kCB 'virtual' Environmental Education

The Environmental Education Program of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful has been a community resource for 20 years, connecting underserved children with the environment to help them grow, learn, and develop personal responsibility for their community. Given the new challenges facing schools, teachers, and students during the pandemic, our programming which relied upon the student’s shared experiences with the environment was reimagined to meet them in the digital space. The EE Program continues to convert classroom presentations, field trips to an interactive digital format regularly, as a new, permanent and lasting addition to our offerings.


Environmental and outdoor learning boasts an array of scientifically-proven benefits for students, from increased environmental stewardship and awareness to improved social, academic, physical, and psychological health. Nature deficit disorder, as coined by author Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods, is the idea that many behavioral problems and challenges facing our students, such as reduced attention spans and obesity, are caused by lack of time outdoors.

Education should be free and accessible for everyone. With this guiding principle and the understanding that communicating science is often difficult, the team has put together thoughtfully crafted presentation videos and resources free of charge.

The team strongly encourages membership to your local library for access to recommended books and ability to print worksheets and resource guides at a reduced fee.

Special thanks to our Program funders

meet our Education Team

Kara Luggen

EE Program Director

Kara has been an informal educator for over 10 yrs. Her first years of education took place throughout Central America while she worked on completing a dual Masters Degree from the University for Peace and American University. She has been with KCB since 2016 and became the EE Program Director in 2018. Kara loves nature, hikes and camping with her two large dog children. She's also a self-proclaimed cookie connoisseur.

Rachel Cranmer

EE Program Coordinator

Rachel has been working for KCB since January 2020 as the Environmental Education Program Coordinator. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati, an M.A. in Biology from Miami University, and is a National Geographic Certified Educator. When she isn't traveling the world (usually in Africa), Rachel enjoys working outdoors, hanging out at the Zoo, and watching probably too much Netflix.