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KCEEI Contacts

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Sharon Burke
Director KCEEI
570-575-3927
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Teaching sound science in our natural world.

Keystone College’s Environmental Education Institute (KCEEI) offers a variety of hands-on educational activities for those interested in exploring, protecting, and enjoying our natural world.

Keystone College’s 170-acre Woodlands Campus, ponds, streams, wetlands, trails, outdoor classrooms, and field stations provide unparalleled opportunities for outdoor discovery and a wonderful learning atmosphere for our environmental education courses and workshops.

Upcoming Events

May 26

Yoga in the Woods

May 26 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
May 30

Honey & the Hive

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jun 02

Yoga in the Woods

June 2 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Jun 09

Yoga in the Woods

June 9 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Jun 13

Wild Edibles Nature Walk

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jun 16

Yoga in the Woods

June 16 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Jennings

KCEEI Founder, Professor Howard Jennings

Keystone College’s Environmental Education Institute was founded by Professor Howard Jennings, who taught sciences for over 45 years at Keystone College, and was a leader in environmental stewardship throughout his lifetime. KCEEI remains committed to his vision to enhance the learning experience by combining inquiry-based science with field study, using nature as a laboratory.

Environmental courses and workshops available at KCEEI.

Our summer programs for K-12 Educators are open to all. These hands-on courses are appropriate for K-12 educators, homeschool educators, informal educators, undergraduate students and anyone interested in enhancing their environmental literacy and stewardship.

They run Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with an extended lab on Thursday until 6 p.m. All courses are held at the Keystone College Environmental Education Institute (Lackawanna Hall), and include multiple field studies on and off campus. Transportation and lunch provided.  Housing available for modest fee. All courses offer options for undergraduate credit through Keystone College, CPE and ACT 48 credit through the Intermediate Unit, graduate credit through Wilkes University, or can be taken for personal development.  The KCEEI registration fee is $315 which includes ACT 48 credits.  There are additional fees for undergraduate, CPE and graduate credit options.  

KCEEI also offers one-day workshops and multi-week programs on a variety of ecological, outdoor recreation and sustainable living topics throughout the year. All programs are open to the community and offer a reduced fee non-credit registration option. Our naturalists are always happy to customize a field day to meet the interests of your group.

KCEEI: Intro to Summer Beekeeping

KCEEI: Intro to Summer Beekeeping

A 5-week, hands-on beekeeping class to examine the spring honey harvest, the behaviors and biological processes of honeybees during the height of the season, and the basic beekeeper interventions.

Saturdays, July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

KCEEI: Human Relationship with the Environment: Choice & Impact

KCEEI: Human Relationship with the Environment: Choice & Impact

This course examines food systems, energy resources, natural resources, water resources, and endangered species and the impact of human choices on these from environmental, societal, economic and political perspectives.

Monday – Friday, July 13–17, 2020 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

KCEEI: Water at Risk: Averting the Next Environmental Crisis

KCEEI: Water at Risk: Averting the Next Environmental Crisis

This course provides an in-depth look at water resources, the essential role of water, the many risks which threaten the water supply locally and globally, and strategies to protect this precious natural resource.

Monday–Friday, July 20-24, 2020 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The purpose of conservation: The greatest good to the greatest number of people for the longest time.

KCEEI is funded by Keystone College, and through generous private gifts and grants.  We wish to extend our gratitude to the  P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and The Overlook Estate Foundation for their ongoing support. Gifts to KCEEI go directly to fund our environmental education and stewardship programs.

Program Highlights 2019

Keystone College’s 170-acre Woodlands Campus features a stream, seven miles of hiking trails, and meadows and is home to a nature preserve and maple sugaring operation. The outdoor classrooms and field stations provide unparalleled opportunities for outdoor discovery and a wonderful learning atmosphere for our environmental education courses and workshops.

Learn more about our community resource and the Keystone College Environmental Education Institute where you can discover and explore nature in this video by FOX56.