The Stratford Ecological Center, located between Powell and Delaware off Liberty Rd (map), is perhaps a well-kept secret in southern Delaware County. If you would like to have your children experience farm life or learn about the relationship between living things and their environment, you should check out everything the Center offers.
The Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of children and adults in understanding relationships between living things and their environment, thereby fostering an appreciation for the land.
The Center consists of 236 acres that includes a 95-acre nature preserve, a working organic farm, 3 miles of nature trails, a native plant prairie, vernal pools and a maple sugar woods.
They have a variety of crops and animals as well as the normal wildlife creatures like birds and bees.
There is also a community building where classes or meetings are held. They offer numerous programs for the public, some of which are:
- Children’s Farm & Field Trips for school and youth groups
- Farm Camps (ages 3-12) where kids can become a farmer for a week taking part in chores, gardening and nature studies.
- Family Programs such as monthly story time, maple sugar festival, fall harvest fair and more.
- Outreach Program where the Center makes presentations on beekeeping, organic gardening, wool spinning.
- Farm Products are available for purchase such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, and frozen meat (beef, pork, lamb), honey and maple syrup.
- Volunteers are welcome to serve as farm or nature guides, farm hands and gardeners.
- The Center can also be rented for meeting/conference space.
Since the Center is non-profit and doesn’t receive state or federal funds, they welcome all donations. If you would like a great opportunity to teach your children about nature or if you would like to learn more yourself be sure to visit their website for more information.