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Events Open to the Public

We offer workshops for adults and families, some of which run at Elbow Lake and others at the main site of the Queen's University Biological Station on Opinicon Lake. Check back frequently, as workshop scheduling is ongoing and details are added regularly.

The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre offers an intimate gathering space in a spectacular natural setting. Whether used for educational or environmental programming, amenities such as overnight accommodation, pedestrian trails, waterfront and a shared kitchen space come together to make this unique facility the ideal space for any workshop or community event. We are always looking for new partners and programming ideas, and would love to hear from you!


January 5 (Saturday)- Family Christmas Bird Count

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.

February 17th (Sunday)- Family Ice Fishing

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 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

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