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Ag Plastics Drop Off

East-Terra Plastics is coming to Union and Wayne Counties on August 22 to collect 5 gallon (or smaller) pesticide containers.  This is a free service organized by East-Terra, Wayne Union Recycle, and the Union and Wayne County Purdue Extension Offices to provide local farmers with a safe way to dispose of these items.

Containers must be triple-rinsed or pressure washed and fully dried. Instructions can be found on the website on the image to the right. Please call Lawrence Bowlin at (317) 675-9990 with any questions.

Beyond A Book: the ButterBike Experience!

Sara Dykman is a wildlife biologist, adventurer, and educator currently on a 10,000 mile bicycle adventure following the migrating monarch butterflies. She will be stopping at Cope Environmental Center during her journey from Mexico to Canada and back, and will be sharing stories and photos from her trip on August 31st at 5:30. All are invited to come see her gear, hear her travel tales, learn about the monarch migration, and meet a living example of what it means to follow your dreams and take care of the planet. You won’t want to miss this special event!  You can learn more about butterbike at

Dates: August 31st, 2017
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Place: CEC

Fee:  Free!
Registration: Please call Aubrey at 765-855-3188 to reserve your spot.

CEC Share Table @ Farmer’s Market

We are pleased to announce yet another expansion of our produce services to the community! Next Saturday at the Richmond Farmer’s Market located in Elstro Plaza from 9a-12p you will be able to find a CEC table. We will be accepting donations of canned goods and leftover produce from the farmer’s to deliver directly to food pantries and help serve members of our community who are in need. If you would like to donate food from your farm or from your pantry, look for our table at the Farmer’s Market next Saturday! Let’s feed everyone in our community!


E-Recycling at Whitewater Parking Lot

 IU East has partnered with Cope Environmental Center to begin hosting monthly E-Recycling. E-Recycling will take place on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9a-12p in the Whitewater parking lot! As always, we will be accepting electronic waste materials. Any TV that is not a flat screen will not be accepted. These can be taken straight to the Richmond Landfill or New Paris Pike for recycling. Paper shredding is also NOT available.

Example items include broken record players or video game consoles, old motherboards, or unusable electronic children’s toys. If you have a question about an item, feel free to call and ask!

E-Recycling will continue to take place at the same place and time the fourth Saturday of each month. Call 765-855-3188 or email for more information!


Fall Break Camp

Come and join us as we celebrate Fall!  Apple bobbing, hay rides, fun seasonal crafts and STEM experiments are some of the fun things we will be doing this week!  This program is all day long and is written for children ages Kindergarten-5th grade.

Dates: October 16-20, 2017
Time:  9:30am-3:30pm
Place: CEC

Fee:  $115/week non-member
$23/day non-member
$100/week member
$20/day member
Registration: Required. Please call Aubrey at 765-855-3188
to reserve your spot. Max. number of participants is 15. Min. of 8.


Fall Night Hike

Join us for our annual Fall Night Hike led Naturalist Russ Wright! Come call in owls and participate in sensory activities on the trail with us! A night hike is a pleasant, relaxing way to spend a cool evening in the woods.

Date: October 20
Time: 8-10p
Place: CEC
Fee: $5 non-member; $3 member
Registration: REQUIRED. Please call or email Aubrey at 765-855-3188 or  (Max. 30 people.)



Fall Foliage 5k/10k

The Fall Foliage 5k/10k is rapidly approaching! Lace up your running shoes and get to training! This year, our course will begin from the north side of our property, racing through out beautiful hardwood forest and vast prairie. This course is not suitable for strollers as runners will encounter two sets of stairs and many tree roots. On your mark, get set, go to for more information!

Date: October 14
Time: Registration begins at 7, race starts at 9
Place: CEC
Fee & Registration: Visit for more information!

Toddler Times in 2017

Join us monthly 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! Time: 10-11am  Place: CEC  Fee: $3 per toddler Registration: Required by the Monday before the program.

September 20- Those Sneaky Seeds!

October 18- Colorful Changes

November 15- Hibernation Preparation

December 20- Woodland Winters!


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