Science Club Boxes Available

Making ‘sense’ of nature—News Article

Sister Shirley Shafranek, of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, demonstrates sound makers such as a set of colorful plumbing pipes on the wall that sound different tones as well as a cowbell, a wash board, gourds and a tin can that make noise in the “hear” section of the new Sensory Garden. A colorful sign proclaims the garden has been established in 2020. A pond is included in the garden, and one corner (below??????) features butterfly and succulent flower beds.

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Seeds of Hope—News Article

Seeds of Hope Farm Market is back in business this year with the help of workers from Seneca County Opportunity Center.

Sister Shirley Shafranek of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, which operates the market, said the center received a grant from the Betty Jane Foundation this year to provide jobs for disabled people. The new employees are assisting with the market by picking vegetables and stocking the tables, and also cleaning, weeding, watering and doing other tasks.

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Sensory Garden Survey

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The new Sensory Garden at FELC is almost finished! Filled with beautiful live plants and other features, this unique, inviting space encourages visitors of all ages to explore the garden using every sense–touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing, with colorful signs to educate and guide the way. Children will especially enjoy interacting with multiple fairy gardens and visiting with the rabbits, chickens, a duck and even a small fish pond. The area also includes a new picnic area complete with new plastic lumber picnic tables, benches and sun sails. The Sensory Garden is made possible through generous grant funding by the Meshech Frost Foundation and the Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation.  All are welcome!

2020 Gala Sponsors and Winners

Thank you to all of our Corporate and Event Sponsors who contributed to the success of this year’s Gala!

Corporate Sponsors


Clouse Construction Corp.


Clouse Electric, Inc.

Sacksteder-Worland Insurance


The Advertiser-Tribune

Dundore Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, LTC

Journey Financial Solutions Group, LLC

Old Fort Banking Company

Jeffrey D. Shawberry, DDS

Tiffin Deluxe Services, Inc.

Weininger Family Dentistry

Your Legacy Federal Credit Union


Fabrizio & Shultz, LLC

Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital

Smith Family Foods

Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory

Webster Industries

Event Sponsors


UIS Insurance & Investments

RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty


Linda S. Ritzler CPA, Inc.


Heidelberg University



Custom Agri Systems Inc. -OH4

John C. “Jack” Felton, DDS, Inc.

Karen Sue Wikoff

Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus, LLC

Superior Energy Solutions

U * New Tent Rental

Thank you to those businesses and individuals who donated items for our raffles and auction including:

Buffalo Wild Wings, Walmart, Clover Club, Penn Station, Fort Ball Pizza Palace, Tony Reser, Char Pope, Sister Rozanne Swope, Anne Marquis, Nancy Hurley, Andria Marquis, Friends of FELC, Jeffrey Jewelry, Ewald Furniture, Father Frank Murd, Sister Paulette Schroeder, Gervasi Vineyard, Pioneer Mill of Tiffin, Ryan Hampshire, Tractor Supply Co. in Tiffin, Sisters of Genevieve House, Arm & Hammer, Dell Burtis Law, Tony and Robin Gorrell, Sam’s Club, Sister Gemma Fenbert, Simply Susan’s, Omer Schroeder, The Arnold Family, The Renaissance of Tiffin, Washington Street Outfitters, Tiffin Pedal Co., Robert and Dr. Jeanne Ashworth, Coppus Motors, St. Francis Senior Ministries and Twin Oast Brewing, Lee’s Floor Covering and Rural King, Derek and Anne Lange DeVine, Mimi Lange Johnston, Maureen Menacher, Mohawk Nursery and Reineke Family Dealerships, Dan and Nikki Reineke and Bill Reineke, Jr.

Thank you to everyone that has made a cash donation… without all of the generous donations this event would not have been such a success this year!

Bill Jones, Auctioneer – Diversified Graphics – Friends of FELC – Michael and Cindy Maiberger – Susan Ritzler – John Yeager – Ken and Teresa Stark – Jim and Marilyn Deats – Gene and Mary Traxler – Jerry Gubernath- Anne Marie Egan – Mark and Laura Repp – Lucius Door Co., Inc. – Carloyn Cartwright – Eugene Schalk – Bob and Dorothy Berg – Brad and Monica Wise – Gary Walters – Linda Haas – Barb Simmons – Kim Agerter – Dr. Robert Huntington and Dr. Susan McCafferty – George Marsh – Sandra Maistros – Jacob Clolinger – Dennis and Ruthe Meade – Joan Martin – Wilson Tire Company – Jim and Amy Buchman – Jerome Schmidt

Update on FELC

FELC’s Camp in a Box to provide nature-related activities for kids

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is creating a new way to keep kids engaged with nature-related activities this summer. Because FELC’s usual lineup of day camps is questionable this year, the staff is putting together a Camp in a Box program.

The boxes are the brainchild of Environmental Educator Samantha Busack.

“It came about when the state first starting shutting everything down,” she said.

Staff members were faced with the idea of not being able to offer camps at all.

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Latest Magazine

2020 Fall Magazine

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Johnston finds her role ‘endlessly interesting’

In its 25th year of operating, the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center has a new director. Mimi Lange Johnston started her new role in early June. “The time has really gone quickly,” she said. “There’s so much to do. There’s so many different aspects to the job, but most of it is fun.” A Tiffin native, Johnston graduated from Calvert High School in 1981, and then studied music at Ashland College.

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FELC celebrating 25th anniversary

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center on the campus of the Sisters of St. Francis is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In 1994, the center opened in one office with the goal of teaching people to have healthy relationships with nature and educating people about environmental sustainability.

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