Butterfly House spreads wings with corn mazeWritten by David J. Coehrs | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors to the Butterfly House in Whitehouse can not only witness the life cycle of a butterfly, they can live it for the first time — all seven miles of it.
On weekends through Oct. 28, this year-round haven for numerous species of butterflies will offer guests special corn mazes depicting the four life stages: chrysalis (cocoon), caterpillar, butterfly and a flower-butterfly theme. Butterfly House owner Duke Wheeler said he sees it as a way to offer the Toledo area fall family entertainment and put his unique business on the map.
“People love it. They didn’t even know the Butterfly House existed,” he said. “Families just have a great time.”
Located on Eber Road, four-and-a-half miles south of Toledo Express Airport, the maze was created through the brainchild of Idaho-based Maze Play. Following a computer program with GPS capabilities, a tractor created the cornfield playland during about 12 hours this summer.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was stunned with the beauty. It’s amazing,” Wheeler said.
The mazes stretch over one to 2.8 miles. And while six checkpoints are set up in each maze, and maps are provided, he advises guests to equip themselves with flashlights.
“One of our staff got lost for two hours,” he said. “But there aren’t many dead ends, so you’ll get through the maze, eventually.”
Depending on its inaugural success, Wheeler said he would like to see the mazes become an annual event. Not only does it offer a fun evening, it brings awareness to other activities taking place at the Butterfly House, he said.
Because butterflies live for only about four weeks, Wheeler constantly replenishes the center with more than 170 different species, some from as far as Malaysia, the Phillipines and Central America. Recently, 1,000 Monarch butterflies were tagged and released to journey to Mexico.
“This is a unique place, and we hope it will catch the attention of those who visit our maze,” Wheeler said.
The mazes are open Fridays, 6 to10 p.m., Saturdays, Noon to 10 p.m., Sundays, 12 to 6 p.m., and Wednesdays by appointment. Prices are $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 10, and 5 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Groups of 15 or more are $5 per person. Refreshments are available. For more information, visit www.whitehousecornmaze.com.