UBC opens geological field station in South Okanagan

Research Excellence | Strategy 7: Research Support
Theme: Collaboration
UBC-Teck Geological Field Station | Photo credit: Shari Saysomsack Photography

Students, researchers and community groups now have access to an expanded and enriched earth sciences learning environment in the South Okanagan with the opening of the UBC-Teck Geological Field Station in Oliver, B.C.

Funded by $2.4-million in contributions from UBC Science alumni and friends, and Teck Resources Limited, the facilities replace aging structures that have hosted the University’s geological field school in Oliver since the 1950s.

“The new UBC-Teck Geological Field Station will help build Canada’s skilled mining workforce of the future, while also supporting important research across the natural sciences,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck. “We are proud to support this new facility to provide critical hands-on learning experiences for future resource industry professionals.”

“This is an outstanding example of our researchers, alumni and industry partners coming together to bolster enriched learning opportunities for our students—and in areas of key importance for British Columbia and Canada,” said Dr. Meigan Aronson, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Science. “The impact will extend well beyond our Faculty and across our campuses.”

The new facilities will be used by UBC students across multiple departments, including Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, and Forestry, providing critical field skills, and serving as a valuable new resource for sustainability research, and for outside groups to host workshops, meetings and retreats.

Please visit the Faculty of Science website to read the full story.

Through Strategy 7: Research Support, UBC is improving support for researchers across the university through enhanced core facilities, spaces and services.