On-Campus Experiences

Sessions include hands-on workshops and tours led by faculty, staff and students. On-campus experiences can be tailored to create a reach ahead opportunity for your SHSM students. Some sessions can also serve as a certificate of participation towards their major, to learn more about our SHSM support click here.

On-Campus Experiences are offered by request and depend upon availability of session facilitators. Please note we have organized our sessions by thematic areas, but you are able to mix and match sessions based on your preferences.

Available Sessions

Climate Change Gardening

Learn how to care for plants in our ever-changing climate. Explore how plants are adapted to survive under a broad range of different environmental conditions. Learn more about plant science here. Not available in March.

Discovering Honey Bees

Visit the Honey Bee Research Centre and get the buzz on bees. Students will learn about honey bee biology, social structure, and how to behave around stinging insects. Students will then have an opportunity to visit the apiary to see different parts of a live hive. Finish with a taste of honey directly from the honeycomb! Only available in September, October and May due to weather conditions.

Soil Texturing and Biology Lab

Students will participate in interactive exercises using hand textural tests to determine different types of soil texture. The difference in soil textures and its importance to agriculture. environmental planning and urban development will be explored. Learn more about Soils At Guelph.

Soil Testing Techniques

Studetns will earn how to extract DNA from soil and predict erosion through hands-on activities that focus on environmental sustainability and soil health. Learn more about Soils At Guelph.

Insect Inspectors at The Arboretum

Step outside of your comfort zone and uncover the diversity of insect species in The University of Guelph Arboretum. Students will search for live insects in the environment and identify them with help from a naturalist. Only available in September, October, April and May due to weather conditions.

Insect Identification

Discover and explore Ontario's amazing insect diversity by starting with a look at the insects that occur in and around our homes! Students will learn how to properly use a microscope and examine a variety of preserved insect specimens in this unique workshop.

All About Trees at The Arboretum

Visit one of the most beautiful natural spaces on campus, the Arboretum! Students will walk through The Arboretum with a naturalist to learn about tree identification, disease, conservation, and biology.  Only available in September, October, April and May due to weather conditions.

The Gluten Project 

A short presentation on the Department of Food Science  is followed by hands-on activities including a sensory test with gluten-containing and gluten-free bread. The differences in texture and structure are discussed in relation to the role gluten plays in cereal processing.  Students will compare the properties of wheat flour to other cereal flours and discuss the negative perceptions gluten. Not available in May.

Exploring Food Chemistry 

Visit the Department of Food Science to learn about the chemistry of food. Students will learn about scientific concepts using food activities including; cold cream versus warm cream to make butter and using egg white to stabilize foams.

Plant Identification

Challenge your knowledge of plants at Bovey Greenhouse. Learn from a Greenhouse Technician about current plant research followed by an interactive activity where students will work in groups to identify a collection of plants. Not available in March.

Plant DNA Extraction Lab

Get introduced to plant genetics with the Department of Plant Agriculture. Students will extract DNA from plant tissue accompanied by an informative lecture on applications in plant research and breeding. 

Plant Preservation at GRIPP

Visit on the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation and uncover the concepts of plant preservation, conservation and biodiversity. Students will attend a short lecture on plant tissue culture, cryobiology and plant production system followed by an activity of transferring plant tissue culture in a laboratory setting.

Biomaterials at BDDC

Tour the innovative Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre. Students will be introduced to research focusing on biobased materials like green plastics, plant by-products, and industrial co-products to create products such as compostable coffee pods and car parts. Students will tour the labs where different formulations are engineered and samples are tested for various properties. Not available in January.

Animal Reach Ahead Day: Equine

This unique opportunity will tentatively include a workshop on equine anatomy, grooming and a tour of the Ontario Veterinary College. The agenda is set, and space is limited; complete our pre-registration form to be the first to receive dates and details!  Please note this option is not included on the on-campus request form, this is a special opportunity that requires pre-registration. 

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Please note this option is not included on the on-campus request form, this is a special opportunity that requires pre-registration. 


We are working to develop workshops within the theme of business.  If you are interested in participating in business workshops, email oacoffcr@uoguelph.ca, or fill out a request form and indicate in the notes section of the form that you would like this type of experience.

Winter Semester (February-June)

Request a Visit

For questions please contact:
Christine Wilkinson, Liaison Officer
273 D Johnston Hall, University of Guelph
519-824-4120, Ext. 58359