Keystone Environmental Education Institute
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.
2022 Summer Nature Camp
Campers will explore our 170 acre outdoor classroom while experiencing hands-on investigative research, learning to collect data, use binoculars, magnifying lenses, microscopes and how to be a citizen scientist.
Watershed Explorers: KCEEI Summer Program for Educators
Explore the essential role of water, the inter-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and strategies for watershed protection.
Beekeeper Certification Program – KCEEI Workshop
Learn science-based principles of beekeeping, bees as a pollinators, and bee behavior with an intensive classroom, and hands-on field experience.
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.
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.
In the News
Keystone College students pour effort into making maple syrup. Read a Times-Tribune article highlighting the Sugar Shack and the students who are assisting the maple sugaring process. (subscription required) More News
The Keystone Sugar Shack is up and running for 2022. Keystone College students began the maple sugaring operation over the weekend. Watch a FOX 56 segment highlighting the process. More News