By providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young, Roosevelt University’s tallgrass prairie restoration has earned recognition from the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Located in Schaumburg, one of the largest urban centers near Chicago, the campus is surrounded by shopping malls and commercial buildings, which are unfriendly to wildlife.
Roosevelt’s green campus, on the other hand, is literally bursting with life this summer. It now serves as an important oasis for migrating birds, insects and animals of all types. Humans benefit too, from the proximity to biodiversity, but also can enjoy the beautiful vistas from the new Prairie Walk (detailed below in the landscape plan map) and learn about biodiversity, native wildflowers and natural storm water management techniques.
The National Wildlife Federation has encouraged individuals and communities to create and conserve wildlife habitat since 1973, when the Backyard Wildlife Habitat™ program (now called the Certified Wildlife Habitat® program) began. Today, there are more than 150,000 Certified Wildlife Habitat™ sites across the country.
To find out how to certify your habitat, visit this page from the NWF website. And click on the image below for featured photographs of native wildflowers blooming on the Schaumburg Campus!