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You can now watch and listen to Wally and Deanna's water cycle adventure online! Follow Wally the Worm and Deanna Waterdroplet as they travel to the saturated zone and further.

Wally and Deanna use accurate terminology to describe their journey and explain how water droplets, like Deanna, travel from the sky to the ground, to an aquifer, to rivers and back up to the sky. This book and our new video are the perfect introduction for young children to the water cycle! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Plan your Walking Tour!

Peter Russel Rock Garden in Fall
The Earth Sciences Museum misses seeing our wonderful visitors, but we're happy to provide walking tours that will help you stay active, safe, and entertained! Read about the trails below and use our resources to enhance your learning. Make sure to send us pictures of your excusions and finds on Instagram and Twitter

Monday, November 9, 2020

Go on a Fossil Field Trip!

Looking for something fun and educational to do? Listen to our curator, Corina, talk about the common fossils anyone can find in their community and then go searching yourself!

There are rocks (and fossils!) like these in your neighbourhood, it might be a seat in your school yard or a wall near a community centre or along a path.

We challenge you to go on a #fossilfieldtrip. Venture out into your neighbourhood and search for Limestone or Dolostone landscape blocks. Or examine stone stairs and buildings. There is a good chance that fossils are hiding within!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wally & Deanna are Online!

Our children's book, Wally & Deanna's Groundwater Adventure, is now online through The Groundwater Project. In addition to this wonderful book explaining groundwater to children of all ages there is also an interview of the books author's and illustrator - Peter Russell, Leanne Appleby and Fortunato Restagno, respectively. See the interview below by UW alumni Everton de Oliveira!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Remembering Frank Brookfield

Dr. Frank Brookfield sitting with Peter and Vivian Russell standing behind Frank at the 2017 department Christmas lunch

It is with great sadness that on Thursday, November 29, 2018 Frank Brookfield passed away peacefully in his Waterloo home.

Music is in the air at Waterloo thanks to two new outdoor pianos in front of the Dana Porter Library and the Peter Russell Rock Garden. The pianos appeared thanks to the efforts of Max Salman, a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science.

“We’ve got a lot of talent here and it’s been wonderful to see it showcased,” says Salman. “People aren’t just playing the piano, but passersby are slowing down to enjoy the atmosphere. The response has been amazing.”