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

Simplicity Circle, 7 to 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 July 24. The first experience is free, then cost is $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, July 11. Monthly program for children ages 8 and up. Cost is $40 for the year. Limit is 15 children.

Farm camp for 6- to 8-year-olds, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 13-17. Campers will tend to the animals and explore the farm and the forest. Cost is $150, with a $50 deposit required at registration.

Story Time on the Farm, 10 to 11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Hear a story and participate in a craft or activity. Cost is $5 per family. The next program is July 14.

Movie Night on the Farm, 8 p.m., Saturday, July 18. Games and animal visits start the evening; the movie, "Babe," begins at 9 p.m. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and pillows. Popcorn will be provided.

Herb Study Group, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21. Herbal potluck. Each month the group studies a different herb and works together in the herb garden. The focus in 2009 is beneficial wild weeds. Group meets the third Tuesday of each month. Cost is $10 a year and the first time is free.

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. Wear old clothes. Limit is six families per month. Register each month by paying in advance.

Homeschool program: Beekeeping. Part two of a three-part series, 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28. Children 8 and older 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 is 10 children. Part three of the series will be Thursday, Sept. 10.