Biogeoscience Institute at Barrier Lake

Science, research and education in the Canadian Rockies

The Biogeoscience Institute has been leading field research since 1950.

The University of Calgary’s Biogeoscience Institute (BGI) is a leader in field-based research. We are located at the door to Kananaskis Country, and serve as the only research station for the Canadian Rockies and Foothills. BGI’s mission is to provide and support high quality science through independent research and research clusters.

BGI offers researchers two well-established field stations: Barrier Lake Station, located in the Kananaskis Valley and the R.B. Miller Station, located in the Sheep River Provincial Park.

Biogeoscience Institute
BGI researcher


The Biogeoscience Institute offers two field stations with engaging research environments; access to labs, equipment, historical data, and advanced technologies.

Butterfly sample at BGI


We give students access to world-class research and promote science through an award-winning integrated program of experiential education and inquiry-based learning.

Community group at BGI


We are committed to fostering scientific literacy and cultivating relationships between the public and researchers through community-based programming.

BGI dining hall

Directions to BGI

The Barrier Lake Field Station is located just off Highway 40, about 45 minutes west of Calgary. 

The R.B. Miller Field Station is located in Sheep River Provincial Park, and is accessible May 15 – December 1. 

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