Museum & Collections


The Department of Renewable Resources emphasizes experiential learning to help students master skills relevant to environmental problem solving. Never has the need for this type of science been more crucial, and the rich museum collections allow students and researchers to gain a deeper understanding of our interacting ecological systems.


Soil Monoliths Collections

The Department of Renewable Resources has a comprehensive collection of soil profiles representing the major soils in Canada. The collection was assembled in conjunction with the 11th International Congress of Soil Science (Edmonton 1978) and given to the Department of Renewable Resources by Canadian Society of Soil Science in 1978. This collection is unique in Canada and is available for viewing in display cases on the second floor hallway of the Earth Sciences Building. The soil profiles of Canada collection is a valuable teaching resource and of interest to campus visitors. For more information, follow the links below:

Curator & Contact
Scott Chang, Curator
4-24 Earth Sciences
Phone: (780) 492-6375
      Guided Tour of the Museum
Photo Gallery
Newton Collection
Soil Monolith Inventory
        Soil Monoliths Needed
Soil Monolith Preparation
Soil Horizon Sequences
Soil Subgroups

Natural History Collections

The Renewable Resources Natural History Collection consists of both the Cy Hampson Wildlife Collection and the Dendrology Collection. Both are used for reference and teaching, and can be accessed by students, faculty, researchers, and members of the public by appointment.

The Cy Hampson Collection is used in the study of wildlife biodiversity and is an active and essential resource for students in forestry and environmental and conservation sciences. It contains taxidermy mounts, study skins, skulls, preserved specimens and pinned insects, representing the full spectrum of animal life from worms to birds and mammals.

The Dendrology Collection supports the study of woody plants with a range of specimens of plant material, including seeds, cones, leaves and bark. The specimens have been collected throughout North America, with a particular emphasis on Western Canada. The collection is a fundamental resource for studies in forest biology, ecology and plant identification. It is a tool for exploring the ecological importance and diversity of trees, shrubs and vines.

Curator & Contact
John Acorn
777 General Services Building
Phone: (780) 492-7202