The following is the schedule for upcoming events and programs for 2019-2020. For more information, call us at (765) 855-3188.

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

Don’t miss out on the next program! Sign up for our monthly email by sending an email to staff@copeenvironmental.org with “Monthly E-blast” as the subject.

Night Hikes

Join CEC Naturalist, MoonShadow, on a hike through the woods after dark. Learn about nocturnal animals, listen for owl calls and check out the night sky. No flashlights please.

  • Location:  CEC Prairiewood Entrance 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, Indiana
  • Fee: $3 per member, $5 per non- member
  • Registration: Preferred 

To register,  call us at (765) 855-3188.


  •  June 5 – 8:30 PM
  • October 2 – 7 PM

Toddler Time

Join us monthly where kids can explore the outdoors of CEC through: a story, hands-on activities, crafts, and a hike.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Toddler Time meets rain or shine so be sure to dress for the weather! 

Time: 10-11 AM

Place: CEC Prairiewood Entrance 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, Indiana

Fee: $3 per toddler for pre-registration OR $5 per toddler for day-of registration.

To register,  call us at (765) 855-3188.


April 15 – A Log’s Life

May 20 – Woodland Babies

Check back for more Toddler Time announcements!

Families in the Forest

Join us on the first Saturday of every month for an all ages’ Activity to strengthen our connection with nature. Program takes place rain or shin, so be sure to dress for the weather. 

Time: 10 – 11:30 AM

Place: CEC Prairiewood 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, Indiana

Fee: $2 per child before the day of the program; $5 per child for day-of registration

Registration: Preferred

To register,  call us at (765) 855-3188.


  • March 7 – March Madness Nature Style
  • April 4 – Wildflower Walk
  • May 2 – Green Gardens

Weekly Playgroup @ the Nature Playscape

CEC has introduced a self-led program: Weekly Playgroup @ the Nature Playscape. Children of all ages are invited to spend some time playing in our woodland playscape. Make sure you come dressed for the weather!

Our trails and Nature Playscape are open every day dawn to dusk. Playtime could be any time, but the goal of the playgroup is to create a coordinated time for parents and guardians to bring their kiddos out for group socialization and outdoor play. The more the merrier! This program is meant to be fun and casual so that everyone can move at their own pace and come and go as they please.

For those who arrive at 10 a.m., a staff member or volunteer will be available to lead everyone to the Nature Playscape and give a brief welcome and introduction.

Date: Every Friday

Time: 10 AM

Location: CEC Prairiewood Entrance 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, Indiana

Fee: Free

Registration: Not needed, Informal program

Weekly Playgroup @ the Nature Playscape. It’s a great time for play time!

Family Maple Syrup Hike

Visit the Sugar Bush, meet some historical characters, and learn the history of making maple syrup. The hike will conclude at the sap house where participants will get to sample CEC’s freshly made maple syrup.   

Date: February 29 – 10 AM

Place: CEC Homestead Entrance at 4910 Shoemaker Road

Fee: $3 per person

Registration: Preferred To register,  call us at (765) 855-3188.

Pancake Breakfast featuring CEC’s Fresh Maple Syrup

Stop in at CEC between 9 AM and Noon to enjoy a pancake breakfast! Our volunteers will be making piping hot pancakes and serving them up with maple syrup. Money raised from event will support the mission of the Cope Environmental Center.  

Date: February 29 – 9 AM – 12 PM

Place: CEC Prairiewood Entrance 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, Indiana

Fee: $5 per member, $7 per non-member

Registration: none needed

Check back next month for more events and programs at CEC!

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