3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015


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Summer time on the farm

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 the public: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm and Saturday: 9am – 1pm
Closed: Sunday and Holidays
Stratford will be closed July 2, 3 and 4th


Programs & Events

Register on-line for many programs!

To register on-line, look for:

Click here to register on-line

register by calling:

Sat 09

Family Farm Chores

July 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat 09

Sustainable Beekeeping Farm Tour

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 09

Sustainable Beekeeping Workshop

July 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tue 12

Story Time on the Farm

July 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tue 12

Herbal Study Group

July 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Enchanted Evening 2016

Enchanted Evening 2016
August 13


Guests at an Enchanted Evening will enjoy an elegant summer affair on the lawn at Stratford Ecological Center.  The evening features a dinner buffet of food selections from local restaurants, live Jazz music, romantic horse-drawn carriage rides, and a silent and live auction. Featuring a wild animal presentation by Suzi Rapp of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Ticket Options:
Table Sponsor – $1,000 – (special recognition & seating for 8 guests)
One Couple    –  $  150
Individual       –   $   75

Click Here to RSVP!

The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour & Workshop Series
Presented by OEFFA

Stratford is excited to be one of 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops in this summer 2016 series.
Find the entire series description & list here>

Stratford Sustainable Beekeeping Farm Tour

July 9, 10am-12pm
Free, no registration required
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Stratford Sustainable Beekeeping Workshop

July 9, 12:30-2:30pm
$10/person, Registration required
Click for description


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Photo Contest for Kids ages 6-17

Begins May 2,
last entries accepted August 26
More details>

Good ReadsClarabelle born April 2 2016

Farm Connection:

“Bumper Year for Honey and Hay at Stratford Ecological Center”
by Pauline Scott

Read Farm Connection> 

Farm Market

The greenhouse has a variety of “pick your own” greens available, grown by interns and volunteers, including spinach, kale, lettuce & more.

Beef, Lamb & Pork are available.

Support Stratford When you Shop!

Shop Delware County Community Market


Thank you to our community
supporters and partners!

Volunteer Corner!

A BIG THANKS to the Hay Crew that came on Tuesday, 6/14!  You broke Stratford records by baling 776 bales in record time!!! And a BIG THANKS to the Garden Crew for getting in the scented geraniums in our Gazebo Garden!!!

Garden volunteers

Summer Volunteer Opportunities:

Front Desk & Office Assistants – Openings available for weekdays and Saturdays – This is a fun opportunity to learn all about Stratford!  Some of the takes include: answering phones, selling Stratford products, having a friendly smile and a knowledge of Stratford.

Haying Crew Helpers – Summer and fall is the time our farmer fills the hayloft with food to sustain the animals throughout the winter months.  No experience necessary.  We will train you.

Garden & Greenhouse Helpers – Every Tuesday & Thursday -9:30am-12:30pm – Help keep Stratford’s children’s garden, giving garden, greenhouses, vegetable field and landscape beds producing and looking beautiful! Join our Garden Crew, learn about horticulture while helping to further Stratford’s mission.

For details, contact Jane: jane@stratfordecologicalcenter.org

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