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Course Application and Schedule


Course Application

To apply for the 2018-19 Professional Environmental Educator Certification Course, complete both:
Submit both forms to Enrollment in the course is limited to the first 14 people who apply by July 2, 2018. This is fewer than in previous years because 16 places are reserved for AmeriCorps members.

Scholarship Application

Thanks to the generosity of Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, scholarships are available to help with course costs. To apply for a scholarship, complete:

Submit the application to by July 2, 2018.

We estimate that the scholarships will be approximately $500 per recipient.


Estimated Costs 

The estimated costs of attending the course are: 
  • Course admission fee: $400
  • Course materials: Up to $90
  • Lodging: $79.95 per night for state park lodge rooms, variable for cabins and hotels
  • Meals: about $10 for breakfast and lunch buffets at state parks, and $15 for dinner buffets, otherwise variable
  • Transportation: variable
Participants may significantly reduce the costs of attendance by: 
  • sharing transportation to and from workshops,
  • sharing a cabin at state parks, or sharing lodge or hotel rooms,
  • bringing food (state park cabins have kitchens, but lodge rooms do not),
  • seeking employer assistance with costs, and
  • taking advantage of applicable tax deductions for expenses

Course Materials

Students not already certified in the current Project WET, Project WILD, or Project Learning Tree guides will be required to order these books through KEEC. Each book costs $25 and contains EE lesson plans and activities that will be referenced throughout the course. Students will need to obtain, on their own, a copy of Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Education, by David Sobel.

Code of Ethics 

In order to participate in the course, all applicants must sign the Code of Ethics, which includes the following statement:  
Standard 1.1.  The educator will clearly differentiate between education and advocacy when conducting EE programs, allowing students to decide for themselves where they stand on environmental issues.  The educator will refrain from making personal advocacy statements when teaching about environmental issues.
The full text of the Code of Ethics is included in the application form and available here. Applicants who have questions or concerns about the Code of Ethics should contact

Course Schedule

Participants make their own room reservations

Workshop 1: October 25-27, 2018
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Workshop 2: December 6-8, 2018
Natural Bridge State Resort Park​ 
Workshop 3: February 21-23, 2019

Workshop 4: March 21-23, 2019
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
 Photo of Project Pipeline activity
​Above: 2013-14 course participants in a Workshop 3 activity - Project Pipeline