Family & Adult Programs

Family & Individual Programs

Maple Sugar Tours

February 19th, 10am – 1pm              February 26th, 10am – 1pm

Discover the wonder of this local Ohio natural food. Join our experienced Sugar Cookers for an intimate, one hour tour and hands-on experience in the sugar bush. Learn how to tap a maple tree, help collect sap and about the evaporation process in the sugar shack, while spending time in Stratford’s beautiful forest! Local maple syrup will be available for purchase.  Tours are one hour long and depart every half hour with the last tour leaving at noon.  Be sure to check out our Maple Sugar Celebration on March 5th too! Advanced registration required.

$8 per person, limited spaces available    (ages 2 and under are free – no need to register a space for them)

Vernal Pool Monitoring

April 1st, 6pm – 8:30pm

It’s time for the spring awakening in the wetlands. At 6:30pm vernal pool experts will help you get up-close and personal with some of the creatures who make the vernal pools their home. After learning inside we will put on our mud boots for a night hike to the vernal pool. We will listen for mating calls and look for salamanders, frogs and egg masses. You will be participating in a state-wide preservation effort of one of Ohio’s disappearing ecosystems.

$5 per person, limited spaces available

Garden Tea Party

Date & time coming soon!

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 if you like. Tea party attire encouraged, but optional.

$25 per adult + 1st child (ages 5 – 12), $10 per additional child
Registration details coming soon!

Birds, Blooms, & Breakfast

May 7th, 6am – 8am or 8am – 10am

Early May is the perfect time to enjoy both the birds & the wildflowers at Stratford. Enjoy the morning bird concert while walking the trails in small groups led by experienced birders. Coffee, sweet treats & breakfast will be served. You are welcome to stay afterwards to hike more trails and visit the farm.

Cost  & registration details coming soon!

Meet the Pollinators

3rd Saturday of the month,                  March – September, 1pm – 3pm

Come join us at Stratford Ecological Center for a fun two hours of learning about pollinators and their habitats. We will do a leisurely stroll around the farm and learn about native bees, butterflies and other insects that help with pollination. Each of these pollinators play a vital role in the food chain that we humans are a part of. Each month the farm changes and new wonders will be found, so plan on joining us every month for new bees and topics. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

$10 per person, limited spaces available

Family Farm Chores

3rd Saturday of the Month                      April – September, 9am – 10:30am

Rise with the rooster and head out to the farm to assist the farmer with morning chores. Families will learn about the special needs of a diverse small family farm while feeding grain and hay, filling water and gathering and washing eggs.

$5 per person, limited spaces available

Meet the Bees – Hive Tour

3rd Saturday of the month                     April – September, 10am – 12pm

Head out to the bee hives with a member of Stratford’s Apiary Team.  You will get a firsthand look inside a living bee hive to learn about how they work and live together! Please wear long pants with long socks to tuck your pants into and a long sleeved shirt or jacket. We will provide veils.

$15 per person, limited spaces available

Story Time on the Farm

2nd Monday of the Month                        April – October, 10am – 11am

Stories are a fun way to introduce young children to nature and farm life. Each Story Time will have a theme based on the seasonal happenings at the farm and nature preserve. After listening to the story the children will then bring the story to life as they visit the animals.

$5 per child, walk-ins welcome, no registration required

Fall Family Campfire

Date & time coming soon!

Arrive early to visit the animals before taking a wagon ride 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. This is an evening for families, individuals and friends.

Cost & registration details coming soon!

Adult Only Programs

Regenerative Agriculture

3rd Saturday of the month:                      April – September 2022, 11am – 1pm      New topics each session

Join Stratford’s Farmer – Jeff Dickinson – and other experts to explore the principles and practices of a healthy food system.  Whether you are interested in farming or you would simply like to learn more about local agriculture, this series will take you behind the scenes for a first-hand experience on a real working farm.  This series will explore farming stewardship practices related to biodiversity, the conservation of natural areas, the soil food web, integrating grass-fed livestock, and apiculture.  New topics each session – View the Public Events Calendar for a specific session description.

$25 per person, per session

Winter Seed Sowing With DCMG

February 12, 9am – 11:30am

Would you like to get an easy head start on your spring planting of native plants and vegetables? Join the Delaware County Master Gardeners in learning how to start seeds in February. We’ll show you how to make a mini greenhouse out of a milk jug for starting native plants and demonstrate a simple way to create a vegetable seed table for easy planting in the spring. Participants will take home a mini greenhouse and a seed tape.

$10 per person, limited spaces available

Edible Plant Walk ID & Lunch

April 9th, 11am – 1pm

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.

$25 per person, limited spaces available

Wildflower Walk for Adults

May 7th, 10am – 12pm

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, limited spaces available

Hatha Yoga on the Farm

3rd Thursday of the month, 2pm – 3pm      April – September

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds, (and smells) of a working farm while moving your body through a series of yoga postures. Hatha yoga includes breath work, as well as physical postures designed to help you gain strength, flexibility, and balance. This beginner friendly practice will move through a series of seated, kneeling, standing, and reclined postures. Bring your own yoga mat and/or beach towel and a water bottle. Stick around after class to visit the animals, take a stroll through the forest, or shop in our farm store. Or just sit back and bask in that yoga afterglow while enjoying time in nature.

$10 per person per session, limited spaces available

Herbal Study Group

2nd Tuesday of the month,                    January – December

Come together for a sharing circle to explore the many uses of wild and cultivated plants. Each month the group examines a different herbal topic and works together in the herb garden, tending, harvesting and learning from each other. This is a hands-on, participation-led group and wonderful way to get more comfortable using herbs. All skill levels welcome! Meeting time varies with the season – see the Public Programs Calendar for exact times and topics.

$10 per person for the entire year

Book Talks

3rd Friday of the month, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading.

$10 for the entire year

Weed Identification with DCMG

Tuesday, March 8th, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Join the Delaware County Master Gardeners to learn the basics of identifying plants using weeds and the weed key from Weeds of the Northeast. If you have a copy, bring it! If not, copies will be provided for sharing. Even if weeds are not your “thing,” you will learn the basics of using a key. You can then use a tree key, a spring wildflower key or other—with a little practice, of course! We will be in the classroom, but your hands will get dirty!

FREE, but registration required, limited spaces available.

E-mail AprilHoy@stratfordecologicalcenter.org to save your spot.