Stratford Ecological Center

Stratford Ecological Center

3083 Liberty Road

For information on the following programs, to register or to volunteer, call (740) 363-2548 or e-mail (registrations) or (volunteers) or

Family Farm Chores , 9:30 to 11 a.m., July 28. Care for livestock, gather eggs, milk goats and do other chores. Once a month, families take their turns doing morning chores. Dress for dirt. Limit six families per month. Register for each month by paying in advance.

Home school program: Beekeeping, part 2 of a three-part series, 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28. Children 8 and up will study a working hive, the life cycle of bees and how a beekeeper manages a hive for honey. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Cost is $45 for the series. Limit 10 children. Part 3 will be Thursday, Sept. 10.

Farm camp for 9- to 12-year-olds, Aug. 10-14. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; Thursday includes a campout. Pick-up is at noon on Friday. Campers will care for the animals at the start and end of each camp day. Older campers will help plant fall crops, tend beehives, pick up hay and prepare a Friday farmers market for parents. Cost is $185; $50 deposit required to register.

Simplicity Circle, 7-9 p.m. Spend an evening engaged in intentional conversation about meaningful topics. Circle meets the fourth Friday of the month; the next meeting is Aug. 28. First experience is free, then $10 a person or $20 a family for the year.

Kids Nature Club, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next meeting is Saturday, Aug. 8. Monthly program for children age 8 and up. Cost is $40 for the year. Limit 15 children.

Story Time on the Farm, 10 to 11 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Hear a story and participate in a craft or activity. Cost is $5 per family per time. The next program is Aug. 11.