OSU Biodiversity Garden

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Campus & Community Policy, Education & Awareness, Habitat & Wildlife
Project Goal Summary
This project is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and Landscape Services within the broader department of Facilities Management at Oklahoma State University. This project will result in a biodiversity garden installed at OSU that meets the goals for wildlife conservation and previous goals outlined in the OSU Landscape Master Plan. To meet these goals, the garden will include exclusively native plants that provide a variation of heights as well as nectar and/or pollen for pollinators. Our garden will also provide sanctuary for wildlife in the form of an insect hotel, a brush pile, and a water source. This garden will be located in a central area of campus with signage and social media campaigns to educate students on wildlife conservation, the importance of biodiversity, and what these two things look like in Oklahoma. 
Project Location
Stillwater, OK 74074
United States
Project Goals and News
Stillwater, Oklahoma is an urban city whose population significantly consists of college students. The university in this town, Oklahoma State University, boasts about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Consequently, there is great potential to bring projects onto campus that teach students about otherwise unseen aspects of nature and ecology. Therefore, the main challenge we see is that many people do not see the complex ecological symbiosis present in nature either because of urbanization or habitat fragmentation making typical interactions impossible. 
We want to address this challenge through our project, a biodiversity garden. The first installment of this garden will consist of an insect hotel and a water feature. This hotel will be a safe space for insects like solitary bees that may not have safe habitat nearby due to the manmade structures of campus. This garden is a collaboration between the OSU Office of Sustainability and several professors who we hope will use the garden as a research and teaching space. Overall, this garden serves to be a safe space for threatened species as a living teaching exhibit for students and faculty to learn about the importance and beauty of wildlife ecology. 
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habitat, biodiversity, college, campus, ecology
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OSU Biodiv GardenOSU Biodiv GardenThis document is our working master document with all notes and ideas of our project 2204 KB

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Hi Gabby - Thanks so much for sharing this project! It sounds like an amazing effort that will help to foster important wildlife habitat and education on campus! I look forward to following along on the progress and encourage you to consider certifying the project when you feel ready. Please let us know if there's any way we can help support you. Keep up the great work!
  • Posted Wed 13 Oct 2021 03:29 PM CDT
Thank you so much, Courtney! I am so excited to make more progress on this. 
  • Posted Mon 15 Nov 2021 01:13 PM CST

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Date Added: Oct 13, 2021
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