Elkhart Environmental Center


Fall 2017 Volunteer Newsletter
The Fall 2017 issue of our volunteer newsletter is now available!
EEC Master Plan - Tabled for Approval
On Monday, June 5th the City of Elkhart Common Council voted to table the new EEC Master Plan for further consideration. Once we have an update, we will post it here!

Upcoming Visitor Center Closings
The EEC visitor center will be closed on the following date(s)
Friday, November 10th - Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 24th - Day After Thanksgiving
We apologize for the inconvenience. The trails remain open from dawn to dusk. Visitors may park in front of the yellow gates and walk in from Lusher. 

Business Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM 
(closed for city holidays and holiday weekends)
Trails Open:  
Daily- Dawn to Dusk 
EEC Facebook page
EEC Cabin
Trash to Treasure...
The mission of the Elkhart Environmental Center is to preserve, protect, and restore the environment and to promote environmental responsibility to the public through education, habitat enhancement, and public outreach.

EEC Garbage DumpThe Elkhart Environmental Center was not always a pretty site. During 1959 to 1972, the area was operated as the Lusher Avenue city dump. Initial plans for rehabilitating the area were conceptualized in 1984. With leadership from the Mayor's Office and under the direction of the Department of Public Works, ideas were solidified. Partnerships were formed with the University of Notre Dame and Elkhart Community Schools.

Through these partnerships and with the cooperation of numerous city departments, site development began in 1989. That year, clay clapping was initiated and the first constructed wetland was created. In addition, an environmental education program was launched to teach "EnviroKids" the many aspects of environmental stewardship.

In 1991, the Martin Foundation, a charitable division of NIBCO, generously donated funds for the construction of a log cabin education center. In August of that year, the Center was officially dedicated to the people of Elkhart. With a new permanent education facility and habitat reconstruction well underway, the Elkhart Environmental Center was poised to expand its role in the community. Today it has many well established programs, events, and volunteer opportunities. In addition, it is a now a beautiful site to hike along the Elkhart River or meander through the woods and small prairie areas.
Come and visit our trails and cabin today!