Welland Campus

We have many sustainable projects at the Welland Campus, including a wind turbine, solar panels, a geothermal heat pump, an edible orchard, walking trails and naturalized berms, wildflower meadows and wetland habitats, nestled within a friendly residential community.

The Welland Campus at night

The Welland Campus is located in Welland, Ontario, Canada.

In the Neighbourhood

The Welland Campus is located in the heart of a residential area near shopping centres and a variety of food outlets. The Seaway Mall and Niagara Street (shopping and food) are within walking distance of the campus. Transit connections via Welland Transit are available from the college, or from bus stops close-by.

Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the natural world, is only 25 minutes away by car. The beautiful Niagara Parkway, Niagara River, and Ontario Wine Country are within driving distance as well. Beautiful sand beaches and summertime fun are at your fingertips – visit the north shore of Lake Erie, one of Ontario’s Great Lakes. Known as Ontario’s “South Coast”, the shore area offers swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, festivals and more, and is only a brief car ride away.

Discover southern Ontario’s natural history by visiting Fort Erie or Fort George, or visit beautiful downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, or travel to Toronto, Ontario’s capital, for some big city fun!

There’s so much to do – learn more about the Niagara Region, home of the Welland Campus.

We are located in the Niagara Region in Ontario

Welland Campus Naturalization

The Welland Campus is dedicated to the sustainability and naturalization of its green spaces, and is following a naturalization strategy.

A view of the Welland Campus from the public walking trail

Naturalization is an alternative landscape maintenance technique for maintaining our parks and open spaces. Natural processes of growth and change are less restricted, and the landscape is allowed to become more natural than ornamental.

By maintaining selected areas of the landscape through naturalization, we can decrease the need for frequent watering and mowing, and can reduce the need for fertilizer and pesticides too.

Please enjoy our campus, walk our trails and revel in the natural habitat that we are dedicated to returning to our grounds.

About Our Campus

  • Our campus is part of Carolinian floristic zone 6b, which includes many plants of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence.
  • The underpinnings of wooded communities exist on campus and provide opportunity to expand and restore Regional plant communities and species diversity.
  • We are moving towards increased sustainability, and we want to extend that strategy to our campus landscapes.
  • In 2007 two Nationally and Provincially rare plants were discovered at the Welland Campus, the Flowering Dogwood and the Pin Oak.
  • Much of our stormwater is now handled and treated naturally on site.
  • The diversity of plants occurring naturally and planted on campus provide research opportunities.
  • We have an opportunity to expand bio-diversity and to re‐establish plant communities which existed prior to urbanization.
  • We have suitable habitat for threatened or endangered species to survive.
  • We want to encourage scientific research, habitat restoration, ecology, wildlife and plant community dynamics.
  • We want to treat the campus as a model for other Institutions as a legacy for students, faculty and the public as a living, natural space in the City of Welland.

Our Naturalization Strategy

A bee visting wildflowers at the Welland Campus naturalized meadow

Take advantage of our 30 hectare campus as a significant green space in the City of Welland and 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 maintenance costs and improve sustainability, especially by reducing water consumption.
  • Increase canopy tree cover and rebuild natural woodlots.
  • Restore and preserve the many vegetation communities on campus, including wetland, meadow and thicket (slope).