Waterloo's wild side

Great Blue Heron standing in the waters of the Laurel Creek.A Great Blue Heron goes fishing for lunch in Laurel Creek, which winds through the university's 40-hectare south campus.

Laurel Creek

On the west side of South Campus, Laurel Creek meanders down from the village green and passes under three bridges between UWaterloo and the affiliated colleges.  It’s home to herons, geese, ducks, and more, and offers a relaxing space for contemplation.

Environmental Reserve

The UWaterloo Environmental Reserve lies just across the road on Columbia Street.  This 109 acre space has sports fields, forests, meadows, and of course Columbia Lake.  Established on university lands, the reserve provides teaching, research, public education opportunities, protected habitat for wildlife, and a legacy for future generations.

Arts/Environment Garden

In the green space between Hagey Hall, the PAS building, and EV1 lies a little-known paradise.  The Arts/Environment Garden contains smaller theme gardens with beautiful plants, benches, and sitting areas, making it the perfect spot for studying, relaxing, or eating lunch on a sunny afternoon.  Visit the Xeriscape (low water), Zen, Local, Spring, and Fern and Moss gardens and see for yourself.

Wildlife on campus

From infamous geese that cause traffic jams to red squirrels that once wedged their pinecones into a university van, there is lots of wildlife to see around the campus.  Check out the Ecology Lab for workshops, contests, and more info on flora and fauna around UWaterloo.

Green Office

Environmental Sustainability Report

University of Waterloo Green Guide