The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens provide facilities for a wide variety of research, teaching, and community involvement activities, as well as a beautiful location for studying, meetings, or just relaxing. Please click through the images below to get some insight into the activities that occur in this remarkable facility. For a more detailed introduction to the research going on in the Centre, click here.  A twitter feed highlighting some of our recent research and learning activities can be found here.

Latest News

A Changing of the Guard in the E.C. Smith Herbarium

Hidden away on the lower floor of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre is one of crown jewels of the Irving Biodiversity Collection, the E.C. Smith Herbarium. The Herbarium was established in 1910, and is the largest in Atlantic Canada with over 200,000 specimens of vascular plants, mosses, lichens and fungi. The Herbarium houses the most extensive collection of Atlantic Provinces flora found anywhere, and is used both as a teaching resource at Acadia, and a research resource by researchers from around the world.

We are extremely pleased to welcome Alain Belliveau to Acadia as the new Collections Manager (curator) of the Herbarium.

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A Big Thank You to Our Many Volunteers

There are a myriad of jobs at K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens that need to be done to keep the Centre and Gardens in tip top shape and running smoothly. Thankfully over the years, dozens of community members and retired folk, as well as high school, undergraduate and graduate students have volunteered their time to help out with these essential, but sometimes onerous tasks, in the Gardens, the Herbarium, and the Seedbank. Thank you to all of these folks for their generous sharing of time and effort. 

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2017-18 Arthur Irving Academy Research Grant Recipients Announced

The Arthur Irving Academy Research Grants in Environmental Science are annual funding awards for Acadia researchers/research teams promoting the use of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and/or the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens through research projects in support of the environment.


In 2017-18, the following research projects were each granted funding through this distinguished award program:

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