Fostering Health y Communities 

through Connection with Nature

The Community Ecology Institute (CEI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2016 with a mission to foster social and ecological health and well-being through research and programs that strengthen the connection between all people and the natural world. 

CEI conducts and disseminates research on the importance of direct engagement with the natural environment for individual, familial, community and ecological health and well-being. We also design, implement, and promote opportunities to foster health and build community through connection to nature. 

Our focus areas are illustrated in the adjacent graphic. We prioritize initiatives and topics that work across multiple areas. For example, watershed and foodshed connectivity and health are current areas of

integrated emphasis.

To optimize our impact, we seek to collaborate with organizations that have synergistic missions and areas of work. We may provide internships or volunteer opportunities that provide opportunities for involvement in CEI activities.