Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at Drew

 

Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at Drew

Drew University’s campus is known for its majestic old oak trees and beautiful natural areas, with fertile forest ecosystems, ponds, and glacial features. Several major initiatives help to preserve and restore ecological integrity to the Drew University Forest Preserve and to the entire campus.

Right on campus, the university’s 45-acre Drew Forest Preserve is a natural laboratory for student research, ecology classes, and ecological restoration.  Trails are open to the public, including a self-guiding nature trail around the ponds of the Zuck Arboretum section.  Natural ecosystems are also being nurtured in the center of campus, with a meadow and ever-expanding conversion of lawn to ferns and other native vegetation during students’ annual “Fern Fest” event.

New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

Drew University was awarded the New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Healthy Ecosystems for work lead by Sara Web, Professor Emeritus of Biology.

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