Research takes many forms in the Botanic Gardens and Constructed Wetlands, and allows the College to partner and collaborate with many groups and organizations involved with horticulture, land and water management, and related fields.
The Constructed Wetlands are located in the newest phase of the Botanic Gardens and are used for a wide variety of teaching and research based purposes.
Olds College works with emerging entrepreneurs to provide support in beginning their new businesses. We can help you to determine if entrepreneurship is right for you, how to get started and provide resources and partnerships to help you succeed.
With a dedicated focus to ensuring that our water supply, soil, the natural world that we live in remains healthy and productive, the Olds College Centre of Innovation is proud to provide services to advance the understanding of the world around us.
The research greenhouses are computer controlled to provide consistent, reliable environments for optimal plant growth. Five greenhouse compartments are dedicated to research, including one large isolation compartment with a separate entrance to meet requirements for containment. Control systems are available to monitor and adjust all aspects of heating, cooling, lighting and watering according to the project requirements.
The facility is equipped with alarms and backup control systems in the event of equipment malfunction or power interruption. The research greenhouses are supported by a microbiology laboratory, wet chemistry lab, tissue culture lab, and several Conviron growth chambers.
This unique multi-million dollar, world-class facility serves multiple applied research projects. To address the pilot scale proof of concept required for new technology, the Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production offers a large biotechnology incubator space, as well as office and boardroom facilities. A wide range of services available in this facility include seed cleaning and processing, chromatography based analysis, fermentation, and ASTM biodiesel analysis.
The Technology Access Centre offers a unique set of facilities for researchers to test and evaluate their cattle, product or new technology, including:
heated livestock centre and labs
handling and sorting facilities
tame and rotational grazing pastures
120 cow crossbred herd (Simmental Gelbvieh, Angus)
feedlot pens with a capacity for 560 head
two 85’ x 150’ feeding pens
two 110’ x 150’ feeding pens
four 45’ x 60’ feeding pens
sorting and handling pens with load out
The pastoral setting of Olds College’s 2060 acres of prime central Albertan farmland makes it a natural fit for agricultural, horticultural, and turfgrass research. The college has a dedicated Crop Research department to serve companies in seeking science-based solutions, with well maintained small plot field research facilities. The Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre consists of 3 hectares of land dedicated to cool season turfgrass research that focuses on the unique challenges the of Albertan environment. The PTRC consists of both creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass putting greens, two rainout shelters, and dedicated greenhouse and controlled environment chamber space to allow for year-round research
projects that focus on improving plant performance while minimizing inputs.