(Some pictures compliments of Greg Pyle Photography)
Nathan Smallwood brings over 15 years of executive and non-profit leadership as Executive Director of Cope Environmental Center. He holds a bachelors degree in biology from Dartmouth College, a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a Masters of Business Management from Yale University School of Management. An avid birder and amateur naturalist, Nathan rose to leadership in marketing, strategic management, and fund raising. He has worked in a variety of arts/music based organizations as well as environmental organizations before arriving at CEC. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee, one of the largest and most developed nature education centers nationally. He has two sons, Jack and Wolf, and a collie, Houdini, a talented escape artist and thief.
Kaitlyn Blansett is the Community Outreach Coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and History from Indiana University in Bloomington. Kaitlyn has programming experience working with children in nature as a counselor at CEC in the summers of 2012-2014 and 2016. She spent the summer of 2015 vetting materials for CEC’s Living Building Challenge project. She has a Certificate for the Project Learning Tree Program. Outside of CEC, Kaitlyn enjoys hiking, reading, knitting, and spending time with her cat, Harvey.
Regan Lowring is the Volunteer Coordinator. He received his bachelors degree in Environmental Policy and a minor in Economics from Earlham College. Regan was an Earlham Bonner volunteer at Cope for 2 years where he worked closely with the former Volunteer Coordinator, Traci. In his free time Regan enjoys canoeing, hiking, camping, and reading.
Erica Hile is the Visiting Naturalist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Wright State University. While earning her degree, she worked as an undergraduate laboratory assistant in an Aquatic Ecology Lab, traveled to the Amazon rainforest, sank in mud to her waist while learning to delineate a wetland, participated in bird banding at Hueston Woods and Magee Marsh, and waded in the mudflats of Seahorse Key, Florida while in pursuit of gastropods and bivalves. She has programming and wildlife handling experience from her time as an Education Intern at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, and as an Intern and Education Fellow at Brukner Nature Center and Wildlife Rehab. She hopes that her experiences and love of nature will inspire the sense of wonder in others. Outside of CEC, Erica enjoys spending time with her family, going on adventures, gardening, reading, writing stories, and drawing.
Alexandra Estes is the Naturalist at Cope Environmental Center. She has a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Natural Science and Mathematics and a minor in Biology from Indiana University East. Alexandra became a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) in 2017, while working as the seasonal Interpretive Naturalist at Versailles State Park. She also spent tim.e as an Exhibit Coordinator Intern at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis during the Fall of 2015. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys painting, paper crafting, hiking, and spending time with family.
Board of Directors
Cope Environmental Center has an amazing volunteer Board of Directors! They work well with the staff and are passionate contributors to the community and the programs of CEC. All board members can be reached via email using the following address equation: email@example.com.
Cope Environmental Center’s Board of Directors meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm. If the meeting falls on or near a holiday, the meeting time and date might be rearranged to accommodate schedules.
Ed Cope, Ex-Officio
David Jose, Emeritus
Marie Cope Nicholson