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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!
July 27 (Thursday) - Stay Under the Shooting Stars
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.
August 12 (Friday) - Nocturnal Life: Animals at Night
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 $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.