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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Environment, Environmental Education, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: The mission of the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) is to increase citizen involvement in decisions that affect our region?s environment. Through community organizing and education, PCEI assists members of our communities in making environmentally sound and economically viable decisions that promote a sustainable future.

Target demographics: connect people, place and community

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2,600 students learn about important environmental issues, connected with over 860 volunteers, and planted thousands of trees throughtout the region

Geographic areas served: the Palouse-Clearwater region

Programs: The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) was established in 1986 by citizens of the Palouse Prairie in reaction to local and international environmental issues. Since then, we have actively engaged our community in issues of public health, waste and recycling, fish & wildlife habitat, water quality, sustainable agriculture and pesticide use, transportation, alternative energy, and ground water. PCEI has a history of capitalizing on immediate environmental issues and converting them into educational opportunities for community growth and improvement. As a result, we were recognized as a Founder of a New Northwest by sustainable Northwest, Oregon Solutions, and the Governor of Oregon in 2000. Current programmatic focus areas are Watershed Restoration, Alternative Transportation, Community Gardening, and Environmental Education.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is the environmental heart of the Palouse. PCEI gives us a focus our activism.

Sandi14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oh my gosh, where do I even START to say how great PCEI is? I'm lucky enough to live just a few blocks from them and my 11 year old daughter and her friends spend hours playing there on the carousel and exploring the grounds. They have offered so many wonderful community programs for kids and adults such as after-school nature camps and reading programs and stream clean-up days. They enrich our community in so many ways through their education programs and activism in the area. Every single person who works at PCEI is passionately dedicated to making our environment better and teaching people about sustainability and protecting the environment. This non-profit agency is the BEST!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

PCEI was one of the first organizations I sought out to volunteer with when I moved to the Palouse. Their work in environmental education re-affirms my own belief that you need to start young for people to care about their natural surroundings and local resources.

Benjames D.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a great place to go to learning events and receive environmental education - especially for those with children. It is a good place for implementing environmental conservation projects. College students and community members find a place to help out at the nature center, and at the local nature preserve. Locals also have a good opportunity to pick up stream-side litter at the annual events in April, and more consistently as stream section stewards.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I love the PCEI's many family-friendly events, particularly the summer storytime series. The PCEI staff work hard to help those who visit the institute to learn about the importance of the natural world as well as the importance of communities acting together to preserve this world. Thanks, PCEI, for all you do to make our gorgeous Moscow an even better place to live!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have 30 years experience in environmental regulation and management, specifically water quality remediation, restoration, and project management. I have worked with PCEI prioritizing and funding water quality restoration projects since 1994 and continue to monitor their work. PCEI provides a value added social and environmental service to our watershed communities through example. I recommend involvement in PCEI to everyone, including my grandkids.

Janet60

Board Member

Rating: 5

PCEI is one of my favorite places to experience for many reasons, these are a few...
1) The outdoor campus inspires learning and positive engagement for the environment.
2) Several internships and service projects are open for young people to build their skills and resume.
3) PCEI creates forums for the free exchange of views and ideas.

PCEI is great for all ages to experience...it's an amazing place!

James71

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a current Board member and have been volunteering since 2006. I started volunteering in the native plant nursery when I first moved to Moscow, ID as a "trailing spouse." Then I successfully applied for the Community Outreach Coordinator AmeriCorps position. My research on community organizations and volunteerism (in that delightfully juicy, messy, and complicated intersection among poverty-environment-resilience-social capital) helps me to understand PCEI's importance within the community. The learning opportunities organized by PCEI staff and volunteers are amazing, as are the development of rich networks and community connections. PCEI is welcoming of many points of view, and is a great place to find information about a wide variety of potential solutions to environmental problems. The two Nature Centers are delightful respites from everyday bustle, and the events that PCEI sponsors bring many fun and interesting people together. Connecting People, Place, and Community is our theme.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute is my most cherished local nonprofit. Their work is so diverse. From planting trees near a local wetland and educating children about climate change to organizing a reused plate project or donating bikes to Africa, this group is the premier environmental organization in Idaho. They work with the UI to run the McCall Outdoor Science School, the only residential science school in all of Idaho! And the staff, volunteers and members are wonderful people working to make a difference!