Save the date for the 2019 Gala AND save $25 per ticket before July 1st in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of FELC! Tickets are normally $75 each so you will only have to pay $50 per ticket before July 1st. Join us for a gourmet dinner and festivities under a large tent on the beautiful grounds of the St. Francis Campus on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 6:00-9:30 pm. This fundraiser benefits the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center which serves over 4,500 visitors annually.

Climate Disruption Program

Community Earth Day Event

Garden Plots Available

Click HERE to view the guidelines and download an application.

Latest Magazine

Annual Report 2018

Previous Magazines:

2018 Fall/Winter Magazine

2018 Summer Magazine

2017 Annual Report  

We would like to recognize all of our Corporate Sponsors that support what we do throughout the year and our Mardi Gras Event Sponsors who support our fundraiser. Without their support our fundraising efforts would not be so successful!

2019 Corporate Sponsors

Clouse Construction, Corp.

Clouse Electric
Sacksteder-Worland Insurance Agency, Inc.

Journey Group Financial Solutions

Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory
Dundore Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Ltd.
Weininger Family Dentistry
Old Fort Banking Company
The Advertiser-Tribune
Mercy Health Tiffin Hospital
Your Legacy Federal Credit Union

Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory
Fabrizio & Shultz, LLC
Dr. Jeffrey D. Shawberry, DDS, Inc.
Smith Family Foods

2019 Mardi Gras Event Sponsors

(ICP) Institutional Care Pharmacy

Spectrum Eye Care
Ameriprise Financial – OnPoint Financial Solutions

Pyramid Recruiting Offices, Inc. 
JDH Construction, LLC
John and Becky Lay
Karen Sue Wikoff
Superior Energy Solutions
Hempy Water of Tiffin
Zoeller Lawn and Property Management
Superior Distributing, Co., Inc. – BEERCO
Schubach Chiropractic, Inc.
ECS Solutions – ECS Billing & Consulting South, Inc.
American Fine Sinter Co., Ltd.
Viewpoint Graphics, Inc.

2018-2019 Science Days Offered

NOTE: The Science Day scheduled for Monday, February 18 has been cancelled due to it being a make-up day for area schools due to bad weather.

FELC Welcomes Katie Clark

Katie Clark, joined Franciscan Earth Literacy Center team as administrator on February 19, 2018.  Katie is a  native of Northern Ohio and is a Tiffin resident. She has great interest in natural resources and a background in habitat conservation. She brings a multitude of professional relationships with a variety of organizations within Seneca County.  Katie joins FELC with a sincere desire to serve, not only the community but our environment as well.  Katie has a Master’s degree in Human Services/Non-Profit Management and looks forward to engaging those around her in the growth of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.  In her spare time she enjoys reading educational books, taking her 2 year old daughter to the park,  and playing board games with her husband and friends. Please feel free to contact Katie with any ideas you may have for the future of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.

Niche crop: Founder of Franciscan Earth Literacy Center finding new growth as urban farmer

Balancing her Franciscan beliefs with her love of organic gardening and teaching, Sister Rita Wienken has found a unique niche at Toledo GROWs.

Formerly based in Tiffin at St. Francis, Sister Rita founded the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center in the mid-1990s and served as director until 2011.

Today, as an urban farmer, she is growing food for people in downtown Toledo while she trains the next generation to grow food.

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Toledo Botanical Garden/Toledo GROWS, of Toledo, Ohio 

Herbs 101 Presentation – April 2016

The program Herbs 101 was presented by Linda Haas, a member of the Herb Study Group at Stratford Ecological  Center in Delaware, Ohio who also serves on the Board of Trustees at FELC. Participants learned how to identify, grow, process and cook with common herbs. Following the program, everyone was treated to a herbaceous lunch using the the simple recipes that were provided. 




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