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Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute, Inc.

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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.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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

Benjames D.


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.


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