Engaged Learning


ESE Native Plant Garden Project

The ESE Institute and the Environmental Studies Club have been working together to install a native prairie graden at NIU. The intent of the garden is to demonstrate that native plants can be used in aesthetically pleasing ways. The Environmental Studies Club students will plan, plant, and maintain the garden.

If you would like to be involved with the garden please contact Melissa Burlingame at mburlingame@niu.edu.


Information for Potential Donors

  • Adopt the raised bed along North Stevenson Drive located between Grant Towers and Stevenson Towers. The raised bed is located across the road from the West Lagoon.
  • Approximately 1,650 students live in Grant and Stevenson Towers. North Stevenson Drive is traveled by students, parents, and community members, making it a high profile location.
  • The plants were installed in August 2013 and the bed has been weeded once in September and once in October.

Outstanding Needs

  • Funding for educational displays about sustainable landscaping (500).
  • Gardening equipment: hose, shovels, spading fork, heavy-duty gloves

Thank You

Pizzo & Associates

Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife

Art Bingham

Environmental Studies Club

NIU Grounds

Michaela Holtz

Dan Kenney


View photos of the garden online