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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 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.

Garden-Based Learning – KCEEI Summer Course for Educators

Dates TBA. Call (570) 575-3927 for more information. Explore the science behind growing healthy foods and learn how schools can build, use, fund and gain support for traditional and non-traditional schoolyard and community gardens as resources.

Man’s Relationship with Environment – KCEEI Summer Course for Educators

July 15 – 19, 2019. Examine the influence of science, economics, politics, culture and social interactions on food, endangered species, energy and natural resources. Learn how to solve challenges that threaten our natural resources and human justice.

Citizens's Science

Citizen Science – KCEEI Summer Course for Educators

July 8 – 12, 2019. Learn how various citizen science projects can be used in hands-on learning inside and outside the classroom. Teachers will explore how students can create their own projects and get others to engage through global learning.

summer beekeeping

Summer Beekeeping – KCEEI Course

Meet Wednesdays, July 10 – Aug. 7, 6-9 p.m., this 5-week hands-on beekeeping class will examine the spring honey harvest, the behaviors and biological processes of honeybees during the height of the season, and the basic beekeeper interventions required to promote thriving colonies come fall.

Hiking and Nature Journaling

Hiking and Nature Journaling – KCEEI Course

Meet April 27, 2019, May 11 and 25, 2019 and June 8 at Eckel Family Pavilion and join hiking enthusiast Sharon Burke for four guided hikes in NEPA and tune into your natural surroundings.

Fly Fishing

Intro to Fly Fishing – KCEEI Course

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.


Intro to Beekeeping – KCEEI Course

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.

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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