About Science Outreach - Athabasca

Our group consists of members of the general public (teachers, scientists, and others) who are interested in science and think science is important. Our two main objectives are:

  1. To promote science awareness in the greater Athabasca area and beyond.
  2. To document the scientific research done on the Athabasca River Basin.

Science Outreach - Athabasca

We foster awareness and interest in science by promoting "hands-on" participation and by obtaining scientific information for the general public.

These activities include science talks, camps, traveling exhibits, bird and butterfly counts, and other events. Topics include archeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physical geography, meteorology, and physics. Please view our Upcoming & Past Events.

We have two geographical areas of interest:

  1. The area encompassing the Alberta towns of Athabasca, Slave Lake, Lac La Biche, and Calling Lake, as well as the communities within the Aspen View Regional School Division. Within this area, we deliver science-related activities.
  2. The Athabasca River Basin, which extends from the Athabasca Glacier in the Rocky Mountains near Jasper to the river mouth at Lake Athabasca. For this area we gather scientific data for our Specialist Information page.

Amazing science right out our back door!

The Athabasca River Basin is important from several points of view. The region's economic activities are largely resource based, that is agriculture, forestry, as well as oil and gas. Though the human population in the area is relatively small (about 150,000), it is growing and impacting the natural environment tremendously. Increasing scientific understanding will benefit both humans as well as other organisms of the area.

The Athabasca River is the second largest river in Alberta and its drainage basin lies nearly entirely within the province. By increasing awareness of the Athabasca River Basin we can promote the unique science laboratory that lies at our doorstep.

Become involved in science; it is important for your life and livelihood.

What we are all about? (PPS - 17MB)

Science Outreach Athabasca - March 26, 2015

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