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The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and "Lands-on" Experiences for Students

  • Kristy Jones, Courtney Cochran, David J. Eagan, and Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
  • Sep 01, 2015

"Providing places for wildlife in our communities—whether at home, schools, businesses, or at nearby parks ... There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door."
—David Mizejewski, Naturalist, National Wildlife Federation

This richly detailed guide highlights how colleges and universities are playing a dynamic role in protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces—including on-campus landscapes and natural areas, as well as distant campus-owned lands. It explores how such green places—dedicated to "The Wild"—also can benefit students, faculty, and staff with leadership opportunities, hands-on learning, energy savings, water conservation, and much more. The Campus Wild features efforts from 85 higher education institutions, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Schools featured in The Campus Wild (listed by state)

Browse sections of The Campus Wild:

Campus Landscaping for "Wild"
Green Roofs
Food-producing Gardens

Trees and Woody Plants
Arboretums and Botanical Gardens
Carbon Sequestration Value of Trees On and Off Campus

Natural Areas on Campus
Stormwater Mitigation Features
NWF Certified Wildlife Habitats

Remote College and University Properties

Campus Policy and Planning with Wildlife and Climate in Mind
LEED and Wildlife-friendly Design

The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and "Lands-on" Experiences for Students

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