Please Register at Least One Week in Advance  for All Programs by contacting Aubrey at 765-855-3188 or

Family Maple Syrup Day! March 7th

Executive Director, Alison Zajdel, shows Family Maple Syrup Participants how pioneers made maple sugar

Executive Director, Alison Zajdel, shows Family Maple Syrup Participants how pioneers made maple sugar

10am-12pm, $8 Adult $5 Child; $5 Member/$4

Travel back in time to discover how maple syrup was made by Native Americans and early settlers. Next, make your way to the sap house (constructed of reclaimed materials) for a lesson in maple syrup production in today’s world. All participants will finish the morning with a pancake lunch and get to use local maple syrup! Also you can check fun maple syrup facts about Indiana here!

Earth Day Celebration! April 25th

We partner with other organizations for this event. See link for more info!

Toddler Time! Every 3rd Wednesday Morning

(March-October 2015) 10-11am, $3 per Child. You’re never too young to enjoy nature! Join us for monthly Toddler Time where kids explore the outdoors of CEC through a story, hands-on activities, crafts, and a hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to dress for the weather! Toddler Time happens rain or shine 🙂

March 18th – “Winter Wonders” Reading: It’s Winter! (by Linda Glaser)
April 15th – “Spring Fling” Reading: Earth, Sky, Wet, Dry: A Book of Nature Opposites (by Durga Bernhard)
May 20th – “Little Tree Huggers” Reading: The Busy Tree (by Jennifer Ward)
June 17th – “You Can ‘Count’ on Nature!” Reading: Look Whooo’s Counting (by Susie MacDonald)
July 15th – “Wild Wetlands” Reading: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond (by Mary Quattlebaum)
August 19th – “Pretty Little Prairies” Reading: In the Tall, Tall Grass (by Denise Fleming)
September 16th – “Amazing Arachnids” Reading: The Very Busy Spider (by Eric Carle)
October 21st – “‘Fall’-ing Asleep” Reading: Time to Sleep (by Denise Fleming)

Homespun Workshops 2015! Every 2nd Thursday Evening

“This Class is For the Birds” March 12th  $7/person

We will go over what native plants to use to attract birds to your yard, what houses and feeders are good to use, how to make your own bird feed, great apps and resource books, deterring pest critters and MORE! @ CEC 6:00-8:00pm

“Photographing Spring Blossoms and Nature” April 9th Led by Jerry Toschlog

This program covers the general understanding of what is needed before and during the exposure to capture that perfect image. We will be outdoors, weather permitting, even if it is chilly, or has just rained, as that can make for some great pictures. Please feel free to bring your camera, even if it’s just a smartphone. This will be a hands-on program so you can get the full impact of how you can take better nature and outdoor photographs. This program will not cover post production and editing with software. @ CEC 5:30-7:30pm

“Garden Planning and Planting” May 14th

Join us at Cec this spring as we discuss companion planting, critter control the natural way, starting seeds from previous years crops, natural fertilizers and putting the garden “to bed” for winter. Our gardens feed our volunteers and donate 50-100 pounds a year to local food panties. This is hands on-we will have our plants and companion charts ready for you to help us plant and learn many great garden tips as we plant the CEC garden. Be prepared to get dirty! If you are not able to plant with us, we will have chairs available around the garden–please let us know before hand. @ CEC 5:30-7:30pm

“CHEESEMAKING 101″ June 11th  $7/person

Learn the simple basics of this age-old art and take home the cheese! A list of supplies will be given to you when you sign up. @ TBA 5:30-7:30pm

“Creating the Colors of Nature with Natural Dyes” July 9th $7/person

Join Sam from Ply Fiber Arts for this introductory workshop on the world of natural dyes. You will learn the basics of sourcing dyes, many of which can be grown in your own garden or found during an afternoon hike in the woods, as well as creating your first dyepot. Natural dyes can be used for dyeing fabric, yarn, fiber, paper, and more in a sustainable manner. @ CEC 6:00-8:00pm

“Backyard Herbs” September 10th $7/person

In this class you will learn that your own backyard abounds in useful medicinal plants. Weeds really are our friends…so come find out why! Is it a weed or is it an herb? You decide. @ CEC 6:00-8:00pm


Registration: Pre-registration required due to materials needed for each session. REGISTRATION CLOSES ONE WEEK PRIOR TO EACH PROGRAM. Please contact Aubrey at 765-855-3188 or email All programs have a minimum of 5 people.
$5 per class***unless otherwise noted***; $50 for all classes/non-member rate; $40 for all sessions/member rate; please pre-pay by sending check or cash. (no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before program.)

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