Teaching and research are essential activities at the Gault Nature Reserve. The first scientific studies at the site date back to 1859. Famous scientists such as Sir John W. Dawson, T. Sterry Hunt and Brother Marie-Victorin have explored the vast forests of Mont Saint-Hilaire. Today there are over 400 scientific articles, nearly 100 graduate and postgraduate theses, more than 50 reports, and approximately 30 chapters or books that have focused on Mont Saint-Hilaire.
Mont Saint-Hilaire has a worldwide reputation for the diversity of its minerals as well as that of its flora and fauna. The mountain is also covered by an old-growth forest that has never been cut since the European colonization.
The exceptional nature of the mountain, its rich scientific history, its proximity to Montreal, its accommodations, as well as its teaching and research facilities make it an exceptional venue for academic and scientific activities.
Teaching thrives at the Gault Nature Reserve. Classes are lively and students can acquire practical and theoretical skills in various fields of study.
The Gault Nature Reserve depends on the work of the next generations to fulfill its mission. We, therefore, welcome several students at the Reserve through our internship program every summer. This internship is an opportunity for these interns to develop conservation, research, public management, and natural habitat management skills.
If you want to inspire future scientists and help other students have a rewarding experience, you can support McGill University’s Gault Nature Reserve.