19

July 2024

Junior Naturalists – Wetlands

Visit Ellis Nature Centre for Junior Naturalist day camp on July 19 from 9am-3pm! This camp will have an outdoors and hands-on focus. We’ll also spend more time exploring Indigenous knowledge of the land during this day.

The fee for the camp is $30 per child and is open to children aged 7-12. Please note that we do allow drop-off beginning at 8:30am and pick-up until 3:30pm, but there will not be direct instruction at this time.

An email with the information you need to prepare your camper will be sent 1 week before the camp.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

20

July 2024

Bat N' Beers night

Ellis Nature Centre's ever popular Bat N' Beers night is back for another season! Join us on Saturday, July 20 from 8-11:30pm to learn all about bats from Cory Olsen from Alberta Bats. He'll start the evening with a presentation about bats in Alberta and may even have a bat that's currently being rehabilitated to show attendees. Then, you'll head outside to view bats using different devices such as infrared cameras. Beer as well as other beverages and light snacks will be available from the Ellis Nature Centre Cafe. Adult tickets are $10 each. Family Tickets are $15 each and include admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Please email us at info@ellisnaturecentre.ca if you require additional children tickets.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 26-0
  • 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM

22

July 2024

Horse Camp ( Monday to Friday ) Day Camp

This fun filled week of horse camp is packed with adventure. 
We pick you up in the morning at Heritage Ranch and bus you to our mountain location and return each night for 5 days. 
You are paired with a horse that is yours for the whole camp. Learn to brush, saddle, bridle and general horse care while having fun. 
Our focus is safety first. 
Cool things we are doing are barrel racing, trail rides, games on horses and gentle horsemanship. Learn to connect with our equine partners and create lasting friendships. Off horse activities include float trips down the river, hikes, exploring nature, playing in the waterfalls and seeing wild horses. 
Ages : 8 to 16 years old. 

  • JKL Trail Rides, Heritage Ranch, 6300 Cronquist Dr
  • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

23

July 2024

Knee High Nature – Purple Martins – 11am

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about purple martins on July 23 from 11am-12pm! We’ll learn about purple martins, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

23

July 2024

Knee High Nature – Purple Martins – 2pm

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about purple martins on July 23 from 2-3pm! We’ll learn about purple martins, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

24

July 2024

Junior Naturalists – Farm

Visit Ellis Nature Centre for Junior Naturalist day camp on July 24 from 9am-3pm! This camp will have an outdoors and hands-on focus. We’ll also spend more time exploring our working farm and the livestock we have during this day.

The fee for the camp is $30 per child and is open to children aged 7-12. Please note that we do allow drop-off beginning at 8:30am and pick-up until 3:30pm, but there will not be direct instruction at this time.

An email with the information you need to prepare your camper will be sent 1 week before the camp.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

25

July 2024

Knee High Nature – Foxes – 11am

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about foxes on July 4 from 11am-12pm! We’ll learn about Alberta foxes, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

25

July 2024

Knee High Nature – Foxes – 2pm

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about foxes on July 25 from 2-3pm! We’ll learn about Alberta foxes, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

26

July 2024

Junior Naturalists – Outdoors

Visit Ellis Nature Centre for Junior Naturalist day camp on July 26 from 9am-3pm! This camp will have an outdoors and hands-on focus. We’ll also spend more time exploring the nature trails on our site during this day.

The fee for the camp is $30 per child and is open to children aged 7-12. Please note that we do allow drop-off beginning at 8:30am and pick-up until 3:30pm, but there will not be direct instruction at this time.

An email with the information you need to prepare your camper will be sent 1 week before the camp.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

27

July 2024

Drum Making Workshop – 9am

Clare Butterfly, an Indigenous knowledge keeper, will be at Ellis Nature Centre on Saturday, July 27 to teach two hand drum creation workshops. With Clare’s guidance, participants will get to make their own hand drum using materials that Clare has harvested for the workshop. This workshop is beginner friendly and anyone aged 12+ is welcome to participate. Younger children are also welcome to participate so long as an adult is accompanying them to help them make their drum. Spots are limited to 15 people per session.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

27

July 2024

Drum Making Workshop – 1:30PM

Clare Butterfly, an Indigenous knowledge keeper, will be at Ellis Nature Centre on Saturday, July 27 to teach two hand drum creation workshops. With Clare’s guidance, participants will get to make their own hand drum using materials that Clare has harvested for the workshop. This workshop is beginner friendly and anyone aged 12+ is welcome to participate. Younger children are also welcome to participate so long as an adult is accompanying them to help them make their drum. Spots are limited to 15 people per session.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

30

July 2024

Knee High Nature – Bees – 2pm

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about Bees on July 30 from 2-3pm! We’ll learn about bees, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

31

July 2024

Junior Naturalists – Birding

Visit Ellis Nature Centre for Junior Naturalist day camp on July 31 from 9am-3pm! This camp will have an outdoors and hands-on focus. We’ll also spend more time exploring the birds we have on our site during this day.

The fee for the camp is $30 per child and is open to children aged 7-12. Please note that we do allow drop-off beginning at 8:30am and pick-up until 3:30pm, but there will not be direct instruction at this time.

An email with the information you need to prepare your camper will be sent 1 week before the camp.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

1

August 2024

Knee High Nature – Badgers – 11am

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about Badgers on August 1 from 11am-12pm! We’ll learn about Badgers, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

1

August 2024

Knee High Nature – Badgers – 2pm

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about Badgers on August 1 from 2-3pm! We’ll learn about Badgers, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

2

August 2024

Junior Naturalists – Art

Visit Ellis Nature Centre for Junior Naturalist day camp on August 2 from 9am-3pm! This camp will have an outdoors and hands-on focus. We’ll also spend more time exploring nature art during this day.

The fee for the camp is $30 per child and is open to children aged 7-12. Please note that we do allow drop-off beginning at 8:30am and pick-up until 3:30pm, but there will not be direct instruction at this time.

An email with the information you need to prepare your camper will be sent 1 week before the camp.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

5

August 2024

Horse Camp (Monday to Friday) Day Camp

This fun filled week of horse camp is packed with adventure. 
We pick you up in the morning at Heritage Ranch and bus you to our mountain location and return each night for 5 days. 
You are paired with a horse that is yours for the whole camp. Learn to brush, saddle, bridle and general horse care while having fun. 
Our focus is safety first. 
Cool things we are doing are barrel racing, trail rides, games on horses and gentle horsemanship. Learn to connect with our equine partners and create lasting friendships. Off horse activities include float trips down the river, hikes, exploring nature, playing in the waterfalls and seeing wild horses. 
Ages : 8 to 16 years old. 

  • JKL Trail Rides , Heritage Ranch, 6300 Cronquist Dr
  • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

6

August 2024

Knee High Nature – Snowshoe Hare – 11am

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about snowshoe hares on August 6 from 11am-12pm! We’ll learn about snowshoe hares, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

6

August 2024

Knee High Nature – Snowshoe Hare – 2pm

Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about snowshoe hares on August 6 from 2-3pm! We’ll learn about snowshoe hares, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

7

August 2024

Junior Naturalists – Indigenous

Visit Ellis Nature Centre for Junior Naturalist day camp on August 7 from 9am-3pm! This camp will have an outdoors and hands-on focus. We’ll also spend more time exploring Indigenous knowledge about land & nature during this day.

The fee for the camp is $30 per child and is open to children aged 7-12. Please note that we do allow drop-off beginning at 8:30am and pick-up until 3:30pm, but there will not be direct instruction at this time.

An email with the information you need to prepare your camper will be sent 1 week before the camp.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

8

August 2024

Knee High Nature – Chickens – 11am

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about Chickens on August 8 from 11am-12pm! We’ll learn about Chickens, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

8

August 2024

Knee High Nature – Chickens – 2pm

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about Chickens on August 8 from 2-3pm! We’ll learn about Chickens, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

9

August 2024

Junior Naturalists – Outdoors

Visit Ellis Nature Centre for Junior Naturalist day camp on August 9 from 9am-3pm! This camp will have an outdoors and hands-on focus. We’ll also spend more time exploring our nature trails during this day.

The fee for the camp is $30 per child and is open to children aged 7-12. Please note that we do allow drop-off beginning at 8:30am and pick-up until 3:30pm, but there will not be direct instruction at this time.

An email with the information you need to prepare your camper will be sent 1 week before the camp.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

12

August 2024

Horse Camp ( Monday to Friday ) Day Camp

This fun filled week of horse camp is packed with adventure. 
We pick you up in the morning at Heritage Ranch and bus you to our mountain location and return each night for 5 days. 
You are paired with a horse that is yours for the whole camp. Learn to brush, saddle, bridle and general horse care while having fun. 
Our focus is safety first. 
Cool things we are doing are barrel racing, trail rides, games on horses and gentle horsemanship. Learn to connect with our equine partners and create lasting friendships. Off horse activities include float trips down the river, hikes, exploring nature, playing in the waterfalls and seeing wild horses. 
Ages : 8 to 16 years old. 

  • JKL Trail Rides , Heritage Ranch, 6300 Cronquist Dr
  • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

13

August 2024

Knee High Nature – Owls – 11am

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about Owls on August 13 from 11am-12pm! We’ll learn about Owls, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

13

August 2024

Knee High Nature – Owls – 2pm

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about Owls on August 13 from 2-3pm! We’ll learn about Owls, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

14

August 2024

Junior Naturalists – Sensory Friendly

Visit Ellis Nature Centre for Junior Naturalist day camp on August 14 from 9am-3pm! This camp will have an outdoors and hands-on focus. This camp is designed to be sensory friendly with smaller group sizes and engagement in activities on the quieter areas of our site.

The fee for the camp is $30 per child and is open to children aged 7-12. Please note that we do allow drop-off beginning at 8:30am and pick-up until 3:30pm, but there will not be direct instruction at this time.

An email with the information you need to prepare your camper will be sent 1 week before the camp.

  • Ellis Nature centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

14

August 2024

AWE Walk

Visit Ellis Nature Centre for an AWE Walk on August 14 from 11am-12pm! The purpose of an AWE Walk is to walk in a place of meaning & beauty, where your sole task is to encounter something that amazes you, be it big or small. The leader of our walk will cue people to purposely engage in the nature around them as they lead the walk around our site. This event is free but pre-reg is encouraged. Only 10 spots available!

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

15

August 2024

Knee High Nature – Squirrels – 11am

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about Squirrels on August 15 from 11am-12pm! We’ll learn about Squirrels, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

15

August 2024

Knee High Nature – Squirrels – 2pm

Visit Ellis Nature Centre to learn all about Squirrels on August 15 from 2-3PM! We’ll learn about Squirrels, do a craft, read books, and of course explore our site to look for them. This program is for children 3-6 years of age and we request parents accompany them for the program. Cost is $8 per child.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

16

August 2024

Junior Naturalists – Birding

Visit Ellis Nature Centre for Junior Naturalist day camp on August 16 from 9am-3pm! This camp will have an outdoors and hands-on focus. We’ll also spend more time looking for birds on our site during this day.

The fee for the camp is $30 per child and is open to children aged 7-12. Please note that we do allow drop-off beginning at 8:30am and pick-up until 3:30pm, but there will not be direct instruction at this time.

An email with the information you need to prepare your camper will be sent 1 week before the camp.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

17

August 2024

Medicine River Wildlife Centre Visit

Medicine River Wildlife Centre will be visiting Ellis Nature Centre on Saturday, August 17 from 11am-12pm! During their time here, they’ll give a presentation about the work they do & what wildlife rehabilitation is. They’ll also be bringing their educational owl Olive to assist in the presentation.

This event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged & donations for Medicine River & Ellis Nature Centre will be gladly accepted at the event. Medicine River will also be bringing copies of their Otis the Owl book to sell. Please reserve a spot for each person who will be attending, both children & adults.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

18

August 2024

Harvest Workshop

Visit Ellis Nature Centre as we welcome Daisy & Dill for a Harvest Workshop on Sunday, August 18 from 1-3pm! In this workshop, we’ll cover different harvesting techniques as folks prepare to head into the harvest season. This will include how to harvest your garden, store your harvest, and different preservation techniques.

In addition to a presentation, there will be a hands-on demonstration in one of our gardens. The fee for this workshop is $15 per person & only 25 spots are available.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

19

August 2024

Horse Camp ( Monday to Friday ) Day Camp

This fun filled week of horse camp is packed with adventure. 
We pick you up in the morning at Heritage Ranch and bus you to our mountain location and return each night for 5 days. 
You are paired with a horse that is yours for the whole camp. Learn to brush, saddle, bridle and general horse care while having fun. 
Our focus is safety first. 
Cool things we rare doing are barrel racing, trail rides, games on horses and gentle horsemanship. Learn to connect with our equine partners and create lasting friendships. Off horse activities include float trips down the river, hikes, exploring nature, playing in the waterfalls and seeing wild horses. 
Ages : 8 to 16 years old. 

  • JKL Trail Rides , Heritage Ranch, 6300 Cronquist Dr
  • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

24

August 2024

Evening Dinner & Bird Walk with Gavin McKinnon

Visit Ellis Nature Centre with host Gavin McKinnon for an evening dinner & birding walk on Saturday, August 24 from 7-8:30pm.

We’ll start the night with a dinner prepared by the Ellis Nature Centre cafe, where folks can ask Gavin their questions about birding, his experiences, and more. After dinner, Gavin will lead the group on an evening birding walk around our site, giving tips about best practices for birding in the evening.

The fee for this event is $50, which covers dinner & the fee for the walk. There are only 15 spots available, so don’t wait to register.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

25

August 2024

Streams of Consequence Book Talk

Visit Ellis Nature Centre with host Albertan author, biologist, & conservationist Lorne Fitch for a discussion of his book “Streams of Consequence”. Lorne will be visiting on Sunday, August 25 from 11am-12pm to host a discussion of his book & the insights he gained about conservation as a biologist in Alberta for decades. This talk is free! Copies of Lorne’s book will be available for purchase & he’ll host a book signing after the talk.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

7

September 2024

Harvest Dinner Fundraising Gala

Lacombe Museum’s 3rd Annual Harvest Dinner Fundraising Gala with Ellis Nature Centre

September 7 @ 5:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for an unforgettable evening of culinary delights at the 2024 Harvest Dinner Fundraising Gala, presented by and to benefit the Lacombe Museum and Ellis Nature Centre. This exclusive fundraising event promises an extraordinary farm-to-fork experience, featuring Guest Chefs from Lacombe & District.

Savour locally sourced ingredients, expertly crafted into delectable dishes, while raising a glass in celebration of Lacombe’s rich history and heritage. Your support will benefit both the Lacombe Museum and Ellis Nature Centre, contributing to the preservation and interpretation of our local culture.

Together, let’s make the 2024 Harvest Dinner Fundraising Gala an event to remember.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 5:45 PM - 10:00 PM

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