The Gardens at SIUE, a 35-acre public botanical garden on the main campus, supports the educational and research mission of the University, engages the public in campus life and provides a haven for relaxation and enjoyment. Serving as a hands-on, living laboratory, the emphasis is on engaging students, faculty, staff and community members.
- For more than 6 years, Facilities Management has been dedicated to the landscaping and reforestation efforts on the SIUE campus, planting about 3,000 trees and plants, rejuvenating the campus landscape and expanding forested areas with native species. Working with the Biological Sciences Department and The Gardens, the program has been successful in enhancing the campus and establishing low-maintenance landscaping.
- With the assistance of the Biological Sciences Department and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), a healthy balance of species has been restored in Cougar Lake. The lake now hosts thriving populations of bass, bluegill and several other species. The University has received several excellent and complimentary reports from the IDNR.