Current Program and Project Areas
Community Ecology Center at Freetown Farm
We are the stewards of a 6.4 acre organic farm in Columbia. We have protected this unique property from being developed and are creating a Community Ecology Center where people can learn through hands-on experiences about how they can lead happier, healthier, more connected and sustainable lives! Please help us to raise the funds needed to secure make the most of this innovative, environmental education center!
Community Supported Education
The Community Supported Education (CSE) model takes inspiration from Community Supported Agriculture, where members make a commitment to the viability of local farms by paying into the season's crop and also helping with the work of farming in exchange for a share of the harvest. Community members are engaged, active participants that make contributions of both time and money to create a strong and flourishing learning ecosystem. CSE programs are place-based and offer nature-based experiential learning.
CEI's CSE program is the Roots & Wings Learning Community.
Family Nature Clubs
Family Nature Clubs (FNCs) are community-based organizations that regularly bring families together to enjoy the benefits of time spent in nature. FNCs can essentially be created by anyone in any community. What FNCs have in common in their structure is that the events occur outdoors, are geared toward full family participation, and are designed to develop positive connections with nature through direct experience and informal learning opportunities.
CEI's has been running Columbia Families in Nature since 2014.