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April 2018

Book Talks: Pollinators & Habitat

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore a variety of topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. Librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. Meets the 4th Friday each  month. Topic for April: Pollinators & Habitat Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm Cost: $10/year Payment at first meeting attending

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Sun & Moon Poetry Festival

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stratford Ecological Center will once again be a part of the Sun & Moon Poetry Festival! Join us in expressing the art of words.  Hosted at Perkins Observatory and Stratford Ecological Center you will be inspired by the wonders of the sky and earth. The Festival will kick off April 28th at Stratford (12pm-4pm) for a poetry hike around the farm and forest, followed by a Haiku Death match.  As day turns to night the festival will move to Perkins…

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May 2018

Woodcarving Unfinished Business

May 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

This 5 week series will meet on Tuesdays in May, 5:30-7:30pm (May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th) Fee for materials and tools will be determined at the first meeting. This series of learning sessions is open to all prior attendees & to new carvers too.  You will create your own wood art pieces suitable for display or framing for family or friends.  If you have current projects or unfinished pieces from prior classes, together, let’s get them done.  We will…

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Wild Flower Walk for Adults

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join naturalist Bob Harter, for a spring walk through Stratford's Nature Preserve, home to a diversity of wildflowers. View the carpet of wild hyacinths, hillsides of trillium, find a jack-in-the-pulpit, green dragon, wild geraniums and many more. Dress for the weather for this inspiring display of nature's beauty. $5 per person, limit of 20 Advanced registration required. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Story Time on the Farm

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until October 9, 2018

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month April - October, 10am – 11am

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Herb Study Group: Comfrey & Yarrow

May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs. During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs. The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Members share in the harvest from the garden. Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Time: 1pm- 3pm Cost: $10/year: payment at first meeting attending

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Woodcarving Unfinished Business

May 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

This 5 week series will meet on Tuesdays in May, 5:30-7:30pm (May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th) Fee for materials and tools will be determined at the first meeting. This series of learning sessions is open to all prior attendees & to new carvers too.  You will create your own wood art pieces suitable for display or framing for family or friends.  If you have current projects or unfinished pieces from prior classes, together, let’s get them done.  We will…

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Family Farm Chores

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month   Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Solar Information Session

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Find out how your home, farm, business, church, school, can benefit from going solar.  It's less expernsive than you think.  That's why more and more people are going solar.  You can save the planet and save money too!  This free information session is presented by Delaware County Solar, Third Sun Solar and Stratford Ecological Center.  

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Woodcarving Unfinished Business

May 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

This 5 week series will meet on Tuesdays in May, 5:30-7:30pm (May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th) Fee for materials and tools will be determined at the first meeting. This series of learning sessions is open to all prior attendees & to new carvers too.  You will create your own wood art pieces suitable for display or framing for family or friends.  If you have current projects or unfinished pieces from prior classes, together, let’s get them done.  We will…

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Stratford Photography Club

May 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 20, 2018

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club. Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more. All skill levels welcome! Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. Meets the 3rd Thursday each month Date: Thursday, January Time: 1pm-3pm Cost: $20/year Payable at 1st meeting attending

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Beekeeping Series: Interacting with the Colony

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The 2nd in the Beekeeping 101 Series. You DO NOT need to attend the first program, Biology and Behavior basics ( April 14, 2017) The techniques and protocols of ‘working’ a hive safely, efficiently, and effectively. A look at beekeeping terminology and tools and how to properly use them. A brief introduction to basic monitoring and inspection practices. Date: May 19 Time: 9am- noon Cost: $40/adult Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full…

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Edible Plant ID Walk & Lunch

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join Veteran members of Stratford’s Herbal Study Group for a spring walk in our gardens and woods to identify and learn how to incorporate culinary wild plants in your own meals.  Then stay for lunch and sample dishes made from edibles obtainable this time of year.  Handouts and recipes will be available to reinforce your learning experience. $20 per adult Limit of 30 Advanced registration required. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Beekeeping Boot Camp: Finding the Queen

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Finding the queen is a fundamental skill in beekeeping. This workshop is designed to teach the skills, techniques, and protocols needed to become fast and efficient at finding the queen. $50/adult Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund

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Woodcarving Unfinished Business

May 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

This 5 week series will meet on Tuesdays in May, 5:30-7:30pm (May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th) Fee for materials and tools will be determined at the first meeting. This series of learning sessions is open to all prior attendees & to new carvers too.  You will create your own wood art pieces suitable for display or framing for family or friends.  If you have current projects or unfinished pieces from prior classes, together, let’s get them done.  We will…

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Book Talks: Reclaiming Land

May 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore a variety of topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. Librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. Meets the 4th Friday each  month. Topic for May: Reclaiming Land Date: Friday, May 25, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm Cost: $10/year Payment at first meeting attending

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Woodcarving Unfinished Business

May 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

This 5 week series will meet on Tuesdays in May, 5:30-7:30pm (May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th) Fee for materials and tools will be determined at the first meeting. This series of learning sessions is open to all prior attendees & to new carvers too.  You will create your own wood art pieces suitable for display or framing for family or friends.  If you have current projects or unfinished pieces from prior classes, together, let’s get them done.  We will…

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June 2018

Archery Family Fun: Morning Session

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Intuitive Archery instructors Dorrie and Karen for a day of archery.  Together you and your child will learn the fundamentals of archery, while honing your skills with hands-on practice. For ages 8 and older WITH at least one parent attending. Limited to 10 children per session - at least one parent must attend. Choose from the morning session: 10am-12pm OR the afternoon session: 1pm - 3pm $10/child Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date…

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Beekeeping Boot Camp: Re-Queening

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Whether replacing an old queen or installing a queen into a new split, re-queening is an essential part of beekeeping. This workshop combines the newest science with years of experience to provide practical methods for effectively re-queening hives. $50/adult Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund

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Archery Family Fun: Afternoon Session

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Intuitive Archery instructors Dorrie and Karen for a day of archery.  Together you and your child will learn the fundamentals of archery, while honing your skills with hands-on practice. For ages 8 and older WITH at least one parent attending. Limited to 10 children per session - at least one parent must attend. Choose from the morning session: 10am-12pm OR the afternoon session: 1pm - 3pm $10/child Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date…

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Square Dance

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Stratford invites you to kick up your heels! Please join us at Stratford Ecological Center for a traditional hoe down square dance, called by Cheryl Hagerty. Dances will be basic enough for the beginner but varied enough for the experienced dancer. Some novelty and folk dances will be provided between tips. This would be a great opportunity for school aged children and their families to enjoy an evening of dancing together. $5/person, pay at the door  

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Family Farm Chores

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month   Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Herb Study Group: Garlic & Parsley

June 12 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs. During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs. The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Members share in the harvest from the garden. Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Time: 9:30 am- 11:30 pm Cost: $10/year: payment at first meeting attending

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Story Time on the Farm

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until October 9, 2018

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month April - October, 10am – 11am

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Photography Workshop for Kids

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

10 am - 12 pm For ages 6-17 years Young photographers of all skill levels will have fun with instructor Pat Henneforth as they tap into their own creativity.  A photograph is meant to tell a story, and in this class students will learn how to use their camera to accomplish this goal.  There will be a brief presentation including key elements of photography, before participants head outside to capture pictures of Stratford's farm animals, gardens, forest, and fields. Participants…

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Beekeeping Series: Biology Based Management Basics

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Part 3 in Beekeeping 101 Series You DO NOT need to attend Parts 1 and Parts 2 An overview of the basic management tasks and how those are influenced by the colony, the environment, and bee biology. Date: Saturday, June 16 Time: 9am- noon Cost: $40/adult Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund  

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Beekeeping Boot Camp: Hive Splitting

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Splitting a hive can be a great way to increase the number of hives, help manage swarming, or make a few nucs for sale. This workshop focuses on proven ways to make a healthy, vigorous splits that will quickly lead to strong, establishes colonies. $50/adult Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund

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Stratford Photography Club

June 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 20, 2018

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club. Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more. All skill levels welcome! Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. Meets the 3rd Thursday each month Date: Thursday, January Time: 1pm-3pm Cost: $20/year Payable at 1st meeting attending

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Book Talks: The Human Biome

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore a variety of topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. Librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. Meets the 4th Friday each  month. Topic for June: the Human Biome Date: Friday, June 22, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm Cost: $10/year Payment at first meeting attending

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July 2018

Herb Study Group: Ginger & Hops

July 10 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs. During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs. The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Members share in the harvest from the garden. Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 pm Cost: $10/year: payment at first meeting attending

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Story Time on the Farm

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until October 9, 2018

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month April - October, 10am – 11am

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Kids Cooking with Christine

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until July 25, 2018

In this class kids will learn how to prepare healthy and naturally energizing snacks, entrees, side dishes and even desserts.   Each junior chef will have a hands-on experience on the farm as we gather crops. Participants will learn how to make yummy food using fresh, seasonal produce they picked with their own hands. This three week course will end with a meal in which the young chef can invite a guest to eat the fruits of his or her…

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Family Farm Chores

July 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month   Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Small Farmers

July 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Bring your little one out to discover Stratford as they become a farmer for a day.  You and your child will interact with the animals as you help with morning chores. For children ages 2-5 and their adult companion. $10 per child, advanced registration required Advanced registration required. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Garden Tea Party

July 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A tea party that lives up to its name as girls and boys venture into the Stratford garden to harvest fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and collect fresh eggs from the hen house.  Participants may brew their own choice of herbal tea, create a flower arrangement for the tea table, prepare sandwiches from scratch, and enjoy homemade delights. Bring a special tea cup. Tea party attire optional. $20 for a child (5– 12yrs) with an adult Limit: 15 pairs (one child…

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Kids Cooking with Christine

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until July 25, 2018

In this class kids will learn how to prepare healthy and naturally energizing snacks, entrees, side dishes and even desserts.   Each junior chef will have a hands-on experience on the farm as we gather crops. Participants will learn how to make yummy food using fresh, seasonal produce they picked with their own hands. This three week course will end with a meal in which the young chef can invite a guest to eat the fruits of his or her…

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How to Make a Pinhole Camera

July 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Participants will learn how a camera works and the fundamentals of photography from members of Stratford’s adult Photography Club. Children will then construct a pinhole camera to take and develop their own picture. For ages 9-13 years Limit: 10 kids $20 per child Advanced registration required. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Stratford Photography Club

July 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 20, 2018

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club. Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more. All skill levels welcome! Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. Meets the 3rd Thursday each month Date: Thursday, January Time: 1pm-3pm Cost: $20/year Payable at 1st meeting attending

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Beekeeping Series: Varroa and Other Pests

July 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Part 4 in Beekeeping Series: You DO NOT need to attend other parts in Beekeeping Series The Varroa mite is probably the number one management challenge; this class will focus on how to monitor mite levels, and look at management and treatment options such as sugar and alcohol rolls and drone brood trapping. An overview of other honey bee pests and diseases is also included. Date: Saturday, July 21 Time: 9am- noon Cost: $40/person Advanced registration required. Cancellations MUST BE…

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Kids Clay Class

July 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until July 25, 2018

Kids!!  Make a cool frog or fairy house for the garden or yard.  Ceramic artist Sylvana Whittaker will teach this fun and creative class.  This three part class will use traditional hand building techniques to make the house and beautiful glazes to finish it. Working with clay has been shown to improve children's motor skills, self esteem and creativity! Have fun while creating a beautiful piece of art! For children ages 6-12 years old. $30/child - Advanced registration required Or call…

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Kids Clay Class

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until July 25, 2018

Kids!!  Make a cool frog or fairy house for the garden or yard.  Ceramic artist Sylvana Whittaker will teach this fun and creative class.  This three part class will use traditional hand building techniques to make the house and beautiful glazes to finish it. Working with clay has been shown to improve children's motor skills, self esteem and creativity! Have fun while creating a beautiful piece of art! For children ages 6-12 years old. $30/child - Advanced registration required Or call…

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Kids Cooking with Christine

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until July 25, 2018

In this class kids will learn how to prepare healthy and naturally energizing snacks, entrees, side dishes and even desserts.   Each junior chef will have a hands-on experience on the farm as we gather crops. Participants will learn how to make yummy food using fresh, seasonal produce they picked with their own hands. This three week course will end with a meal in which the young chef can invite a guest to eat the fruits of his or her…

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Kids Clay Class

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until July 25, 2018

Kids!!  Make a cool frog or fairy house for the garden or yard.  Ceramic artist Sylvana Whittaker will teach this fun and creative class.  This three part class will use traditional hand building techniques to make the house and beautiful glazes to finish it. Working with clay has been shown to improve children's motor skills, self esteem and creativity! Have fun while creating a beautiful piece of art! For children ages 6-12 years old. $30/child - Advanced registration required Or call…

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Book Talks: Feeding the World

July 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore a variety of topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. Librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. Meets the 4th Friday each  month. Topic for July: Feeding the World Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm Cost: $10/year Payment at first meeting attending

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August 2018

Family Farm Chores

August 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month   Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Herb Study Group: Lemon Balm & Mullein

August 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs. During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs. The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Members share in the harvest from the garden. Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am Cost: $10/year: payment at first meeting attending

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Story Time on the Farm

August 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until October 9, 2018

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month April - October, 10am – 11am

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Stratford Photography Club

August 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 20, 2018

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club. Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more. All skill levels welcome! Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. Meets the 3rd Thursday each month Date: Thursday, January Time: 1pm-3pm Cost: $20/year Payable at 1st meeting attending

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Beekeeping Series: Fall Management and Winter Prep

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

Part 5 in the Beekeeping 101 Series. You DO NOT need to attend other parts of the Beekeeping Series. Strategies for dealing with late season issues, such as robbing and feeding, as well as the basics needed to prepare hives for winter survival. Date: Saturday, August 18 Time: 9am- noon Cost: $40/adult Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund    

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Book Talks: Volcanoes

August 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore a variety of topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. Librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. Meets the 4th Friday each  month. Topic for August: Volcanoes Date: Friday, August 24, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm Cost: $10/year Payment at first meeting attending

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September 2018

Family Farm Chores

September 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month   Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Story Time on the Farm

September 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until October 9, 2018

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month April - October, 10am – 11am

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Herb Study Group: Echinacea & Elderberry

September 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs. During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs. The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Members share in the harvest from the garden. Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Time: 1pm- 3pm Cost: $10/year: payment at first meeting attending

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Stratford Photography Club

September 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 20, 2018

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club. Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more. All skill levels welcome! Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. Meets the 3rd Thursday each month Date: Thursday, January Time: 1pm-3pm Cost: $20/year Payable at 1st meeting attending

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Nature Explorers: Fall

September 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 1, 2018

Nature Explorers: Farm & Forest Fall program for preschoolers, ages 4 & 5 1pm-4pm on Thursdays, September 20 - November 1. Does your child love playing outdoors and learning through exploration? This program will immerse participants in a world of hands-on learning, guided by their own curiosity, imagination, and the joy of discovery. Stratford, with its farm animals, fields, and gardens surrounded by beautiful meadows and forest, provides a perfect backdrop for exploration. Children will have hands-on interactions with animals,…

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Harvest Fair

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, September 22, 10am – 4pm Help us celebrate the harvest at one of Stratford’s biggest events of the year! Kids of all ages can discover their inner farmer at this family friendly event.  Climb a tractor, paint your face, feed the chickens, ride a horse drawn wagon, and hike the trails. It is a great opportunity to get the kids outside to have fun with the Stratford family! $5 per person No registration needed.

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Nature Explorers: Fall

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 1, 2018

Nature Explorers: Farm & Forest Fall program for preschoolers, ages 4 & 5 1pm-4pm on Thursdays, September 20 - November 1. Does your child love playing outdoors and learning through exploration? This program will immerse participants in a world of hands-on learning, guided by their own curiosity, imagination, and the joy of discovery. Stratford, with its farm animals, fields, and gardens surrounded by beautiful meadows and forest, provides a perfect backdrop for exploration. Children will have hands-on interactions with animals,…

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Book Talks: Climate Change & Wildlife

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore a variety of topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. Librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. Meets the 4th Friday each  month. Topic for September: Climate Change & Wildlife Date: Friday, September 28, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm Cost: $10/year Payment at first meeting attending

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Introduction to Home Canning

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn how to turn out the very best home canned foods of your own. When your garden flourishes and all your produce ripens at the same time and you have too much to eat fresh. Canning is a great way to preserve those foods you love the most. During this class,  you'll learn the basics of canning tomatoes, sauce and salsa. Prepare to get a little messy. Please bring an apron if you have one. If you already have a…

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October 2018

Nature Explorers: Fall

October 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 1, 2018

Nature Explorers: Farm & Forest Fall program for preschoolers, ages 4 & 5 1pm-4pm on Thursdays, September 20 - November 1. Does your child love playing outdoors and learning through exploration? This program will immerse participants in a world of hands-on learning, guided by their own curiosity, imagination, and the joy of discovery. Stratford, with its farm animals, fields, and gardens surrounded by beautiful meadows and forest, provides a perfect backdrop for exploration. Children will have hands-on interactions with animals,…

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Story Time on the Farm

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until October 9, 2018

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month April - October, 10am – 11am

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Herb Study Group

October 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs. During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs. The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Members share in the harvest from the garden. Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Time: 1pm- 3pm Cost: $10/year: payment at first meeting attending

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Nature Explorers: Fall

October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 1, 2018

Nature Explorers: Farm & Forest Fall program for preschoolers, ages 4 & 5 1pm-4pm on Thursdays, September 20 - November 1. Does your child love playing outdoors and learning through exploration? This program will immerse participants in a world of hands-on learning, guided by their own curiosity, imagination, and the joy of discovery. Stratford, with its farm animals, fields, and gardens surrounded by beautiful meadows and forest, provides a perfect backdrop for exploration. Children will have hands-on interactions with animals,…

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Fall Family Campfire

October 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Arrive at 5pm to visit the animals before taking a wagon ride at 6pm along the pastures, prairie and woods to the campfire beside the pond.  Explore the prairie paths and banks of the pond before roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.  Settle down with a cup of hot cider to listen to a story and join a sing-along.  Return in the dark on an optional night hike to the patio where each child may choose a pumpkin to take home.  This…

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Family Farm Chores

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month   Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Small Farmers

October 16 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Bring your little one out to discover Stratford as they become a farmer for a day.  You and your child will interact with the animals as you help with morning chores. For children ages 2-5 and their adult companion. $10 per child, advanced registration required Advanced registration required. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Stratford Photography Club

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 20, 2018

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club. Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more. All skill levels welcome! Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. Meets the 3rd Thursday each month Date: Thursday, January Time: 1pm-3pm Cost: $20/year Payable at 1st meeting attending

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Nature Explorers: Fall

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 1, 2018

Nature Explorers: Farm & Forest Fall program for preschoolers, ages 4 & 5 1pm-4pm on Thursdays, September 20 - November 1. Does your child love playing outdoors and learning through exploration? This program will immerse participants in a world of hands-on learning, guided by their own curiosity, imagination, and the joy of discovery. Stratford, with its farm animals, fields, and gardens surrounded by beautiful meadows and forest, provides a perfect backdrop for exploration. Children will have hands-on interactions with animals,…

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Beekeeping Series: Getting ready for Your First Hives

October 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Part 6 in the Beekeeping Series. You DO NOT need to attend other parts of the Beekeeping Series. What equipment do you need, what equipment is right for you; how, when, and where to order it. What you need to know about how to order you first bees. Date: Saturday, October 20 Time: 9am- noon Cost: $40/adult   Registration required Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund  

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Nature Explorers: Fall

October 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 1, 2018

Nature Explorers: Farm & Forest Fall program for preschoolers, ages 4 & 5 1pm-4pm on Thursdays, September 20 - November 1. Does your child love playing outdoors and learning through exploration? This program will immerse participants in a world of hands-on learning, guided by their own curiosity, imagination, and the joy of discovery. Stratford, with its farm animals, fields, and gardens surrounded by beautiful meadows and forest, provides a perfect backdrop for exploration. Children will have hands-on interactions with animals,…

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Book Talks: Forgotten Arts & Skills

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore a variety of topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. Librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. Meets the 4th Friday each  month. Topic for October: Forgotten Arts & Skills Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm Cost: $10/year Payment at first meeting attending

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November 2018

Nature Explorers: Fall

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 1, 2018

Nature Explorers: Farm & Forest Fall program for preschoolers, ages 4 & 5 1pm-4pm on Thursdays, September 20 - November 1. Does your child love playing outdoors and learning through exploration? This program will immerse participants in a world of hands-on learning, guided by their own curiosity, imagination, and the joy of discovery. Stratford, with its farm animals, fields, and gardens surrounded by beautiful meadows and forest, provides a perfect backdrop for exploration. Children will have hands-on interactions with animals,…

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Herb Study Group: Review & Plan 2019

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

This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs. During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs. The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Members share in the harvest from the garden. Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Time: 1pm- 3pm Cost: $10/year: payment at first meeting attending

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Stratford Photography Club

November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 20, 2018

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club. Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more. All skill levels welcome! Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. Meets the 3rd Thursday each month Date: Thursday, January Time: 1pm-3pm Cost: $20/year Payable at 1st meeting attending

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Book Talks: Coral Reefs

November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore a variety of topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. Librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. Meets the 4th Friday each  month. Topic for November: Coral Reefs Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm Cost: $10/year Payment at first meeting attending

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Introduction to Basic Baking

November 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

In this fun hands-on class you will learn the fundamentals of baking including dough, quick breads, pies, cakes and cookies.  You will be able to sample an assortment of baked goods.  Topics we will cover are safe handling, baking as a science, basic baking terminology, functions of ingredients and finishing touches.   Please wear or bring an apron and bring a vessel and /or bag to transport your goodies home. Note:  This class is not gluten free, tree nuts or…

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December 2018

Herb Study Group: Herbal Holiday Luncheon

December 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs. During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs. The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Members share in the harvest from the garden. Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Time: 1pm- 3pm Cost: $10/year: payment at first meeting attending

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Stratford Photography Club

December 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 20, 2018

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club. Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more. All skill levels welcome! Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. Meets the 3rd Thursday each month Date: Thursday, January Time: 1pm-3pm Cost: $20/year Payable at 1st meeting attending

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Book Talks: Charles Darwin

December 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore a variety of topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. Librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. Meets the 4th Friday each  month. Topic for December: Charles Darwin Date: Friday, December 21, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm Cost: $10/year Payment at first meeting attending Topic for December: Charles Darwin

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