Field Trip!! To Stratford Ecological Center

Stratford Ecological Center is a non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve just about 30 minutes north of our school, in Deleware, Ohio.

We spent the day there tromping around in the mud, learning about tapping and processing maple syrup. We learned all about it's history and how the Native Americans processed and used it. They cooked it further down into sugar - making it easier to store. 

Learning about the tapping process                                      Cooking syrup in the "sugar shack"

Learning about the tapping process                                      Cooking syrup in the "sugar shack"

We learned all about how to tap the trees and when. And how to cook it down it get that yummy amber syrup we all love to drown our pancakes in. Most importantly how very special these trees are, Sugar Maples only grow here in the Northeastern North America . From Ohio north up into Canada and east to the coast. Very Special and very Yummy!

Lambs!

Lambs!

We also visited all the Springtime babies! Tons of baby goats jumping and bumping around. Climbing all over their Mamas and the llamas! Killer cuteness and many of us wanted to bring one home!

New born calf with her Mama.

New born calf with her Mama.

Also on that very day we visited, a sweet little calf was born in the morning. We saw her an her very protective Mama. We fed the chickens and roosters and taste tested in the greenhouse. Overall it was a pretty awesome farm day field trip! Thank you Stratford Ecological Center!

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