Monday, August 27, 2012

Wandering Around Peck Farm in Geneva

Awhile back I heard about the Butterfly House at Peck Farm in Geneva. Since my daughter loved her encounter with the butterflies at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, I thought that this would be the perfect adventure for us. We found a nice day that wasn't too hot and wasn't cold and headed out.

Immediately, we found the grounds of Peck Farm to be beautiful. We arrived slightly before the Butterfly House opened, so we opted to take a hike along one of the trails. The trail led us through vibrant prairie flowers and around a lake. We had fun identifying wildlife.


After finishing the trail, we investigated the silo. You can enter the silo and climb the stairs to the top. From the top, you have a nice view of the landscape. As you climb up the silo, their are murals painted to give you a little peek into part of Geneva's history. I thought that this was a really neat concept.
Inside the silo.

Next, we headed into the Interpretative Center which is housed in the Peck House. The Peck House was built in 1869. Inside, there are exhibits explaining the story of the Peck family as well as discussing some important events in American history. There are also nature exhibits detailing the nature in the area. The learning is very hands-on, so my daughter had a blast!

Finally, we headed to the Butterfly House. When we entered, the guide explained to us conduct within the house (not to touch the butterflies, watch out for them on the ground, etc.). Also, when we left, he was careful to make sure that we did not have any hitchhikers. I really appreciated the care that was taken for the butterflies!




The Butterfly House was smaller than other ones that I have been to. I think that its small size made it easier to identify the butterflies there. We were given a guide to use to identify the butterflies. My daughter had a good time doing that! You could also view some chrysalises, which was cool!

We loved our visit to Peck Farm. Peck Farm is free (there is a suggested donation of $2 pp or $5 per family for the Butterfly House, but it isn't mandatory). Peck Farm is located at 4038 Kaneville Road in Geneva. If you would like to see the Butterfly House, it will be open until September 22. The hours are Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM and 12PM-5PM on Sundays. Peck Farm has picnic tables if you would enjoy lunch there. There are restrooms located in one of the barns. There are also special events throughout the year. Besides the Butterfly Farm, the rest of the grounds are open year round with the following schedule from the website:



Hours of Operation - Year Round
Trails, Picnic Area, and the Courtyard
Daily
Sunrise - 10:00 pm
May - October
Orientation Barn, Observation Silo & Peck House
Mon - Sat:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
November - April
Orientation Barn & Observation Silo & Peck House
Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun:
CLOSED

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