The Community Ecology Institute (CEI) is a Howard County based non-profit organization 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.
The Community Ecology Institute (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. Through direct experiences in nature we seek to enhance human health, build community, foster ecological restoration, and improve the resilience of both human and natural communities. We prioritize initiatives and topics that work across multiple areas. For example, CEI’s flagship program, Columbia Families in Nature, is a family nature club that has positive effects in each focus area. 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.
Please email the Community Ecology Institute if you are interested in internship or volunteer opportunities.