Churchill Northern Studies Centre

“To Understand and Sustain the North”

Founded in 1976, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) is an independent, non-profit research and education facility located 23 km east of the town of Churchill, Manitoba. The CNSC provides accommodations, meals, equipment rentals, and logistical support to scientific researchers working on a diverse range of topics of interest to northern science. In addition to research, the Centre facilitates a wide range of educational programming ranging from general interest courses for the visiting public to university credit courses for students.

The Centre is ideally situated along the Hudson Bay seacoast at the meeting of three major biomes: marine, northern boreal forest, and tundra. To the east lies Wapusk National Park which protects the inland denning area of the polar bear. Farther to the southeast lies the Hudson Bay Lowland, the largest peatland in North America. Because of this complex of biomes, one can see a tremendous diversity of plants, birds, mammals and human cultures.

Over the past 5 years, the CNSC and partners have invested approximately $20 million in enhanced research infrastructure in Churchill and neighbouring Wapusk National Park. In June 2011, the CNSC moved into a brand new 27,000 square foot LEED Gold building.

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