3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Home

image of stratford logo

Welcome to Stratford Ecological Center

The Stratford Ecological Center is a non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve on 236 acres in Delaware County, Ohio. Visitors are welcome to explore the land, hike the 4 miles of nature trails, visit the livestock, tour the gardens and greenhouses or explore the creek, pond, prairie, swamps or State Nature Preserve. Farm products are available for sale seasonally, based on availability.

Stratford offers workshops and classes for children and adults, annual festivals, farm tours, school tours, farm camp and family programs.

Stratford is open to public:  Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

Stratford will be closed for the holidays:
December 22 – January 2 and reopen January 3, 2018

 

volunteer-button

Public
Programs & Events

Register on-line for many programs!

To register on-line, look for:

Click here to register on-line

OR
register by calling:
740-363-2548

Apr 14

Beekeeping Series: Biology and Behavior Basics

April 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 19

Beekeeping Series: Interacting with the Colony

May 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jun 16

Beekeeping Series: Biology Based Management Basics

June 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jul 21

Beekeeping Series: Varroa and Other Pests

July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aug 18

Beekeeping Series: Fall Management and Winter Prep

August 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

image of facebook logoimage of instagram buttonimage of twitter button

Sign Up for our E-Newsletter!

* required

*


Email & Social Media Marketing by VerticalResponse

 

 The Central Ohio Community Project:
a Working Summit on Climate Change

Purpose: To share what we all are doing already, consider options and compare ideas—and then build an action plan, or set of action plans, that can lift our efforts to that new level.
Seating is limited to 100, so please sign up early. RSVP’s requested by January 10, 2018.

More information>

Click to Register:

Working Summit: Sat, January 20, 2018
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST
Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, OH 43015

REGISTRATION FEE: $25.00
Includes pre-summit, lunch, snacks and all materials

 

 

 Stratford is Going Solar!

 Stratford is launching a $115,000 capital campaign to fund a  solar array of 156 panels to provide 90% of our electric needs!  We are providing you an opportunity to make a “one-time” donation to buy a $200 solar panel to help us achieve our goal.

Sunbeam – Donation of $200 (1 panel)
Power Ranger – Donation of $1,000 (5 panels)
Solar Supreme – Any donation of $1,000

Click for Solar Pledge Form>

OR donate on-line!
Please indicate in “Comments” how to apply your donation.

 

 

Congratulations Louise, Clyde & Pauline!


In September Stratford’s co-founder Louise Warner and Clyde Gosnell were awarded the
2017 Leadership in Philanthropy Award by The Columbus Foundation.
Read the article here>

 

Stratford volunteer Pauline Scott was awarded
The Warner Family Board Trustee Distinguished Service Award this past August.
Read the article here>

Good Reading:
Farm Connections

by Pauline Scott

“Kids “Get It” at Stratford Ecological Center Thanks to Hands-on Approach”
read>

“Stratford Farm & Nature Guides Bewitched by Fall’s Sunny Colorful Days”
read>


Farm Market

We have tender, grass fed lamb, beef, goat & pork available.

Lamb Sale!  Half lamb available at $100 and whole lamb at $195.
Please call ahead of purchasing 1/2 or Whole Lamb.

Ground Beef Sale!  $5/lb. until the end of November!

Quart bags of grass fed beef suet at $3/bag

Pick Your Own kale, mizuna and spinach is available in the greenhouse at $4/lb.

Stratford is also a great place to buy local handmade Spotted Salamander Soap and purchase local honey.

Support Stratford When you Shop!

Shop Delware County Community Market

kroger

Thank you to our community
supporters and partners!

What Stratford is All About

Volunteer Corner!

*Front Desk & Office Assistants – Weekdays & Saturdays
Spend a few hours a week assisting with office duties and welcoming visitors to Stratford. We have openings during the week 9am-5pm and on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

*Fall & Spring Farm & Nature Guides  – Farm & Nature Field Trips are scheduled on Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays. If you love nature and children, this is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up. No experience necessary. We will train you!

*Cemetery Restoration – Help with researching, restoring, and preserving the historical 1800’s cemetery! We are currently probing and digging for markers that have fallen beneath the ground surface.

*Messages from the Earth Guide –  Messages from the Earth is a life science program for 5th graders that occurs during the school year. Guides spend the day with up to 10 students, leading them on the trails to stations where there are activities designed to teach them a particular life science concept. One station is a giant leaf where students go inside to learn about photosynthesis. Another has them carrying buckets of water up hill to demonstrate how the sun’s energy is needed to drive the water cycle. The day also includes visits to the animals in the barn and the all-time favorite activity, Magic Spot. Each student attends 5 days: 2 days in fall, 1 day in winter, and 2 days in spring. Training provided!

For details, contact Emily at emily@stratfordecologicalcenter.org

or click here for more volunteer opportunities>

1 day ago
Book Talks - Citizen Scientists

Tomorrow's Book Talks is all about Citizen Scientists! Join librarian Liz Barker for a good discussion as she share books about this topic. No need to read ahead.

Topic of December – Citizen Scientists

Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. If you would like to learn more about ... See more

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
2 days ago
Photos from Stratford Ecological Center's post

2018 Farm Camp registration opens January 15 at 9am, online registration only. Visit http://stratfordecologicalcenter.org/farm-camp/ for details.

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
6 days ago
Consolidated Electric Cooperative

A grant matching program sponsored by CoBank helps many in need. The “Sharing Success” Program was designed to highlight the critical role electric cooperatives play in the US rural economy. ... See more

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
1 week ago

An outtake from our photo shoot for GroundWork group's Ugly Sweater contest🐽 The two organizations with the most "likes" on their submitted photo get a $500 Amazon card. See our submission and ... See more

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
1 week ago

2018 Farm Camp registration opens on January 15th at 9am. It will be online registration only. Visit http://stratfordecologicalcenter.org/farm-camp/

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
1 week ago
GroundWork group

There is still time to vote in the Ugly Sweater photo contest! GroundWork group is giving away two $500 Amazon gift cards to the two organizations with the most "likes" on their photo.Check out ... See more

GroundWork group is giving away (2) $500 Amazon e-gift cards for the best Ugly Sweater this holiday season.

Participants can gather votes by encouraging their employees to "like" their photo. ... See more

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
1 week ago
GroundWork group

Stratford entered an "Ugly Holiday Sweater" photo contest put on by GroundWork group! The two photos with the most "likes" by next Monday on the actual photo (not this post) will win a $500 Amazon ... See more

Stratford Ecological Center

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
2 weeks ago

A bit frosty this morning! You can come visit the trails, animals, and greenhouse Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. We are closed on weekends for the winter.

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
2 weeks ago

A beautiful fog forming over the field

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
2 weeks ago
ThisWeek Grandview

Our lead feature this week is on Trinity Catholic School's field trip to Stratford Ecological Center.... and we've got some nice photos to go with it. Click below for the full package.

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
« 1 of 3 »