Janice Chen
Blocks + Curves:
Wetland Learning Park

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE

TECHNOLOGY IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

LARC 4001 | LANDSCAPE STUDIO 1

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR RICK LEBRASSEUR

Guysborough Wetland-Learning Park will be an education base for students and visitors of the region to learn the importance of wetlands in the hydrological cycle to both humans and nature. Visitors will learn about Canadian wetlands, how wetlands work, and the benefits they provide.


There are three zones to the Park, all connected by two primary walkways while a colourful gravel meandering path winds through the landscape. The Park's zones and their differently sized ponds and wetland types are interconnected to reveal the process of settlement and purification. The Learning Zone of the Park allows educational interaction with the 5 different types of Canadian wetlands - shallow open water, marsh, swamp, bog, and fen - and includes a central square and wetland soil layer immersive walk. The purification zone includes an interconnected sedimentation basin an aquatic plan pond which actively filter the water for the community, receiving, retaining and discharging water flow and providing large seating platforms and shaded terraces. The Habitat Zone restores bird and other small habitat with quiet seating areas.