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Keystone Environmental Education Institute



Kelley Stewart, Director of KCEEI




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.


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.

Stay tuned for course dates and times. 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.

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.

Woodland Campus

Program Highlights

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.

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