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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Annelies Yates

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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Abby Falkenham

Engineering (BASc)

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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Biology (B.Sc.)

Roman Javorek from Canning, Nova Scotia, is a 2020 graduate of Northeast Kings Education Centre (NKEC). Roman played Minor Midget AAA Hockey for the Valley Wildcats and was the assistant captain of his High School Hockey team from 2018 to 2020. Roman...

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Biology & Environmental Science (B.Sc.)

Holly Turner hails from Nanaimo, British Columbia, and is a 2020 graduate of Nanaimo District Secondary School. In 2017, Holly was a finalist in the NASA Student Spaceflight Experimental Program for research into kidney stone development in microgravity and received the English...

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Biology & Chemistry (B.Sc.)

Natalie Koopman is from  Perth Road, Ontario, and is a graduate of the IB program at Regiopolis Notre Dame School in Kingston. Natalie co-captained her school basketball team, played rugby, and has been entrusted with various leadership responsibilities, including being a peer...

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Biology (B.Sc.)

An Honours with Distinction graduate of Central Kings Rural High School, Olivia Crooks from Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, was at the leading edge of creating an inclusive sports program at her school when she helped form Basketball Team Unified in her grade nine...

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Biology (B.Sc.)

Sophie Visser from Waterville, Nova Scotia, graduated from Central Kings Rural High School with Honours with Distinction and a plan to become a wildlife biologist. Sophie’s considerable experience raising animals on her family’s farm and participating in 4-H Club activities instilled a concern...

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Abby Legere

Biology (B.Sc.)

A graduate of Rothesay Netherwood School, Abby Legere is from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and grew up with a passion and concern for the environment. Abby was a three-sport athlete at RNS (hockey, soccer, volleyball) in addition to being a prefect and maintaining an academic...

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Environmental Science (M.Sc)

Rachel Clarke earned her Honours Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from Acadia in 2018, concluding her program by conducting research into the accumulation of methylmercury in aquatic insects in Kejimkujik National Park. Understanding how mercury accumulates in insects and is then transferred to...

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Community Development (MCD)

Anika Smithson earned a BSc (Honours) in Earth science from Carleton University in 2015. An outstanding scholar, she won numerous awards, including the Collins Renewable Prestige Scholarship of full tuition for four years. Originally from Orangeville, Ontario, Anika has a passion for...

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Biology (MSc)

Bruce Malloch, from Little Lepreau, New Brunswick, graduated from the University of Toronto in 2018 with a BSc (Honours) in biology. In his final year, he assessed how microarthropod communities in leaf litter are affected by urbanization, a major threat to ecosystem...

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If You’re Committed to the Natural World,
We’re Committed to You.

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