Geoscience Garden
geoscience garden

An outdoor teaching installation at the University of Alberta

Welcome to the Geoscience Garden web site. In the Geoscience Garden, large rocks are placed within the landscape of North Campus to represent natural rock outcrops in central and western Canada, from the Canadian Shield to the Cordilleran mountains.

The Geoscience Garden is an outdoor classroom where students can prepare for geological field work, and members of our community can learn about our geological heritage.

Not everything is explained! Part of the excitement of geology is learning to figure out how the Earth works from clues in the landscape!

Individual rocks in the Garden are marked by plaques containing links to pages on this site. Type a link into your browser or scan the QR code on the plaque with your smartphone. The rocks are organized into regions representing different parts of the Earth's crust's history. Choose a region from the menu to find out more.

The Geoscience Garden was made possible by the University of Alberta Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund and the Faculty of Science Teaching and Learning Fund, and by the generosity of donors. It was planned and developed by Dr. John Waldron and Dr. Andrew Locock, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, with the help of many in the university community.