Off-Campus Facilities

    The Breton Plots were established in 1929 near the village of Breton, 100 km southwest of Edmonton, by the Department of Soils, University of Alberta. These plots were originally designed to find a system of farming suitable for the gray-wooded soil belt. These soils are now known as Gray Luvisolic soils and occur in the northern interior plains of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Today, the Breton Plots provide a model of how diverse cropping practices affect typical Gray Luvisolic soils. Learn more about the plots: Details & History, The Breton Plots Soil Conservation Society (PDF).  

    The Crossley Forest is a 65 hectare area established in 1951 to study the management of lodgepole pine, and is located near Strachan, Alberta in the Rocky Mountain District. It was through Desmond Crossley's efforts that this site was established, and in the 1980's the University of Alberta bestowed an honorary Doctorate degree upon him. Today, the experimental forests provides education and research opportunities for the Department of Renewable Resources and others. 



  The Devonian Botanic Gardens feature 80 acres of display gardens and 100 acres of natural areas and ecological preserves. It offers a variety of educational courses in horticulture, design, arts and personal wellness for adults and children. The garden also provides key research in biodiversity, ecology and conservation of rare species, wetlands and ecosystems restoration. For more information, visit the Devonian Botanic Garden website. 

    The Ellerslie Research Station is located on the southern boundary of the City of Edmonton. Comprised of several buildings including office, lab, processing, storage and maintenance facilities, including 60 ha of land. Ellerslie Research Station serves as the primary field operations facility for the department for agricultural, environmental and forestry field teaching and research needs. About two dozen long-term field research experiments are located at Ellerslie. 

    The EMEND Site and Research Station (Ecosystem Management Emulating Natural Disturbance) is located 90km north west of Peace River. This research site hosts a groundbreaking 80- to 100-year study that compares natural disturbance (fire) with harvesting and tries to emulate key processes in natural disturbances that go missing with harvesting using indicators such as flora, fauna, soil nutrients and hydrological features. For more information, visit the EMEND website. 

    The George Lake Research Site The George lake research site, located one hour north-west of Edmonton, is well equipped for studying forest and aquatic ecosystems. A permanent research station has a kitchen, lab and sleeping areas, and is equipped with tools and an array of supplies and field research equipment. Aspen dominated forest surrounds the site and is the ideal place for small-scale labour intensive experiments. Numerous ponds in the area and George Lake itself are ideal for aquatic studies. 


    The Rose Creek Education Forest is located 130 km southwest of Edmonton, situated in the Rocky Clearwater forest area. It is dominated by coniferous species and is used for teaching, research, demonstration and to provide educational opportunities and experience for students enrolled at the University of Alberta. The forest covers over 19,000 hectares and has a broad range of uses including skiing, hiking, camping, trapping, grazing, oil & gas together with forestry operations. 

    The Woodbend Forest is a 160 acre block located on Highway 16 north of Devon near the University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Gardens. The area consists of low sandy ridges covered with aspen, white spruce, jack pine, interspersed by bogs and marshes. The area was given to the University in 1959 by Imperial Oil Limited and has been administered since 1980 by the Department of Renewable Resources. It is used for teaching and research, and managed to maintain its wildland and forest character.