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Climate Disruption Program

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course

Learn about the biology, ecology and natural history of Ohio from many of the state’s leading experts. Become part of a local and statewide network of dedicated volunteers. Apply your talents and passion to protecting, restoring and understanding Ohio’s natural treasures.

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An Open House will be held on Tuesday, January 8th at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC), 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin regarding the upcoming Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Course hosted by Seneca County Park District (SCPD) and Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC) in collaboration with The Ohio State University. The evening will include an informal question and answer session from 6-7:30 pm. Guests will also be able to explore the center and meet some of the presenters.

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.

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2018 Fall/Winter Magazine

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2018 Summer Magazine

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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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St. Francis Campus Community is HAPPY!

 The St. Francis Campus really is a HAPPY place to work, live and visit!

Several of our employees, sisters and campus visitors took part in the filming of our “HAPPY” video.

If you liked the first one, then you will love the second one…it even has a brand new happy cast!

We hope that you enjoy watching these videos as much as we enjoyed making them!

HAPPY” Holidays from our family to yours!

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