ProgramsPhoto by Chris Miner
Download our brochure for a concise summary of what ELEEC has to offer. Interested in participating in one of our programs? Contact us with inquiries or to register.
We can also work with you to customize a program for your group, from self-guided instruction to staff-led activities for all ages and abilities.
The Queen's University Biological Station strives to present a variety of fun and educational events, seminars and workshops aimed at a range of audiences, from children to families to adults. Many of these run at our Elbow Lake campus, while others are offered at our research headquarters on Lake Opinicon. Public programs at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre are always free, and many include opportunity for participants to rent a cabin and stay overnight. Some of our popular programs are available for booking by private groups ($30 per 1.5 hr of programming) and include:
- Astronomy and Constellation Stories*
- Winter Feederbirds (November to April)
- Nocturnal Life: Animals at Night
- Owls: Secrets of Stealth & Silence (March & April)
- Introduction to Canoeing
* Cost may vary - this program is presented in partnership with Firefly Adventures.
In addition to free public programs, we have a growing network of partner organizations who offer workshops and events at both campuses of the Queen's University Biological Station. Our most popular offerings include workshops by Ontario Women Anglers and the long-running Fabulous Fall Fungi - these sell out FAST! Scheduling is ongoing and details are added regularly, so check our offerings frequently! Follow the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre on Twitter or Facebook for notification of new events.
Outreach events at our Opinicon campus are listed here.
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!
As a satellite facility of the Queen’s University Biological Station, the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre offers curriculum-based programs that encourage students to explore and measure local biodiversity through field-based scientific investigation.
While our school programs* are particularly aligned to meet the needs of Grade 9 Science (Sustainable Ecosystems) and Grades 11 & 12 Biology (Biodiversity), we often work with teachers to customize programming to other fields of study, such as geography and environmental science, or to other grades, from kindergarten to college. Private schools, ESL classes, Eco-Teams, and home-schooled students welcome! Our programs complement in-class lessons teaching ecological principles, and offer more in-depth study and hands-on experience in a variety of areas, including:
- Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems
- Terrestrial Macro-Invertebrates
- Invasive Species
- Limnology and Benthos
- Ornithology: Diversity and Adaptations of Birds
- Dendrology and Forest Succession
- Classification and Dichotomous Keys
- Ecological Field Sampling Methodology
- Data Collection Using GPS
- Coming soon: Citizen Science, Environmental Assessment
* Fees apply
Every class visit is customized to offer students as much hands-on experience and instructor interaction as possible. We split large classes into our preferred group size of 12-15 students, typically rotating them through 3-4 programs over the course of the day. Guest researchers often further enhance the experience of a class visit, particularly for students in senior grades. As with any field investigation, some aspects of our programs are seasonal. Programming may also include guided hikes or geocache/orienteering exercises.
The facility is open year-round, by appointment. Come for self-directed use or let us suggest program options for your next class visit. We could even come to your school! While our programming is focused on conservation biology, we strongly support study and learning in all academic disciplines. Contact us to find out how the ELEEC can customize programming to meet your teaching needs!
As the outreach arm of the Queen’s University Biological Station, the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre shares a passion for conservation biology at outdoor, environmental and recreational showcases and festivals throughout the year.
From the Verona Cattail Festival, Science Rendezvous, Skeleton Park Arts Festival, and Kingston Spring Leisure Showcase, to the KFL&A Science Fair and more, make sure to stop by our booth, test your ecological knowledge, view our display and chat with ELEEC and Eco-Adventure Camp staff. Look for us at an event near you!