Before ground was broken for the Normal campus, the College worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to develop a habitat plan that would inform and guide future grounds management.
The 256 acre campus includes prairie restoration, native trees, a 13-acre stocked pond called Birky Pond, and adjacent wetlands that help filter the stormwater drainage from campus before it enters the local Sugar Creek waterway. Native prairie plantings include the Hawks' Hill Prairie (4 acres), the Red Tail Tallgrass Prairie and numerous native tree plantings around the perimeter. Visitors to campus can enjoy the HGHA by walking along the two miles of trails, including the Birdhouse Trail and the Memorial Trail.
The mission of the Greenspace Team is to increase appreciation of the environment, to guide grounds development at the campus, and to provide learning opportunities for student through nature. They also manage the Habitat Area which is now a registered National Wildlife Federation Habitat and Yard Smart certified area.
Contact Janet Beach-Davis at (309) 268-8513 for more information.