A Natural Balance
for a Natural World


Welcome to the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and
Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens


Here, science meets the natural world.

And people meet people. We exchange ideas, experience community, and absorb the natural beauty that surrounds us.

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Investigate the
Natural World

We’re inspired by knowledge – in listening to and learning from one another.

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Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

At home in the garden.

Explore the botany and beauty of the Acadian Forest Region

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Experience the Centre

Medicinal and Food Garden

A living lab of rich history and story telling – exploring the evolving role of plants in our own evolution.

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The Conservatory

The Conservatory brings native plants of the Acadian Forest Region indoors to a single climate-controlled environment, allowing visitors to experience the Acadian Forest even when the region is blanketed in snow.

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Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation Scholarships at Acadia University

A gift inspired by a lifelong commitment to students, to inspiring dreams and passions to make this world a better place.

As a young adult in a rapidly changing world, you feel the call to action to preserve and learn from our environment for future generations.
You also understand the effort it will take.
Acadia University has the people, passion and facilities to support you in this, your life’s work.

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Environmental Science (BSc)

Kirsten Gallant is a 2023 French immersion graduate from Charlottetown Rural High School, Prince Edward Island. Kirsten strongly believes in the power of environmental science to find solutions to the environmental challenges that her community faces. As an accomplished athlete, Kirsten competed...

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Community Development with Environmental Sustainability Studies (BCD)

Juliet is a 2023 graduate from Cole Harbour District High School in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. As a strong advocate for social justice and inclusion within environmental education and recreation, Juliet has completed over 550 hours in community service throughout the past two...

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Environmental Science and Mathematics (Bsc)

Carmen is 2023 graduate from Horton High School, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. A talented musician, social justice advocate, and proponent of innovative technology, Carmen brings a multi-disciplinary approach to her life and work. Carmen’s interests lie in the intersections of health, social justice,...

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Biology (BSc)

Maggie is a 2023 graduate from Horton High School and is from Kentville, Nova Scotia. As an accomplished academic and high-level athlete, Maggie has dedication and tenacity in spades. As a triathlete and swimmer, Maggie has competed across the United States and...

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Environmental Geoscience (BSc)

Karen Brookman is a 2022 graduate from Sydney Academy in Sydney, Nova Scotia. With a keen love for learning, Karen focused on a diverse mixture of science and arts courses throughout high school and graduated with an International Baccalaureate Certificate in Higher...

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Biology (BSc)

Jaclyn Delahunt from Cookstown, Ontario is a 2022 graduate from Bradford District High School. Jaclyn played League 1 Reserve Soccer for Richmond Hill and is looking forward to joining the Acadia Axe Women’s soccer team this fall. In the past year, Jaclyn...

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Chemistry (BSc)

Anna Lukeman is from Port Williams, Nova Scotia and is a 2022 graduate from the IB program at Horton High School. Anna has been a dedicated ballet dancer at Cadance Academy for 12 years, performing annually in the Cadance Nutcracker Show and...

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Environmental Science (BSc)

Rowan Norrad, from Halifax, NS is a Principal’s List 2022 graduate from Citadel High School. Throughout High School Rowan played on the JV Basketball team and was Captain for his senior season. Over his three years on the team he helped the...

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Environmental Science (BSc)

Eve Pole, from St. Stephen, New Brunswick is a 2022 honours graduate from St. Stephen High School. She was on the grad class executive team and president of the G.R.E.E.N. Group, where she led initiatives that helped educate students about sustainability and...

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Biology (BSc)

Annelies Yates, from Vancouver BC, is a 2021 graduate of Prince of Wales Mini School. The Mini School is a Vancouver School Board program that accelerates the academic curriculum to make space for enrichment activities that challenge students in a broad range...

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Psychology (BSc)

Abby Falkenham graduated from South Colchester Academy in Brookfield, Nova Scotia with both honours with distinction and a passion for the environment. Abby was an active member in both her schools Envirothon and Robotics clubs, even attending events and workshops hosted here...

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Biology (B.Sc.)

Charlotte Peng lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and is a 2020 graduate of Horton High School. She is a Loran Scholar semifinalist and received the Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor’s Education medal in June 2019. She has been active in conferences aimed at...

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