History & Community

A Brief History

The Keewaydin Environmental Education Center (KEEC) was founded in the fall of 1973 by Abbott Fenn and Alfred "Waboos" Hare, then co-owners and directors of Keewaydin Camps. Both retired schoolteachers, KEEC was inspired by a combination of their strong interest in education and their love of the outdoors, as well as their desire to use the summer camp property for more than two months of the year. The curriculum was based initially on an environmental education workshop developed by the US Forest Service.

By the mid-1980's, Barry Schultz King and Warren King expanded the program curriculum and helped develop long lasting relationships with many different schools around Vermont. A lot of these schools still come. In 1996, Tori Willis took over the reigns of the KEEC program. Tori offered four fun and energetic years as director of Spring, Fall and Winter KEEC.  In 2001, Dave Konopke took over and steadfastly directed the program convincing the foundation to re-establish the Fall season after it was stopped in 2000. Tim Tadlock took over as Director in 2005. He is a graduate of Prescott College and first joined the KEEC staff in the Spring of 2000. Tim has also been a memeber of the staff at Keewaydin's summer camp on Lake Dunmore since 1997.

SCHOOLS THAT MAKE UP THE KEEC COMMUNITY AND THE FIRST YEAR THEY ATTENDED

1973 Chester-Andover Elementary, Chester, VT                        

1974 Cavendish Elementary, Proctorsville, VT

1976 Floodbrook Elementary School, Lodonderry, VT;  Rochester Elementary, Rochester VT

1977 Townshend Elementary, Townshend, VT

1978 Dover Elementary, E. Dover, VT

1979 Jamaica Village, Jamaica, VT; Newfane Elementary, Newfane, VT; 
          
Windham Elementary, W. Townshend, VT; Brookline Elementary, Brookline, VT

1980 Bingham Memorial Elementary, Cornwall, VT; Wardsboro Elementary, Wardsboro, VT

1981 Vergennes Elementary, Vergennes, VT; Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, VT;
          
Morristown Elementary, Morrisville, VT    

1982 Bellows Falls Middle School, Bellow Falls, VT

1983 Mary Hogan Elementary, Middlebury, VT; Westford Elementary, Westford, VT;
          Salisbury Elementary, Salisbury, VT

1985 Dummerston School, Putney, VT; Cabot School, Cabot, VT

1988 Lamoille Union, Hyde Park, VT; Sanderson Academy, Ashfield, MA

1989 Warren School, Warren, VT; Miller's Run Elementary School, Sheffield, VT

1991 Colchester Middle School, Colchester, VT; Ripton Hollow School, Ripton, VT

1992 St. Albans City School, St. Albans, VT

1993 Browns River Middle School, Underhill, VT; Grafton Elementary School, Grafton, VT

1994 Glover Community, Glover, VT

1995 Champlain School, Burlington, VT

1996 North Bennington Grade School, N. Bennington, VT; State Street School, Windsor, VT

1998 St. Joseph’s, Burlington, VT

1999 Colrain Central School, Colrain, MA

2003 Leicester Central School, Leicester, VT

2006 Oak Groove Elementary School, Brattleboro, VT; The Mountain School at Winhall, Bondville, VT
          
Westminster Center School, Westminster, VT

2007 Hampstead Academy, Hampstead, NH; Mt. Anthony Middle School, Bennington, VT

2008 Shoreham Elementary, Shoreham, VT

2009 Stockbridge Central School, Stockbridge, VT; Essex Middle School, Essex, VT

2011 F.H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, VT