2018 Campus Water Features: Flora and Fauna Tour

Back by popular demand… Please join us on a tour through North Campus’ urban forest led by horticulturalist and landscape designer, Wayne McCutcheon. The tour will highlight some of campus’ unique plant and tree specimens, the various water features and its overall landscape. This tour has been re-named Campus Water Features: Flora and Fauna Tour to be more inclusive of the diverse elements of the tour.

Register for your free ticket via EventBrite on one of these links:

cancelled July 31, 2018

August 23, 2018 and

September 27, 2018

For everyone who has been associated with the University of Alberta, its campus has a place in our memories – and its trees through the changing seasons are very much a part of those memories. Much of the original native forest which provided the back drop to the University’s first sod turning ceremony has changed. Many new trees have found their way onto campus, including several specimens not native to the Edmonton area. The campus has inherited a truly lovely urban forest of 4,000 trees.

We will be meeting at 3:45 p.m. in front of the Administration Building, facing the bus loop, at the University of Alberta’s North Campus. The tour will begin at 4 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes!

(***The tour is limited to 20 people on a first come/first registered basis. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled – the event organizers will confirm by email.)

Tour of Mineralogy and Petrology Museum

Come and see a ‘hidden gem’ on the U of A campus. The Mineralogy and Petrology Museum houses hundreds of samples of rocks and minerals, including meteorites and diamonds! Participants will also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the University’s Meteorite Collection, containing over 1400 meteorite specimens from around the world, in the state-of-the-art Meteorite Lab. The tour will be led by Professor Chris Herd, a meteorite specialist and curator of the collection.

The tour is limited to 18 people and will last approximately 1.5 hours on November 2, 2017 at 12 noon.  Reserve your ticket here.

The museum is located in B-08 of the Earth Sciences Building on North Campus (link to campus map).

Cannot make the tour – you can browse the collection here.

Or check out @SpaceRockDoc on CBC talking #meteorites and space rocks with @AdrienneLambCBC on this CBC video

2017 Campus Tree Tours

Dear Friends of the University of Alberta,

Back by popular demand… Please join us on a tour through North Campus’ Urban Forest led by horticulturalist and landscape designer, Wayne McCutcheon. The tour will highlight some of campus’ unique specimens and its landscape.

To register for this free event, please select from one of the dates/links below. Each date is limited to 20 people on a first come/first registered basis.

Wednesday August 9, starting at 4pm.

Wednesday September 13, starting at 4pm.

We are postponing the September 13 tree tour to next Wednesday, September 20.  This will be the last tour of the season – weather is not reliable into October and much of the foliage will be down.

Click here to book a spot for Wednesday September 20, starting at 4pm.

Wayne has walked the campus grounds since the fall of 1981. For the first 30 years of his time with the University he was Manager of Landscape Maintenance and Construction and since 2011 his primary focus was as Project Coordinator for Landscape Services. His passion was overseeing landscape beautification and improvements to ensure a safe and pleasing campus for everyone today and for the next 100 years. Wayne has returned to lead this tour for his fellow Friends of the University of Alberta.

For everyone who has been associated with the University of Alberta, its campus has a place in our memories – and its trees through the changing seasons are very much a part of those memories.  Much of the original native forest which provided the back drop to the University’s first sod turning ceremony has changed many new trees have found their way onto campus, including several specimens not native to the Edmonton area.  The campus has inherited a truly lovely urban forest of 4,000 trees.

We will be meeting at 3:45 p.m. in front of the Administration Building, facing the bus loop, at the University of Alberta’s North Campus.  The tour will begin at 4 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m at each of the dates listed below. Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes!

UAlberta Observatory Tour

This autumn, when evening skies are getting darker, join us at the UAlberta Observatory for a stargazing tour that’s out of this world! Our host, Dr. Sharon Morsink of the Department of Physics, will be opening the Observatory for us to enjoy views of the waxing crescent Moon, the planet Mars and the real-life lord of the rings – the planet Saturn, and other celestial delights. We’ll begin with a short presentation about the Observatory and then tour the heavens through the state-of-the art telescopes.

This is a free event, with limited capacity; please RSVP via this EventBrite link.

Join us on Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM at the Department of Physics Astronomical Observatory is located in CCIS 5-240 on the West end of the 5th floor of the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science on the main campus of the University of Alberta. Click here for directions.

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