Elkhart Environmental Center

The Elkhart Environmental Center is an environmental education facility that opened in 1991 on a remediated city dump. It has over 66 acres of dedicated trails, prairie grass, wetlands, and riverfront. The Center offers educational programs & events, field trips, and volunteer opportunities for the public. 
Business Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
(closed for city holidays and holiday weekends)
Trails Open:  
Daily- Dawn to Dusk 
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Fall 2018 Volunteer Newsletter
The Fall 2018 issue  of our volunteer newsletter is now available!

The EEC Master Plan is now available! Community members and representatives worked with Troyer Group to map out the next 5-10 years for the EEC! It features plans for enhancing the site, strategic partnerships, and the development of new programs. Check it out and let us know your thoughts!

Upcoming Visitor Center Closings
The EEC will be closed on the following city holidays:
  • Tuesday, November 6 (Election Day)
  • Monday, November 12 (Veteran's Day)
  • Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • Friday, November 23 (Day after Thanksgiving)
Our trails will remain open dawn to dusk; please park at the yellow gate and walk in.
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!
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Jamison Czarnecki,
Environmental Center Supervisor

1717 E Lusher Ave
Elkhart, IN 46516
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  • Phone:  (574) 293-5070
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  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm

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