E. Starr Academy's 2nd graders learn about maple branching during CEC's Maple Syrup Program Governor Pence Campers get to know CEC's Wetlands as "Nature Explorers" at CEC's first Summer Camp Maple Syrup Program volunteers are an essential piece to this labor-intensive annual event!  CEC taps about 40 trees making only enough syrup for program tastings. Conservation Camp focuses on ways kids can be involved in environmental stewardship. Prescribed burn in one of CEC’s three prairies.  Burns help to control invasive species and promote plant diversity and healthy growth. The Cope Family at Helen Cope’s 90th Birthday celebration.  CEC was founded by Jim & Helen Cope and Francis Parks in 1992.

Making Sense of Sustainability for Over 20 Years.



  • Family Earth Day Celebration

    Celebrate Earth Day! On Saturday, May 10th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm come celebrate our amazing planet, the life it supports, and what our community is… Read more »

  • E-waste Recycling at Rosa’s Office Plus

    Cope Environmental Center and Rosa’s Office Plus will be partnering with Asset Recovery & Recycling and Shred Monkey to offer Monthly E-Waste Recycling.  Bring your… Read more »

  • 2014 Homespun Workshops

    Have you ever wanted to grow your own organic fruits and veggies?  Does canning sound like a great idea, but a little scary (you know…boutulism)?… Read more »

  • Toddler Time!

    You’re never too young to enjoy nature! Join us for monthly Toddler Time where kids explore the outdoors of CEC through a story, hands-on activities,… Read more »


  • A Poem for Spring

    Thanks to our volunteer, Serrin Anderson, for sharing this with us! The Dandelion’s pallid tube by Emily Dickinson The Dandelion’s pallid tube Astonishes the Grass, And… Read more »

  • CEC featured in Outdoor Indiana

    We were so excited to see CEC featured in the Outdoor Indiana March/April 2014 issue in an article about Indiana Master Naturalist! This amazing program offers learning… Read more »

  • Historic Richmond Bike Route

    Ready to push some pedals? Richmond cyclist, Matt Stegall, has created an awesome bike tour highlighting the city’s historic districts. Check it out! What an… Read more »

  • Batteries & Bulbs

    Recycle Used Batteries and Light bulbs! Did you know that although household batteries make up less than 1% of trash in landfills, they can be responsible… Read more »

  • Fall Foliage 5k/10K

    We are so thankful for all who came out for our annual Fall Foliage 5k and 10k finishers (click on either race for results).  We had… Read more »