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 child. Pre-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!)  Upcoming program dates and themes can be found below:

August 20th: Pumpkins! (reading Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington)

September 17th: Nighttime Animals (reading Whooo’s there? by Mary Serfozo)

October 15th: Season Sampler (reading The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons)

End-of-Summer Soiree

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beer flight

“Brews & Ball Gowns” – CEC’s End-of-Summer Soiree

Spend a summer evening with us celebrating our natural world and raising money for Cope Environmental Center programs!  This sustainable event features local food by Chef Jen Ferrell, a fresh fruit soda bar, and a chance to taste home-brewed beer featuring local ingredients, including an exclusive beer crafted by New Boswell Brewing Company using CEC’s own maple syrup! Gather your circle of friends (tables of 10) and reserve your spot today!

Date:  SaturdayAugust 23rd, 2014
Come at 5:45 for on-time dinner service! Dinner served promptly at 6:30.
Fee: $95 per person
Registration:  RSVP online by following this link or call Dana at (765) 855-3188.

Click here to check out the home-brew entries for our first home-brew competition!

Click here for a sneak peek at the event’s exciting local cuisine

Click here for a preview of our Main Stage auction items (auction goes live on this Website, Monday, August 18th!) 

Click here to view local art pieces featured in our “Sip & Sparkle” art raffle

Thank you so much to our event sponsors!

 Official logo for Wayne Bank First Bank Richond Logo  new boswell logo black and white
 ReidHospitalLogo  Affordable Home Care
                     amynoelaw logo
 Ahaus tool logo

 Stults Family Dentistry


holland colours americas logo

richmond baking company

 boston bever logo harrington hoch

Medicine Walk

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 A giant Tulip Poplar tree in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest If you are looking for a break from the busyness of daily life, join us for a restorative, playful day in a stunning natural setting at Cope Environmental Center through the guidance of Teri Wiggans. A Medicine Walk is a way to mark a point of change in your life or to seek insight or support with specific questions or difficulties.Part of the day is spent in solitude with a specific task in nature and part is spent together in a small group council where we cover a variety of topics:1.  The Native American Four Directions
2.  Each individual’s intentions/hopes for the day
3.  Share ways of seeking guidance, healing and intimacy with nature
4.  Help in understanding and applying nature’s offerings to you during your solo time
5.  Share “your story” with others upon return.

Date:  Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Time: 10am-2pm
Place: Cope Environmental Center
Fee: $25 for non-members; $20 members
What to Bring:  Bag lunch, refillable water bottle, camp chair, journal/notebook, and pen/pencil.
Registration: Registration required.  Minimum of 4 people and maximum of 12. Call Aubrey at 765-855-3188.


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.

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!


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, September 26th
Time: 8:30pm-10:30pm
Place: Cope Environmental Center
Fee: $5 for non-members; $3 members
Registration: Registration required. Call 765-855-3188.