This review is actually for Ardenwood Historic Farm, which is part of the wonderful East Bay Regional Park District. We went to see monarch butterflies but humans’ collective industrial-technological “Midas touch” on this glorious globe of ours is decimating their numbers and there were none to be observed. Still, this site is a true gem for its tranquility, modest-yet-charming collection of hoofed and assorted small animals as well as fowl of various forms, meandering paths, scattered picnic areas, and lots of child-oriented scheduled activities. The peacocks are fearless. Part of the special educational opportunity provided by a space like Ardenwood is that the learning is as much about how to simply enjoy *being* in an idyllic setting as it is about more concrete informational learning. Just being at Ardenwood for its immersive pleasures could very well be its primary draw, while the other “stuff to do” is the trick to get you there. Either way, it’s definitely worth a visit.