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Science Odyssey

May 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



Canmore’s Science Odyssey is an annual event celebrating the mountains held as part of a national campaign that celebrates Canadian achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math. During the event, we host a variety of interactive exhibitors, displays, and guest speakers at two locations in downtown Canmore: the Canmore Museum (902 7th Ave) and the Canadian Rockies Earth Science Resource Centre (Unit 111, 829 10 Street).

On May 10, Grade 7 classes from the Bow Valley are invited to attend for two hours of geoscience learning and fun! On May 11, the event is a free drop-in event, open to all from 11:00-3:00 at both locations.

On May 11, we are pleased to welcome our two guest speakers to talk about this year’s theme: ICE AGE!

2019 Exhibitor List

Canadian Rockies Earth Science Resource Centre – cresrc.ca/

Canmore Museum – canmoremuseum.com/

Earth Science for Society – Explore Space Station & Trilobite Fossil Station – esfscanada.com/

Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation Outreach – cseg.ca/foundation/foundation-programs

Canmore Cave Tours – canmorecavetours.com/

Global Water Futures – gwf.usask.ca/

Climbing Rocks in the Canadian Rockies – @thecambriankid

Canadian Conservation Corps – cwf-fcf.org/en/explore/conservation-corps/

Living Lakes Canada – livinglakescanada.ca/

2019 Speaker Schedule 

11:00AM – Ice Age Alberta by Cory W. Gross 

In this talk, you will learn about what an Ice Age is, what amazing wildlife was in Alberta at the end of the most recent Ice Age, what happened to them, and what studying the past can tell us about climate change, extinction, and the environmental impact of human activities in the future.

C.W. Gross is a professional educator with over 20 years of experience in the field of museums and heritage. An Alberta native from a ranching family, Cory grew up in and around Calgary. His parents instilled a love of history and culture in him from an early age, and fully supported his ambition to become a palaeontologist when he grew up. After graduating high school, he studied geology at Mount Royal University and from there transferred into the Museum and Heritage Studies program at the University of Calgary. Cory was awarded his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in 2005. In 2010 he was awarded a Masters of Theological Studies from Lutheran Theological Seminary – Saskatoon. Currently, Cory works full-time as a school programs educator at the Glenbow Museum and part-time as an interpreter at the Calgary Zoo, and volunteers as president and public outreach coordinator of the Alberta Palaeontological Society. In his spare time he writes a blog devoted to Victorian Science Fiction and has travelled across Western Canada, Japan, Madagascar, France, California, Florida, Yellowstone, and Arizona. He is currently working on a book on the Ice Age in Western Canada.  Learn more.


2:00PM – The Last Ice Age: The Impact on Landscape and our Human Story by Gabrielle Abernethy

We will be taking a look at the glacial features that make a daily impression on our visual landscape and overview some of the climatic influences of the last 20,000 years on not just the landscape but the story of human migration, early settlement, and the modern day.

Gabrielle Abernethy has worked as a professional geologist for over 15 years and is licensed with APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta). She is a certified Apprentice Hiking Guide with the Interpretive Guiding Association and has Wilderness First Aid.  Combining her love of the outdoors and a driven purpose to reawaken people’s awe in their planetary home, she started her own company, Earth & Pine Outdoor Inc., to offer educational guided tours of geosites.   In revealing overlooked mysteries of the natural world, participants satisfy their geologic curiosity and create meaningful connections to the landscape. Learn more

In her spare time, Gabrielle likes to hike, camp, canoe, snowshoe and teach her kids and the family dog about nature’s edibles.   One of her favorite things to do in the outdoors is to sip on hot tea while enjoying the views.

This event would not be possible without the support of our partners and sponsors!







Canadian Rockies Earth Science Resource Centre | @thecambriankid 


May 11, 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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