Stratford Vernal Pool Presentation 2 09


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Stratford Vernal Pool Presentation 2 09

  1. 1. Stratford Ecological Center - 236 acres of farm and forest
  2. 2. Stratford Ecological Center’s Mission Statement “Stratford Ecological Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of children and adults in understanding the relationship between living things and their environment, thereby fostering an appreciation of the land and all life that depends on it.”
  3. 3. Stratford’s History • Dr.s Jack and Louise Warner, inspired by their daughter Gale, had a vision to create an environmental education center and farm on Louise’s father’s land in Delaware. • Groundbreaking was in the fall of 1991 and Stratford Ecological Center became a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Barn raising, Late Summer 1992
  4. 4. The Animal Barn
  5. 5. The Children’s Garden
  6. 6. The Greenhouse
  7. 7. The Nature Preserve
  8. 8. Programs at the Stratford Ecological Center • Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Farm • Environmental Education for Schools, Scouts, Homeschoolers, etc. • Adult Education • Festivals • Farm Products for Sale • Food Bank Donations • Internships • Volunteer Opportunities Harvest Festival 2003 • Community Gardens
  9. 9. Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Farm
  10. 10. The Stratford Ecological Center is Certified Organic
  11. 11. Farm Products For Sale • Honey • Maple Syrup • Pick-your-own vegetables • Pick-your-own berries • Eggs • Meat (beef, lamb, pork, chicken) • Garden transplants
  12. 12. Stratford’s excess produce is donated to the People in Need food bank for distribution to Delaware County residents
  13. 13. Environmental Education •Experiential, appreciation- based, hands-on learning • Farm and Field Trips • Summer Day Camps • Adult Education • Sustainable Agriculture Internships • Environmental Education Internships • Specialized Programs
  14. 14. “We don’t need farms anymore because we have supermarkets now.” - a 4th grade visitor to Stratford
  15. 15. Farm and Field Trips In-school pre-visit presentation
  16. 16. “If I had influence with the good fairy…I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life…” from Rachel Carson’s The Sense of Wonder
  17. 17. Stratford Summer Camps
  18. 18. Farm tours and farmer education Swamp study Adult Education Kombucha tea class Spinning demonstrations and classes
  19. 19. Beekeeping class The Work that Reconnects Wildflower Walk
  20. 20. The first Canning Circle in 2000
  21. 21. Annual Harvest Fair Events Maple Sugar Festival
  22. 22. Kids enjoying Stratford’s Harvest Fair
  23. 23. Internshi ps in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Education
  24. 24. Internships offer practical farming experience to prospective farmers.
  25. 25. Volunteers are essential to Stratford’s programs
  26. 26. Stratford’s Pond and Prairie
  27. 27. Learn as you teach, Relax as you weed, Meditate as you milk. Enlighten, Immerse, Experience, Love, Laugh, Play, Breathe, Dream, Create. We invite you to share yourself with children, plants, animals, and the family that is Stratford.