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Mission Statement

The Mission of Cope Environmental Center Is...
"To promote the sustainable use of the earth's resources through education, demonstration
and research."

In this respect, our volunteers help promote sustainability in the community by increasing
awareness of current environmental issues and by participating in conservation efforts on the property.
Cope Environmental Center was founded in 1992 when Jim and Helen Cope partnered with their
friend Francis Parks, a dedicated botanist, horticulturist, and conservationist, to create the Francis Parks
Foundation and the Cope Environmental Center to give permanent protection to this valuable piece of land and to teach others what they had learned.

In 1997, the Center tripled in size with the gift of 70 acres from Gertrude 'Lucky' Ward, a retired biology professor at Earlham College. Lucky was dedicated to the conservation of natural and cultural resources within the region. With the addition of another parcel of land in 1999, the Center increased to its current size of 102 acres.

Our Vision is to inspire and challenge individuals and communities to achieve ecologically sustainable lifestyles to secure a sustainable future for all life on earth.


We are so glad that you are considering lending your talents, time and energy to Cope Environmental Center. Every year, hundreds of people from Wayne County and beyond volunteer at CEC. The dynamism and accomplishments of these volunteers cannot be overstated.

CEC volunteers help preserve and restore CEC's 3+ miles of hiking trails, help with day-to-day operations at CEC, and aid in preparation and planning of events and educational programs. From those who visit us weekly to those who help make the fall gala successful, your help is always appreciated! Quite simply put, CEC could not operate without our incredible team of volunteers.

Along with Board and Staff, CEC volunteers work towards promoting sustainability through education in Wayne County and surrounding areas. CEC’s volunteer program coordinates volunteer efforts in support of the center and programs and events associated with the center.



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