About us

What do we do?

World Class Research Within Algonquin Park

At the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (AWRS) our vision is to be a leader in wildlife research through experiential learning. Since our inception in 1944, the AWRS has been providing access to and supporting wildlife research and conservation, student training in the natural sciences, and outdoor education to biologists from Ontario, North America, and around the world. We work with academic institutions, likeminded non-profits, governments, and the public to achieve our vision. Our 75-years of ecological research have contributed significantly to knowledge, policy, and conservation of species and ecosystems in Canada. We are a fertile training ground for young ecologists and conservationists with several hundred post-secondary students and dozens of graduate students visiting our facility annually to engage with nature through environmental research and outdoor education.

The AWRS is situated on Lake Sasajewun in Algonquin Provincial Park and operates as a registered Canadian non-for-profit organization administered by a volunteer Board of Directors.

What’s so great about our work?

The diversity and quality of research projects at the AWRS, historically and currently, make us a unique and eminent entity in ecological field research. Studies conducted at the AWRS have contributed significantly to the discovery and understanding of species and ecosystems, wildlife conservation and policy, and outdoor education. As intended when the AWRS was established, we continue to serve as a base for many precious long-term research projects.

Our history


Founded in 1944, the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station was first an entity of the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests (now Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) with the purpose of acting as an outdoor lab for ecological research. By the early 1980s, the AWRS was operated by numerous Ontario universities before incorporating as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2010.

Since the 1940s the station has acted as the home to dozens of research projects and the classroom to thousands of students.

A detailed page that explains our rich history is under construction. Please check back soon to learn more.

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