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 and Saturday: 9am-1pm
Closed: Sundays and Holidays
Attend Stratford’s Enchanted Evening for an elegant summer affair at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Africa Event Center, featuring a beautiful vista over the savanna. The event features a buffet of delicious food tasting stations, a cash bar, live jazz music, and a silent and live auction. The Master of Ceremony will be singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, host of national public TV series “Songs at the Center”.
Event proceeds go towards the children’s programs at Stratford.
For ages 6 – 17
May 1 – August 25
More to Read about Stratford’s Historic Cemetery
Watch a compilation of video clips:
Geophysical Survey process at Stratford>
Articles of Interest About Life at Stratford
by Pauline Scott
“Summertime at Stratford Ecological Center”
Written by Louise Warner, Co-Founder
Dedicated to the Memory of Gale Warner
To Legacy Series>
Angelina and the Magic of Stratford
This is the story of Angelina and Stratford’s 5th grade life science program called Messages from the Earth.
We have a variety of greens for picking in the greenhouse at $4/lb.
A variety of tender Stratford grass-fed beef, lamb, goat and pork is available.
Lamb can be ordered by the half or whole as well as individual cuts.
Half lamb (about 17.5lb) is $120
Whole lamb (about 35 lb.) is $235.
Please call ahead if purchasing a half or whole.
Stratford is also a great place to buy local handmade Spotted Salamander Soap and purchase local honey.
Thank you to our community
supporters and partners!
*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!
*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.
*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.
For details, contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org