These activities and experiences -- for individuals, families and groups -- offered throughout the season that will allow you to dig deeper into the natural science, architecture, landscape design and history of Stan Hywet and the Seiberling family.
For school and group information, pricing and scheduling, contact group sales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-315-3284.
Activities and Educational Experiences
Wednesdays at 10:30 am on September 11, October 16, and November 13
For the youngest guests (children, ages 3-6) visiting the estate, Stan Hywet offers the “Seiberling Explorers” program on select Wednesdays at 10:30am. Programs take place in the Playgarden and throughout the estate. Seiberling Explorers begins promptly at 10:30am in the Carriage House Courtyard. No pre-registration required; included in admission.
Don’t just walk the grounds; explore them in depth by going on a Quest! Stan Hywet has partnered with our friends at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to create scavenger hunts called “Ohio & Erie Canalway Quests” where guests of all ages follow a series of clues to locate a hidden “treasure box.” Follow clues to uncover overlooked features and locations via three Quests that tell three unique stories about the creation of the Seiberling Estate. Quests are active from April 15 to November 15 of each year. Quests are active from April 15 to November 15 of each year.
- Designing the Landscape Quest - Explore favorite spots and discover more “hidden” features with Stan Hywet’s landscape designer, Warren Manning.
- I Spy at the Manor Quest - Seek out unique architectural features alongside Stan Hywet’s architect, Charles Schneider.
- Seiberlings at Play Quest -Walk the Estate to reveal a variety of areas that Seiberling friends and family used for sports and recreational activities.
Go to Admissions to pick up a Quest, or visit ohioanderiecanalway.com for more information. It's helpful to download information prior visiting Stan Hywet.
Several hidden treasure boxes called “geocaches” may be discovered throughout the property by using a hand-held GPS unit, smart phone, iPad or other portable device. This fun and exciting way to treasure hunt is called “geocaching.” Geocaching combines outdoor play with team-building, problem-solving and other valuable educational outcomes including using GIS (geographic information systems) to read and interpret data; a skill that is built into the Ohio New Learning Standards. To learn more and obtain GPS coordinates and clues to help locate caches visit geocaching.com. Don’t have your own hand-held GPS unit? Download the free Geocaching Intro app from Groundspeak onto your smart phone or tablet before you get here!
Stan Hywet's "Geocaching Adventure!" kits containing up to five GPS units, basic instructions and GPS coordinates are available to schools, scouts and homeschool groups. For Boy Scout Geocaching Merit Badge requirements, go to scouting.org
- Groups: Is your group interested in geocaching? For more information, pricing and to book your group, contact group sales at 330-315-3284.
Butterflies of North America
Mid-June to early September, get up-close and personal with Ohio's native butterflies by visiting the Butterfly Habitat located next to the Corbin Conservatory. Through interactive activities, simple observation tools and interpretive materials facilitated by Stan Hywet education volunteers, guests will:
- Uncover the secrets of the butterfly life cycle
- Identify several of Ohio's native species
- Learn how to make one’s own yard more butterfly friendly
Nature is made fun and exciting with Stan Hywet’s Nature’s Explorer Backpacks for children ages 4 to 10 years. Within each pack is a pair of binoculars, a set of tweezers, a bug catcher, a magnifying glass and an insect guide to help kids discover many of the creatures that call Stan Hywet home. Follow the directions to complete the included activities or make up your own! Sign out a backpack at the Admissions desk.
Discovery Days a weekly drop-in program returns in spring, 2020
Drop-in on any of the above dates and explore the grounds with your kids. Our staff will help get you started, and after that, continue at your own pace. Try activities like geocaching, questing, bird watching, insect identification and more. No pre-registration is require. Included in a "Garden Grounds" admission.
More Opportunities for Learning on the Estate: