The CEI is set in 160 acres of pristine natural mixed grass prairie habitat. The property is surrounded by two miles of 8' game fence, with ground wire underlie, and an 4' overhang. The vegetation comprises indigenous grasses, aspen and poplar bluffs,and spruce woodland. There are considerable areas of bog, and wetlands, with two large natural bodies of open water and smaller man made ponds.
The wildlife on CEI land is indigenous to the country. The CEI is also on a migratory flight path, so in Spring and Fall migratory waterfowl make extensive use of the CEI waterbodies. The Fall, mid to late September,is a particularly good time to visit the CEI.