Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre

The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (ELLEC) is the education campus of the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) and offers outreach programming, facility rentals, and access to our 8km of interpretive hiking trails.

Learn More About Our Exciting Programs!

Upcoming Events

Educational Programs

Facility Booking

Elbow Lake Trails

Explore Our Trails

About Elbow Lake

Queen’s University Biological Station (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. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization that partners with corporate and landowners secure properties for conservation of biodiversity in perpetuity. The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre was created in June 2011 to serve as a major site for environmental outreach and education for QUBS.
Elbow Lake
Elbow Lake Trails

Upcoming Events

Family Night: Bonfire Night

Family Night: Nocturnal Animals

porcupine tracks in the snow

Family Night: Tracks and Trails

Family Night: Night Under the Stars

Family Night: Garden Guardians

Family Night: Beaver Pond Explorers

What We Do

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.
Our Programs

Learn More Through Our Exciting QUILLS Program!

QUILLS is a collaborative project, drawing on the expertise of local Indigenous knowledge holders, teachers, and Queen’s STEM faculty, and is geared towards integrating the themes of the biodiversity crisis, global climate change, traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and the environment, invasive species, and contaminants in the environment. In addition to the Learning Bundles, tailored to grades 7-10, QUBS is also creating short videos to accompany each bundle, and facilitating professional development sessions for local teachers. Stay tuned for the release of these locally-focused, decolonized STEM learning resources in early 2023!