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"Property Defenders" - Volunteer Work Bee planned for October 18, 2014
Elbow Lake is being invaded and attacked on two fronts: The non-native Common Buckthorn is slowly overtaking our native biodiversity, while porcupines have developed a taste for our wood cabins. This fall, join Nature Conservancy of Canada staff in removing buckthorn from the property and/or assist ELEEC staff in trimming the cabins with slippery, inedible tin. Wrap up the day with a potluck social, and join the discussion about establishing an organized volunteer group for Elbow Lake. A special cabin rate will be offered to active volunteers wishing to stay overnight.
Grad Students looking forward to "Dissertation on the Lake"
Late August: The days are warm, the nights are cool, the bugs are gone - there is no better time to relax and wind up summer than... sitting at a computer trying to complete your doctoral dissertation? Fortunately for 34 Ph.D. candidates attending an upcoming writers' bootcamp, the Queen's School of Graduate Studies is hoping to replace punishment with pleasure at its upcoming "Dissertation on the Lake" retreat at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. We look forward to welcoming these hard-working students to Elbow Lake!Read More
Elbow Lake: Rising to the (Commuter) Challenge
To celebrate Canadian Environment Week (June 1-7, 2014) and demonstrate our commitment to active and sustainable transportation, Elbow Lake staff has registered for the Commuter Challenge. This friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces encourages employees to leave their cars at home in favour of walking, cycling, carpooling, public transit and telecommuting.
While most of us walk, cycle and/or carpool to our work sites on campus or at Elbow Lake, this week the seven of us decided to try something a little more challenging and a lot more fun: We commuted by bicycle 30 km north from Queen’s campus to the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre! Two of us rode the full 60 km round-trip, a couple more rode 30 km one-way trips, and three people carpooled through Kingston traffic to ride a more rural 40 km out-and-back. Our bikes ranged from “Canadian Tire Specials” to more higher-end models, and our experienced ranged from “I own a bike…” to avid cyclist. But we all did it, and we did it as a team!
Congratulations, everyone, for an amazing effort in the 2014 Commuter Challenge!
An Enduring Symbol for the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre
What does “Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre” mean to you? What symbol could best represent our facility, our property, and our values? This winter, a lot of thought was put to these two questions as Nancy McRae, a local artist and graphic designer, generously gave her time and services to design a logo for the ELEEC. The result is simply stunning: Nancy’s signature pines in the foreground, with a peaceful view down the “elbow” of the lake as a backdrop, all over bold lettering. We proudly released this graphic to the public at Open House, and are looking forward to having it represent our facility long into the future. Thank you, Nancy, for creating a strong and timeless logo!
Attendance Doubles for the 2014 Elbow Lake Open House
Now entering our second year of full operations, word about the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre is growing! On a picture-perfect Sunday, May 25 we welcomed approximately 200 people to the facility for our annual Open House. While many visitors explored the facilities and trails on their own, all canoes were filled for the guided paddle, 30 people joined the interpretive hike, and the waterfront came alive as adults and children alike enthusiastically participated in a seine netting demonstration. Feedback on the event has been extremely positive, and we look forward to hosting you or your group at ELEEC in the future.
Looking forward to the 2014 Elbow Lake Open House on May 25, from 10 am to 3 pm!
Our annual Open House on Sunday, May 25 is fast approaching, and promises to be a fun-filled day of activity! Queen's University Biological Station staff and representatives from the Nature Conservancy of Canada are looking forward to showcasing the Elbow Lake property - a true biodiversity hotspot - and giving you a taste of what the Education Centre has to offer through our educational programming, environmental activities and unique facility. There will be something for everyone at Open House:
- Experience the natural heritage of the Frontenac Arch Natural Area on a guided paddle with Nature Conservancy of Canada staff.
- Learn about the fascinating research taking place on the Elbow Lake property through an interpretive hike led by a Queen's University researcher.
- Check out our collection of wildlife specimens and discover the interesting behavioural and physical adaptations of animals to their environment.
- Pull on a pair of chest waders and experience seine netting for sampling the diversity of aquatic life in Elbow Lake.
- Find out how the Education Centre can meet the needs of your next workshop, conference or group retreat.
- Enjoy games and eco-activities with Eco-Adventure Camp counsellors and register for a camp session this summer.
- Celebrate with us as we unveil our stunning new logo.
- Honour the people who made the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre possible at a dedication ceremony.
- Venture out to explore 8 km of moderately rugged hiking trail and find out for yourself why the Elbow Lake property is second to none!
Gates will be open and activities will be running from 10 am to 3 pm. We hope to see you there!
Many Hands Make Light Work... and Clean Cabins!
An industrious crew of 14 volunteers hit ELEEC in full force one overcast morning, and in three short hours meticulously cleaned five of the cabins inside and out. Cobwebs, leaf litter, dust and debris be gone -- We challenge our spring visitors to find any dirt in these now-spotless cabins! Participants also took time to enjoy the natural beauty of the Elbow Lake property, including a short interpretive hike guided by ELEEC staff. Thank you to all who made the 2014 Spring Work Bee an amazing success.
"Spring Cleaning the Cabins" - Volunteer Work Bee [planned for April 26, 2014]
Round up your family and friends and join the housekeeping action as we give the cabins a thorough cleaning in time for the summer season. Everyone is welcome! Interested in staying overnight? Earn a complimentary stay in the cabin you clean and experience the natural beauty of a spring night at Elbow Lake.
Date Set for the 2014 Elbow Lake Open House
Spring may feel far away, but we're already planning for a busy summer! Our Open House will be on Sunday, May 25 this year. Bring your family and friends to visit the ELEEC facility, meet our staff and conservation partners, and explore the Elbow Lake property with a knowledgeable guide. Learn about and register your young camper(s) for summer Eco-Adventure camp, or find out how ELEEC can meet the needs of your next workshop, conference or group retreat. Celebrate as we unveil our new logo!