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- Over 300 Volunteer on Earth Day!
Around 300 freshman from Richmond High School came to volunteer at Cope Environmental Center on Earth Day 2015! They worked very hard in some chilly temperatures and accomplished much! They planted several hundred trees, removed invasive plants and brush piles from across the property, mulched trails, and prepared the garden beds and the blueberry and pumpkin patches! The students were organized in 15 work groups and rotated across the campus. It was the largest volunteer day that Cope has ever hosted and everyone agreed that it was a success. To see pictures from the event, you can go to our Facebook Album.
- Celebrating 95 w/ a Historic Groundbreaking!
On Friday, April 10th, at 3:30pm, approximately 250 people came to celebrate Helen Cope’s 95th Birthday in conjunction with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new educational and orientation building at CEC in her honor. Both events were historical–one celebrated the life of a teacher and pioneer for conservation and sustainability in our region, and the other began the first ‘Living Building Challenge’ project in Indiana. Presently, there are only 6 certified ‘Living Buildings’ in the world.
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 was celebrated in conjunction with the ground breaking of it! You can find pictures from the event by visiting our Facebook Page.
- Toddler Time, May 20th!
“Little Tree Huggers” Reading: The Busy Tree (by Jennifer Ward), May 20th, 10-11am.
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
Toddler Time is every 3rd Wednesday from March-October 2015, 10-11am, $3 per Child.
- CHEESEMAKING 101 (Workshop)- June 11th
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, 5:30-7:30pm $7/person! at RP&L (Richmond Power & Light’s Kitchen!).
- 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
Registration: Not 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 email@example.com or 765.855.3188 to preregister. See you there!
- 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
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- 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
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
Registration: Not required
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!
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