On my way home tonight, I noticed that the Stratford Ecological Center is having their Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Breakfast this coming Saturday morning, the 13th. This sounds really, really good.
The event lasts from 9:00 am to 1:00pm, but the breakfast ends at noon. They’ll have homemade whole-wheat pancakes, local sausage and Ohio-made maple syrup.
You can hike to the sugar shack to see how the clear sap is transformed into the yummy maple syrup.
The cost is $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. Visit their website (linked above) for more information. The Center is located on Liberty Rd, south of Delaware. Google Map
Entrance to Stratford Ecological Center
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.
Organic farm buildings
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.
South of Delaware, Ohio, there is a little known state nature preserve that is a fascinating concept.
It’s called Stratford Ecological Center and it resides on 236 acres of protected land. Only yards away from a busy state highway, the preserve is a quiet place that seemingly is worlds away from the population growth that surrounds it.
The preserve includes an organic farm …
a farmhouse … heavily wooded land and an educational center.
The goal of this non-profit organization is to help people and children understand the relationship between living things and the environment.
The farm portion of the Center sells in-season produce which includes vegetables, berries, tree fruit, honey and maple syrup.
They also have meats available plus farm-fresh eggs!
The main draw for locals is the many educational programs for schools, Girl & Boy Scouts, plus other children groups. Adults are not left out either, as there are various classes available for them as well.
Be sure to visit the Center’s web site to learn more about its history, its education programs, hours and contact information.The Center is located between Rt 23 and Liberty Rd in Southern Delaware County. It’s about 12 miles north of Worthington; about 6 miles north of Powell or the Lewis Center area. From I-270 (Worthington), take Rt 23 north to the Rt 315 junction. Turn left onto Rt 315 to right onto Bunty Station Rd. At Liberty Rd, turn right (north). The gated entrance to the preserve will be a few hundred feet on the right side.
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