Family Night 2024

The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre’s Outreach and Stewardship staff host a variety of exciting and educational programs every Thursday evening in July and August! These public events are free and all are welcome! Please register in advance to attend.

July 11- Art in the Forest

July 18- Beaver Pond Explorers

July 25- Garden Guardians

August 1- Night Under the Stars

August 8- Tracks and Trails

August 15- Nocturnal Animals

August 22- Bonfire Night

Optional Cabin Rental

As part of our events, families have the opportunity to stay overnight in one of our cabins. Cabin check-in is on Thursday between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm and check-out is by 9:45 am on Friday.

The Cabins

All identical, each cabin is serviced with electricity for light and baseboard heat. Each cabin has a sitting area, as well as a non-serviced kitchen area with a full-sized fridge with freezer, as well as countertop, cupboards and shelves. Cabins have two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with a single bed bunked over a double bed. In addition, a pull-out single cot is available. While the maximum occupancy of each cabin is set at 6 persons, recommended occupancy is a comfortable 3-4 people/cabin.

The Facility

At the centre of the ELEEC facility is the Pavilion, a common space housing a fully-equipped self-use kitchen, dining/meeting space, and washrooms with showers. Registered guests are also welcome to cook on the propane BBQ outside the building.


From exploring the property’s 8 km of pedestrian trails; to fishing on the lake; to socializing around the campfire at the communal firepit (firewood $8/bag); to canoeing, there are many recreation opportunities during your stay.

For any other questions, please contact us.

You can also refer to our user guide for more information about the facility and staying overnight.

Jul 11, 2024 - Aug 22, 2024
July 11, 2024- Art in the Forest: $0.00
Join us for a night of natural art and creativity! Using materials from the environment, create art worthy of a museum! Open to all ages, time will be allocated to collect supplies. Meet at 7:00 pm at our white picnic tent.
July 18, 2024- Beaver Pond Explorers: $0.00
Join us for an adventure at the beaver pond, where we’ll explore how the habitat was formed and the life it supports. We’ll do some hands-on discovery sieving for benthic macroinvertebrates, then take a closer look under the microscope. Runs rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Meet at 7:00 pm at our white picnic tent
July 25, 2024- Garden Guardians: $0.00
Join us to learn how to create sustainable habitat in your garden, learning the benefits of planting natives and digging up invasives. Afterwards, dig into making seed paper to start off your garden! Meet at 7:00 pm at our Outdoor Classroom.
August 1, 2024- Night Under the Stars: $0.00
Come to learn about constellations, planets, the Milky Way, and more! Weather-permitting, a brief indoor presentation will be followed by a guided tour of the night sky using a telescope and laser pointer. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair to get comfortable. Meet at 7:30 pm in the Pavilion.
August 8, 2024- Tracks and Trails: $0.00
Come to learn about animal movement, physiology, and how to identify tracks you might find in the area. Learn how to set up a footprint tunnel and identify animal tracks from them!   Optional fee to purchase a take-home footprint tunnel kit.  Meet at 7:30 pm at our Outdoor Classroom.
August 15, 2024- Nocturnal Animals: $0.00
Join us to learn about and listen for the many birds, amphibians and mammals that prefer to move under the cover of darkness.  Meet at 7:00 pm at our outdoor classroom.
August 22, 2024- Bonfire Night: $0.00
Join us at Elbow Lake to learn how to build fires, roast some marshmallows, and tell some stories around the bonfire! Meet at 7:00 pm at the firepit.