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. For a spectacular video introduction to the centre, click on the green Explore the K.C. Irving Centre icon located above, or click through the images below to get some quick insight into the research and other 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.

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In the heyday of mycological research at Acadia in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Dr Darryl Grund offered courses, field trips and research opportunities to literally hundreds of students interested in mushrooms and mycology. Dr Grund’s courses and mushroom forays were assisted and enriched by Dr Ken Harrison, a retired plant pathologist from Agriculture Canada. A plaque commemorating Dr Grund's and Dr Harrison's contributions to mycology can be seen at the picnic site at Kentviille Research and Development Centre (Agriculture Canada), at the upper entrance to the Kentville Ravine.

Given the importance of fungi to the ecology of the Acadian Forest region and its associated wetlands, Acadia University and the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre are fortunate in having a new mycologist, Dr Allison Walker...

WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Acadia hosted a Girls Get WISE Science Retreat in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on March 18th, 2016.  This event was open to girls in grades 7 and 8, as this is a critical age when girls may lose interest in, or are discouraged from, pursuing a career in science or science-related fields.

The EC Smith Herbarium, part of the Irving Biodiversity Collection, is grateful to receive a private collection of mosses (approximately 800 specimens) from the family of the late Stephen Ward.