Community Engagement

Collections, Exhibits and Museums

ALES Agricultural Museum

Retired ALES staff member Jack Francis is the curator of the ALES agricultural museum on South Campus. He has been welcoming external groups to the museum on a regular basis since he founded the museum in 2000. Contact: jvfrancis@shaw.ca.

Clothing and Textiles Collection

The best collection of its kind in a Canadian university, it houses 23,000 artifacts documenting 350 years of fashion. It is used primarily as a teaching and research tool but it also provides tours to the general public.

Clothing and Textiles Exhibit

Located in the Human Ecology Building, it typically hosts two exhibits a year, which are open to the public.

The Pig Science Centre

An interpretive centre on South Campus developed in partnership with Alberta Pork, the Pig Science Centre increases the understanding of the Alberta's pork industry proactive approach to production practices, animal care, environmental sustainability, food safety and product quality.


Field Days

Rangelands Research Institute Field Day

Ranchers, farmers, government and industry representatives join researchers at the faculty's Mattheis Ranch in southern Alberta to discuss the research and teaching taking place to support the long-term environmental and economic sustainability of rangelands.

Roy Berg Kinsella Research Station Field Day

Ranchers, farmers, government and industry representatives join researchers at the faculty's Roy Berg Kinsella Research Station to discuss the research and teaching taking place to support the Canadian livestock industry through its world-leading animal genomics research and technology development.

Gardens

University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Voted the 2014 Canadian Botanical Garden of the Year, the garden hosts visitors between May and September every year. It boasts cultivated gardens, plant collections, indoor show houses and extensive education programming for adults and school children. 

Green & Gold Garden

A joint project by ALES and the School of Public Health, this two-acre garden on South Campus is run entirely by community volunteers who sell produce twice a week to the public.

Prairie Urban Farm

A one-and-a-half acre garden, it was established and is run by an ALES faculty member and a group of volunteers to motivate more food growing and food literacy amongst Edmontonians. Produce is donated to organizations in need.

Seminars and Lectures

Banff Pork Seminar

An annual technology transfer meeting for the pork industry, it routinely attracts more than 600 participants. The conference was established in 1972 and is coordinated by ALES in cooperation with Alberta Pork, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and pork industry representatives.

Biorefining Conversion Network Strategic Retreat

The ALES-based network hosts the annual event, which brings together stakeholders to discuss strategies to advance Alberta's bioeconomy with a focus on developing and commercializing biomass conversion technologies.

Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture

An annual public lecture on issues related to sustainable agriculture.

Empey Lecture

An annual public lecture on issues related to family studies, material culture, clothing & textiles or nutrition.

Forest Industry Lecture Series

A public lecture delivered by a notable expert on a variety of forestry and forest science issues is delivered twice a year.

Livestock Gentec Annual Conference

An annual event that brings together researchers, producers, industry and government representatives to discuss the latest advances in and applications of livestock genomics.

Western Canadian Dairy Seminar

Held every year in Red Deer, this annual event brings together dairy producers, extension specialists, researchers and dairy service and supply representatives together to share the latest research results. The seminar is regarded as the best of its kind in North America.

Student Opportunities

Capstone courses

Every program in our faculty offers a capstone course in which students conduct research to help solve a real-world issue or develop a product, typically culminating in a presentation to an audience that includes government, industry and public stakeholders.

Internships and practicums 

Dietetic internship – each student wishing to obtain their designation as a Registered Dietitian must complete a year-long internship composed of five placements, one of which is in a rural setting. 

Human Ecology practicum – each Human Ecology student must complete a 200-hour practicum in an organization in the community in order to graduate. 


Project Serve

Project Serve is an annual September event where first- and second-year ALES students volunteer for half a day in an organization in the community that is related to their studies. 

South Campus Tours 

Upon request, groups of potential industry partners and potential students are provided with a tour of South Campus and its facilities. For more information, please contact Sharon Katzeff.

Books

A Century of Solutions

A lively and engaging history of the faculty’s first century written by award-winning writer Curtis Gillespie. $20 plus shipping and handling. Contact alescomm@ualberta.ca

Preserving the Future: The story behind the St. Albert Research station

A personal account written by John Bocock, whose family sold the land on which the station operates. $10 plus shipping and handling. Contact alescomm@ualberta.ca


Pure Prairie Eating Plan

Written by two ALES nutrition researchers, the widely-available book provides a detailed four-week eating menu specifically designed for peopel living on the Canadian prairies. To date, the book has sold more than 4,000 copies.


Other

Heritage Chicken program

Four hundred members of the community subscribe to the popular Heritage Chicken program, in which they name a heritage chicken and pick up a dozen eggs every other week on South Campus. The membership fees are used to maintain the heritage chicken breeds and their genetic diversity. 

Textile Analysis Service

It is a testing laboratory where standardized textile tests and analyses of problems resulting from the use and care of garments and textiles are conducted.