Our Living Lab

At Niagara College, we use our campuses as a way for students to explore, learn and innovate in all aspects of sustainability and the environment. Our campuses have become a platform for multidisciplinary, active, and experiential learning – not as an ancillary benefit, but by design for not only our students, but for our employees and community members. The NC mission is to provide outstanding applied education and training for a changing world, and the campuses provide a wide range of students with valuable hands-on skill building opportunities outside the classroom, and a platform for engaging and educating employees, and community members.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

The Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) Campus is located at the base of the Niagara Escarpment – a UNESCO-designed World Biosphere Reserve.

Wetland System

The restored wetlands have provided a platform for numerous student projects and initiatives that all enhance student learning on campus. Some of the features within the wetland system include: a turtle nesting area, snake hibernaculum, habitat structures, outdoor classroom, First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Garden, Greenhouse.

Campus Features

There are many other features on campus that act as a living lab for our students! They include the chef’s garden, the aquaponics system, vineyard and hops yard, apiary and more.

Hiking Trails

NC is also home to the Wetland Ridge Trail, which is a side trail off of the main Bruce Trail, as well as a portion of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Visit our Hiking Trails page for more information by clicking here.

Welland Campus

The Welland Campus is nestled within a friendly residential community and features renewable energy sources including solar, geothermal, and a small demonstration wind turbine, as well as walking trails, naturalized berms, wildflower meadows, wetland habitats, and Carolinian forest remnants.

Renewable Energy

The Welland Campus features a number of renewable energy sources including solar, geothermal, and a small demonstration wind turbine that are all used by our Renewable Energy Technician students.

Green Lung Plan

Our 30 hectare campus is a significant green space in nestled in a residental community within the City of Welland and we’ve been working to return it to a natural, self-sustaining state.

  • Embrace a long-term strategy of restoring and re-establishing large scale Regional plant communities
  • Include open public space for students and the community, while creating a living and sustainable legacy through naturalization
  • Reduce water consumption used for irrigation
  • Increase canopy tree cover and rebuild natural woodlots
  • Restore and preserve the many vegetation communities on campus, including wetland, meadow and thicket