About Us

Mantis Turtle Monarch
The Elkhart Environmental Center is committed to making the site a haven not only for residents and environmental professionals, but wildlife as well. The site is part of a 120 acre River Greenway system that links to Studebaker Park along the Elkhart River.

Five wetlands have been constructed, at the center which creates habitat and aids in storm water runoff. Wooded buffers along the Elkhart River, patches of native wildflowers and prairie grass areas provides additional habitat. Reforestation is an on-going effort that includes annual Arbor Day activities, and the creation of a small tree nursery. The Elkhart Environmental Center continues to blend urban and natural environment in order to demonstrate how they can successfully co-exist.

Photographs on this page beginning in upper left hand corner: A praying mantis eats a cricket for lunch, the Blandings turtle (a state endangered species) lives in the constructed wetlands, A monarch butterfly poses in the prairie. Below: A resident red fox hunts for mice, a dragonfly rests as it looks for mosquitoes, a killdeer stands protective over her nest near a constructed wetland.
Environmental Map
The Elkhart Environmental Center is located on the southeast edge of the City of Elkhart at the eastern dead end of Lusher Avenue adjacent to the Elkhart River.
Interactive Map via Google