Located near the Peacock Playhouse, this literacy adventure can be enjoyed by all ages! Take a stroll through a woodland path while discovering "Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story", by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss - illustrated by Cinyee Chiu.

In this cozy bedtime story, follow a child and his grandma through a winter landscape to explore how the Earth goes to sleep for winter. Spot the sleeping animals as the tale unfolds, then learn about their hibernation habits from the information pages at the end.

Co-authors Sean Taylor (picture book author) and Alex Morss (ecologist, journalist, and educator) offer a gentle introduction to the concept of hibernation. In the frosty, quiet forest, the snow blankets the ground and the trees have shed their leaves. Where have all the animals gone? Are they asleep too?

Many thanks to our project partner, Mansfield-Richland County Public Library, and to the Keyser Library Fund and the George and Barbara Keyser D A Fund of Richland County Foundation who funded the establishment of The Storybook Trail. Park National Bank is the 2020 sponsor.



Sponsored by: Park National Bank


School may be out, but summer is still a fantastic time to learn! 

Cultivation education is back for the Summer of  2020! 

This annual summer learning series is geared to children between 4 – 10 years of age and features nature-based, hands-on learning experiences with a on site field trip on the grounds of Kingwood to a different location each week! Cultivation Education meets on Tuesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am June 2nd - July 28th.  

June 2 - The life cycle of a flower

June 9 - Bees

June 16 - Deserts and Cacti

June 23 - Aquatic Wildlife

June 30 - Butterflies

July 7 - Birds

July 14 - Tropical Plants

July 21 - Peacocks

July 28 - Seasons


Temporarily Closed Due to Restrictions 

Welcome to the Peacock Playhouse:

The Kingwood Sensory Center 


At the Peacock Playhouse, children and their families can explore nature through many different activities. There are books you can read, garden games to play, and masterpieces to create.  You can even take a rest on your Kingwood journey and watch birds and hummingbirds through the large windows of the center. 

The Peacock Playhouse opens April 1st is open daily from 10am-6pm

It is designed for self-exploration and is periodically monitored by staff throughout the day.

We hope you enjoy this new educational offering and would love to hear about suggestions for making it better each year!





Many of Kingwood's professional staff offer programs on a wide range of gardening topics.  They can all be reached by calling Kingwood at 419-522-0211.

Chuck Gleaves is the Executive Director of Kingwood Center Gardens and has a wide range of gardening interests including photography which make his programs dynamic.  He particularly likes to speak about his experience in developing his own gardens, where he has experimented with a wide range of gardening techniques and habitats.  He is also happy to talk about Kingwood Center Gardens, garden history, best plant selections, learning the "medium" of gardening, edible landscapes, gardening with native plants, and many other horticultural topics.  Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ideas on potential gardening topics and he will discuss accommodating requests.  See his blog at www.lifestylegarden.blogspot.com

Bill Collins is the Head Gardener at Kingwood Center Gardens, and also manages a number of the educational programs, shows, and a wide assortment of gardening programs. Contact Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about his long list of specific programs he offers under the following topics: Kingwood Center, landscape design, perennials, annuals, trees & shrubs, herbs, edible flowers, house plants, floral design, public & private gardens.

Glenna Sheaffer has been a gardener at Kingwood since 1989.  She is responsible for the perennial, woodland and herb gardens.  She has designed displays and topiaries, gives lectures, tours and workshops, and arranges fresh and dried flowers. Some specific titles of programs she is prepared to offer are: Garden Design (Perennial, Herb or Shade), Colonial Herbs (a power point program), Dividing Perennials, Wildflowers, Perennials A-Z.  Horticultural topics she can address include:  Arranging with Herbs, Drying Flowers for Arranging, Low Maintenance Gardening, Extending the Garden into Fall and Winter, and Getting Ready for Spring.  You can reach Glenna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..