The Center for Science and Environmental Education (CSEE) was established at Delta State University in 2000 to provide science education and environmental education outreach services by DSU faculty and staff to residents, schools, and other organizations within 19 counties in the northern Mississippi Delta (Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Washington, and Yazoo). Since its inception, CSEE has served as an important link between scientists and science educators at Delta State University, and K-12 teachers and administrators in the region.
To fulfill this mission, CSEE has been charged with the responsibility of coordinating existing science and environmental education programs offered by DSU and formulating and implementing new programs that address these areas. This will ultimately lead to development of a comprehensive, sustainable support system for improvement of precollege science and environmental education in the Mississippi Delta. Current programming focuses on conducting professional development workshops in science and environmental education for preservice and inservice teachers, providing materials to support science curriculum implementation in K-12 classrooms, and developing environmental field trip opportunities for students.
CSEE facilities including six ponds, a greenhouse, and office/lab building are located on a 10-acre parcel of land north of the Delta State University campus in Cleveland, approximately one-half mile south of Merigold, Mississippi.