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Virtual Family Night: Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre Live TourEXPIRED 2021-07-09

Hosted By ELEEC & Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre

Thursday July 8th, 2021 | Live at 7:00pm EST.

Join us on a live virtual tour of Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre and meet the wildlife patients currently in care. This is a unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and experience the busiest season of the year at our hospital. A live Q&A with our medical staff will follow the tour.

Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre is a registered charity that rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. We admit over 5,000 wild animals each year, including reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals.

Registration is required: https://queensu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvf-GhpjItH9Oz28HpMvhPRkGNoZj6j7vq

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre relies heavily on your donations for maintenance and supplies, and currently receives no government funding. Any amount is much appreciated in helping to keep the Centre running year-round. For more information and to donate, please see https://sandypineswildlife.org/?page_id=826.

For inquiries, please contact Emily Verhoek at emily.verhoek@queensu.ca

We will be recording this event in order for it to be displayed on the QUBS YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEKRbJDxoL8w2rAimeA0Iqg. We aim to make this event as interactive as possible and greatly appreciate audience participation, but you are more than welcome to stay muted with video off.

Virtual Family Night: Geocaching 101 EXPIRED 2021-06-28

Hosted By ELEEC

Friday, June 25th, 2021| Pre-recorded to the Official QUBS YouTube Channel 

Join Outreach and Stewardship Interns Meghan and Lindsay as they take you on a journey through geocaching. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting activity that takes place all over the world. Whether you have no idea what geocaching means, or you've already started, we encourage you to watch! Join us to learn how geocaching can be a fun and safe activity that the whole family can enjoy, and how to get started on your own adventure!

As this video will feature clips from local geocaching adventures, the entire event will be pre-recorded and uploaded to the Official QUBS YouTube Channel on June 25 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEKRbJDxoL8w2rAimeA0Iqg

This is a free program offered by the Queen's University Biological Station. We are always happy to accept donations to support environmental education initiatives and enhance our education and outreach programs. Visit here to donate.

https://www.givetoqueens.ca/QUBSEvents

Virtual Family Night: What's in your backyard?EXPIRED 2021-05-28

Hosted By ELEEC & QUBS

Calling all families! Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre is excited to announce our new Virtual Family Night series for the summer of 2021! These events are available for all ages, and will feature interactive programming and discussions. 

 

Interested in making your backyard more attractive to wildlife but not sure where to start? Curious about pollinator gardens, invasive species, or collecting rainwater? Looking for a summer project? Join us Thursday May 27 @ 7:00pm to learn about backyard stewardship and what you can do to encourage wildlife conservation in your own yard.

 

Registration is required. https://queensu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqd-Guqz4uGNRSpmH9FgS6X7QADQ9fsKfN 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

This is a free program offered by the Queen's University Biological Station. We are always happy to accept donations to support environmental education initiatives and enhance our education and outreach programs. Visit here to donate.
https://www.givetoqueens.ca/QUBSEvents 

For inquires, please contact Emily Verhoek at emily.verhoek@queensu.ca 

We will be recording this event in order for it to be displayed on the QUBS Youtube Channel. We aim to make this event as interactive as people and greatly appreciate audience participation, but you are more than welcome to stay muted with video off.

Earth Day Event: Saving the bees (and the planet!) with Peter Soroye, University of OttawaEXPIRED 2021-04-23

Hosted By ELEEC & QUBS

Join us on April 22nd at 10am for part one of our Earth Day events. This event is targeted for Grades 5-12 but all ages are welcome.

In Canada and around the world, climate change and habitat loss are creating a crisis for wildlife, including important pollinators like bees and butterflies. But while the stakes are high, hope is not lost! Researchers are leveraging the power of thousands of everyday people to help understand how climate change and habitat loss cause extinction in species. Join Peter to find out how you can help save the bees and the planet.

Registration is required.  https://queensu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpc-CgqDMoGdRCxt15w1pN3H9aLwf9_Mpc 

 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

This is a free program offered by the Queen's University Biological Station. 

For inquires, please contact Emily Verhoek at emily.verhoek@queensu.ca

 

 

Earth Day Event: Humans, Freshwater Ecosystems and Water Quality with Let's Talk ScienceEXPIRED 2021-04-23

Hosted By ELEEC & QUBS

Join us on April 22nd at 1pm for part two of our Earth Day events. This event is targeted for Grades JK-8 but all ages are welcome.

Let’s Talk Science at Queen’s University will be teaching you about the different bodies of water you can find here in Ontario and the importance of water quality! In our first activity we are going to show you how you can evaluate the quality of a water sample by testing the pH of a few samples using a store bought or homemade pH indicator. In our second activity we’re going to show you how these different bodies of water are all connected and how pollution, like trash or chemicals, in one body of water can spread far away from where the pollution started!

Registration is required.  https://queensu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvcO2hqDgoGdJPDTPNn6_3t-Hp3_wkjRD3 

 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

This is a free program offered by the Queen's University Biological Station. 

For inquires, please contact Emily Verhoek at emily.verhoek@queensu.ca

 

 

Earth Day Event: What lies beneath Elbow Lake: A closer look at an aquatic ecosystem with QUBS Outreach and Let's Talk ScienceEXPIRED 2021-04-23

Hosted By ELEEC & QUBS

Join us on April 22nd at 7pm for part three of our Earth Day events. This event is for all ages.

The Outreach and Teaching team at QUBS as well as Let's Talk Science will collaborate on the event. Learn about what animals live in water ecosystems and how they're important indicators of the health of our planet. Watch our QUBS staff take some samples in the field and investigate with us as we take a look under the microscope. Finally, take part in a hands-on activity with help from our guests from Let's Talk Science!

Registration is required.   https://queensu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvdemhqTwtH9WcGcdPT-IATOnHkyiB02TA

 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

This is a free program offered by the Queen's University Biological Station. 

For inquires, please contact Emily Verhoek at emily.verhoek@queensu.ca

Where they are and how to find them: reveal local turtle distributions with novel DNA techniques, with Wenxi Feng of Queen's UniversityEXPIRED 2021-04-07

Hosted By ELEEC & QUBS

 

Looking for turtles hiding under water could be challenging, especially when you are not looking closely or when conditions are harsh. Here in Dr. Steve Lougheed’s Lab we explore the application of a novel Environmental DNA (eDNA) technique to survey aquatic species of conservation concerns, with higher sensitivity and efficiency. In this talk we will discuss how eDNA could enhance our understanding on the distribution and ecology of two local freshwater turtles in Eastern Ontario: Common Musk Turtle and Northern Map Turtle.

This event will be held over Zoom.
Registration in advance is required  https://queensu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rdeiurT0jGtL7f-G8ewWZgp-IkeLIfuIV
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.
This is a free program offered by the Queen's University Biological Station. We are always happy to accept donations to support environmental education initiatives and enhance our education and outreach programs. Visit here to donate. https://www.givetoqueens.ca/QUBSEvents

 

For inquires, please contact Emily Verhoek at emily.verhoek@queensu.ca

 

Monitoring Canada's Polar Bear Populations with Kristen Hayward, Queen's UniversityEXPIRED 2021-02-22

Hosted By Queen's University Biological Station
How can we work to manage and conserve a species in the face of imperfect information and a rapidly changing environment? BEARWATCH is a program headed by QUBS’ own Dr. Stephen C. Lougheed working to develop new polar bear monitoring tools and assess the health of Canada’s polar bear populations. Importantly, these efforts are in response to a long-expressed desire by Indigenous communities for non-invasive monitoring, and will contribute to a community-based monitoring program that will provide input for polar bear management strategies and economic and social benefits for Northern communities.
This event will be held over Zoom.
Registration in advance is required https://queensu.zoom.us/.../tJ0vcuCrqT4iHNBcilUKWAAB...
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.
This is a free program offered by the Queen's University Biological Station. We are always happy to accept donations to support environmental education initiatives and enhance our education and outreach programs. Visit here to donate. https://www.givetoqueens.ca/QUBSEvents
For inquires, please contact Emily Verhoek at emily.verhoek@queensu.ca

Microplastics: The problem, sources, and what you can do to helpEXPIRED 2021-01-29

Hosted By ELEEC
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In the last few decades, plastic pollution has become a problem facing the world’s marine and aquatic ecosystems. It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastics enter the oceans each year, and that by 2050, the weight of marine plastic will exceed that of fish. This talk will explore microplastics and their sources, their effects on ecosystems and wildlife, and what you can do to minimize your use of plastic. Presented by Lydia Johnson and Natasha Neves, Queen's University. This event will be held over Zoom.
Registration in advance is required https://queensu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAldOupqj8uE9McSksZKDT7rM62wctg2gP4?fbclid=IwAR0IbP__L54vq9_uISvxl0D2NOt0oPeYYO57ROQOzOXDSjynZVDOfUaXF4M
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.
For inquires, please contact Emily Verhoek at emily.verhoek@queensu.ca 

August 13 - Medicine Walk at Elbow Lake with Deb St. AmantEXPIRED 2020-08-13

Hosted By Queen's University Biological Station & ELEEC

 

Join us on Thursday, August 13th at to learn about medicinal plants during a virtual medicine walk at Elbow Lake with

Deb St. Amant, the Elder-in-Residence at the Queen's Faculty of Education. This medicine walk will be held over Zoom. 

 

Begins at 5:30pm. Approximately 1.5 hours.  

 

Registration on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/115358067084

 

For inquiries, please contact Sarah Oldenburger at s.oldenburger@queensu.ca

July 30 - Black Bass 101 with Aaron ZolderdoEXPIRED 2020-07-30

Hosted By Queen's University Biological Station & ELEEC

 

Join us on Thursday, July 30th at to learn about black bass species, the Rideau Waterway, and how you can help conservation efforts. Aaron Zolderdo from the Queen's University Biological Station will lead a Zoom webinar with a focus on bass biology, management, and human impacts perspective. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A period.  

 

Begins at 6pm. Approximately 1-1.5 hours.  

 

Registration on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/114455194568

 

For inquiries, please contact Sarah Oldenburger at s.oldenburger@queensu.ca

July 16 - Reptiles, Amphibians and You with Kenny RuellandEXPIRED 2020-07-16

Join us for an evening all about reptiles and amphibians on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00pm. Kenny Ruelland (and some of his live reptiles and amphibans!) from Reptile and Amphibian Advocacy will lead a Zoom webinar focusing on native reptile and amphibian species, conservation projects and how you can help. The webinar will include a Q&A period and begins at 7:00pm and ends at approximately 8:15pm.

Please register on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/112240099158

For inquiries, please contact Sarah Oldenburger at: s.oldenburger@queensu.ca.

July 2 - Species at Risk in Canada: Lending a Helping Hand with James Pagé from CWFEXPIRED 2020-07-02

Hosted By Queen's University Biological Station & ELEEC

Join us on Thursday, July 2nd at 7pm to learn about species at risk and how you can help conservation efforts. James Pagé from the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) will lead a Zoom webinar with a focus on species at risk in Canada, CWF’s recovery work and Citizen Science. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A period.  

Begins at 7pm. Approximately 1-1.5 hours.  

Registration on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/110997536620

For inquiries, please contact Sarah Oldenburger at s.oldenburger@queensu.ca

June 18 - Invasive Species in the Frontenac Arch with Megan Quinn from NCC EXPIRED 2020-06-19

Hosted By Queen's University Biological Station & ELEEC

Join us on Thursday, June 18th at 7pm to learn about invasive species and how you can help from home. Megan Quinn from the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will lead a Zoom webinar with a focus on invasive species in the Frontenac Arch and how NCC tackles them. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A period.  

 

Begins at 7pm. Approximately 1-1.5 hours.  

Registration on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/june-18-invasive-species-in-the-frontenac-arch-with-megan-quinn-from-ncc-tickets-108885870570

 

For inquiries, please contact Sarah Oldenburger.  

s.oldenburger@queensu.ca 

613-876-5842 

June 4 - An Introduction to Our Wild PollinatorsEXPIRED 2020-06-05

Hosted By Queen's University Biological Station & ELEEC

Join us on Thursday, June 4th at 7pm to learn about wild pollinators and how you can support them in your backyard. Dr. Jessica Forrest from the University of Ottawa will lead a Zoom webinar with a focus on bees, other native pollinators and conservation tips. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A period.

Begins at 7:00pm and ends at approximately 8:00pm.

Registration on eventbrite is required: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/june-4-an-introduction-to-wild-pollinators-tickets-106989658950

For inquiries, please contact Sarah Oldenburger at: s.oldenburger@queensu.ca or 613-876-5842.

 

 

May 21 - Identifying cavity and stick nests and their occupantsEXPIRED 2020-05-22

Hosted By Queen's University Biological Station & ELEEC

Join us for an evening of bird and nest identification on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00pm. Ian Fife from Birds Canada will lead a Zoom webinar with a focus on identifying cavity and stick nests and the bird species that inhabit them. The webinar will include a Q&A period and begins at 7:00pm and ends at approximately 8:15pm.

Please register on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/may-21-an-evening-of-bird-and-nest-identification-tickets-105546055092

For inquiries, please contact Sarah Oldenburger at: s.oldenburger@queensu.ca or 613-876-5842.

March Break Hikes at Elbow Lake EXPIRED 2020-03-17

Hosted By ELEEC

Thank you for your interest in our March Break Events and/or Overnight Stays at Elbow Lake. Unfortunately, we are cancelling our March Break Events and Overnight Stays at Elbow Lake.

The gate will be open on Wednesday March 18 and Thursday March 19 from 10am-2pm and you are welcome to get outside and enjoy our trails at that time. Note that our buildings will be closed to the public and snowshoes will not be available.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to having you at Elbow Lake at another event soon!

February 16th (Sunday)- Family Ice FishingEXPIRED 2020-02-17

Hosted By ELEEC

 

Join us for an afternoon of ice fishing from 1pm-4pm. Learn from fish biologists about what lurks beneath the ice and tips and tricks for success. Bring your own equipment or borrow one of our rods. When you’re done fishing, warm up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa. 

 

Fishing licenses are not needed as it is License-Free Ontario from February 15-17th, 2020. 

 

Come for the afternoon or stay for a night (or two!) in one of our heated cabins (special rate $75/cabin). You can register for a cabin on Eventbrite.

 

Please note that Elbow Lake only allows the use of barbless hooks, no live bait, and is catch and release only. 

 

For inquiries, please contact Sarah Oldenburger. 

s.oldenburger@queensu.ca

613-876-5842

 

 

Eco-Adventure Camp Registration is open for 2019EXPIRED 2019-08-16

Hosted By ELEEC

You can now register for Eco-Adevnture Camp on-line at: https://ecoadventurecamp.ca/register/

Leader-in-Training runs Tuesday, July 2 – Friday, July 5 and regular camp weekly from July 8 to August 23 2019

August 15 (Thursday)- A Night by the LakeEXPIRED 2019-08-16

Hosted By ELEEC

Ever wondered what can be found just below the waters surface? Join us in learning about the diverse aquatic species in Elbow Lake! Guests will get the chance to partake in various scientific sampling methods and species ID. Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance. This event will run rain or "shine".

Click here to book a cabin. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/family-night-cabin-rentals-at-elbow-lake-tickets-61253900064

August 9 (Friday)- A Night Under the StarsEXPIRED 2019-08-10

Hosted By ELEEC

Join us and a special guest for a celebration of the Perseids meteor shower! Come for the evening or stay overnight to learn about constellations, planets, the Milky Way, and more! Weather-permitting, a brief indoor presentation will be followed by a guided tour of the night sky using telescope and laser pointer. And how many meteors will you count? If we're lucky and the sky is clear, our stargazing will treat us to a dynamic display!

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance. This event will run rain or "shine"... let's hope for the latter! Bring your binoculars.

Click here to book a cabin. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/family-night-cabin-rentals-at-elbow-lake-tickets-61253900064

August 1 (Thursday)- A Night with the FrogsEXPIRED 2019-08-02

Hosted By ELEEC

Ever wondered who can be heard as the sun sets over the Elbow Lake marsh? Join us in learning about our native frog species through a presentation and guided hike! Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance. This event will run rain or "shine".

Click here to book a cabin. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/family-night-cabin-rentals-at-elbow-lake-tickets-61253900064

July 25 (Thursday)- A Night for the BirdsEXPIRED 2019-07-25

Hosted By ELEEC

Visit Elbow Lake on July 25th for an exciting evening of Ornithology! Starting with a lesson on bird identification you’ll learn about local bird species and how to spot them outside. Afterwards, you can test your skills as we go on a nocturnal owl and bird hike to identify calls and birds. Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance. This event will run rain or "shine".

Click here to book a cabin. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/family-night-cabin-rentals-at-elbow-lake-tickets-61253900064

CANCELLED: July 21 (Sunday) - A Day With a Fish ResearcherEXPIRED 2019-07-21

Hosted By ELEEC
Come out to Elbow Lake for A Day with a Fish Researcher! Learn from current fish biologists and take part in fish monitoring techniques, including sein netting and fyke netting. Angle for largemouth bass to assist with our population monitoring and tagging program. A great opportunity for anyone wanting to learn more about fish research, include some new skills on their resume, or just enjoy a day outside.
 
Fishing licence not required to take part. Must be 14 years or older.
 
Refreshments included, registration required. Click Here to register.

July 18 (Thursday) - A Night with ReptilesEXPIRED 2019-07-18

Hosted By ELEEC

Come out on July 18th for Reptile night at Elbow Lake with a special guest. Hike the surrounding area to check the reptile traps and learn about their habitat from an expert! Then get up close and personal with a range of reptiles and amphibians from the Frontenac Axis. Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance. This event will run rain or "shine".

Click here to book a cabin. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/family-night-cabin-rentals-at-elbow-lake-tickets-61253900064

July 11 (Thursday)- A Night Learning to PaddleEXPIRED 2019-07-11

Hosted By ELEEC

Join us at Elbow Lake on July 11th for our first Family Night of the season, A Night Learning to Paddle! During this evening event, instructors will be there to teach you the basics of canoeing. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to captain your own canoe and explore Elbow Lake. Canoes, paddles, and lifejackets are all provided. Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance. This event will run rain or "shine".

Click here to book a cabin. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/family-night-cabin-rentals-at-elbow-lake-tickets-61253900064

July 7 (Sunday)- Family Fishing DayEXPIRED 2019-07-08

Hosted By ELEEC

Want to learn how to fish?  Join us for a day of family fishing fun. Spend time on the dock, learning from fish biologists about fishing techniques and the importance of catch and release. Don't have a rod... no problem! Use one of ours. Fun for the whole family. There are many prizes to be won.

At ELEEC, we only allow catch and release fishing using barbless hooks and no live bait. 

Come to Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre on Sunday, July 7th from 9am-3pm to take part. Make a day of it and purchase something from our barbeque. Want to stay the weekend? Book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay the night before.  Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance, as space is limited. Click Here to rent one of our cabins.

April 6 (Saturday)- Bird Feeder WorkshopEXPIRED 2019-04-06

Hosted By ELEEC

Join us Saturday, April 6  at Elbow Lake from 10am until noon to learn about birds that could visit your feeder this winter and make a cedar bird feeder to take home. You must register to attend this event. There is a $30 fee associated with building the bird feeder. You can choose between two styles.

Hopper Style Feeder: Includes walls and a roof to protect the seeds from the weather. This means you don't have to fill the feeder as often. This size feeder will attract most smaller birds while preventing larger species, like grackles, from monopolizing the feeder.

Table Style Feeder: A protected area where seeds can be spread and kept dry. Doesn't hold alot of seed so they need to be filled more often. Platform will drain to prevent water accumulation. These attract most species of birds, including ground feeding birds like juncos.

Register for this event here.

CANCELLED: March 13th and 14th- March Break DaysEXPIRED 2019-03-05

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Do you have a child aged 9-14? Are they looking for something to do during March Break? Have them join us at Elbow Lake!

Whether it's for one day or two, come to Elbow Lake for our NEW March Break Days!

Youth will take part in outdoor games, hikes, science activities, bird house building, and more! Weather depending, we may also have snow shoeing and ice fishing available. Activites will be facilitated by trained Ontario Teachers.

The cost is $50 per day (plus registration fee). Cost includes two-way bus transportation from Queen's campus. Pick-up is at 9:00am and drop-off is at 4:30pm. Spaces are limited so don't delay!

Register Here

February 17th (Sunday)- Family Ice FishingEXPIRED 2019-02-18

Hosted By ELEEC

family ice fishing

Join us for an afternoon of ice fishing, 1pm-4pm. Learn from fish biologists about what lurks beneath the ice and tips and tricks for success. Bring your own equipment or borrow one of our rods. When you’re done fishing, warm up by the fire with a hot cocoa. The rods and ice auger at Elbow Lake were funded by the Community Foundation of Kingston & Area.

Fishing licences are not needed as it is Licence-Free Ontario from February 16-18th, 2018.

Come for the afternoon or stay the night in one of our heated cabins (special rate $75/cabin). Please note that Elbow Lake only allows the use of barbless hooks and no live bait.

For inquiries, please contact Emily Verhoek. emily.verhoek@queensu.ca or (613) 464-9559

January 5 (Saturday)- Family Christmas Bird CountEXPIRED 2019-01-06

Hosted By Queen's University Biological Station & ELEEC

Come join us, Saturday, January 5th from 10am until 1pm for our Family Christmas Bird Count at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre.

Learn about winter birds, join a guided hike, or go out on your own. Enjoy hot cocoa and treats as we tally what we found and see if you can help us top last year's record. All sightings will be reported to Bird Studies Canada as part of the CBC4Kids. All ages are welcome! 

Bring your binoculars and snowshoes or borrow a pair of ours. 

For more information, contact Emily Verhoek.

December 8 (Saturday)- Bird Feeder WorkshopEXPIRED 2018-12-06

Hosted By ELEEC

Join us Saturday, December 8  at Elbow Lake from 10am until noon to learn about birds that could visit your feeder this winter and make a cedar bird feeder to take home (or give as a gift!). You must register to attend this event. There is a $30 fee associated with building the bird feeder. You can choose between two styles.

Hopper Style Feeder: Includes walls and a roof to protect the seeds from the weather. This means you don't have to fill the feeder as often. This size feeder will attract most smaller birds while preventing larger species, like grackles, from monopolizing the feeder.

Table Style Feeder: A protected area where seeds can be spread and kept dry. Doesn't hold alot of seed so they need to be filled more often. Platform will drain to prevent water accumulation. These attract most species of birds, including ground feeding birds like juncos.

Register for this event here.

August 16 (Thursday)- Fantastic frogs and boisterous birdsEXPIRED 2018-08-17

Hosted By ELEEC

 Ever wondered what that noise is at night? Join us for an exciting night hike to learn about and hear/see the amazing critters that are lively at night! Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine".

August 10 (Friday)- A night under the shooting starsEXPIRED 2018-08-11

Hosted By ELEEC

Join us and special guest Tom Ray for a celebration of the Perseids meteor shower! Come for the evening or stay overnight to learn about constellations, planets, the Milky Way, and more!  Weather-permitting, a brief indoor presentations will be followed by a guided tour of the night sky using telescope and laser pointer.  And how many meteors will you count?  If we're lucky and the sky is clear, our stargazing will treat us to a dynamic display!

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine"... let's hope for the latter! Bring your binoculars.

August 2 (Thursday)- What to know about your H2OEXPIRED 2018-08-03

Hosted By ELEEC

Ever wondered how things living in water can be hurt by humans? Join us in learning what makes water healthy or unhealthy for the things living in it and find out what you can do to help! Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine".

July 26 (Thursday)- Legends of the StarsEXPIRED 2018-07-27

Hosted By ELEEC

Hercules, Draco, Leo, Aquarius … sound familiar? Learn about the origin of these incredible constellations and learn how to find them in the sky! Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine".

July 19 (Thursday)- Rockin’ ReptilesEXPIRED 2018-07-20

Hosted By ELEEC

 

Special guest: Matthew Macpherson (Master’s student with Dr. Stephen Lougheed; currently stationed at QUBS)

Learn all about common reptile species at Elbow Lake! Join us for a night with special guest Matt Macpherson and identify some of the amazing reptiles that you might even see in your backyard. Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine".

July 14 (Saturday)- World Premiere Screening of "Trees, Youth, Our Future"EXPIRED 2018-07-15

Hosted By QUBS

Join us at the Queen's University Biological Station for the world premiere screening of the film series, "Trees, Youth, Our Future". 

This two-part documentary series, tells the enduring story of forest stewardship in Ontario. 

Part 1- The Road to Sustainability: This part traces our relationship with forests from exploitation to stewardship, culminating in the Crown Forest Sustainability Act of 1994.

Part 2- New Forests, New Stewards: The Road Forward: This part examines current sustainable forest management on crown and private lands, and in urban forests. It highlights som of the challenges faced by Ontario's forests, as well as the exciting opportunities for youth to get involved.

Brought to you by the Eastern Ontario Model Forest and Pinegrove Productions.

Saturday, July 14th at 7pm. Includes a meet and greet the producer and refreshments. Click here to RSVP.

Contact Emily Verhoek for more information. emily.verhoek@queensu.ca 613-464-9559. 

July 12 (Thursday)- Mystifying Moths & Baffling BatsEXPIRED 2018-07-13

Hosted By ELEEC

Have you ever wondered what creatures are flying around in the night? Join us for an evening of discovering the amazing lives of moths and bats and how they interact. Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine".

July 8 (Sunday)- Family FishingEXPIRED 2018-07-09

Hosted By ELEEC

Want to learn how to fish?  Join us for a day of family fishing fun. Spend time on the dock, learning from fish biologists about fishing techniques and the importance of catch and release. Don't have a rod... no problem! Use one of ours. Fun for the whole family. There are many prizes to be won.

At ELEEC, we only allow catch and release fishing using barbless hooks and no live bait. 

Come to Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre on Sunday, July 8th from 9am-3pm to take part. Make a day of it and purchase something from our barbeque. Want to stay the weekend? Book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay the night before.  Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance, as space is limited. Contact us about renting one of our cabins.

May 13th (Sunday)- Mother's Day Garden WorkshopEXPIRED 2018-05-13

Hosted By Queen's University Biological Station & ELEEC

Drop in from 1pm-4pm

Come to the Queen's University Biological Station with your Mom and learn how to create a beautiful pollinator garden. While you plant in our pollinator garden, learn about what plants can attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds to your garden at home.

Learn about seed saving and growing plants that are adapted for our climate.

Make a bee house that you can take home. A fee of $25 applies to make and take home a bee house. Registration encouraged.

The event will take place at the Queen's University Biological Station, located at 280 Queen's University Road, Elgin.

Contact Emily Verhoek if you are interested in making a bee house or if you have any other questions. emily.verhoek@queensu.ca

April 22nd (Sunday)- Earth Day EventEXPIRED 2018-04-22

Hosted By ELEEC

Join us for some Earth Day Activities at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. Learn about our natural world and how to reduce our impact on it.

Event Poster

Event Schedule:

1:00 Welcome
1:30 How old is that tree?
2:00 Bird Walk
2:30 Rocks, minerals and outdoor oven
3:00 How old is that tree?
3:30 Bird Walk
4:00 Flower Prints
4:30 Photo Scavenger Hunt
5:00-6:00 Bonfire and Dinner

We suggest you wear rubber boots.

A bonfire and dinner will wrap up the day. Hot dogs and marshmallows will be available to cook on the fire. Use of the kitchen is also available if visitors want to bring their own food for dinner.

Please contact Emily Verhoek if you have any questions, emily.verhoek@queensu.ca.

March 24th (Saturday)- Bird Box Building WorkshopEXPIRED 2018-03-24

Hosted By ELEEC

With the arrival of our feathered friends returning from their winter homes, join us to learn about some of our summer residents. Find out more about the species that call the Frontenac Arch home. Build a bird box to put up in your own backyard. From 1pm-4pm at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre.

Choose from:

-wood duck: $30 fee

-bluebird/tree swallow : $20 fee

-chickadee/wren: $20 fee

-screech/saw-whet owl: $30 fee

Cost includes all materials to make the box.

Contact Emily Verhoek to register, emily.verhoek@queensu.ca or (613)464-9559

March Break CampEXPIRED 2018-03-06

Hosted By ELEEC

March 12th-16th from 9am-4:30pm

Do you have a child aged 10-14? Are they looking for something to do during March Break? Have them join us at Elbow Lake!

Whether it's for one day or all five, come to Elbow Lake for our NEW March Break Camp!

Youth will take part in outdoor games, hikes, science activities, bird house building, and more!

The cost is $50 per day or $230 for the week. Cost includes bus transportation from Queen's campus. Pick-up is at 9:00am and drop-off is at 4:30pm. Spaces are limited so don't delay!

Contact Emily Verhoek, Outreach & Teaching Coordinator, to register. emily.verhoek@queensu.ca or (613)464-9559

Feb 18th (Sunday) - Family Ice FishingEXPIRED 2018-02-19

Hosted By ELEEC

Join us for an afternoon of ice fishing, 1pm-4pm. Learn from fish biologists about what lurks beneath the ice and tips and tricks for success. Bring your own equipment or borrow one of our rods. When you’re done fishing, warm up by the fire with a hot cocoa. The rods and ice auger at Elbow Lake were funded by the Community Foundation of Kingston & Area.

Fishing licences are not needed as it is Licence-Free Ontario from February 17-19th, 2018.

Come for the afternoon or stay the night in one of our heated cabins (special rate $75/cabin). Please note that Elbow Lake only allows the use of barbless hooks and no live bait.

For inquiries, please contact Emily Verhoek. emily.verhoek@queensu.ca or (613)464-9559

Jan 6th (Saturday)- Family Bird CountEXPIRED 2018-01-07

Hosted By Queen's University Biological Station & ELEEC

Join us at the Queen's University Biological Station for a Christmas Bird Count for Kids event. 

Located at 280 Queen's University Road, Elgin, ON

Learn about winter birds, join a guided hike, or go out on your own. Enjoy hot cocoa and treats as we tally what we found. All ages are welcome!

August 24 (Thursday)- Stewardship in Your BackyardEXPIRED 2017-09-25

Hosted By ELEEC

Learn what YOU can do to help wildlife where you live. Find out about invasive species removal, creating pollinator gardens, and native plants. Learn how to build a gray ratsnake box, bird house, and build a bee box that you take home.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine".

August 17 (Thursday) - The Legends of the StarsEXPIRED 2017-08-18

Hosted By ELEEC

Hercules, Draco, Leo, Aquarius … sound familiar? Learn about the origin of these incredible constellations and learn how to find them in the sky!

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine"... let's hope for the latter! Bring your binoculars.

August 11 (Friday) - Nocturnal Life: Animals at NightEXPIRED 2017-08-12

Hosted By ELEEC

What's that noise?  Who's out there?  So much of Elbow Lake's biodiversity comes alive at night: Coyotes howl, beavers slap their tails against the water, owls hoot, frogs call, moths flock to porch lights, and loons yodel to each other across the lake.  This interactive, hands-on and family-friendly program will introduce visitors to Ontario's most recognizable nocturnal animals, beginning with an indoor presentation and then heading outside in search of the source of all those night-time sounds.

Meet at 8 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight.  Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance, as space is limited.  Rain or shine!  Bring a flashlight or headlamp and dress appropriately for a 30-minute night hike.  Programming will wrap up around 9:30 pm.

August 3 (Thursday) - Predating the Prey: Bats and MothsEXPIRED 2017-08-04

Hosted By ELEEC

Liked the Batman movies? Well, join us for a real-life Batman movie! Through an evening hike, you will learn about common bats and moths, as well as predator-prey interactions (just like Batman catching his criminals)! 

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine".

July 27 (Thursday) - Stay Under the Shooting StarsEXPIRED 2017-07-28

Hosted By Firefly Adventures & ELEEC

The South Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks this weekend.  Come for the evening or stay overnight to learn about constellations, planets, the Milky Way, satellites and more!  Weather-permitting, a brief indoor presentations will be followed by story-telling around a bonfire as we discover the legends behind the constellations, accompanied by a guided tour of the night sky using telescope and laser pointer.  And how many meteors will you count?  If we're lucky and the sky is clear, our stargazing will treat us to a dynamic display!

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine"... let's hope for the latter! Bring your binoculars.

July 20 (Thursday) - Hoo Hoo Are You? (Nocturnal Birds)EXPIRED 2017-07-21

Hosted By ELEEC

Not everyone sleeps at night time. There are many birds that are lively at night! Join us for an evening hike and/or canoe to learn about some birds we might hear or see at night. Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine".

July 13 (Thursday) - Fantastic FrogsEXPIRED 2017-07-14

Hosted By ELEEC

Learn all about common frog species at Elbow Lake! Join us for a night hike to hear and identify some of the amazing frog calls that you might even hear in your backyard. Begins at 7:30; Approximately 1-2 hours.

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or "shine".

July 8 (Saturday) - Family FishingEXPIRED 2017-07-10

Hosted By ELEEC

Want to learn how to fish?  Join us for a day of family fishing fun. Spend time on the dock, learning from fish biologists about fishing techniques and the importance of catch and release. Don't have a rod... no problem! Use one of ours. Fun for the whole family. There are many prizes to be won.

At ELEEC, we only allow catch and release fishing using barbless hooks and no live bait. 

Come to Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre on Saturday July 8th from 9am-3pm to take part. Make a day of it and purchase something from our barbeque. Want to stay the weekend? Book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $65/cabin) and stay overnight.  Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance, as space is limited. Contact us about renting one of our cabins.

April 22 (Saturday) - Let's Talk Field Biology Open HouseEXPIRED 2017-04-23

In celebration of Earth Day 2017, volunteers and students from Queen's University Let's Talk Science Outreach welcome you to a Let's Talk Field Biology Open House! Free events will include hands-on activites focusing on various aspects of the natural world and interactive indoor displays throughout the afternoon, while the evening will share field stories around the campfire and a hike to listen for owls. Visit the event website for more information and the day's agenda.

Drop in anytime 2 pm to 8:30 pm for this free event rated "E" for Everyone! Individuals, families, and groups of all ages and abilities will be inspired by the nature around use. Rain or shine. Bring binoculars if you have them!

A limited number of cabins are available for families and groups interested in staying overnight ($85/cabin) and enjoying a relaxing Sunday spring morning on the Elbow Lake property. Overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.

 

April 2 or 4 (Sunday or Tuesday): Nature: Explore IT! Part 4 - Using Apps for Citizen ScienceEXPIRED 2017-04-04

Hosted By DFC International & ELEEC

Our society is increasingly reliant on information technology (IT) in our everyday lives. The four-part Nature: Explore IT! workshop series will familiarize you with the technology and capabilities of mobile devices (phones and tablets), using examples that build on an overarching theme of exploring nature using IT.

While each workshop builds on the knowledge gained in Part 1 - Getting Started, later offerings in this series are designed to stand alone, particularly for participants with a basic familiarity with mobile device technology.

Finally, learn about apps and widgets, particularly as they facilitate contributions to Citizen Science via mobile technology, in:

Part 4 - Using Apps for Citizen Science

... other topics to be determined based on participants' interests.

Two two-hour session options are offered for Part 4 - Using Apps for Citizen Science: April 2 (Sunday) from 1-3 pm*, or April 4 (Tuesday) from 1-3 pm*. Advance registration required. Fee is $15/person. This workshop includes a short hike to gather and document natural history information, so dress appropriately for 20 minutes outdoors.

*A 30-minute refresher on the basics, as per Part 1: Getting Started, will be offered prior to each session. $5/person.

Winter 2017 (by appointment): Feeder Birds WorkshopEXPIRED 2017-03-31

Hosted By ELEEC

The bird activity and diversity at the Pavilion feeders never fails to captivate our guests' attention. Individuals from eight different species visit reliably, many more come regularly to feed. Our Winter Feeder Birds workshop is the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about our feathered neighbours.

Can you tell the difference between a Downy Woodpecker and a Hairy Woodpecker?  Where do the bright yellow "canaries" go in the winter? How do our resident birds use different niches within the same general habitat, so as to avoid competition with each other? The Winter Feeder Birds workshop has the answers to all of this -- and more!

Downy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker

[photos: Dr. Paul Martin]

The indoor presentation incorporates a mix of live and preserved bird specimens, drawn and photographic images, and audio files to teach you to identify over a dozen common winter birds of the local area. For those interested in getting involved in Citizen Science research, we can share tips and ideas for monitoring bird populations both at home and in the community. The workshop ends with a short outdoor excursion to investigate bird-friendly features of the surrounding habitat.

Booking is by appointment, as this 1-1.5 hr daytime presentation is customized to the age, specific interests, and abilities of the group. Families welcome! Ideal group size is 8-10 people.

March 26 or 28 (Sunday or Tuesday): Nature: Explore IT! Part 3 - The Internet of ThingsEXPIRED 2017-03-31

Hosted By DFC International & ELEEC

Our society is increasingly reliant on information technology (IT) in our everyday lives. The four-part Nature: Explore IT! workshop series will familiarize you with the technology and capabilities of mobile devices (phones and tablets), using examples that build on an overarching theme of exploring nature using IT.

While each workshop builds on the knowledge gained in Part 1 - Getting Started, later offerings in this series are designed to stand alone, particularly for participants with a basic familiarity with mobile device technology.

This time, we investigate ways the Internet is coming into our daily lives, from activity monitors on our wrists to controlling appliances in our home via smartphone, in:

Part 3 - The Internet of Things

... other topics to be determined based on participants' interests.

Two two-hour session options are offered for Part 3 - The Internet of Things: March 26 (Sunday) from 1-3 pm*, or March 28 (Tuesday) from 1-3 pm*. Advance registration required. Fee is $15/person.

*A 30-minute refresher on the basics, as per Part 1: Getting Started, will be offered prior to each session. $5/person.

Winter 2017 (by appointment): Guided Snowshoe ToursEXPIRED 2017-03-15

Hosted By ELEEC

Experience the peaceful tranquility of the Frontenac Arch landscape on a winter's day or evening. Round up friends, family, classmates, and/or co-workers for a 1-1.5 hr guided snowshoe tour of the Elbow Lake property. Explore wetlands and forests while watching and listening for wildlife. Guaranteed fresh air and exercise! Warm up afterward with tea and hot chocolate.

Booking is by appointment, as each tour will be customized to the needs, specific interests, and abilities of the individual or group. Fees apply ($30/hr). A very limited number of snowshoes may be available to rent ($5 each) with sufficient advance notice, so please bring your own. Queen's university students, faculty, and staff may rent equipment via membership in the Queen's University Outdoors Club. Don't forget to bring a headlamp for nocturnal excursions!

February 19 or 21 (Sunday or Tuesday): Nature: Explore IT! Part 2 - Photos, Videos, Music & Social MediaEXPIRED 2017-02-22

Hosted By DFC International & ELEEC

Our society is increasingly reliant on information technology (IT) in our everyday lives. The four-part Nature: Explore IT! workshop series will familiarize you with the technology and capabilities of mobile devices (phones and tablets), using examples that build on an overarching theme of exploring nature using IT.

While each workshop builds on the knowledge gained in Part 1 - Getting Started, later offerings in this series are designed to stand alone, particularly for participants with a basic familiarity with mobile device technology.

Here we build on the basics of phone and tablet technology as it relates to photos, videos and sound files:

Part 2 - Photos, Videos, Music & Social Media

... other topics to be determined based on participants' interests.

Three two-hour session options are offered for Part 2 - Photos, Videos, Music & Social Media: February 19 (Sunday) from 1-3 pm*, or February 21 (Tuesday) from 1-3 pm* or from 7-9 pm*. Advance registration required. Fee is $15/person. We will be photographing nature during this workshop, so dress appropriately for 20 minutes outdoors!

*A 30-minute refresher on the basics, as per Part 1: Getting Started, will be offered prior to each session. $5/person.

February 10-12 (weekend): Ice Fishing Weekend for WomenEXPIRED 2017-02-12

Have you ever wanted to try ice fishing? The Yellow Perch and Black Crappie in Elbow Lake are the local anglers' best-kept winter secret, and now Ontario Women Anglers is going to share those secrets with you! Learn ice fishing techniques, understand the equipment that supports winter angling, and enjoy a panfish dinner in the cameraderie of like-minded winter-loving women. See the event flyer for registration details. But hurry --These events always sell out FAST!

January 22 or 24 (Sunday or Tuesday): Nature: Explore IT! Part 1 - Getting StartedEXPIRED 2017-01-25

Hosted By DFC International & ELEEC

Our society is increasingly reliant on information technology (IT) in our everyday lives. The four-part Nature: Explore IT! workshop series will familiarize you with the technology and capabilities of mobile devices (phones and tablets), using examples that build on an overarching theme of exploring nature using IT.

Anyone interested in learning the basics of phone and tablet technology will benefit from the topics presented in this introductory workshop:

Part 1 - Getting Started

Three two-hour session options are offered for Part 1 - Getting Started: January 22 (Sunday) from 1-3 pm, or January 24 (Tuesday) from 1-3 pm or from 7-9 pm. Bring your personal mobile device and any questions you may have. Participants who don't yet own a phone or tablet may borrow an iPad for use during this workshop.

Advance registration required, as each workshop will be capped at 12 participants. Fee is $15/person. Refer to the specific event notice for details on upcoming workshops in the Nature: Explore IT! series.

January 14 (Saturday): Youth Programs & Camps ExpoEXPIRED 2017-01-15

Looking for outdoor, nature-based activities to engage and educate youth? Visit our booth at the Youth Programs and Camps Expo to learn more about what ELEEC and Eco-Adventure Camp programs have to offer. All ages are welcome at this family-friendly showcase! Mark your calendar and plan to stop by: 10 am to 2 pm at Grant Hall - 43 University Ave., Queen's University.

 

 

January 14-15 (weekend) - Wise Woman RetreatEXPIRED 2017-01-13

All women are invited to the 3rd Annual Wise Woman Retreat! Recharge, connect with nature, and connect with other women in a non-judgemental circle. Whether you receive wisdom or share it, participate in a myriad of activities or simply seek solitude and relaxation at Elbow Lake, this annual weekend retreat is your chance to press "pause" on your busy life!  Visit Wise Woman Retreat on Facebook for additional details and registration. Hurry - this popular event sells out quickly!

December 17 (Saturday): 2nd Annual Frontenac Christmas Bird CountEXPIRED 2016-12-18

Hosted By The Friends of Frontenac Park & ELEEC

We invite all outdoor and nature enthusiasts to celebrate Christmas by observing and counting birds in the 45,000 ha "Frontenac" Christmas Bird Count (CBC) circle. No experience or birding skills necessary to take part in the largest Citizen Science project worldwide! This circle has a vast acreage of protected areas to cover - Frontenac Provincial Park and the Elbow Lake property included - so we are as much in need of "pedestrian" surveyors (hike, cycle, snowshoe or ski, as weather permits) as we are of drivers. Join us as a birder, navigator, scribe or simply for good company!

Photo: Simon J. Smith, Frontenac Christmas Bird Count 2015

Contact the Frontenac CBC Coordinators if you are interested in participating as a field surveyor, or willing to count the birds that visit your feeder at home. Field teams will meet at 8:30 am at the Sydenham Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, where a "Winter Birds 101" crash-course will familiarize new birders with some of the species they may encounter, carpooling will be arranged, and teams will disperse. We round up at the library again for 4:30 pm to enjoy a warm meal, tally our counts, and share stories of the day. Read about highlights from last year's survey in the Frontenac CBC 2015 Report and the Frontenac Gazette.

Families with young children are invited to participate in the Christmas Bird Count for Kids at Elbow Lake - see the event notice for more information.

December 17 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12 noon: Christmas Bird Count for Kids!EXPIRED 2016-12-18

Hosted By Bird Studies Canada & ELEEC

Families are invited to participate in the Frontenac Christmas Bird Count through the Christmas Bird Count for Kids, which introduces younger nature enthusiasts to birdwatching and winter bird diversity. A hands-on, highly sensory indoor presentation will explore common birds of the Elbow Lake property after which our "birding team" will arm ourselves with binoculars and field guides and head outside on a guided hike to count birds. Suitable for children ages four and up, although novice adult birders and the "young-at-heart" are also welcome!

Come to the Pavilion for 9:30 am, dress appropriately for one hour outdoors, and bring a lunch if you wish as we will wrap up around 12 noon with hot chocolate and treats. This event is free, but advance registration is highly recommended.

Teens and older youth are encouraged to help survey within the Frontenac CBC circle - see the event notice and contact the Frontenac CBC Coordinators to participate in North America's longest-running Citizen Science project!

CBC4K at the Red Trail bridge

Photo: L. Swinton, CBC4Kids 2015 onthe Red Trail Bridge

October 23 (Sunday): Invasive Species Eradication Work BeeEXPIRED 2016-10-24

Hosted By ELEEC

Join the Elbow Lake volunteer crew as we work to eradicate invasive European Buckthorn and Common Lilac from a neighboring property, and then return to the Elbow Lake property to remove more buckthorn.  Rain or shine, meet at the Maintenance Building, #1300 Hewlett-Packard Ln. for a 10 am start. All ages welcome.

Dress appropriately for the outdoors (including possible encounters with Poison Ivy), and bring work gloves if you have them. Our day will wrap up around 3 pm.

Please register via the ELEEC at 613-353-7968.  Those participants only able to commit a half day are still encouraged to assist for a morning or the afternoon.

October 22 (Saturday): Women's Art RetreatEXPIRED 2016-10-22

Fall into your creative self at this retreat for all women who love to be creative, want to be inspired, return to nature, play, let go and have time for themselves.  All art experience levels are welcome - the focus is play and experimentation through making.  Explore encaustic and beeswax painting with Julie Davidson Smith, a homemade lunch, and meditation and mandalas with artist and educator Shannon Brown.  Day concludes with gentle, restorative yoga with instructor Janna Stanistreet.  Cost is $180/person.  For more information, call 613-583-8901 or visit Creative Life Kingston.

September 17 (Saturday): Buckthorn Eradication Work BeeEXPIRED 2016-09-18

Hosted By Nature Conservancy of Canada & ELEEC

Join NCC staff and the Elbow Lake volunteer crew as we work to eradicate invasive European Buckthorn from the south end of the property.  Rain or shine, meet at the Maintenance Building, #1300 Hewlett-Packard Ln. for a 10 am start.

NCC properties are subdivided into grids, and our goal for the day will be to work a transect across one or two grids at the south end of the property (near North Shore Road) where Buckthorn is abundant.  All ages welcome, as everyone will have a task:  Trained staff and volunteers will operate chainsaws, and hand tools such as pruning saws, lopers, and Extractigators will be available for others.  Note that NCC staff will be applying herbicide to the cut ends of larger shrubs.  

Dress appropriately for the outdoors (including possible encounters with Poison Ivy), and bring work gloves and hand tools if you have them. Our day will wrap up around 3 pm.

Please register via the ELEEC at 613-353-7968.  Those participants only able to commit a half day are still encouraged to assist for a morning or the afternoon.

 

August 19-21 (weekend) - SOLD OUT! Bass Fishing for Women WeekendEXPIRED 2016-08-19

In response to incredible demand (the July 19-21 session sold out in only two hours!), Otario Women Anglers repeats this highly successful workshop sure to build your skill, knowledge and enjoyment of bass fishing. See the event flyer for details and registration.  But, register early - space is limited and even this additional session is booking quickly!

    

August 5 (Friday) - Nocturnal Life: Animals at NightEXPIRED 2016-08-06

Hosted By ELEEC

What's that noise?  Who's out there?  So much of Elbow Lake's biodiversity comes alive at night: Coyotes howl, beavers slap their tails against the water, frogs call, moths flock to porch lights, and loons yodel to each other across the lake.  This interactive, hands-on and family-friendly program will introduce visitors to Ontario's most recognizable nocturnal animals, beginning with an indoor presentation and then heading outside in search of the source of all those night-time sounds.

Meet at 8 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $60/cabin) and stay overnight.  Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance, as space is limited.  Rain or shine!  Bring a flashlight or headlamp and dress appropriately for a 30-minute night hike.  Programming will wrap up around 9:30 pm.

July 24 (Sunday) - Invasive Species Eradication using the ExtractigatorEXPIRED 2016-07-25

Hosted By Frontenac Stewardship Foundation & ELEEC

The Extractigator(R) is a Canadian-made plant pulling tool that is quickly earning a reputation for being “guaranteed the easiest way to remove invasive plants – roots and all!”  Successfully used for non-chemical invasive shrub eradication by volunteers with the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Frontenac Stewardship Foundation has been offered the opportunity to demo some Extractigators – and we need your input!

Join a demonstration session and try pulling shrubs of up to 2 inches in diameter using the Extractigator.  Target species for eradication from the Elbow Lake property include European Buckthorn, Common Lilac and Black Locust.  Does the Extractigator easily and effectively remove these shrubs in their entirety?  Can people of all ages – form school-age children to older adults – comfortably operate the Extractigator?

Demonstrations will be offered at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm.  Meet at the Maintenance Building, #1300 Hewlett Packard Ln.  Dress appropriately for the outdoors; work gloves and drinking water recommended.  There is no cost to attend a demonstration session.

Based on participant feedback, the Frotnenac Stewardship Foundation is considering purchasing some of these tools to loan to landowners and other invasive species managers in the local community.

July 22-24 (weekend): Bass Fishing for Women - SOLD OUT!EXPIRED 2016-07-22

Ontario Women Anglers returns to ELEEC with a repeat of last year's highly successful workshop sure to build your skill, knowledge and enjoyment of bass fishing. See the event flyer for details.

THIS WORKSHOP SOLD OUT IN 2 HOURS!  A second session is being offered  August 19-21.

July 16 (Saturday): A Night of Exploring and Understanding MothsEXPIRED 2016-07-17

Hosted By Kingston Field Naturalists & ELEEC

It's easy to overlook the biodiversity that awakens as we humans settle down for the night.  Did you know that there are more than 10 times as many species of moth in North America as there are birds?  Let yourself be amazed by the incredible diversity of moths on the Elbow Lake property.  Learn about their life cycle, favourite foods and creative ways of deterring predators, as well as their role in the ecosystem as pollinators and indicators of environmental health due to impacts of pollution, pesticides or climate change.

Meet at 8:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $60/cabin) and stay overnight.  Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance, as space is limited.  This event will run rain or shine, as we will be set up to attract and display moths in several sheltered locations.  We will spend the night periodically checking on lights set up around the property and identifying moths we encounter.  Bring a flashlight or headlamp, as well as drink/snacks; a camera is optional but recommended.

Sample Diversity of Moths at Elbow Lake

June 26 (Sunday) - QUBS Annual Open HouseEXPIRED 2016-06-27

May 6 (Friday): Stay Under the Shooting StarsEXPIRED 2016-05-07

Hosted By Firefly Adventures & ELEEC

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks this morning and, if we're lucky and the sky is clear, our evening stargazing will treat us to a dynamic display!  Come for the evening or stay overnight to learn about constellations, planets, the Milky Way, satellites and more!  Weather-permitting, a brief indoor presentation will be followed by story-telling around a bonfire as we discover the legends behind the constellations, accompanied by a guided tour of the night sky using telescope and laser pointer.  And how many meteors will you count?  Bring your binoculars!

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $60/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or shine... let's hope for the latter so that we can see the double shadow on Jupiter from two of its four moons!

Winter 2016: Feeder Birds WorkshopEXPIRED 2016-04-10

Hosted By ELEEC

The bird activity and diversity at the Pavilion feeders never fails to captivate our visitors' attention.  Individuals from eight different species visit reliably, and several more species are occasional visitors or can be found on the property in winter.  Our Winter Feeder Birds workshop is the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about our feathered neighbours.  

What specific niche do these different species occupy, so as to avoid competition with each other within the same general habitat?  Do you know the difference between a Downy Woodpecker and a Hairy Woodpecker?  Where do our bright yellow "canaries" go in the winter?  The Winter Feeder Birds workshop has the answers to all of this -- and more!

The indoor presentation incorporates a mix of live and preserved bird specimens, drawn and photographic images, and audio files to teach you how to identify over a dozen common winter birds of the local area.  For those interested in getting involved in Citizen Science research, we can share tips and ideas for monitoring bird populations both at home and in the community.  The workshop ends with a short outdoor excursion to investigate bird-friendly featurs of the surrounding habitat.

Booking is by appointment, as this 1-1.5 hour daytime presentation is customized to the age, interest and abilities of the group.  Families welcome! Fees apply ($30); recommended maximum group size is 15 participants.  Binoculars are available to borrow.

Winter 2016: Guided Snowshoe ToursEXPIRED 2016-03-22

Hosted By ELEEC

Come experience the peaceful tranquility of the Frontenac Arch landscpae on a winter's day or evening.  Round up friends, family, classmates, and/or co-workers for a 1.5 hr guided snowshoe tour of the Elbow Lake property, to explore wetlands and forests while watching and listening for wildlife.  Guaranteed fresh air and exercise!  Warm up afterward with tea and hot chocolate.

Booking is by appointment, as each tour will be customized to the needs, interest and abilities of the group.  Fees apply ($30/hr).  A very limited number of snowshoes may be available to rent ($5 each), so please bring your own.  Queen's University students, staff and faculty may rent equipment via membership in the Queen's University Outdoors Club.

January 9-10 (weekend): Wise Woman RetreatEXPIRED 2016-01-11

This one-night, two-day retreat welcomes all women to congregate in a non-judgemental circle and enjoy workshops, yoga, outdoor activity, Saturday night Coffee House, communal meals and massage... or simply seek solitude and relaxation on the shores of Elbow Lake.  See the Wise Woman Retreat invitation or visit their Facebook page for details and registration.

December 19 (Saturday): Christmas Bird Count for KidsEXPIRED 2015-12-20

Hosted By ELEEC

Concurrent with the Frontenac Christmas Bird Count, Christmas Bird Count for Kids will introduce younger nature enthusiasts and their families to birdwatching and local winter bird diversity.  These introductory workshops are suitable for ages six and up, and "young-at-heart" novice birders are also welcome!  Then, armed with binoculars, field guides and audio call recordings, "teams" will head out to count birds on designated routes.  The morning session will run from 9:30 am to noon, and the afternoon session from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  Workshops are free, but advance registration is highly recommended.  Please contact Joanna Piernicka, Environmental Outreach Assistant, at outreach.eleec@gmail.com.

October 2-4 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Bridge-Building WeekendEXPIRED 2015-10-05

Hosted By ELEEC

Extra hands are needed to build two new bridges across beaver dams on the Orange Trail.  Tasks include assembling crib supports, collecting crib rocks, and placing and securing the 17-foot-long split cedar logs that will be the decks.

Thanks to a volunteer crew this summer, all logs and materials are ready and waiting at the bridge sites!

Volunteer Bridge Crew

This work will be physical, but definitely rewarding as the two bridges will vastly improve pedestrian access to Spectacle Lake, including an old horse stable and a frog call monitoring station.

Round up for 10 am each day at the Maintenance yard, #1300 Hewlett-Packard Lane.  Bring work gloves (if you have them), comfortable footwear for hiking the trails, plenty of water and a lunch.

Overnight accommodation ($30/cabin) is available for volunteers wishing to incorporate a recreational visit with their families this weekend.

August 29 (Saturday): Invasive Species Community SeminarEXPIRED 2015-08-30

 Our local ecosystems are increasingly at risk from invasive exotic species that out-compete our native biodiversity, pose public health hazards and bring on economic hardship. Landowners, communities, and informed members of the public can play an important role in mitigating local threats.

Provincial leaders and Queen's University representatives will share current policy, research and on-the-ground practices to combat non-native invasive species. Using case studies that emphasize local threats, a hands-on outdoor tour to identify the most common invaders of the Frontenac Arch, and a demonstration of active invasive species management techniques, this seminar will empower you with the knowledge and ability to join the global battle against invading species.

Space is limited at this free event, so register early! Overnight accommodation ($60/cabin) is available for seminar participants, but must be booked in advance.

Photo by Al Quinsey

August 12 (Wednesday): Stay Under the Shooting StarsEXPIRED 2015-08-13

Hosted By Firefly Adventures & ELEEC

The Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight and, if we're lucky and the sky is clear, our stargazing will treat us to a dynamic display!  Come for the evening or stay overnight to learn about constellations, planets, the Milky Way, satellites and more!  Weather-permitting, a brief indoor presentation will be followed by story-telling around a bonfire as we discover the legends behind the constellations, accompanied by a guided tour of the night sky using telescope and laser pointer.  And how many meteors will you count?  Bring your binoculars!

Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $60/cabin) and stay overnight. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or shine... let's hope for the latter!

July 24-26 (Friday evening to Sunday): Bass Fishing for Women WeekendEXPIRED 2015-07-27

Following last year's successful Fishing 101 for Women weekend, Ontario Women Anglers are returning to ELEEC with this specific workshop sure to build your skill, knowledge and enjoyment of bass fishing.  Activities also include canoeing 101, potluck meals, and a fun fishing tournament on Sunday.

REGISTRATION FULL - Contact Fishing 101 for Women to be added to the wait list!

July 14 (Tuesday): Dispatches From The Field - Evening ProgramEXPIRED 2015-07-15

Hosted By Dispatches from the Field & ELEEC

Have you ever wondered what ecological field work is all about?  If you missed our June session, or want to learn more, tonight is the second event in this popular series!  What happens in the field stays in the field... until now.  Join the hosts of the popular blog "Dispatches in the Field" for an evening of slide show presentations, interactive demonstrations, and short stories from researchers, resource managers and others as they share the trials, tribulations and necessary humour of working in and with nature.  As night falls, we will venture into the wilds of the Elbow Lake property in search of our own stories from the field!

Meet at 7 pm in the Pavilion for this free event, or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $60/cabin) and stay overnight for a full "in the field" experience!  Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.  This event will run rain or shine.

Is someone from your family participating in this summer's Eco-Adventure Camp? Ask us about special overnight rate!

July 5 (Sunday): Reptiles at Risk - Advanced WorkshopEXPIRED 2015-07-06

Hosted By Reptiles at Risk

Reptiles are the most "at risk" class of wildlife in Canada, with the majority classified as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern nationally and/or provincially.  This workshop will introduce adult participants to local reptiles at risk through a slideshow presentation and hands-on identification training using live native specimens.

This free workshop runs from 1-4 pm in the Pavilion.  Drop-ins are welcome, although advance registration is encouraged.  Participants registering in advance have the option to book their family/group into a cabin for Saturday night (special rate $60/cabin) to extend their visit to the ELEEC.

July 5 (Sunday): Reptiles at Risk - For Kids & Families!EXPIRED 2015-07-06

Hosted By Reptiles at Risk

The Elbow Lake property is home to many Species at Risk reptiles such as Blanding's Turtle, Gray Ratsnake, and Ontario's only lizard, the Five-lined Skink.  Bring the whole family to meet and greet these and other Ontario reptiles at risk, and learn how we can all help protect and preserve these fascinating friends.

Meet at 10 am in the Pavilion for this free, hour-long event!

June 5 (Friday): Dispatches From The Field - Evening ProgramEXPIRED 2015-06-07

Have you ever wondered what ecological field work is all about?  Tonight is your chance to find out!  What happens in the field stays in the field... until now.  Join the hosts of the popular blog "Dispatches in the Field" for an evening of slide show presentations, interactive demonstrations, and short stories around the campfire from researchers, resource managers and others as they share the trials, tribulations and necessary humour of working in and with nature.  As night falls, we will venture into the wilds of the Elbow Lake property in search of our own stories from the field!

Fees apply: Participate for the evening at our day use fee ($8/adult or $4/youth under 16), or book your family/group into a cabin and stay overnight for a full "in the field" experience!  Meet 7 pm in the Pavilion.  Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.

Are you a student, and involved in your school's environmental group or Eco-Team?  Ask your teacher about ELEEC's special rate for you and your family to participate in this event!

May 30-31 (weekend): Creative Escape - Women's Art CampEXPIRED 2015-06-01

Local artists Julie Davidson Smith and Tracy Olan have teamed up to offer a fabulous retreat for women who crave time for their creativity, who long to be in nature and have the time to just be.  Participate in small-group workshops on felting (wool art) with Tracy and encaustic (wax) painting with Julie.  This weekend is for you:  A time to go at your own speed, make art furiously, retreat to your cabin to nap, or take a walk in the woods.  Come and sink into yourself!

Fees are $325/person, and include all meals, cabin accommodation, two-day indoor workshops, inspiration, materials, yoga and time with passionate artists.  See the attached flyer for agenda and registration details.

 

May 24 (Sunday), 10 am to 3 pm: Elbow Lake Open HouseEXPIRED 2015-05-25

Hosted By ELEEC

The 3rd annual Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre Open House welcomes all friends, neighbours, day campers, families, educators, conservation partners and Queen's alumni to a fun-filled day of activity:

May 9 (Saturday): Science Rendezvous KingstonEXPIRED 2015-05-10

Come visit the Queen's University Biological Station booth at Science Rendezvous, a public celebration of science and technology.  This is a unique opportunity for learners of all ages to engage with physics, chemistry, geology, biology, astronomy and engineering.  Check out this FREE event from 10 am to 3 pm at the Roger's K-Rock Centre in downtown Kingston.

May 2 (Saturday), 10 am to 3 pm: Spring Volunteer Work BeeEXPIRED 2015-05-03

Hosted By ELEEC

Thanks to a late spring, many seasonal tasks need to be done in a short timeframe.  All hands on deck!  This year's work bee will tackle a number of tasks:  Transporting materials across the lake to two new bridge sites; constructing ramps for the new bridge on the Red Trail, cleaning PFD's and arranging equiment in the new aquatics shed, and spring cleaning two cabins in need of a little extra TLC.  Everyone is welcome — this event is intended as a social gathering as much as a work bee.

Interested in participating in the Owl Program the evening before, and then staying overnight?  Volunteers in the work bee can earn complimentary accommodation -- ask us how!

RSVP if you are able to participate so that cleaning equipment and supplies can be organized in advance, and overnight accommodation can be reserved, if desired. Drop-ins welcome!

May 1 (Friday): Secrets of Stealth & Silence - Evening Owl ProgramEXPIRED 2015-05-02

Hosted By ELEEC

Bring the family for a night out at the ELEEC!  Our evening program will introduce a group of birds that many find mysterious and intriguing:  The stealthy, secretive nocturnal owls.  Hear about their fascinating adaptations to hunting in the dark, and learn to identify our local owls by sight and by their calls.  This family-friendly presentation will offer lots of hands-on activity, and -- weather permitting -- will be followed by a night-time "owl prowl" to try and observe these fascinating birds in the wilds of the Elbow Lake property.

Fees apply: Participate for the evening at our day use fee ($8/adult or $4/youth under 16), or book your family/group into a cabin (special rate $60/cabin) and stay overnight.  Meet 6:45 pm in the Pavilion.  Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book accommodation in advance.

OUR VOLUNTEER WORK BEE IS SATURDAY, MAY 2!  Participants in the Owl Program can volunteer the next day to earn complimentary accommodation -- ask us how!

March 14 (Saturday): Educational Trail OutingEXPIRED 2015-03-16

Snowshoe (or hike, depending on conditions) 8 km of moderately-rugged trail and/or backcountry at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre.  Learn about the effects of past human impacts on the landscape, current management actions, and fascinating research taking place on the property as we strive to better understand our local environment.  Warm up with lunch and tea at the Pavilion.  Day Use fees apply ($8/person).

January and February (weeknights): Guided Snowshoe ToursEXPIRED 2015-02-28

Hosted By ELEEC

Come experience the peaceful tranquility of the Frontenac Arch landscape on a winter's evening. Round up friends and family for a snowshoe tour of the Elbow Lake property, to explore wetlands and forests while listening for Great-Horned Owls and Coyotes. Guaranteed are fresh air and exercise! Warm up afterward with tea and hot chocolate. Minimum 8 people/group; booking is by appointment, as each tour will be customized to the needs and abilities of the group.

Fees apply ($8/adult or $4/children under 12).  Snowshoes NOT provided; please bring your own.

January 10: Wise Woman RetreatEXPIRED 2015-01-09

This one-night, two-day retreat welcomes adult women of all ages to congregate in a non-judgemental circle.  Connect with others in your community, participate in workshops that expand your skills, be active outdoors, enjoy a massage (or two!), enjoy healthy meals... or simply relax in a peaceful setting and catch up on sleep.  See the program package for details and registration, or check out the Wise Woman Retreat page on Facebook.

July & August (weekdays): Eco-Adventure Day CampEXPIRED 2014-08-22

Hosted By Eco-Adventure Camp

Building on the success of previous years, the dynamic and hands-on Eco-Adventure Camp immerses young people between 10 and 14 years old in nature and outdoor activities throughout the summer. A four-day Leader-in-Training Program for young adults, aged 15 to 18 years, teaches participants more advanced outdoor and camp leadership skills. Thursday nights are "Family Nights"!

August 15 (Friday): Stay Under the StarsEXPIRED 2014-08-15

Hosted By Firefly Adventures & ELEEC

Same event as presented on July 17, but this month — if we're lucky and the sky is clear — our stargazing will catch the tail end of the annual Perseid meteor shower!

On a clear, moonless night away from urban areas, the sky offers an amazing array of astronomical delights. Come for the evening or stay overnight to learn about constellations, planets, star clusters, nebulas, the Milky Way, other galaxies, satellites and the international space station. Understanding space and time is a healthy mind altering experience; wrapping our head around some of the realities of our universe is entertaining. An energetic indoor presentation will be followed by a guided tour of the night sky using telescope and laser pointer. Bring your binoculars!

Fees apply: Special rate of $60/cabin for overnight visitors! Participate for the evening presentation at our day use fee ($8/adult or $4/youth under 16). Meet at 8 pm in the Pavilion. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book a cabin in advance.

July 18-20 (Friday evening to Sunday): Women's Fishing 101 WeekendEXPIRED 2014-07-20

Hosted By Fishing 101 For Women & ELEEC

New this year, the popular Fishing 101 for Women has expended into a full weekend of fishing fun! Female anglers will enjoy learning the basics of fishing from seasoned pros in a spectacular natural setting. See the event flyer for details and registration.

July 17 (Thursday): Stay Under the StarsEXPIRED 2014-07-17

Hosted By Firefly Adventures & ELEEC

On a clear, moonless night away from urban areas, the sky offers an amazing array of astronomical delights. Come for the evening or stay overnight to learn about constellations, planets, star clusters, nebulas, the Milky Way, other galaxies, satellites and the international space station. Understanding space and time is a healthy mind altering experience; wrapping our head around some of the realities of our universe is entertaining. An energetic indoor presentation will be followed by a guided tour of the night sky using telescope and laser pointer. Bring your binoculars!

Fees apply: Special rate of $60/cabin for overnight visitors! Participate for the evening presentation at our day use fee ($8/adult or $4/youth under 16). Meet at 8 pm in the Pavilion. Drop-ins are welcome, but overnight guests must book a cabin in advance.

May 25 (Sunday), 10 am to 3 pm: Elbow Lake Open HouseEXPIRED 2014-05-25

Hosted By ELEEC

There is no better way to celebrate spring than with a visit to the Elbow Lake property! Everyone is welcome when we open the doors of the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre to friends, neighbours, day campers, families, educators, conservation partners and Queen's alumni.

April 26 (Saturday), 10 am to 3 pm: Spring Volunteer Work BeeEXPIRED 2014-04-26

Hosted By ELEEC

The focus of this season’s work bee is Spring Cleaning the Cabins, so round up your family, friends and favourite vacuum cleaner (because don’t we all have a favourite vacuum cleaner?) and join the housekeeping action! Everyone is welcome — this event is intended as a social gathering as much as a work bee.

Interested in staying overnight? Earn a complimentary overnight stay for your team by thoroughly cleaning a cabin (typically a 3-hour job for two adults) and let your hard work pay off in a relaxing Sunday at ELEEC. RSVP if you are able to participate so that cleaning equipment and supplies can be organized in advance, and overnight accommodation can be reserved, if desired. Drop-ins welcome!

March 15 (Saturday): Interpretive Trail HikeEXPIRED 2014-03-15

Hike 8 km of moderately-rugged trail at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre, a new satellite facility of the Queen's University Biological Station.  Learn the history of the ecologically significant Frontenac Arch Natural Area and the Centre's goal of bringing biodiversity and conservation education to the community.  Warm up afterward with lunch and tea at the Pavilion.  Day Use fees apply ($8/person).

January & February (weeknights): Guided Snowshoe ToursEXPIRED 2014-02-28

Hosted By ELEEC

Come experience the peaceful tranquility of the Frontenac Arch landscape on a winter's evening. Round up friends and family to join ELEEC staff on a snowshoe tour of the Elbow Lake property, as we explore wetlands and forests while listening for Great-Horned Owls and Coyotes. Guaranteed are fresh air and exercise! Warm up afterward with tea and hot chocolate. Minimum 8 people/group; booking is by appointment, as each tour will be customized to the needs and abilities of the group.

Fees apply ($8/adult or $4/children under 12).

Eco-Adventure Camp Registration is open for 2019EXPIRED 0000-00-00

Hosted By ELEEC

Eco-Adventure Camp on-line registration is now open for our 2019 camp.

https://ecoadventurecamp.ca/register/