UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Spring Migration Bird Hikes Every Tuesday @ 7am!

    Wake up with Cope Environmental Center and see and learn about birds of Indiana and those who are just passing through during the spring migration!  No birding experience needed for these casual hikes with local enthusiasts Jim Seany and Ron Williams.
    Dates:  Tuesday Mornings, April 14th-May 26th
    Time: 7am
    Place:  CEC
    Fee:  Free!
    Registration: Not required

  • Night Hike

    Join us for our annual spring night hike!  We will search for night creatures, try to call in owls and participate in a some fun sensory games.  Naturalist Russ Wright will be
    leading this exciting hike, don’t miss the fun!

    Date: Friday, April 17th
    Time: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
    Place: Cope Environmental Center
    Fee: $5 for non-members; $3 members
    Registration: Registration required!

     

  • Spring Flower Photography Class

    Get out of the house and witness the first signs of spring at Cope Environmental Center! Join Toschlog Photograph on Thursday April 9th from 5:30-7:30pm as one of our Homespun Workshop Series and learn the general understanding of what is needed before and during the exposure to capture that perfect image. We will be outdoors, weather permitting, even if it has just rained, as that can make for some great pictures. Please feel free to bring your camera, even if it’s just a smartphone. This will be a hands-on program so you can get the full impact of how you can take better nature and outdoor photographs. This program will not cover post production and editing with software. It is $5 a person. Contact Aubrey at a.blue@copeenvironmental.org or 765.855.3188 to preregister. See you there!

  • A Groundbreaking Event! Friday, April 10th 3:30pm

    Helen Cope, one of the founders of Cope Environmental Center (CEC) and a Centerville High School biology teacher for 15 years, is turning 95! A birthday celebration will be opened to the public on April 10th following a groundbreaking ceremony at 3:30pm for a new educational and orientation building at CEC in her honor. Both events will be historical–one is celebrating the life of a teacher and pioneer for conservation and sustainability in our region, and the other is breaking ground for the first ‘Living Building Challenge’ project in Indiana. Presently, there are only 6 certified ‘Living Buildings’ in the world.

     Check Out the Promo Video Here!

     

    Under the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge, CEC's new Education Center will model sustainability inside and out
    What exactly is a certified ‘Living Building?’ The International Living Future Institute defines one as “a demonstration that the built environment can actually help restore the natural environment.” It is a way to move the market forward in environmental design and tackle global challenges such as growing energy and water demands without compromising the health of people or fragile ecosystems. The new building will also serve as the official trail head of the upcoming Bicentennial Legacy Conservation Area—a new recreation area that will include a children’s park and possibly a system of trails connecting Cope Environmental Center down to Whitewater State Park. This newly designated conservation area will not only protect East-Central Indiana, an area that has long been identified as “undeserved in public lands with biologically significant assets,” but it will also be headed by a new species of building that thrives with nature’s ecosystems rather than against them.

    CEC is excited to use the design of the building as a teaching tool, and it is fitting that the life of a teacher will be celebrated in conjunction with the ground breaking of it!

    helen-228x300Interested in attending the grounding breaking and greeting Helen at her birthday celebration on April 10th at 3:30pm?

    Reservations are not required, but the Cope Center would be happy to hear from you and can provide more information at 765.855.3188 or k.king@copeenvironmental.org. Birthday refreshments will be available. Carpooling is highly encouraged though some overflow parking lots will be available. Handicap parking is also available at the site for the celebration located at 1792 Airport Road, Centerville, IN 47330.

  • Toddler Time!

    Toddler Time, Spring Fling, is Wed, April 15th 10-11am! 

    (March-October 2015) 10-11am, $3 per Child. 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, crafts, and a hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to dress for the weather! Toddler Time happens rain or shine :)

     

    We will be reading “Earth, Sky, Wet, Dry: A Book of Nature Opposites” by Durga Bernhard

    Please Register by contacting Aubrey at 765-855-3188 or a.blue@copeenvironmental.org!

     

  • Upcoming Nature Hikes!

    General Wildflower Hike
    Take a stroll with us as we search for wildflowers at CEC!
    Wildflower enthusiast Russ Wright will lead the way.  Don’t forget to bring your ID books and cameras!
    Date:  Saturday, April 11th
    Time: 10am-12pm
    Place:  CEC
    Fee:  $3/person
    Registration: Not required (but preferred!)

    Spring Migration Bird Hikes 
    See and learn about birds of Indiana and those who are just passing through during the spring migration!  No birding
    experience needed for these casual hikes with local enthusiasts Jim Seany and Ron Williams.
    Dates:  Tuesday Mornings, April 14th-May 26th
    Time: 7am
    Place:  CEC
    Fee:  Free!
    Registration: Not required

    Night Hike
    Join us for our annual spring night hike!  We will search for night creatures, try to call in owls and participate in a some fun sensory games.  Naturalist Russ Wright will be
    leading this exciting hike, don’t miss the fun!

    Date: Friday, April 17th
    Time: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
    Place: Cope Environmental Center
    Fee: $5 for non-members; $3 members
    Registration: Registration required!

     

  • 4 Ways Nature Improves the Lives of Kids

    There are thousands of products being made right now specifically geared to please and entertain your little ones. Interactive toys, shows, and games are all presented to help aid in their development, and often times, we parents choose these forms instead of sending our kids outdoors to learn by exploring. According to one report, kids today are spending almost 50% less time outdoors compared to the previous generation. There are of course multiple reasons to point to. Some kids have no natural environment to explore like in many urban areas. Other kids have their schedules overbooked (mostly by parents, teachers, and coaches) and cannot find the time to turn over rocks and look for bugs. Many kids however are simply glued to the television, video games, or the computer, and parents allow this because it feels safer (no trips to the ER from a broken arm!) and is of course easier (who wants to clean up mud right after rushing home from work?!)

    Studies however are increasingly showing that the ‘safer’ option is to kick our kids outside to commune with the birds, the bees, and the trees and that it is much more dangerous to leave them inside. Engaging nature and our natural surroundings appears to be just as important to our health as eating right, getting enough sleep, and being engaged and cared for by loving friends and family. Kids left indoors struggle with higher rates of obesity, asthma, ADHD, cardiovascular disease, and vitamin D deficiency.

    Here are four ways that nature helps to improve the lives of our kids:

    1) Reduces Stress & Anxiety (Studies have shown that nature can act as a buffer of life stress among rural children).

    2) Treats ADHD Symptoms (Children have shown an increase in attention spans after activities in greener settings).

    3) Improves Physical Health (There are lower prevalence rates for diseases for those who live in a more natural environment as demographic studies have demonstrated).

    4) Improves Self-Esteem, Energy Levels, and Reduces Anger (Studies have shown that we get more out of exercising outdoors than indoors and that “green exercise” is associated with “feelings of revitalization and positive engagement”).

    These are only four ways that nature helps our kids, and there are so many more! Check out the National Environmental Education Foundation for more valuable information on how our health and well being is connected to engaging the outdoors. Also, there are many great opportunities here at Cope Environmental Center for both you, your child, and entire family to kick start your engagement of the outdoors! Check us out copeenvironmental.org!

    Feedback? Email Kyle at k.king@copeenvironmental.org!

  • Congratulations to Marty Hancock!

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    Congrats to Marty Hancock of Kicks 96 who won our competition to rename our newsletter! We had over 60 great entries (!), but Marty’s title, “The Eco-type” won out! Marty was awarded a birdhouse made out of reclaimed wood from our red barn that we renovated last summer as well as a CEC hat! Thanks to Marty and to everyone who helped rebrand our newsletter, including Web Canopy Studios who formatted the header! You can check out our full newsletter here or through your phone (mobile version).

     

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  • 2015 Homespun Workshops
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    Basic Description:

    Our Homespun Workshops will be returning again in 2015 with all new topics!  Learn about attracting birds to your yard and making your own bird feed, how to photograph nature, or even how to start your garden (and when/how to plant).  Those are just a few of the topics that we will be covering.  Please know that times and locations may change as needed. Some classes may end a little early or go a little late.  These are on the 2nd Thursdays of each month other than the Biodisel Workshop in August.

    Dates:

    March 12th          “This Class is For the Birds”    ***$7/person***
    We will go over what native plants to use to attract birds to your yard, what houses and feeders are good to use, how to make your own bird feed, great apps and resource books, deterring pest critters and MORE!
    @ CEC                         6:00-8:00pm

    April 9th               “Photographing Spring Blossoms and Nature” Led by Jerry Toschlog

    This program covers the general understanding of what is needed before and during the exposure to capture that perfect image.

    We will be outdoors, weather permitting, even if it is chilly, or has just rained, as that can make for some great pictures. Please feel free to bring your camera, even if it’s just a smartphone. This will be a hands-on program so you can get the full impact of how you can take better nature and outdoor photographs.

    This program will not cover post production and editing with software.
    @ CEC                         5:30-7:30pm

    May 14th               “Garden Planning and Planting”
    Join us at Cec this spring as we discuss companion planting, critter control the natural way, starting seeds from previous years crops, natural fertilizers and putting the garden “to bed” for winter. Our gardens feed our volunteers and donate 50-100 pounds a year to local food panties. This is hands on-we will have our plants and companion charts ready for you to help us plant and learn many great garden tips as we plant the CEC garden.  Be prepared to get dirty!  If you are not able to plant with us, we will have chairs available around the garden–please let us know before hand.
    @ CEC                         5:30-7:30pm

    June 11th      “CHEESEmaking 101″

    Learn the simple basics of this age-old art and take home the cheese!  A list of supplies will be given to you when you sign up.
    @ TBA                         5:30-7:30pm
    ***$7/person***

    July 9th                    “Creating the Colors of Nature                                                  with Natural Dyes”

    Join Sam from Ply Fiber Arts for this introductory workshop on the world of natural dyes. You will learn the basics of sourcing dyes, many of which can be grown in your own garden or found during an afternoon hike in the woods, as well as creating your first dyepot. Natural dyes can be used for dyeing fabric, yarn, fiber, paper, and more in a sustainable manner.
    @ CEC                         6:00-8:00pm
    ***$7/person***

     

    September 10th         “Backyard Herbs”
    ***$7/person***

    In this class you will learn that your own backyard abounds in useful medicinal plants.  Weeds really are our friends…so come find out why!  Is it a weed or is it an herb?  You decide.
    @ CEC                         6:00-8:00pm

    Fee:

    $5 per class***unless otherwise noted***; $50 for all classes/non-member rate; $40 for all sessions/member rate; please pre-pay by sending check or cash. (no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before program.)

    Learn about becoming a member here

    Registration:

    Pre-registration required due to materials needed for each session.  REGISTRATION CLOSES ONE WEEK PRIOR TO EACH PROGRAM.  Please contact Aubrey at 765-855-3188 or email a.blue@copeenvironmental.org.  All programs have a minimum of 5 people.

     

     

     Thank you to our Sponsors!

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    Toschlog photography

     

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  • Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair
    It’s a chance for your holiday shopping to build a better community! Find the perfect gift for anyone on your list at the 10th Annual Alternative Gift Fair. Isn’t it about time you enjoyed a relaxing, rejuvenating, and joyful shopping experience? Instead of browsing shelves, shoppers will browse through tables of charities. Each table will be staffed with a knowledgeable volunteer or staff member waiting to answer questions about missions, programs, or participants. Purchase outdoor experiences for area classrooms, art supplies for after-school programs or food for needy animals. It’s a great way to tailor your gift to your loved one’s favorite cause.
    Date:  Saturday, December 6th
    Time: 
    12-3pm
    Fee:  Gift levels vary
    Place:  Morrisson-Reeves Library