Landscaping

Facilities Services maintains approximately 170 acres of landscaped grounds, with safety, hygiene, and aesthetics as its objectives. CSUDH also has several faculty in the Biology Department with specialized knowledge of native plants and sustainable landscaping techniques. View information on our campus tree map and contribute observations of wildlife via our iNaturalist page:https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/csudh-inaturalist-observations

csudh-sustainability-walking-tour-map-imageThere are currently eight native gardens and preserves on-campus as well as a small campus Urban Farm that are faculty/student-run:

  • Heritage Creek: This is a bioswale at the south end of Parking Lot 7 designed to provide bio-filtration for storm water and provide native habitat. The area is open to the campus and the public, and is available for research activities. Any requests for new plantings, modifications, or infrastructure changes should be directed to the current Chair of Biology.
  • Garden of Dreams: This is a native garden located at the Child Development Center/Infant Toddler Care Center (CDC/ITC). This garden is publicly accessible and available for research activities. Any requests for new plantings, modifications, or infrastructure changes should be directed to the current Chair of Biology as well as CDC/ITC directly. 
  • Pollinator Garden: This is a native garden located west of the Central Plant. Management of the Pollinator Garden is handled by the Faculty Advisor for the Ecology Club as well the Chair of Biology. Requests for new plantings, modifications, or infrastructure changes should be directed to these two contacts. 
  • Butterfly Garden: This is a native garden located west of the Central Plant. Management of the Butterfly Garden is handled by the Faculty Advisor for the Ecology Club as well the Chair of Biology. Requests for new plantings, modifications, or infrastructure changes should be directed to these two contacts.
  • CALL Garden: This garden, located by the NSM Loading Dock, is managed by the Biology Department and is open for observation. Research activities can be conducted upon request to the current Faculty Advisor for the Ecology Club and the Chair of Biology.     
  • Greenhouse: The Greenhouse itself is available for classes only, and is an academic facility operated by the Biology Department. Requests for access or use should be directed to the current professor teaching Botany/Plant Physiology.  The outside fenced area of the greenhouse is available to other campus entities for the propagation of plants such as faculty from other departments, students, the Ecology Club, Facilities Services, etc. Requests for use of this outdoor area should be directed to the current chair of Biology.  All requests must be compatible with existing class use of the space.
  • Ocean-Friendly Garden: This garden was established through a formal agreement between Housing and West Basin to install an ocean-friendly bioswale/demonstration garden outside of Housing Phase I. The Biology Department, through a partnership with the Office of Sustainability, now provides maintenance to this garden in exchange for Housing’s financial and infrastructural support for irrigation and replacement of sick/dead plants. This garden is used as a living laboratory space. Requests for research activities or to make modifications to the space should be directed to the current chair of Biology and Housing.     
  • Dominguez Hills Wetland Preserve: This natural area is located at the southwest corner of campus and is a restricted area. As-needed access is controlled by a combination lock, and the code is available upon request to the current Chair of Biology. The outside berm that runs along the boundary of the wetland has a public-access walking path, but activities inside the actual wetland are limited to research, maintenance, restoration, or management. Current entities that are permitted to access the wetland for these purposes include Vector Control, Facilities Services, AEG, and students/faculty conducting research that has been approved by the current Chair of Biology. 
  • Campus Urban Farm: The Campus Urban Farm is a living laboratory space designed to support faculty/student research related to food, and primarily consists of edibles and plants with cultural significance. The Farm is open for student, faculty, staff, and public use during the school year. Classes and groups may also request special access on weekends. Requests to plant or conduct classes at the Farm are handled by the Office of Sustainability/Farm Intern and are accommodated based on availability. 
    • Earth Day Grove: Every year as part of the annual campus-wide Earth Day festival, students plant a tree in the Earth Day Grove located on the hill next to the Loker Student Union loading dock. Campus Urban Farm students hand-water these trees throughout the year with potable water to ensure any fruits growing can be consumed. 

A dedicated working group, the Sustainable Landscape Committee, operates as an extension of the general Sustainability Committee with a special focus on supporting native species and edible plants on campus, faculty/student-run garden oversight, and maintaining campus tree canopy. To join this group, please contact the Office of Sustainability.

An approved Sustainable Landscape Plan developed by the Sustainable Landscape Committee serves as the campus standard for landscape on-campus, and outlines ownership and maintenance policies for student/faculty-run gardens:


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