Gala 2022


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Summer Magazine 2022

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Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course

Community Gardens

Click the link below to access the Community Garden guidelines and contract. Completed contracts and payment can be mailed to Sr. Shirley Shafranek at 194 Saint Francis Ave., Tiffin, Ohio.

Financial assistance is available to families experiencing economic hardship.


Job Posting – FELC Summer Camp Counselor/Education Internship

The Camp Counselor/Education Intern works with the staff of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center to assist them in providing a wide range of fun, high-energy educational programs for children over the summer. The internship is paid a stipend of $2,500.00, and free housing is available if needed. Interested candidates should submit resume to Jeanine Alvarado, Director of Human Resources, 200 Saint Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883 or email to

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Summer Camp Descriptions

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Marathon LPGA Classic Donates Record $600,000 to 25 Northwest Ohio Children’s Charities, including $37,500 to FELC

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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

Click HERE to take the Sensory Garden Survey

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!

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