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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (ELEEC) are welcoming visitors back to the Elbow Lake Trails

May 22, 2020

Nature Conservancy of Canada is welcoming visitors back to Eastern Ontario properties.  Visitors are welcome to enjoy the natural beauty of the Elbow Lake property in a respectful manner.  The Elbow Lake trails are open to the public, however the Elbow Lake facilities remain closed to the public. In light of the current situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak all visitors must practice physical distancing. We ask that visitors please do not gather in groups larger than 4 people, keep two meters (6 feet) away from other individuals and keep dogs on a leash.  The Elbow Lake property operates on a carry-in / carry out basis, so all pet waste should be bagged, brought home, and disposed of in the garbage. 



The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (ELEEC) is the result of an agreement between the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). QUBS is one of the pre-eminent biological field stations in Canada known for research excellence and quality undergraduate learning experiences in field biology and other fields. NCC is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization that partners with corporate and landowners secure properties for conservation of biodiversity in perpetuity. The Education Centre was created in June 2011 to serve as a major site for environmental outreach and education for QUBS.

Our Mission

  • Conserve and protect the natural heritage of Elbow Lake and environs for future generations of Canadians.
  • Provide a unique venue for public outreach and educational programs in biodiversity conservation and environmental stewardship.
  • Engage in programs for public awareness of biodiversity and environmental issues for people of all ages.
  • Provide outdoor programs to enhance biological and natural history teaching components of school curricula.
  • Foster partnerships with like-minded educational and conservation organizations.

The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre can host a range of activities including school field trips, field courses, club meetings, individual or group retreats, and small conferences. We welcome visits from educators, academics, environmental organizations, and other conservation partners, and would be pleased to work with you to offer customized programming specific to your interests and needs.

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