School ProgramsPhoto by Chris Miner
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!