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Keystone Environmental Education Institute

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Sharon Burke
Director KCEEI
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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 Woodland 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 Events

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 week-long summer programs offer options for educators to earn Act 48 hours, Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits from NEIU-19, graduate credits from Wilkes University, undergraduate credits from Keystone College, and non-credit options. Each course includes multiple field experiences and features a variety of presenters with expertise in their field.

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.

Intro to Beekeeping

Meet Saturdays March 23 to May 4 at the Keystone College Environmental Education Institute and join beekeeper Ellen McGlynn to learn the art and science of backyard beekeeping.

Hiking and Nature Journaling

Meet April 27, May 4, May 18 and June 1 at Eckel Family Pavilion and join hiking enthusiast Sharon Burke for four guided hikes in NEPA and tune into your natural surroundings.

Intro to Fly Fishing

Meet Saturdays February 2 to March 9 at the Keystone College Environmental Education Institute and join expert guide Adam Nidoh for a six-week Intro to Fly Fishing workshop.

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.

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