Geoscience Garden

Welcome to the Geoscience Garden website

If you are wondering "What's with the big boulders on the north side of campus, by Saskatchewan Drive?" the answer is here! These are part of the Geoscience Garden, a new outdoor project of the Department of Earth And Atmospheric Sciences, organized by Prof. John Waldron and Dr. Andrew Locock, and supported by Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funds of both the Faculty of Science and the University of Alberta. As the project develops we will be offering individuals and organizations the opportunity to sponsor parts of the installation.

The site alongside Saskatchewan Drive is the first phase of a larger project. Eventually, rocks will be installed in an area extending north and south of the Earth Science Building, and adjacent to the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science. The samples will be landscaped to make an aesthetically pleasing environment. Here, students can learn basic skills in advance of geological field courses, and members of the University community and the public can learn about their geological heritage.

If you have the chance, take a look at the rocks as you go by!

Class at work in the Geoscience Garden

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Visiting the Geoscience Garden

The Garden is open to everyone! Check here for further information. (If you wish to bring a group or class, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a time.)

Teaching Objectives

Information about the philosophy and objectives of the Garden project for university teaching.

Support and Sponsorship

Phase 1 has been supported by grants from the Faculty of Science and University of Alberta Teaching and Learning Funds, and by donations from companies and individuals. Click here to find out more about supporting the Geoscience Garden Phase 2.


See how the Garden is being built.

The Rocks

Photographs of all the samples.

Contact Information

For more information about the Geoscience Garden contact:

  • Dr. John Walron (on leave 2009-10)
  • Dr. Tom Chacko
  • Dr. Andrew Locock
  • Mary-Jane Turnell

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