Stratford Ecological Center

Stratford Ecological Center

3083 Liberty Road

For more information on the following programs, to register or to volunteer, call (740) 363-2548 or e-mail treebeing@aol. com (registrations) or SECVolunteer@ (volunteers) or SECEarth

"Menu for the Future" discussion course, 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from April 6 to May 11. Topics include food systems and their impacts on society, culture and ecological systems. Session themes include What's Eating America?; Anonymous Food; Farming for the Future; You Are What You Eat; Toward a Just Food System; and Choices for Change. Cost is $30, which includes a book.

Homeschool program: From Sheep to Sweater, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 7. For children age 8 and up, a day that begins with sheep shearing and ends with yarn. Cost is $25. Limit 15.

Homeschool program: From Sheep to Sweater, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. Repeat of program above.

Vernal Pool Monitoring, 9 p.m., Friday, April 9. Listen for frog calls and hunt for salamanders. Wear mud boots; bring a good flashlight. Cost is $2 per person/$5 per family. No advance registration necessary.

Family Farm Chores, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 10. Care for livestock, gather eggs, milk goats. Limit six families a month. Cost is $10 per family. Advance registration required.

From Sheep to Sweater, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 10. Program begins with sheep shearing and ends with yarn. Take-home includes some wool, a spindle and felting needles.

Story Time on the Farm, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 13. Every second Tuesday, hear a story and do a craft or activity. Cost is $5 per family.

Guided tour, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 17. See the animals, gardens, greenhouses and the forest. Limit 20 people per tour. Cost is $5. Advance registration required.

Do-It-Yourself Organic Lawn Care, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 17. Nate Elfner of Elfner Landscape & Organic Lawncare will lead a class that covers organic fertilization, weed management and soil health. Cost is $20.

Non-toxic cleaners, 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 17. Learn to make several inexpensive, safe, environmentally friendly cleaners. Bring two spray bottles and a small jar with a tight lid. Cost is $20. Limit 10.

Herbal study group, 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 20. Topic is dandelions and nettles. Group meets monthly on the third Tuesday. Cost is $10 a year; the first visit is free.

Kids Nature Club, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 24. Fifteen children ages 6-12 will plant and tend a Giving Garden, among other activities. Cost is $40 a year.

The Work that Reconnects, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 24. Participate in discussion that concerns world healing. Cost on a sliding scale: $45-60.