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The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (ELEEC) is the result of an agreement between the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). QUBS is one of the pre-eminent biological field stations in Canada known for research excellence and quality undergraduate learning experiences in field biology and other fields. NCC is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization that partners with corporate and landowners secure properties for conservation of biodiversity in perpetuity. The Education Centre was created in June 2011 to serve as a major site for environmental outreach and education for QUBS.

Our Mission

The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre can host a range of activities including school field trips, field courses, club meetings, individual or group retreats, and small conferences. We welcome visits from educators, academics, environmental organizations, and other conservation partners, and would be pleased to work with you to offer customized programming specific to your interests and needs.

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Recent News

Community Foundation Grants Awarded for ELEEC Outreach (Posted on May 14, 2015)

The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre will move closer to its mandate of providing environmental education to the community, thanks to two grants awarded by the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area.

This fall, with $4,000 from the Douglas Branton Fell Memorial Fund, the ELEEC will hire a part-time Environmental Outreach Assistant to broaden our high school program offerings with year-round workshops, strengthen links with the high school curriculum, and expand the principles of biodiversity conservation to other disciplines. Our application for this award was supported, in principle, by the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and the Limestone District School Board.

On behalf of the Frontenac Stewardship Foundation, ELEEC staff was pleased to accept $7,430 toward combating invasive alien species by establishing a demonstration site on the Elbow Lake property.  Through signage, printed materials, and hands-on workshops and training that use and test current Best Management Practices for control, we hope to inform and empower members of the community to identify, report and help eradicate new incursions of invasive species.  Our partners in conservation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, will co-lead this initiative.

Programs offered at the ELEEC promote a strong stewardship ethic, contributing to better-informed community members and future leaders.  Many thanks to the CFKA for the funding support.2015 Grant Award Recipients.  Carolyn Bonta, ELEEC Manager, second from right.

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