Fondly known as ‘The Brother Brennan Centre’ to thousands of Newfoundland school children, the Environmental Education Centre is a residential outdoor school dedicated to helping students learn about the environment. It is also a perfect destination for family reunions, retreats, artistic workshops, youth camps or simple relaxation. The centre is located in a tranquil, wilderness setting on the Avalon Peninsula only one and a quarter hours from the city of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
It is the isolated location at the heart of the Avalon Forest Ecoregion and almost pristine natural habitat immediately surrounding the Environmental Education Centre that make it special. Nestled on a 12 acre site in the old growth boreal forest of Deer Park, Salmonier, the Environmental Education Centre encompasses several habitat types which are home to a wide variety of wildlife. Moose, snowshoe hare, fox, beaver, loons and eagles are just a few of the recent sightings. It is also an excellent location for the study of native Newfoundland plants and mushrooms. The isolated location means that there is very little light-pollution making stargazing an awesome experience.
Eight kilometers of well maintained trails make the Environmental Education Centre, ideal for walking, snow-shoeing or x-country skiing. There are lots of quiet places perfect for relaxing and enjoying the tranquility of Newfoundland’s woods, bogs and ponds. The Centre is located on Father Shea’s Pond, where visitors enjoy swimming, fishing (in season) and canoeing. For canoeists Father Shea’s pond is part of a network of ponds leading out to Lockyer’s Pond.
The Centre is operated by The Environmental Education Commission which is is a non-profit voluntary trust responsible for the management and operation of The Environmental Education Centre (EEC) located in Deer Park, 75 km west of St. John's, Newfoundland.