The Gosling Foundation began in 1977 as the Outdoor Art and Science School. Its focus was support of publications advancing the protection of natural amenities as well as the organization of courses on nature and the environment for adults in a number of communities.

In 1987 the Foundation entered into partnership with the University of Guelph to create, develop and maintain the Gosling Wildlife Gardens. This facility, open to the public and located at the University of Guelph Arboretum, provides learning experiences that demonstrate how urban landscapes can be consistent with local ecosystems while providing enjoyment and greater awareness of native plants and animals.

Over the years the Outdoor Art and Science School identified, initiated and supported a wide range of environmental education and research projects including:

• The Agro forestry research library at the University of Guelph, scholarships and support for research plots

• Endangered species research

• Land protection initiatives through the Nature Conservancy of Canada and other organizations

• Support of a wide range of environmental and natural history organizations including the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Long Point Bird Observatory, Federation of Ontario Naturalists and Nature Canada.

The change in name to the Gosling Foundation took place in December 2000. The Gosling Foundation now acts as an environmental venture fund, identifying and supporting strategic start-ups, leadership, collaboration and partnerships consistent with its guiding principles.