The Earth Sciences Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. We apologize to all of our visitors and groups for this inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Alina Bielak

Assistant Museum Curator (Winter 2017)

Alina Bielak with butterfliesI am a fourth year Honours Science student at the University of Waterloo, I have a minor in Biology and an option in Knowledge Integration. I have always had a passion for science communication and teaching. Communication is all about telling stories and I can’t wait to tell you the stories behind our amazing exhibits. I look forward to being able to share my excitement with you!

Growing up, I was always fascinated by how spectacular our planet is and I am thrilled to get to learn more about it every day. Though I specialize in genetics, I am also mesmerized by the hidden treasures of the earth. My favourite aspect of earth sciences is gemology. Specifically how slight changes in chemical composition can change a sapphire to a ruby or how alexandrite can change colour from daylight to incandescent light.

Most of all, I love to teach others about science and hope to incorporate science communication into my future career. Outside of the realm of science communication and outreach, I am an avid baker. I adore trying out new recipes and testing new flavour combinations.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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Museum hours

Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open all day Monday to Friday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekends.

Peter Russell Rock Garden (located outdoors) open to the public year round. Self-guided tours are available.

Admission is free! For more information, see Visit Us.

Scavenger hunts for kids ages 6 to 12+