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. 

Programs & Events
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School Groups & Field Trips

Volunteer Opportunities

What's New




Saturday, September 19th from 8 AM - 12 PM

Per City policy, the Elkhart Environmental Center's Visitor's Cabin is currently CLOSED to the public due to public health and safety concerns.

The site and grounds remain open to visitors from dawn - dusk. The gate is closed, but visitors are welcome to park along the drive. We encourage everyone to enjoy the site and continue to practice social distancing and all other recommended health advisories. 

Climate Action Plan

The City of Elkhart is creating a Climate Action and Engagement plan for the community. Check out more information on the process, what it is, what it means, and how you can be more involved!

Specialty Projects

Want to make a lasting, positive impact at the EEC? Do you have professional skills/experience that you would like to share? Check out our special legacy projects!

Environmental Moment
Catch EEC Supervisor, Jamison Czarnecki, on Froggy 102.7 FM for our new segment: "Environmental Moment"! Click here for more information about the topics that Jamison covers on air.

New Recycling Information Resource!

Recycling Right

Click here to access our Better Waste Elkhart website, created by our Catalyst Intern Team! This site provides information on how and why to start recycling, as well as what is and isn't acceptable in curbside recycling bins and what more we can to do reduce our impact beyond recycling. Also available in Spanish!

2020 Climate Change & Resiliency in Elkhart

See the presentation and slides from our Climate Change & Resiliency in Elkhart webinar!

Upcoming Visitor Center Closings
The EEC Visitor's Cabin will be closed on
 the following city holidays:

    • Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day)
    • Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day)
    • Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day)
    • Friday, November 27 (Day After Thanksgiving)
    However, our trails are open dawn to dusk, every day, so feel free to park at the gate and walk in!


    Adoption for trails and gardens are open at the EEC! Click the link for details. 

    Quarterly Newsletter

    Our Fall Newsletter is here! Click the link above to read the latest on our past and upcoming programming and volunteer opportunities!

    Quilt Garden 

    Here now--come check it out!

    2019 EEC Annual Report
    Check out our summary of our goals and accomplishments for 2019.

    Master Plan

    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!

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