Become a Friend of FELC

Our Mission

In the spirit of St. Francis, the Franciscan
Earth Literacy Center recognizes our
oneness with all creation. We promote
active learning and healthy relationships
with our natural environment to achieve
sustainable living.

Becoming a Friend of FELC

As a Friend of FELC, you and your family can connect with and support our work of Education, Camp, and Seeds of Hope programs for pennies a day while enjoying special benefits AVAILABLE ONLY TO FRIENDS OF FELC!

Becoming a Friend of FELC allows us to provide hands-on environmental education to our community to promote appreciation and understanding of the environment.

If you would like to become a Friend of FELC, please fill out and return the form below. 

Online donations may also be made at Donations to FELC through Friends of FELC are tax-deductible.


Benefits include:

  • 10% discount on tickets to FELC’s annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala
  • 10% discount and advanced notice on educational classes and workshops
  • A subscription to the FELC Newsletter
  • Discounted or free admission to many coordinating nature centers, museums, and gardens throughout the US
  • Friends-only events
  • Special Friends of FELC annual garage sale preview
  • Thank you gift (see website for list)
  • Membership card  

Membership Level:

  • Student/Senior $20
  • Individual (one adult) $30 
  • Dual (two adults) $45 
  • Family (two adults + children*) $60 

Additional Family Membership Benefits:

  • Early Access summer camp sign-ups
  • 10% discount on summer camps and Science Days
  • 10% discount for FELC themed Birthday Parties and other private events

Friends who wish to support FELC at higher levels through individual or corporate sponsorships receive special benefits tied to our annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala event and/or other FELC events.

Supporting Membership Level:

Donor: $100

Contributor: $250

Patron: $500

Benefactor: $1,000

Supporting memberships are recognized in all FELC donor publications and at FELC. 


Legacy gifts allow the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center to fulfill its mission and grow its impact for continued generations. Your planned gift provides an opportunity to create your own legacy and inspire others through bequests, beneficiary designations, charitable gift annuities, and remainder trusts.

Contact the Mission Advancement Office by calling 419-447-0435 or emailing Director Sr. Rozanne Swope at for more information.



Help us bring Humanity back in touch with creation

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC) is a hands-on environmental education center and demonstration facility designed to promote an appreciation and understanding of our relationship with the natural world and to encourage, support, and demonstrate sustainable living practices. The Center was created by and is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin. The FELC is located on the grounds of the St. Francis Community campus in Tiffin, Ohio.

The Center was created from the old milking parlor and sits on about 10 acres of surrounding farmland.

 Our programs

Our educational programs are year-round and led by professionals with decades of teaching experience. 

We offer our Center as a place to meet, discuss and learnhow to work together and live well with all of creation. Our natural resources for on-site programs include woods, farmland, wetlands, and gardens.

We offer:

  • Interactive programs and experiences for youth/ children groups, church groups/clubs
  • School programs brought to your school throughout the year that are aligned with Ohio’s Dept. of Education Content Standards
  • Programs for school field trips here at the FELC that are aligned with Ohio’s Dept. of Education Content Standards
  • Summer day camps
  • Badge programs for Scout (Boy & Girl) groups
  • Adult education programs
  • Corporate and youth leadership team-building programs
  • Customized programs for any group: church, civic, large, small, child, adult Community Garden plots with garden training
  • Tours of the straw bale house, to teach young and old alike how to use natural building materials, save energy, and preserve the environment.
  • A solar energy array that provides over 22 megawatts of electricity annually to power the FELC buildings, straw bale house, and one of the St. Francis Villas.