Enhancing Education

The Ecological Learning Centre will be a true community gathering place where people come to learn, celebrate, discover and interact with each other and the natural environment.

Greater Capacity, Higher Enrolment

The ELC will greatly increase the Garden’s capacity to offer educational programming.

  • Increased teaching space more than doubling the number of children attending award winning Green School and Kids in the Garden programs
  • Increased enrolment capacity in the well-respected Master Gardener program
  • More high school and post-secondary student enrolment in course offerings such as biology, tree identification, culinary herbs, wetland ecology, and visual arts communications
  • Adjacent laboratories, collections, herbaria and library space to complement classroom study

The new ELC will also house administrative offices, currently located in portables that have outlasted their useful life.


“Green School was the best week of my life—I discovered plants, animals, and most importantly, nature. Please! Oh please, let me come back!”

~ Miller, an elementary school student