987 N Waggoner Rd, Blacklick
Did you know you can explore labyrinths, meditation trail, vernal pool, and see sheep and a llama all in one place?
-Upon arriving please sign a waiver at the table in the foyer
-There are meditation trail maps that can be used
-We kindly ask that you wear a mask when inside the barn
-While walking the meditation trail and labyrinths we also ask that you keep physically distant from others.
-The suggested donation is $2 per person.
Days we are open to the public, and any days that we are not, can be found on our program calendar.
This 160-acre natural oasis serves as a center for ecology, spirituality, and education. The property’s diverse range of habitats offers a haven for wildlife and native flora, plus a place of peace, natural beauty, and spiritual refreshment. Our strategic plan focuses on three areas: environmental education, reflection on care of creation, and providing healthy, naturally grown produce.
At Shepherd’s Corner, you’ll find chemical-free naturally grown gardens, chickens, sheep, a llama, a turf labyrinth, greenhouses, and meditation trails. Shepherd’s Corner welcomes many volunteers and hosts public programs as well as programs for adults or student groups. As a non-profit organization, Shepherd’s Corner relies on donations to operate.
Please note that Shepherd’s Corner is private property and is not a public park. If you wish to use the trails or other facilities, please call to make arrangements.
What We Do
Our gardens try to model a style of agriculture in harmony with the land, one that is sustainable for the environment and sustaining for the humans involved.
- We donate 60-65% of the harvest to local food pantries and other groups feeding those in need. Over the past twelve years, Shepherd’s Corner has donated over 32,572 pounds of naturally grown vegetables.
- Gardens provide chemical-free, naturally grown vegetables as donations to food pantries and for sale at our market when available.
- Hay fields produce hay and fodder for our animals and provide nesting bird habitat.
- Volunteers assist with all aspects of the gardens: working in the greenhouse, transplanting, direct seeding, cultivation, and harvesting.
Peace, insight, comfort, healing, energy, connection, and letting go are words often used to describe a walk in the labyrinth. Walking this circular path provides a time of quiet and meditation and reminds us of our life journey with its twists and turns. A single half-mile path leads to the center where the same path is followed back out.
Walk the 13 reflective stations on the trail. Each station offers something for the mind, body, and spirit. A sign can be found at each station with theme-centered factual information, reflections, and suggested activities. We are grateful to the Capitol Square Rotary which provided funding, labor, and assistance with the stations and to students from Upper Arlington High School who helped plan each site.
- Currently we are only open to visitors on Friday from 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. This is subject to change. If you are considering visiting we ask that you contact us either by calling (614) 866-4302 or by emailing and letting us know.
Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is positioning itself to be an Earth-centered leader in the Central Ohio community: teaching environmental education, offering reflective experiences on care of creation, and renewing the land while providing healthy, naturally grown produce.