Certified Wildlife Habitats

Eckerd College actively incorporates wildlife conservation into everyday operations and overall campus maintenance and appearance. In March 2023, Eckerd College received certification from the National Wildlife Federation for nine wildlife habitats throughout campus. These habitats provide homes for animals and insects of all kinds from the monarch butterfly to the brown pelican to the Eastern cottontail.  Each Certified Wildlife Habitat is different, and by having multiple types of habitats, more species are able to thrive and coexist. This strengthening of native populations has enabled Eckerd College to see animal populations come back to St. Petersburg like the great horned owl.

Native Plant Definition and Benefits

Nine Wildlife Habitats at Eckerd College

Click each habitat picture to view its native plant species inventory!

ES Courtyard (Arbor Day)

Palm Hammock

Alumni Grove


Upham-Seibert (Pine Rings)

James Pond

North Fox Pond

South Fox Pond

ES Courtyard (Quad)