A skipper is collecting nectar on a flower.

The Center exists to promote environmental education in both formal and informal settings and among all age groups. We stress the importance of hands-on activities and outdoor experiences that immerse students and others in nature.

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Combining Talents

Waters and McCabe sit at a table at National Night Out representintg Butler County Metro Parks

Shawnee Banks, Miami 2015 graduate in Early Childhood and Masters in IES, and Stephanie McCabe, Miami 2017 graduate in Middle Childhood, share a post at the 2019 Middletown National Night Out. Banks was a volunteer at the Hefner Museum, one of the Center's collaborators, and McCabe, also a volunteer, earned the Early Childhood Environmental Educator Certification. Shawnee Banks is the Program Coordinator and Stephanie McCabe is the Interpretive Naturalist for Butler County MetroParks. Both work diligently to create environmental education programs that engage the public of all ages.

Certificate Programs Increasingly Popular

Students are gathered in a maple sugar bush located in Brownsville, IN.

Since the Center began certifying environmental educators in the 2011-12 academic year, our certification programs have expanded and become increasingly popular. This is the 2019 class of Early Childhood Environmental Educators' field trip at Maplewood Farms in Philomath, Indiana.