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Beth Forys
Professor of Environmental Studies

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

Campus Nature Areas

Eckerd College Campus is home to many natural areas and a native garden in which the ecosystems of Florida's west coast can be tracked and studied as well as admired and enjoyed. Some examples include:

Alumni Grove
The Alumni Grove, a small forest of pine trees adjacent to the Forever Wild preserve, was planted by the class of 1967 upon their graduation. Today it holds a canopy of tall pines and several comfortable hammocks from which to enjoy the bird life in the nearby pond.
Forever Wild Forever Wild is a strip of campus at the College's most eastern edge that has been designated "wild" and left in its natural state without human management.
Native Plants Garden
Native Plants Garden The Eckerd College Native Garden is planted and maintained by students, faculty and staff to showcase a Florida-friendly landscape that models xeriscaping and is also designed to attract butterflies. Learn more.
The Eckerd College Palm Hammock Palm Hammock Nature Area is a five acre coastal hardwood hammock on the western edge of campus. It contains a cabbage palmetto and live oak forest in various stages of succession. Five exotic eucalyptus trees provide snags frequented by hawks, osprey, and other large birds of prey. View images of Palm Hammock species

Life After Eckerd

Environmental Studies graduates use their Environmental Studies degree to launch careers in such diverse fields as environmental education, natural resource management, parks and recreation, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture, environmental law and policy making, scientific journalism, public health, nature photography, nature filmmaking, and environmental art. Approximately 1/3 of all Environmental Studies graduates go on to graduate or professional school within 5 years of graduation.

Fiske Top Ten Environmental Studies School
Eckerd College has been selected as one of the top ten environmental studies schools in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011.