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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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Winter 2017 (by appointment): Feeder Birds Workshop

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 Things

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.

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

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.

July 27 (Thursday) - Stay Under the Shooting Stars

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.

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