life stages and the relation of those stages to their environment. 

Living Things
Living things require energy, water and a particular range of temperatures in their environments. This program is designed to provide students with a hands-on, inquiry experience working with plants and other organisms that depend on each other for survival, taking into account that nothing can exist in isolation.

Ohio Native Plants
Native plants do a better job of providing food and shelter for native wild animals than do introduced plants. Native plants are the foundation of our natural ecosystems and protect biodiversity.  This program is designed to provide students with a hands-on, inquiry experience working with and identifying Ohio native plants.  Students will also explore the critical role that native plants play in the health and well-being of their local environment by observing the interactions between native plants, soils, and animals. 

Soil – We can't live without it!
Soils exist as natural ecosystems on the surface of Earth made up of macro and micro organisms, minerals, organic matter, air, and water. Soils are living systems that provide many of the most fundamental functions needed for life.

(Why do we study Soil? GLOBE learning activity intro.)
This program is designed to provide students with a hands-on experience with soils.  Students will complete a modified soil characterization, collect soil temperature and moisture data and sort out the components (clay, sand, silt, rocks, roots, critters) that make up a soil sample. When time permits, several samples are collected, and a comparison of the soil is made between groups. During this investigation, particular attention is drawn to the interaction between the biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) components of an ecosystem.

Changing Surface
There are many reasons why the Earths surface changes and some of them, like floods and volcanoes, can be catastrophic.  However, changes occur around us daily that, over time, impact the local environment that supports our way of life.(Ohio Academic Learning Standards - Science)  This program takes a look at some of the more subtle ways the Earths surface changes.  We will explore the power of plants, the potential of a summer rain or winter snow, and the activity of animals, including humans, that continuously contribute to the ever-changing earth surface.

Fossils Then & Now!
Fossils provide evidence that many plant and animal species are extinct and that many species have changed over time.  We will take a close look at some local fossil evidence using hand lenses and microscopes to search for details.  Then we will explore the landscape at Beech Creek to find similar plant life.

New Spring 2019 – Hydrology:
We do not just drink water; we are water!

Water constitutes 50 to 90 percent of the weight of all living organisms.  It is one of the most abundant and essential substances on Earth.  Water sustains plant and animal life, plays a vital role in the formation of weather, helps to shape and reshape the surface of the planet through erosion and other processes, and approximately 70 percent of Earth's surface is covered in water (Hydrology Introduction, GLOBE).   During the students time at Beech Creek, they will explore the role that plants play in keeping our water clean, walk a watershed and test the Beech Creek for water temperature, pH, turbidity and dissolved oxygen levels.

Blaze Your Own Trail
This program gives you the freedom to design a visit to fit your specific needs.  You tell us what you would like to cover and we will help build a program to do just that.

Please note: If your group of students does not meet the criteria for the Amazing Garden Learning Trails Field Trip Program, you may instead schedule a self-guided group tour. For groups of 10 or more, please make a group reservation here [LINK].