Family Earth Day Celebration

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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 doing to protect it at Family Earth Day Celebration!

It will be held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Tom Raper Center, 861 Salisbury Road, Richmond, IN 47374.

This FREE event will feature fun games and activities for all ages, information from Earth-friendly organizations and  non-profits, and two hour-long shows from Mark’s Ark Animal Showcase (starting at 10:30 and 12:30). Don’t miss the fun!

E-waste Recycling at Rosa’s Office Plus

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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 e-waste, used toner cartridges, old cell phones, and documents to shred and recycle them at Rosa’s. This will be a monthly event taking place on the third Saturday of every month.  This event is open to everyone!
Date:  Every third Saturday of the month
Time:  9am-12pm
Place:  Rosa’s Office Supplies Plus- 20 S. 11th St, Richmond
Fee:  FREE for electronics recycling!  $5 per box for paper to be shredded and recycled.Electronics include TV’s, DVD players, computer hard-drives, monitors, and more. Click here for a list of acceptable items.

Call us if you have a questions about what can and can’t be recycled! (765) 855-3188


2014 Homespun Workshops

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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)?  Want to make your house as energy efficient as possible?  Join us for our exciting Homespun Programs in 2014!Times/locations may vary as needed. 

May 21st              ”Green Cleaning”
@ Gennett Mansion          5:30-7:00pm

June 18th             “Canning Basics” 
@ RP&L                           5:30-7:00pm

July 16th              ”Organic Gardening & Chickens”
@ the Ferrell’s House      5:30-7:30pm

August 20th          ”Alternative Energy”  
@ RP&L                          5:30-7:00pm

September 17th    ”Cooking with Jen Ferrell”
@ RP&L                          6:00-8:00pm

October 15th          ”Building Blocks of Biodiesel”
@ CEC                            6:00-7:30pm

November 19th     “Smart Shopping: Environment”  
@ Meijer                         5:30-7:00pm

December 19th     “Conserving Energy in your Home”  
@ TBA                            TBA

Fee: $5 per class; $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: Registration required due to materials needed for each session.  Please contact Aubrey at 765-855-3188 or email

Thanks to West End Bank for sponsoring this workshop series and Perpetual Recycling Solutions for sponsoring all Sustainability Education at CEC!  We couldn’t do it without you!


Toddler Time!

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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. Programs are 1 hour long. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to dress for the weather! Toddler Time happens rain or shine :) Program Cost: $3 per childPre-register by calling Mary Jones at (765) 855-3188.

Toddler Time occurs every THIRD Wednesday of the month, March – October 2014 from 10-11 am. (Exception: June!)  Program dates and themes can be found below:

May 21st: Seeds Please! (reading The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony)

Tuesday, June 17th: Bees in the Trees (reading In the Trees, Honey Bees by Loi Mortensen)

July 16th: Groovy Critters (reading Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan)

August 20th: Nighttime Animals (reading Whooo’s there? by Mary Serfozo)

September 17th: Season Sampler (reading The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons)

October 15th: Growing a Jack-o-Lantern (reading Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington)

Night Hike at Cope Environmental Center

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Join us for fun night hike!  We will go in search for night creatures, try to call in owls and participate in a few sensory games.  Russ Wright will be leading this exciting hike.

Date: Friday, April 25th
Time: 8:30pm-10:30pm
Place: Cope Environmental Center
Fee: $5 for non-members; $3 members
Registration: Registration required. Call 765-855-3188.


Sustainable Living Demo Home Tours

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Tour this work-in-progress and learn about ways to make your home more sustainable!  Alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal are featured along with a variety of building products and methods.  Please call to pre-register at 765-855-3188.

Date:  Third Wednesday of each month
Time:  12:30-1:15 pm
Place: CEC Demo Home – 1792 Airport Road, Centerville
Fee: $5 per person

Registration: Registration Required!    Call Jeremy at 765-855-3188