Indiana Master Naturalist

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Cope Environmental Center and our local Purdue Extension is offering an Indiana Master Naturalist program in the spring of 2015!  The Indiana Master Naturalist program can provide you with many hands-on opportunities to learn about our Hoosier natural resources. It also provides a way for you to share that knowledge, along with your life experiences, through volunteer service.

To find out more general information about the IMN program, please visit:

Dates: Every Tuesday beginning March 31st through May 19th, 2015 (8 weeks)

Time:  6-9pm

Location:  Cope Environmental Center

Fee:  CEC members:$65/person  

(no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before program.)

Learn about becoming a member here

Registration:  Please call Aubrey at 765.855.3188 or email at to register.  Pre-registration is required.  REGISTRATION CLOSES ONE WEEK PRIOR TO EACH PROGRAM.  This program has a maximum of 20 people and a minimum of 5 people.  



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.


February 12th     “Introduction to Maple Syruping”
Learn about the absolute basics to tapping your own maple trees and boiling down your sugar water (sap!).
@ CEC                          5:30-7:00pm

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

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


September 10th         “Backyard Herbs”

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


$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


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  All programs have a minimum of 5 people.



 Thank you to our Sponsors!

Ply Fiber

Toschlog photography


Family Earth Day Celebration

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Celebrate Earth Day!

On Saturday, April 25th 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 Richmond Family YMCA, 1215 South J Street, 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 animal shows. Don’t miss the fun!

If you would like to have a booth, please go to:

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


Wildflower Hike

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 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, 2015
Not required (but preferred!).


Family Maple Syrup

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Travel back in time to discover how maple syrup was made by Native Americans and early  settlers.  Next, make your way to the sap house (constructed of reclaimed materials) for a  lesson in maple syrup production in today’s world.  All participants will finish the morning  with a pancake lunch and get to use local maple syrup!


Date: Saturday, March 7th
Time: 10am-12pm with a breakfast after program
Place: Cope Environmental Center
Fee: $8 non member adult;    $5 non member child (12 & under)
$5 member adult;  $4 member child (12 & under)
Registration: Registration required as we have a maximum of 20 people.

Click here to learn about becoming a member.
Please contact Aubrey at 765-855-3188 or email


Toddler Time!

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You’re never too young to enjoy nature!

tatum at toddler timeJoin 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 child. Pre-register by calling Mary Jones at (765) 855-3188.

THERE WILL BE NO MORE TODDLER TIMES UNTIL 2015! See below for details.


Toddler Time occurs every THIRD Wednesday of the month, March – October 2015 from 10-11 am.  Program dates and themes can be found below:

March 18th – “Winter Wonders” Reading: It’s Winter! (by Linda Glaser)

April 15th –  “Spring Fling” Reading: Earth, Sky, Wet, Dry: A Book of Nature Opposites (by Durga Bernhard)

May 20th –  “Little Tree Huggers” Reading: The Busy Tree (by Jennifer Ward)

June 17th – “You Can ‘Count’ on Nature!” Reading: Look Whooo’s Counting (by Susie MacDonald)

July 15th – “Wild Wetlands” Reading: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond (by Mary Quattlebaum)

August 19th – “Pretty Little Prairies” Reading:  In the Tall, Tall Grass (by Denise Fleming)

September 16th – “Amazing Arachnids” Reading: The Very Busy Spider (by Eric Carle)

October 21st – “‘Fall’-ing Asleep” Reading: Time to Sleep (by Denise Fleming)