Upcoming Events & Programs

  • Green Home Workshop: Greener & Safer Homes


    Perfect Circle Credit Union and Cope Environmental Center present this free workshop where we will help you identify common problems and safety concerns, especially in older homes and provide advice on how to tackle them in a sustainable and healthy way.

    A local home inspector will help you spot problems in your home, educate you to see potential issues while home shopping, and inform you about the peace of mind a professional home inspection can bring.
    A local realtor will share what some of these safety issues can do to a home’s value and how they can complicate a sale.

    Guest Speakers:
    Home Inspector: Bill Halstead of Halstead Home Inspections
    Realtor: Michael Sweet of Lingle Real Estate

    Date:  February 26th
    Time:  5:30-7:00pm
    Location:  PCCU Richmond Branch (behind Kroger)
    Fee:  FREE!
    Registration:  Please contact Josh Haney at jhaney@pccu.com or 765-969-2753

  • Indiana Master Naturalist

    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 a.blue@copeenvrionmental.org 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

    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.


    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

    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 a.blue@copeenvironmental.org.  All programs have a minimum of 5 people.



     Thank you to our Sponsors!

    Ply Fiber



    Toschlog photography


    Artistry Farm



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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
    Fee:  Gift levels vary
    Place:  Morrisson-Reeves Library


  • Teacher Treats!

    CEC’s program staff is kicking off a new end-of-the month tradition–giving away goodies to our awesome teachers!

    This month (September): The first teacher to schedule a field trip with CEC that references this post will win a set of four CEC juice glasses just like these! Help spread the word to teachers in your life by sharing this post! Teachers, simply call Aubrey Blue at 855-3188 or email her at a.blue@copeenvironmental.org  when you’re ready to schedule.

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    Like us on facebook to get the latest news from CEC, including our teacher treats!

    Thanks to all the educators that use CEC as a resource to deepen the education of their students! YOU ROCK!

  • Thank YOU Challenge Match Participants!

    Thank you SO MUCH to the 90+ generous folks who gave to CEC during Wayne County Foundation‘s 2014 Challenge Match Program! Between Monday, November 10 and Friday, November 21 you raised over $68,000 for CEC! Over $27,000 of these gifts qualified for the match, helping us COMPLETELY shatter our goal of raising $10,000 of matching funds! YOU ROCK!

    As always we are incredibly grateful for the Wayne County Foundation for hosting this unique opportunity every year. What a great way to benefit our local non-profits doing important work in the community!

  • Results from the Fall Foliage 5K/10K are in!

    What a Wonderful Race!

    We were thrilled to have over 300 folks on the property for our annual Fall Foliage 5K/10K race on Saturday, October 18th! Wayne County Challenge has released the results. Click here to see how you did!

    If you have swag or awards to pick up from missing the race of needing to leave early, please swing by CEC (4910 Shoemaker Road, Centerville) by Friday, November 14 to claim them! Thanks!

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    Many Thanks to Give!

    First, CEC wants to shout out a huge THANK YOU to our Race Directors, Keith and Sarah Morey. They work very hard every year to make this event a success. Thank you also to our AMAZING volunteer corps for readying the trails and property, preparing snacks, and making the event run smoothly. We couldn’t do it without your help!

    Last but not least, thank you to our Corporate Sponsors for all they do to further CEC’s mission, events, and programs in the community! We are so lucky to have such WONDERFUL community partners.

    First Bank Richmond

    Reid Hospital & Healthcare Services

    Richmond Baking Company 

    Hills Pet Nutrition

    Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home

    Earlham College

    Brewer Broadcasting

    J.M. Hutton & Co.

    Perpetual Recycling Solutions 

    West End Bank

    ManPower Richmond

    City of Richmond

    VanVleet Insurance

    Health Care Professionals Federal Credit Union 

  • AmazonSmile provides small ways to support CEC

    Shop Online. Support CEC. What could be better?

    If you use of Amazon.com to find for the perfect holiday gifts, birthday presents, and items for you home and business, you can now support CEC and your other favorite non-profits in the process! By taking advantage of Amazon’s new “AmazonSmile” feature, Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price of your order to the charity of your choice. It may not seem like a lot, but every penny supports our mission and programs!

    10 cents (0.5% of a $20 order): Prints a flyer for CEC about upcoming programs.

    25 cents (0.5% of a $50 order): Purchases supplies to make 1/3 gallon of bio-diesel (takes our Cope car 10 miles!)

    50 cents (0.5% of a $100 order): Mails a CEC thank you note to a donor.

    $1.00 (0.5% of a $200 order): Provides a doughnut and a cup of coffee to a dedicate volunteers.

    Want to check it out? This link will get you connected to CEC through AmazonSmile. 

    You can also learn more about the basics of AmazonSmile here.

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  • Night Hike at Cope Environmental Center
    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! Call Aubrey at 765-855-3188.


  • Family Earth Day Celebration

    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:  http://www.copeenvironmental.org/family-earth-day-celebration-booth-form/