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We encourage all community members to carpool to these events as on-site parking is limited.

Toddler Times

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: 10-11 a.m.  Place: CEC  Fee: $3 per toddler for pre-registration OR $5 per toddler for day of registration.


  • February 20 – Maple Magic
  • March 20- Wake Up, Spring!
  • April 17- Sounds of Nature
  • May 15 – Are You My Mother?
  • June 19 – Tadpole Tales!
  • July 17 – Solar Snacks
  • August 21 – Monarch Madness
  • September 18 – Tomatoes & Potatoes
  • October 16 – Falling Leaves
  • November 20 – Feathered Friends
  • December 18- A Woodland Holiday

Check back for more Toddler Time announcements!

The following is the schedule for upcoming events and programs in February. For more information, call us at 765-855-3188.

2019 Summer Adventure Programs

Registration for Summer Adventure Programs is now open for CEC members! Registration for non-members starts March 1. Check out our 2019 Summer Program Flyer for all of the awesome camps we have planned for the kiddos this year.

To register for camps online, please visit our website here:

Questions can be directed to Stephanie at

Groundhog Day

Come learn about signs of spring, animals in winter, and folklore about shadows. How many more weeks of winter will we have? This program is for all ages. 

Place: 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, Ind.
Date: Feb. 2, 2019
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: Free. Donations accepted.
Registration: Not required

City Life Opening Reception – Photo gallery by Ed DeLaPaz

Local graphic designer and photographer Ed DeLaPaz highlights his photo gallery City Life, which is focused on the people, community, and life of a small Midwestern city.

Cope Environmental Center invites you to attend the opening reception of: City Life, a Photo Gallery by Ed DeLaPaz. Light refreshments will be provided. No RSVP necessary.

All art work is for sale and 30% of the purchase price goes back to Cope Environmental Center in support of environmental education programs.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Place: 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, Ind. in the M.C. Davis Gathering Place
Fee: Free, Donations accepted
Attire: Casual

Family Maple Syrup Day

Don’t miss out on your chance to attend Family Maple Syrup Day on Feb. 9, 2019. Registration ends Feb. 6, 2019. To register, call us or fill out the form on our website here:

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 brunch and a chance to taste CEC’s locally made maple syrup! Check out these fun Indiana maple syrup facts here!

The program starts at 10 a.m. at 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, Ind. This is an outdoor and indoor program. Be sure to dress for the weather – we highly suggest layers – most likely it will be cold. This program includes a pancake brunch with local, handmade Maple Syrup from Cope’s Sugar Maple trees at the New Sustainable Education Center.

Date: Feb. 9, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.- noon
Fee: Non-member: $8 per adult/$5 per child; Members: $5 per adult/$3 per child (Payment before program preferred: Cash, check or charge)
Registration: Required – please call us at (765)855-3188 or fill out our form here:

Girl Scout Maple Syrup Day is the following Saturday on Feb. 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Contact Stephanie at about registering.

Feb. 20 – Toddler Time: Maple Magic

You are 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to dress for the weather. Toddler Time happens rain or shine.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Place: 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, Ind.
Fee: $3.00 per child before the day of the program; $5.00 per child for day of registration

Registration: Required. We ask that you sign up before the day of the program – there is a price increase for day-of-program registration.

To register, visit our toddler time page, or call us at (765)855-3188.


Feb. 23 – E-Waste Recycling

Recycle your old electronics so that parts can be re-purposed. Don’t let useful parts go to waste in the landfill. E-Waste Recycling happens on the fourth Saturday of every month (except holidays) from 9 a.m. to noon.

Check out this link for a list of acceptable items. (NOTE: Please do not bring electronics with CRT tubes – older computer monitors and televisions – these will not be accepted.)

Date: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. – noon.
Place: 2325 Chester Blvd, Whitewater Hall Parking Lot
Fee: Free

For more information about recycling please visit our resource page

Feb. 28 – Sustainable & Attainable: Bees

Are you interested in getting your own bees? Come out to CEC’s Sustainable & Attainable program to learn about making and maintaining your own hives. Bastin Honey Bee Farm will be on hand to talk about the fundamentals of beekeeping and the environmental importance of bees. Light refreshments will be provided. No RSVP required.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, Ind.
Fee: Free. Donations are accepted.
Registration: Not required.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Did you use a live Christmas tree this year? Don’t know what to do with it after the holidays? CEC will be offering free Christmas tree recycling until the end of February 2019. Don’t let your tree go to waste. Turn it into mulch for CEC’s hiking trails. You may drop your tree off at our south entrance at 4910 Shoemaker Rd., Centerville. Make sure all decorations (lights, ornaments, tinsel, etc.) are removed before drop-off.

January 14 – March 25, 2019 – Get Outside Challenge (Currently on week #3)

Thanks to the support of Reid Health, CEC has kick-started another season of the Get Outside Challenge! This 10 week initiative aims to challenge our community to spend more time being active outside!

This challenge is for anyone and everyone who wants to become healthier and happier in the great outdoors this winter.

Plus, there are prizes and it is free. Kids can participate, too. Just track the amount of active time you spend outside between Jan. 14 through March 25. Start the year off right with a happier, healthier you! For more info on what this initiative is all about and how you can participate, please visit our Get Outside Challenge page.

Looking ahead to March:

March 2019

  • 3/1 – Summer Camp registration begins for non-members
  • 3/2 – Woods Walk from 10 – 11:30 a.m. (registration preferred)
  • 3/20 – Toddler Time: Wake Up, Spring! from 10 – 11 a.m.
  • 3/23 – E-Waste Recycling @ IUE from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 3/25 – Get Outside Challenge ends
  • 3/25 – Gleaners Food Drop 9 – 11 a.m.
  • 3/28 – Sustainable & Attainable: Food Waste from 6-8 p.m.
  • 3/31 – LBC project half-way audit


April 2019

  • 4/4 – 5/23 Master Naturalist Workshop classes (registration required)
  • 4/6 – Wildflower Walk from 10 –11:30 a.m. (registration preferred)
  • 4/17- Toddler Time: Sounds of Nature from 10 – 11 a.m.
  • 4/22 – Gleaners Food Drop 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • 4/25- Sustainable & Attainable: Recycling Panel from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • 4/27- E-Waste Recycling @ IUE from 9 – 12 p.m.
  • 4/27- Family Earth Day Celebration at CEC from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


May 2019

  • 4/4 – 5/23 Master Naturalist Workshop classes (registration required)
  • 5/4 – Growing Lunch from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 5/15- Toddler Time: Are You My Mother? from 10 – 11 a.m.
  • 5/18 – Kids to Parks Day at CEC from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 5/21- Jack Hanna V.I.P. lunch at CEC at 4 p.m. and Going Wild For Wildlife Show at Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.
  • 5/23- Sustainable & Attainable: Compost from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • 5/25- E-Waste Recycling @ IUE from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 5/27 – Gleaners Food Drop 9 – 11 a.m.


June 2019

  • Summer Adventure Camps start
  • 6/1 – Planting for Butterflies from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 6/3 – 6/7 – Jr./Teen Master Naturalist Certification from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (4th – 12th grade)
  • 6/10 – 6/14 – Eco Superheroes from 9 a.m. – Noon (1st – 3rd grade)
  • 6/10 – 6/14 – Whoo Lives in the Forest? from 1 – 4 p.m. (1st – 3rd grade)
  • 6/17 – 6/21 – Nature Buddies from 9 a.m. – Noon (preK – K)
  • 6/17 – 6/21 – Digging into the Dirt from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (preK- K)
  • 6/19 – Toddler Time: Tadpole Tales! from 10 – 11 a.m.
  • 6/20 – Sustainable & Attainable: TBA from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • 6/22 – E-Waste Recycling @ IUE from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 6/24 – Gleaners Food Drop 9 – 11 a.m.
  • 6/24 – 6/28 – Art of Nature from 9 a.m. – Noon (4th – 6th grade)
  • 6/24 – 6/28- Backyard Biologists from 1 – 4 p.m. (4th – 6th grade)


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