Bad But Beautiful

By Steph Weizenbach / 7 July 2023

The Lakota people called them “mako sica,” or “bad lands.” French trappers and traders had the same opinion and called them “les mauvaises terres à traverser” — “bad lands to cross.” Since then, the term “badlands” has stuck.

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Growing a Garden

By Susan / 29 May 2023

Watch your garden grow… underground!

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Journey of a Seed

By Steph Weizenbach / 24 May 2023

Follow these steps to test the germination rate of your seeds to decide how many seeds to plant.

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Common Lichens of Edmonton

By Rick Schneider / 11 December 2022


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What Lies Beneath: The Hidden Life of Fungi

By Steph Weizenbach / 3 October 2022


Fungi are often overlooked because many of them spend much of their lives hidden from us, and out of sight means out of mind. While all fungi share certain features, these organisms display remarkable diversity. Here, we’ll focus on fungi that form mushrooms and other large, complex fruiting bodies.

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On the Trail of Disjunct Alpine Plants from Alberta to Ontario

By Steph Weizenbach / 24 April 2022


It’s Day 4 on the trail. It’s humid, hot, and did I mention humid? Our packs are impossibly heavy with food, camping gear, and sampling equipment. I wish there was someone else to blame for deciding to mix backpacking with field sampling, but unfortunately it was my idea. I have already cut myself on a rock and slipped into the frigid waters of Lake Superior as we struggle down the coastal hiking trail of Pukaskwa National Park. But all this suffering has rewarded us with just what we were looking for: plants! 

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Mycelial Material Revolution

By Steph Weizenbach / 28 March 2022

Recorded Presentation
Host: Alberta Mycological Society

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Fungi Forays

By Steph Weizenbach / 2 November 2021


There is a whole world right at your feet. A world beyond the patchy grass, concrete, and rubbish you might expect: the world of fungi.

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Coal at What Cost? Alberta’s Endangered Whitebark Pine Under Threat From Benga’s Proposed Coal Mine

By Rick Schneider / 6 February 2021

Kelsey Fleming reviews the implications of the Benga coal mine on Alberta’s endangered whitebark pine.

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Why do roses have ‘thorns’?

By Nature Kids / 9 November 2020

Why does a rose hurt when you pick it?

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